Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents

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Tractor Trailer Accidents

Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents

Accidents involving trucks, especially semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, are very complex and they need a law firm with the experience and knowledge to take on the big trucking companies. You have questions and we demand answers. At GKT, Attorney Teena Miller focuses her practice on helping people injured or killed in truck crashes. She is specially trained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) and has the experience, knowledge, and training to handle any truck crash. Teena understands what it takes to go after the trucking company and win for clients. You can count on GKT to fight for you and your family and to hold the responsible parties accountable.

It is always important to move quickly to preserve evidence, determine the cause of the crash, and why it happened. If you have been injured, or a loved one has been injured or killed, by a careless truck driver, contact us today at (304) 845-9750 for a FREE consultation.

Don’t Delay – Preserving Evidence Is Key

Don’t delay – the trucking company is already working against you. Immediately after a truck crash, you can be sure the trucking company is taking steps to defend themselves.

Oftentimes, trucking companies have lawyers and/or insurance adjusters on the scene within hours. At a time when you may be fighting for your life or trying to understand what caused the crash that took the life of your loved one, the trucking company is working to defend your claim. Unfortunately for you, trucking companies have the resources to act quickly, and this puts you at a disadvantage. You need a law firm who will fight back, and you need one fast. You need GKT. We have the experience and resources to move quickly to protect you and your family.

Preserving evidence is key to protecting your rights and holding the trucking company accountable. Generally, tractor trailers and semi-trucks have headquarters out of state. That means the trucking company will likely move the truck and other key evidence to another location closer to their home. This can make it difficult to locate the truck and investigate the crash. We know how to handle truck crashes, tractor trailer crashes, and semi-truck crashes.

Contact us today so we can begin preserving evidence for you.

How Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

Truck accidents are very different and more complex than car accidents. The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and there are many rules and regulations that trucking companies must follow. These rules include a limit on the number of hours a driver can drive, mandated rest periods, regular drug and alcohol testing, and maintaining a log book of drivers’ hours of service. Drivers must also have a special license and undergo specific training to drive certain trucks. Commercial trucks are also required to have proper markings, be properly secured, and have insurance coverage to protect you and your family. These and other regulations are in place in an effort to reduce the risk of crashes. When a trucking company fails to abide by these rules and puts profits ahead of safety, tragedy occurs. In truck crash cases, you need a law firm who has the experience, knowledge, and training to find out what went wrong and to hold the responsible parties accountable. You need GKT.           

In addition to rules and regulations, trucking companies typically carry multiple insurance policies, and accidents involving trucks oftentimes include multiple defendants. Investigating the crash and determining the responsible parties and their insurance coverage can be challenging. You need a law firm who will go after the trucking company and hold them accountable. You need GKT. You have questions, and we demand answers.

Lastly, trucking companies have the financial resources to quickly get out in front of any accident and take advantage of victims and their families. They have access to an experienced team of attorneys and investigators who investigate trucking accidents and quickly negotiate minimal settlements every day. They are not on your side. That’s why it is important for you and/or your family to contact our office immediately – so we can start to work for YOU and obtain the fair settlement you deserve. Contact us today at (304) 845-9750 for a FREE consultation.

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Truck and Tractor Trailor Practice Areas

  • Improperly Maintained Vehicles
  • Federal and State Regulations Were Improperly Maintained
  • Expired or Invalid Driver’s Credentials
  • Local Traffic Laws Were Not Followed
  • Possible Manufacturing Defects in the Truck and Other Commercial Vehicle

Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

How are trucking crashes different than car accidents?

Crashes involving commercial trucks or semi-trucks are generally more complicated than other car accidents. Big trucking companies carry big insurance policies and oftentimes multiple insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. These companies have access to a team of attorneys who negotiate truck crash claims every day, and they have the financial resources to get out in front of any truck crash and take advantage of accident victims. They will aggressively defend their position in an effort to pay you as little as possible. You need a law firm who knows how to handle truck crashes. You need GKT. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

I was injured in a truck crash that wasn’t my fault. Should I answer questions from the trucking company?

You should not answer any questions from the trucking company. Any information you provide to the trucking company will be used against you. The trucking company and their insurance company want to reduce their liability, and anything they gather from you will be used for that purpose. They are not on your side. They work for the trucking company, and it is their job to pay you as little as possible. They may seem friendly and willing to help, but don’t be fooled. You need an experienced truck crash attorney who will fight for you, you need GKT. We have the knowledge and experience to handle any truck crash. Contact our office today and put us on your side. We know what questions to answer and we know how to protect your rights.

Should I accept a settlement offer from the trucking company?

A settlement offer should only be considered when the nature of your injuries and all damages can be reasonably determined. You should never accept an offer without first reviewing it with an experienced attorney. Oftentimes trucking companies will offer a settlement soon after the accident with hopes a victim will take their “lowball” offer. No matter how good this offer may seem to you, the initial amount offered is oftentimes much less than what you are owed. Accepting a quick, initial offer jeopardizes your ability to sue for more damages later. That means you could be left paying for future medical bills and treatment out of your own pocket. Contact our office today. Our attorneys can help you determine the value of your case and the right time to accept a settlement offer.

Who can be held accountable in a semi-truck crash?

There can be many possible defendants in a truck crash. From the driver to the trucking company to the owner of the trailer and more. The list can be long and complicated. An experienced truck crash lawyer knows what to look for and can determine who is responsible for compensating you for the crash. Contact our office so we can get started working for you.

How long does it take to resolve a truck crash claim?

The length of time to resolve a claim is dependent on many factors, and differs from case to case. Initially, trucking companies and their insurance companies will try to resolve the claim quickly in an effort to pay the victim and their families as little as possible before an attorney gets involved. After an attorney gets involved, the insurance company’s approach usually changes because they know an attorney will thoroughly investigate the claim and add value to the claim. This ultimately leads to a more favorable settlement for the victim, but because more money is at stake, the insurance company will be more aggressive in defending their position and the amount of liability. This could result in a longer time to resolve the claim, but also a higher settlement amount for the victim and their family.

Personal Injury Case Results

In an effort to educate potential clients about the work that we do, we have summarized a few of our cases. The following cases have been generalized in order to maintain confidentiality for all parties involved. Each case has its own set of facts, and the following settlements and verdicts have been obtained based on the facts and merits of each individual circumstance. Therefore, you should not equate the results in this section to be accurate with respect to your claim.

Confidential Settlement Amount. Drunk driving crash resulting in death.

Our client was hit head-on by a drunk driver and killed. The drunk driver was in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the crash. During our investigation, it was discovered that the drunk driver had multiple DUI’s on his record.

Confidential Settlement. Tractor Trailer accident causing death. Wrongful Death.

Our client was killed instantly when a trailer came detached from the tractor and hit her head-on. The investigation revealed that the accident was caused by an improperly hitched trailer and an inadequately secured load.

$19.6 million recovery. Coal mine explosion.

A violent explosion at a local mine tragically killed several workers and seriously injured others. We represented families of two of the deceased and two injured workers.

$3.6 million recovery. Product Liability. Unsafe drug causing death.

Our client took a prescribed drug and died. The manufacturer of the drug knew that the drug had dangerous side effects and failed to advise doctors and warn patients of risks associated with use. Settlement was reached prior to trial.

$2.4 million jury verdict. Police officer hit by drunk driver.

Our client was employed as a police officer for a city police department. While directing traffic, our client was struck by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol level was .18. Our client suffered trauma to his back, neck, and lower extremities. He also suffered from headaches, memory loss, and concentration difficulties. In addition, our client...
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$1.5 million recovery. Car accident.

While driving on the interstate, our client encountered heavy fog and pulled off the side of the highway leaving the lights on. While pulled off the side of the road, our client was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, which resulted in an 11-car pile-up. Our client suffered blindness in her right eye, multiple fractures, tendon and...
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$1.4 million settlement. Car accident & Insurance bad faith.

Our client was injured in an automobile accident by an unknown driver who fled the scene. Our client filed a lawsuit against the unknown driver and made a claim against her own insurance under the terms of her uninsured motorist coverage. Our client repeatedly made requests that her own insurance company adjust her claim, but...
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$1.25 million recovery. Product Liability. Unsafe drug causing death.

Our client took a prescribed drug and died. The manufacturer of the drug knew that the drug had dangerous side effects and failed to advise doctors and warn patients of risks associated with use. Settlement was reached prior to trial.