Bismarck Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Claims Created with Care
When you are hit by a commercial truck on the highways in or around Bismarck, you need a powerful and compassionate legal team to back you. Where can you find one? Maring Williams Law Office, of course!
The people of Bismarck know us as a leading personal injury law firm with a focus on difficult claims, like truck accident cases. While we get to work on a client’s case, we take extra steps to ensure they are comfortable and confident with how things are progressing. As our client, you will never feel like you are being left out or uninformed, and we will never pressure you to make a decision that you do not think is right for you. It is all part of how we exceed expectations from start to finish.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
What are the problems that cause truck accidents on the highways more often than others? Knowing what caused your truck accident and its commonality could help minimize your liability and prove other details of your claim.
Some of the most common reasons truck accidents happen are:
- Trucker exhaustion: The average truck driver can work up to 14 hours in a single shift, with 11 of those hours being spent behind the wheel. It is no surprise that many of them start to feel fatigued only a few hours into their shifts, which inherently increases their chances of causing a crash.
- Speeding: Some truck drivers can be tempted to try to get home and end their shifts sooner than later, so they do not need to spend so many hours behind the wheel. One of the few ways to end a route faster is by illegally speeding.
- Truck part defects: Many tractor-trailer accidents can be traced back to a part defect, like brake failure or a burst tire. When this happens, some of the liability can be placed on the part manufacturer.
- Unsecure cargo: Poorly arranged or loaded cargo in or on a trailer can become a serious hazard while in transit by falling onto the road behind the truck. Drivers can be struck by falling objects or be forced to swerve out of the way, resulting in another accident.
Drivers Vs. Truck Company Liability
For most truck accidents, the liability falls upon the truck driver, their parent company, or both parties. What are the differentiators that decide liability in a truck accident?
The truck driver is usually held liable if the accident was caused by speeding, reckless driving, or intoxication behind the wheel. The trucking company can often be found liable if it asks its drivers to complete unreasonable or illegal tasks, such as shifts that exceed 14 hours.
Other parties can become liable in a truck accident, though. For example, loose cargo that strikes other vehicles on the road can be attributed to a third-party load crew, such as employees at a retail store sending freight back to a regional warehouse.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
In a truck accident, it is not uncommon for people in smaller vehicles to suffer:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
The violent impact in the average truck accident can also be strong enough to cause fatal injuries to the victims. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Bismarck, then our law firm can provide compassionate and reliable legal guidance for a wrongful death claim.
How Long Does It Usually Take to Settle A Truck Accident Claim?
The length of your lawsuit will depend largely on how severe your injuries are. If you have suffered minor injuries, the insurance company may reach out to you with a settlement offer within a few months of the accident. However, just because you have received an offer does not mean you should accept it. You should always speak with an injury lawyer first to ensure that you are being offered a fair settlement that takes into account all of your damages.
If you have suffered severe injuries, your settlement make take significantly longer, and may even end up going to trial. The length of time will depend on how quickly your legal team is able to come to an agreement with the trucking company on a fair settlement amount. This can be anywhere from a year to several years.
How Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
The main focus of our Bismarck truck accident lawyers is your satisfaction as our client. We want to do as much as you prefer when handling your claim, which can include managing the entire case and representing you during settlement negotiations and litigation. You can count on us to review the available evidence, calculate your damages, prepare and file your claim, respond to inquiries and challenges, and much more. All the while, we hope you give yourself the time you deserve to rest and recuperate from your injuries.
There is no case too complex for our law firm. Call (701) 543-6685 now to book a consultation to discuss your truck accident claim with our team.
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