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​​​​Truck Accident Cases are much Different From Car AccidentCases. But they are the same in that an experienced Cleveland Ohio truck accident lawyer can ensure compensation against the negligent driver or company in the form of:  medical bills (past and future), emotional distress, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other compensation.

Commercial trucks (also known as 18 Wheelers,  semi trucks, semi trailers, or tractor trailers)  can weigh 10,000 to 80,000 pounds and were involved in 3,341 fatal crashes and 60,000 injury crashes nationwide in 2011.

When looking for a Cleveland Ohio semi truck accident lawyer it important  to know how to properly investigate the accident. In a tractor trailer crashthere can be many companies, people, or insurance companies that might share in the liability for the accident. These can include: 


  • Trucking companies (The truck driver’s employer; The truck owner or trailer owner; The company leasing the truck or trailer)
  • The leasing company owner
  • Cargo companies
  • Truck manufacturers
  • Parts manufacturers (The manufacturer of a faulty truck part (i.e. product liability)
  • Truck maintenance companies
  • Passengers
  • Multiple insurance companies
  • Federal regulations
  • The party responsible for shipping or loading a truck’s cargo (in improper loading cases)


Truck accident injuries are often more severe than accidents caused by passenger cars.  Given the size of the semi trailer, compared to a car, injuries are often severe and may include:

  • Brain injury and Internal organ damage
  • Neck, back injury, and Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones and Scarring
  • Paralysis and permanent disability
  • Amputation and Death


Cleveland Ohio truck accident lawyer Patrick Merrick explains some 18 Wheeler,  semi truck, semi trailer, or tractor trailer accident statistics:

  • Approximately 1 out of 8 traffic fatalities involves a collision with a commercial truck.
  • 88,000 people were injured in semi truck crashes in 2011.
  • Tractor trailers account for approximately 60% of commercial truck accidents resulting in death and 50% of injury accidents.
  • The most dangerous 18 Wheeler accidents  are rollovers crashes. These typically occur when the driver loses control of his rig on an unstable roadway surface. Other types of truck accident crashes in Cleveland Ohio are Wide Turns,Rollovers, Jackknifes, Tire Blowouts, Rear End collisions, T-bonecrashes, Blindspot, Head-on, and Lost Load
  • Approximately 66% of truck accident death cases happen on country roads and approximately 33% occur on freeways and  highways.
  • The majority of accidents happen during the week when the tractor trailers are more often on the roads.
  • Rear-end collisions involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle were the fault of car and truck drivers more than 75 percent of the time.


 When a big rig is at fault in an accident in Cleveland Ohio, common causes of the driver’s negligence include:


  • Speeding
  • Distraction/inattention (including cell phone use, eating, and being lost in thought)
  • Impairment (alcohol, fatigue, illness, etc.)
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Obscured vision


 

An experienced 18 wheeler accident lawyer must know the Federal and Ohio state laws that oversee truck drivers and semi-truck accidents.  According  to the USDOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration common violations that led to negligently caused accidents were: 


  • Drivers with insufficient training;
  • Overloaded trucks;
  • Unsecured loads or improperly balanced loads;
  • Skipping mandated sleep breaks and driving too many hours;
  • Improperly maintained vehicles


Spanish Speaking Cleveland Ohio truck accident lawyer Patrick Merrick can help victims get Monetary Compensation for 18 wheeler semi truck tractor trailer accidents in Ohio. The actions of 18 wheeler semi truck tractor trailer drivers are the cause of many accidents and injuries on Cleveland Ohio roads each year. Talk to Spanish Speaking Cleveland Ohio 18 wheeler semi truck tractor trailer accident lawyer to understand the compensation available including wrongful death lawsuits, my money for not working, medical bills, pain and suffering.​


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