Michigan Truck Accident Attorneys
Assisting Victims of Big Rig Collision and Their Families
Did you know that a person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes? Few things are more terrifying than being involved in a collision with a semi-truck or commercial motor vehicle (CMV). These massive big rigs can weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger car vehicle, putting other drivers at far greater risks of serious injury during an accident. When you consider that over half of all large truck crashes involve a tractor-trailer colliding with another type of car, it’s little wonder that thousands of people are killed and injured in truck accidents every year.
Because special rules and laws apply to commercial carriers, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney to help protect your rights after an accident. Our Michigan truck accident attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and we’ve been helping severely injured victims and their families for decades. Our firm has several office locations and we proudly serve clients throughout the state of Michigan.
Call (888) 211-5798 or fill out and submit an online contact form to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.
Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. Much like other types of motor vehicle accidents, such as car and motorcycle accidents, large truck collisions occur for a wide variety of reasons. All too often, these devastating collisions are the result of negligence, either on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, a manufacturer, or another party.
Some of the most common causes of big rig accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including eating or texting while driving
- Operating while intoxicated (OWI/DUI)
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Illegal and/or dangerous driving maneuvers
- Overloaded and/or improperly loaded cargo trucks
- Violation of hours-of-service regulations
- Defective truck parts or design
- Improper truck maintenance
Truck Accident Claim FAQs
What counts as a commercial motor vehicle?
Variously called 18-wheelers, big rigs, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks, there are a wide number of names for the largest vehicles that traverse our nation’s highways. Whether you were involved in a large-scale tanker truck accident or a smaller trailer, however, the truck will be classified as a “commercial motor vehicle” or CMV if it weighs more than 10,001 pounds. If the vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds, the driver is required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and submit to regular alcohol and drug testing, road tests, and inspections, among other regulations. When the driver fails to meet these standards, they may be considered negligent.
Who is liable to cover my injuries?
Truck accident claims are often particularly difficult to navigate, as there may be a number of liable parties. For example, if a trucking company pressures drivers to meet unrealistic quotas, truck drivers may feel as though they need to speed or skip mandatory breaks in order to stay on schedule. If an accident results, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be liable.
Why do I need an investigation of my truck accident?
After a commercial motor vehicle crash, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA will look to provide a full investigation of the incident, working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). However, these investigators are not looking for evidence related to your injuries and may miss important details for your claim. If you work with an experienced truck accident attorney, they can hire experts or perform an investigation of their own, as well as request the driver’s qualification file (DQF) and other regulatory documents about the driver’s performance. This may improve the quality of your case by revealing a pattern of negligence or carelessness, either by the company or the driver.
What damages can I seek in a truck accident case?
Because of their size, a big rig accident is far more likely to result in life-altering, catastrophic injuries for all parties involved – and especially for those in smaller vehicles, such as a passenger car or a motorcycle. When you’ve been seriously injured, you don’t just need assistance with paying for medical bills. You could have many ongoing costs and bills to pay, including long-term care for any disabilities and ongoing rehabilitation therapy.
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Accident Case
As previously mentioned, truck accident claims are very complex. It is crucial that you have an experienced attorney on your side who can thoroughly investigate the accident, determine what happened, and discover who is liable for your injuries and other losses. Truck accidents are typically devastating, with victims suffering serious, catastrophic injuries. These injuries have a huge impact, one that is often physical, emotional, and financial in nature.
At Grewal Law PLLC, we are well-versed in complicated personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our truck accident lawyers in Michigan can help you fully understand your legal options and help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients; call us to find out how we can help you with your case.
For a confidential, no-cost consultation, contact us at (888) 211-5798 or reach out to our team online.
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