A wreck with a semi-truck can leave you permanently disabled and facing a mountain of medical debt and repair bills. To get full compensation from the negligent party, work with a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer.
Large commercial trucks, such as semis and dump trucks, are responsible for thousands of accidents every year, leaving just as many people tragically killed and seriously injured. Because of the convoluted nature of truck crash liability, it can be difficult for crash victims to receive fair and full settlements for what they’ve been through.
The catastrophic injuries of an 18-wheeler accident can drastically alter the course of your life and drain your finances dry in no time. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a collision with a large truck, the services of a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg can enable you to receive a full settlement from the parties responsible.
Wisconsin’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the time period that you have in which to file a claim seeking financial damages for an accident or injury. In Wisconsin, you have three years, which might seem like adequate time, but in the midst of a serious injury and its recovery, that deadline can easily slip by.
After a semi-truck wreck, you need to immediately contact a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer to discuss your case and the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Keep in mind that many injuries may not immediately present themselves or seem serious until months or years later, and it is much easier for your legal team to collect evidence and interview witnesses immediately after the crash.
Who Was at Fault for Your Semi-Truck Crash?
As mentioned, the shipping industry and accidents related to 18-wheelers and other large trucks can be very complicated. One reason for this is the sheer number of entities involved with any given commercial vehicle.
We have to consider the roles of the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck’s owner, the manufacturer of the truck and its parts, the loaders of the cargo, the maintenance company, and potentially even the government. Any one—or even many—of these entities may bear part of the blame for what happened.
If there are multiple parties that should be held liable, it is important to identify them and name them in your lawsuit, as doing so will maximize your potential compensation.
Causes of Commercial Truck Wrecks
While most truck drivers are responsible motorists, others are not. Factors such as distance quotas and speed bonuses may encourage unsafe behavior. This can include driving while drowsy, while intoxicated, while distracted, or recklessly fast. Your Milwaukee truck accident lawyer will investigate your collision and determine whether any of the following factors were at play:
Tight schedules can encourage speeding, driving while fatigued, and even stimulant use. We can evaluate the driver’s logbook to verify or disprove the amount of time a driver has spent on the road and determine whether the logbook has been falsified.
Distracted truck drivers cause just as many accidents as distracted drivers of other vehicles.
Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of any controlled substance is much more deadly while behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.
Driving aggressively can take the form of tailgating, swerving across the center line, intentionally blocking paths, or throwing objects.
Improper maintenance or defective parts can lead to a breakdown shortly followed by a collision.
Unbalanced, overloaded, and otherwise improperly-loaded trucks can lead to tire blowouts and lost loads at the worst possible times.
Negligent hiring due to inadequate background checks or drug screenings can make the trucking company partially at fault.
Injuries Common to 18-Wheeler Wrecks
From head, neck, and back injuries to broken bones and internal damage, any motor vehicle accident, such as with a car or motorcycle, can cause you serious harm, but a collision involving a semi-truck is much more likely to.
Your Milwaukee truck accident lawyer will work closely with your doctors to determine the extent of your injuries, how long your recovery will take, any possible long-term effects, and what your treatments will cost. Listed below are just a few of the injuries that you may have experienced:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spine and neck injuries
Damage to internal organs
Broken and fractured bones
How Much Are My Truck Crash Injuries Worth?
Your Milwaukee truck accident lawyer will help you uncover all of the ways that your injury and accident will impact your life and finances. Your injuries may affect your professional and personal relationships for the rest of your life. This can mean dramatic changes to your future earnings, and the medical expenses could easily bury you in debt in the meantime.
You will be able to claim any of the following that apply to your case:
Current and future medical expenses, including ambulance rides, medical procedures, hospital stays, specialists, physical therapy, medications, and medical equipment
Income loss, including a diminished ability to work the same job or the same number of hours
Modifications made to your home and vehicles for a new disability
Pain and suffering from the truck accident and injury
Emotional distress from the crash and its aftermath
Lost enjoyment of life
Milwaukee Truck Accident FAQ
It’s perfectly normal to have a number of questions you need answers to after getting hurt in a semi-truck collision. Below, we’ve answered a few of the more common questions we get asked. If you don’t see your question answered, please call our office to speak with a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer.
What can I do if my family member died in an 18-wheeler accident?
If your loved one died in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of claim will allow you to seek damages similar to a personal injury suit, but also includes compensation for funeral expenses and lost companionship.
Should I accept the settlement offer the trucking company’s insurance made?
Never accept a settlement offer without first having a personal injury attorney review it. The insurance company’s primary goal will be to get you to settle for as little as possible, so their initial offer is all but guaranteed to be less than what your claim is really worth.
What do I do if I was the victim of a hit-and-run semi-truck accident?
Sometimes drivers of 18-wheelers don’t realize when they’ve hit someone. Whether this was the case or not, it may be possible to track down the driver who hit you through witness accounts, paint scrapes, and surveillance footage.
Contact a Milwaukee Semi-Truck Crash Attorney
If you were hurt in a collision with a commercial vehicle, you need to begin the process of seeking financial compensation as soon as possible. The trucking company’s insurance will likely try to get you to settle quickly and for far less than what your claim is actually worth. The Law Offices of Gary Greenberg will make certain that any offer you accept is comprehensive and won’t leave you paying out of pocket sometime in the future.
To schedule a free, no-pressure case evaluation with a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer, call us at 414-271-7007 or simply complete the form at the bottom of this page. Get your questions answered and find out if you have grounds for a personal injury case today.