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Drivers encounter semi trucks every day, as they deliver goods and products to merchants all over the country. While semi trucks — or “18-wheelers” serve an indispensable purpose, being involved in an accident with one of these trucks can be catastrophic. While large trucks make up only 4% of vehicles on the road, they are involved in 10% of fatal motor vehicle crashes.*  When a large truck is involved in a multiple-vehicle fatal accident, 97% of the time, the person(s) killed are the occupants of a passenger vehicle — not the semi truck.*  Our lawyers can help you and your family the compensation you deserve.

Truck Accidents in Wisconsin

In the majority of accidents involving large trucks, the driver of the passenger vehicle — not the truck — is at fault.**  However, in 34% of fatal crashes involving large trucks, the truck driver’s actions were a factor.  The top five truck driver-related factors for large trucks in fatal crashes are:

  • speeding
  • distraction/inattention
  • failure to keep in proper lane
  • vision obscured
  • failure to yield right-of-way**

Why You Need a Lawyer

Truck accident cases are typically much more complex than car accident cases. Often, multiple vehicles are involved. In addition, state and federal trucking regulations, which are not an issue in car accidents, play a large role in trucking accidents.

A truck accident may involve multiple insurers — the insurer covering the vehicle, and, perhaps the owner of the freight being hauled, for example.  If you have been in an accident with a large truck, you will almost certainly be contact by an insurance adjuster.  DO NOT SPEAK WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY.  We understand that you want to be cooperative, but you should not give a statement to an insurance adjuster until you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer.  Remember, it is the insurance company’s objective to pay you as little as possible.  An adjuster may attempt to get you to say things that could limit the amount of compensation you will receive.  Even seemingly innocent, polite conversation such as “how are you doing?” can elicit a response that could later be used against you.  By having a lawyer represent you, you will be able to refer all communications to us.  We will handle everything, and make sure you don’t inadvertently lower the value of your claim.

*Source:  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Fatality Facts 2010 – Large Trucks,” retrieved 7/31/12 from http://www.iihs.org/research/fatality.aspx?topicName=Largetrucks
**Source:  U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division, “Large Truck Crash Overview 2010,” retrieved 7/31/12 from http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/CarrierResearchResults/HTML/2010overview/2010overview.htm

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