Truck Crash Lawyer in Utah

Utah truck accident lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a semi-truck in Utah, you may be uncertain what to do next. Our truck wreck attorneys understand the sense of disruption and isolation that a serious injury can cause. We understand that many Utah families experience financial stress as a result of a family member being injured and out of work for an extended period after a serious accident. It is important to understand the steps that you can take to regain control of your life.

 

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How a Utah Truck Crash Lawyer Can Help

 

Attorney Ron Kramer understands the many ways that a truck crash can occur. He uses his knowledge as a licensed commercial driver and his legal skill to help clients who have been harmed by tractor trailers.

We begin by listening carefully to the facts of your case and the ways that your life has changed as a result of your injuries.  Insurance companies often try to take advantage of injured people after truck wrecks and push lowball settlements that do not reflect the full extent of your losses. An initial offer may be only a fraction of the amount that you should receive based on the severity of your injuries.

We can help you evaluate your options for seeking just compensation. We often give advice about the next steps you should take: how to talk to the insurance company, what to do next, and how to protect your legal rights.

We will review the facts of the collision and identify the potentially at-fault parties. Car crashes involving semi-trucks may have multiple potentially liable parties including the truck driver, the trucking company, a cargo shipper, a trailer owner, or a manufacturer of truck components such as defective tires or faulty brakes.

 

We will conduct a detailed investigation of the wreck and determine all the potentially responsible parties and their insurance companies. We will gather police reports, driver’s logs, truck maintenance records and other evidence to show that negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company or another party caused your injuries.

We will develop an estimate of your losses including your medical expenses, lost income from missed work, and future lost income if your injuries prevent you from returning to work.

We will prepare a claim and submit it to the insurance companies representing the at-fault parties. We will negotiate vigorously for a just settlement that reflects the extent of your losses.

If the insurance companies refuse to make a fair settlement, we will be prepared to file a lawsuit after consulting with you and seek justice for you in court.

Throughout the process, we will stand beside you —and stand up for you—in settlement negotiations, in mediation and, if necessary, in court.

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Unique Factors in Truck Accidents

You should report the collision to the police and wait for the police to arrive. Don’t let the truck driver or anyone else talk you out of reporting the accident to police. A police record of the accident is essential to making a successful claim.

You should exchange license and insurance information with the truck driver and others involved in the accident. Get the name and contact information of the truck driver, the trucking company and their insurance information.

While waiting for the police to arrive, take some photos documenting the scene of the crash, your injuries and the damage to the vehicles, if you can do so safely. Photograph skid marks on the road and any vegetation that is blocking traffic signs. If you are unable to do this, ask someone else to take photographs. Photos can be helpful evidence.

Resist the urge to discuss the specifics of the wreck with the other driver or drivers. Give a factual account of what happened to police. Let the police reach their own conclusions about how the accident occurred.

Do not make any off-the-cuff statements about your health after a wreck. Your statements may be used against you later. Some people are tempted to reassure others that they are unharmed. But the rush of adrenaline after a collision may mask injuries that are more obvious a day or two later.

See a doctor and have a medical evaluation if you not require emergency medical treatment. It is important to see a doctor. Inform the doctor that you were involved in a collision. A doctor’s evaluation documenting your injuries related to the accident will provide important evidence if you later need to pursue an injury claim.

You should inform yourself about your legal options if you have been injured in a crash caused by a truck. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced truck wreck lawyer. Understanding your legal options will help you make an informed decision.

You should expect that the trucking company or an insurance representative will contact you soon after the collision. The trucking company may offer a settlement. It is important not to give any recorded statements to the insurance company or sign any liability release until you have consulted with an experienced Utah truck accident lawyer.

Our attorneys have handled many wreck claims. We can provide trusted guidance on whether an insurance company’s offer represents a fair settlement based on the specific facts of your accident.

Why Truck Wrecks Are Different Than Car Wrecks

 Truck wrecks differ from collisions between passenger cars in a number of ways. The contributing factors in a truck accident have a direct effect on how these cases are handled in negotiations, in mediation, and at trial. Among the ways that truck crashes differ from a car crash are:

  • Size difference. A large truck can stand over 13 feet high and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. By contrast, the average passenger vehicle stands about five or six feet high and weighs only 3,500 pounds. When these two vehicles collide, the smaller one typically takes far more damage than it would have in a crash with another small vehicle. This often leads to more severe injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
  • Regulations. When you are in a collision with another passenger car, you may need to consider state traffic laws and the rules governing your insurance and the insurance of the other driver. When you collide with a large truck, you must deal not only with state traffic laws and applicable insurance rules, but also with the extensive list of state and federal regulations governing the licensing, maintenance, and operation of large trucks and the training and licensing of their drivers.
  • Multiple parties involved. Many car wrecks involve only the respective drivers and their insurance companies. In a truck crash, multiple parties and their insurers may be involved. The driver may be employed by one company. The tractor may be owned or leased by a second company. The trailer may be owned by a third company. The load of cargo may be owned by a fourth company and separately insured. Identifying all the potentially liable parties is essential after a tractor trailer crash, but it can be difficult and requires a lawyer experienced at handling truck accidents.
  • Higher stakes. Truck drivers and trucking companies are required to carry higher amounts of liability insurance because of the potential harm large trucks can cause. Truck accidents tend to produce more severe injuries than other wrecks. Trucking companies and their insurers will vigorously defend themselves. It is important for you to have a skilled attorney representing your interests.

Unique Factors in Truck Crashes

Understanding what happened in a truck crash requires a careful investigation. Some of the most common unique factors that lead to truck crashes include:

  • Reduced visibility. Drivers of tractor trailers and semi-trucks do not have the same view of the road as passenger car. Many angles surrounding the truck are visible only in the driver’s mirrors, which must be kept clean, properly adjusted, and in good working order. Even with mirrors, trucks have substantial blind spots directly in the front and rear of the truck and on both sides. A driver who is sleepy, intoxicated or simply not paying attention may not realize a car is in a blind spot until it is too late to prevent a crash.
  • Reduced agility. Large trucks accelerate, brake, swerve, and turn more slowly than passenger cars, and they need more space to maneuver. The added space requirement means that trucks must stay alert to conditions on the road well ahead of the vehicle. A lack of care paid to the truck’s surroundings can result in the truck coming up too quickly on an obstruction in the road ahead—making emergency maneuvers dangerous or even deadly to traffic near the truck.
  • Long hours and pay by the mile. Truck drivers are behind the wheel for long stretches of time each day and each week. Many trucking companies also pay drivers by the mile, which places pressure on the drivers to cover as many miles as they can in the time they may legally spend behind the wheel. The long hours and pay linked to mileage can prompt some drivers to push through fatigue or to take risks they wouldn’t otherwise take – to the peril of everyone on the road.
  • Multiple administrative layers. Commercial truck drivers drive as part of their job. Unscrupulous trucking companies may try to force drivers to drive more than their allotted hours or when drivers are too sleepy or sick to drive safely. Determining who is at fault in a crash requires looking at the entire structure employing the driver and handling the cargo the truck carries.

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