Massachusetts Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in Massachusetts, you may be coping with suffering, pain, anger, or grief. You’ve suffered a traumatic experience. After all, commercial trucks can weigh up to 30 times more than a standard passenger vehicle. This greatly increases the chance of injury or death, but you don’t want to think about the statistics. You just want to recover. Beyond that, your hands are full.
We have represented many victims like you and their families. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, call us today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Let us help you. Since 2004, the legal team at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts has accumulated the knowledge, resources, and experience to ensure that negligent truck drivers are held accountable for their actions. We want you to receive the justice and compensation you deserve so you can regain the peace of mind you had prior to your injury.
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Truck Accident Resources
What are the Leading Causes of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents are far too common and can happen in a number of different circumstances. The following could be contributing factors, depending on the circumstances of each crash. Take a look at the most common causes for truck accidents.
Driving While Drowsy
Federal regulations limit the hours a truck driver can log consecutively. However, these rules are often ignored.
Truck drivers typically work long shifts, sometimes driving through the night to reach their destinations and unload their cargo on time. This isn’t fair when commercial truck companies are to blame for this, pushing drivers to meet deadlines.
Driving drowsy means delayed reaction times, blurry vision, and even falling asleep at the wheel. Driving while exhausted, which can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, has led to many serious collisions.
Improper Cargo Loading
Anyone who loads a cargo truck must abide by specific rules as to how a truck can be loaded. These govern the total size, weight, height, and length of the vehicle and its cargo.
Have you ever seen an item sitting in the middle of the road? Well, maybe the proper procedures in securing the cargo for transport were not followed to the letter. When cargo is loaded improperly, it can fall onto the roadway and result in devastating crashes. The driver and/or the trucking company could be held liable in such cases.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Commercial trucks need to be maintained according to federal standards. All the truck’s systems and parts should be inspected regularly and kept in good repair. Everything that is checked, maintained, and fixed should be thoroughly documented.
Unfortunately, in an effort to save money, some companies don’t perform regular maintenance on their fleets. Commercial truck parts may be considered too expensive, or drivers are in a hurry to meet strict deadlines. When needed maintenance is ignored this way, serious accidents can occur due to cracked windshields, tire blowouts, or brake failure.
Unsafe Driving Practices
Drivers spend many hours on the road, and after a while this makes some drivers become overconfident and careless. They might develop unsafe driving habits.
Unsafe driving habits may include:
Truck Equipment Failure
Sometimes defective equipment causes collisions. The problem could originate with the brakes, a defective hitch, separated tire treads, or a host of other things.
If a defective part caused an accident, this is where filing a claim—or claims—can get especially complicated. The truck company, part manufacturer, or truck manufacturer may be held liable. It all depends on the specific circumstances.
Commercial drivers must be trained and experienced much more than the average driver’s license holder. There are rules and regulations that drivers must learn before obtaining a CDL. They must take courses, log so many hours of training, and pass tests.
Truck drivers also need to know and understand a wide range of laws regarding operating a semi or large truck. They need to know how to react in different driving situations such as inclement weather, changes in traffic, poor road conditions, or construction work.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident in Massachusetts, there are numerous parties who could be held liable for your losses. More than one party, such as the following, may be held responsible in some cases.
If the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drowsy, speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted, or disobeying traffic laws when the accident occurred, then he or she could be held liable.
The company may share in the driver’s negligence if it failed to perform a full background check before hiring, to provide adequate training, or to provide proper supervision. It also could be liable for failing to maintain the truck properly or keep a regular logbook. What’s more, sometimes companies push drivers to work long hours to meet unrealistic deadlines, which could be another factor.
If the truck was manufactured or assembled incorrectly, the truck company could be held accountable for your accident.
On the other hand, a defective part, whether it was installed with the manufacturing of the truck or afterward, could have contributed to the collision. If so, the manufacturer may be found liable for damages.
Either way, the attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts will thoroughly investigate your case and determine who or what caused the accident.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers can Help You
The team at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Massachusetts is well-aware of the many tactics insurance companies use to try to reduce the amount of compensation a victim receives. Immediately after your accident, the trucking and insurance companies will launch a thorough investigation of the crash.
You need someone on your side who will do the same. For each of our cases, Jason Stone Injury Lawyers dispatches a team to examine the scene and help us determine the cause of the accident.
We also have access to a team of trucking industry experts that will help us review different aspects of your case and plan a winning strategy.
Some of these experts are:
Our team will investigate by:
After an accident, trucking companies may try to destroy evidence that would prove they were negligent in some way. But we know their tricks. We will send a notice to the company and other parties involved in your case, legally requiring them to preserve driver’s logs, black box data, and other evidence essential to your case.
What Damages Can I Recover After My Truck Accident?
The Massachusetts truck accident attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers believe that trucking companies, drivers, and manufacturing companies should be held responsible for your pain and suffering. If they have been negligent, they must pay.
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A trucking accident can be devastating for you as a victim and for your loved ones. You deserve a stable future, one where you won’t have to worry about how to provide for yourself and your family.
The Massachusetts truck accident attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can help provide that for you. We will use the law on your behalf to help you recover the compensation you need to restore your life.
You may be due compensation for:
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