Lawyers For Michigan Truck Accidents Due To Speeding
A speeding vehicle is a danger to everyone on the road but when that vehicle is an 80,000-pound semi-truck or 18-wheeler that danger is significantly higher. A 5,000-pound passenger vehicle is simply no match for the weight and size of a large truck in a traffic accident. This size difference is one of the major factors that explains the considerable difference in large truck accident statistics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 70 percent of the victims in large truck accidents are individuals in other vehicles.
Another major factor that explains the high number of deaths and injuries to others in a truck accident is the speed of the truck. The NHTSA reports that speeding is a major cause of many large truck accidents. Speeding decreases the driver’s ability to steer the vehicle safely around objects in the road and around curves. Speeding also increases the distance needed to stop the truck thereby reducing the driver’s ability to avoid a collision.
A Potentially Deadly Weapon
A speeding commercial truck has the potential to be a deadly weapon. Speeding truck accidents result in thousands of deaths and injuries every year in the United States. For the victims and their families, the consequences of a speeding truck accident change their lives forever.
Someone must be held accountable for a speeding truck accident, and it should NOT be the victim. Unfortunately, the insurance company representing the truck driver and the trucking company will do everything it can to shift the blame for the collision to avoid paying full compensation to the victim or the victim’s family. Our Lansing truck accident attorneys work hard to make sure victims and families are treated fairly, and with the respect they deserve.
Contact the Michigan truck accident attorneys at The Clark Law Office by calling 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation. The other parties in a truck accident case have teams of attorneys and professionals working to protect their best interest. You deserve a team of your own to protect your best interests!
Why Do Truck Drivers Exceed Safe Speed Limits?
Exceeding the speed limit puts the driver and everyone else on the road in danger so why do truck drivers speed. A speeding truck driver can be a sign of negligence on the part of the trucking company. In some cases, the trucking company hired an inexperienced or unqualified truck driver who doesn’t understand the danger of speeding, making dangerous turns, of failing to check blind spots. In other cases, the trucking company placed unrealistic demands on the driver that the company knew would result in the driver exceeding safe speeds.
Even an experienced truck driver who understands the danger of speeding in a large truck may exceed safe speed limits for other reasons including:
- Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Drowsy driving or driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
There are many factors that are involved in a speeding truck accident case. As experienced Michigan truck accident attorneys, we investigate all factors that may have contributed to the collision to ensure we name all parties who are liable for your injuries. By naming all the responsible parties, we increase your chance of receiving full compensation for your damages.
Damages in A Speeding Truck Accident Claim
When you are injured in a traffic accident, you suffer economic and non-economic damages. It is crucial that we calculate all damages correctly, so you receive the maximum compensation allowable by law for your injuries, losses, and damages.
Examples of the economic damages in a speeding truck accident claim include:
- Property damage, usually replacing your vehicle that was totaled in the accident
- Lost wages, including future lost wages if you are unable to work or loss of earning capacity if you are unable to earn the same income because of your injuries
- Medical expenses, including future medical bills and the cost of personal care
- Funeral, cremation, and burial expenses in the case of a wrongful death
You also have non-economic damages that may be more difficult to calculate but are a substantial portion of your settlement amount. These damages include your physical pain, mental anguish, emotional stress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Proving Liability in A Michigan Speeding Truck Accident Case
Truck accidents are complex personal injury cases that require the assistance of attorneys who are experienced in investigating and handling truck accident claims. Our attorneys are skilled in truck accident investigations, including using the evidence from log books and semi-truck black boxes to determine if speeding was a factor in the accident.
When necessary, we also enlist the services of expert accident investigators and accident reconstructionists to analyze the physical evidence. Using this information, we can determine how the collision occurred and how fast the truck was traveling at the time of the accident.
Obtaining the records from the truck company and the truck driver is crucial for proving liability. Some of this evidence can be destroyed or lost if we don’t act quickly, such as the information on the truck’s black box. For this reason, it is important to contact our office as soon as possible after a speeding truck accident. The sooner we begin working on your accident claim, the more evidence we can secure to prove that you are the innocent victim of a reckless or negligent speeding truck driver.
Call a Lansing Truck Accident Attorney for a Free Appointment
In many cases, the evidence we gather allows us to present such a strong case to the insurance company that it agrees to settle your claim for a fair and just amount. However, our Lansing truck accident attorneys are highly trained and skilled litigators. We are always prepared to argue your case before a judge and jury to protect your right to receive full compensation for your injuries. Call now for your free legal consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced Lansing speeding truck accident lawyer.