The aftermath of a collision between an 18-wheeler and an ordinary passenger vehicle on an Ohio highway can be devastating. No 3,500-pound sedan is any match for an 80,000-pound semi-truck in an accident. That’s why typically 100 or more heavy truck-involved fatalities are reported in Ohio every year.
The laws surrounding commercial trucking also are different than those that apply to drivers of other types of vehicles. From a legal angle, trucking cases are much different from ordinary automobile collisions. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you need an attorney who understands this. You need an Ohio truck accident attorney.
If you or a loved one have been in a crash on the Ohio Turnpike or elsewhere in our state, the experienced Cleveland and Columbus truck accident attorneys of Plevin & Gallucci can help. We’ve been fighting on behalf of injured clients since 1971, with a recent fatal trucking accident case returning a $775,000 settlement.
Who’s to Blame in a Ohio Trucking Accident?
Ohio is a common thoroughfare for truckers heading to or from the East Coast. Interstate 90, the nation’s longest interstate highway, runs across Northeast Ohio through the middle of Cleveland. I-77 connects Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. I-71 links Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. The Ohio Turnpike is often used by trucks traveling to Toledo, Cleveland, and Youngstown. Countless other state highways across Ohio also can be the sites of dangerous accidents.
Federal laws govern how many hours a trucker can drive in a given period. The law also lays out very specific practices trucking companies must follow to monitor their adherence to the law. When their failure to do these things results in an accident, other injured drivers and passengers can and should seek to hold the company accountable.
A truck driver and the trucking company may be held responsible after an accident if the truck driver:
- Did not obey traffic signals or other rules of the road;
- Drove recklessly;
- Was under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Was driving for longer than legally allowed.
The company may be at fault if:
- Proper records were not kept;
- The truck was carrying dangerous cargo;
- Equipment was not properly maintained;
- Drivers were not properly trained.
Legal liability can run even deeper. Depending on the cause of the accident, the manufacturer of a faulty automotive part may be held liable in some instances, for example.
The experienced truck accident attorneys of Plevin & Gallucci will pursue all legal routes to hold accountable any party that bears responsibility for what has happened.
Ohio Truck Crash Injuries and Recovering Damages
The injuries caused by accidents involving large trucks can be deadly. For those who survive, the injuries may require a lifetime of pain and rehabilitation. Life is forever changed not only for the injured person, but for their loved ones.
Truck accident injuries can include:
- Spine or brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Loss of limbs;
- Permanent disfigurement;
- Internal bleeding.
The costs associated with treating injuries such as these can be astonishing. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other big rig, you need to know that you may be able to seek compensation for what has happened.
Accident Lawyers in Columbus, Cleveland are Here to Help
Plevin & Gallucci can fight for you to be compensated for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering. Contact us today by calling 1-855-4-PLEVIN or by filling out the form on this page for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney.
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