Boston Truck Accident Lawyers
In a major city like Boston, large trucks can pose a serious threat to the thousands of vehicles sharing the road. The slightest error may result in a tragic accident that causes death or permanent injury.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the Boston truck accident lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs can help. Our attorneys have a successful track record of recovering fair verdicts and settlements for victims of these horrific crashes, including $9 million for two brothers who were severely burned in a crash with an 18-wheeler. The head of our personal injury division, Kenneth M. Suggs, has been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims for more than four decades. Suggs also carries the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating. This is the highest peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, indicating the highest ethical standards and legal ability.
Our Boston personal injury attorneys offer an initial consultation completely free of charge. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid unless you receive a favorable outcome.
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Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
There are a wide variety of large commercial vehicles on the highway at any given time, all of which are at risk for being involved in an accident, including:
- Dump trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Flat-bed trucks
- Livestock carriers
- Tow trucks
- Fire engines
- 18-wheeled trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers
- Delivery trucks
- Passenger busses
- Tanker trucks
Types of Truck Crashes
These vehicles can cause many different types of crashes, including:
- Jackknife accidents – These happen when the truck’s brakes lock up, causing the trailer on the truck to swing outward so it is at a 90-degree angle with the cab. These often turn into rollover accidents because the driver has no control over the truck.
- Rollover accidents – These occur when a truck rolls over onto its side. These often happen when a truck is traveling on a steep incline or decline, speeding, or when the driver maneuvers to get the trailer back onto the road.
- Tire blowouts – A blowout can cause a driver to lose control of the truck, putting all of the vehicles around it at risk of a severe crash.
- Rear-end accidents – These accidents occur when a truck slams into the back of a vehicle and often result in serious property damage and severe injuries because trucks weigh thousands of pounds.
- Underride accidents – This type of accident happens when a vehicle crashes into the back of a truck and slides under the trailer. These are one of the deadliest types of accidents.
- Wide-turn/swinging-turn accidents – These occur when a truck makes a right turn and hits cars to the right of it, squeezing them between the side of the truck and the sidewalk.
- Cargo spills – If cargo is not properly loaded or secured, it can fall or spill off the truck, creating a road hazard for other drivers.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs' Boston truck accident lawyers understand the complexities of these types of accidents and will work to help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Injuries Associated with Truck Accidents
People who survive truck accidents are often left with severe, potentially life-altering injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken Bones
- Torn or sprained ligaments
- Internal damage or bleeding
- Major bruising
- Neck or head injuries
- Permanent scarring
These injuries create physical, mental and financial difficulties that are hard for anyone to deal with on their own. Recovery can require years of rehabilitation that insurance companies may not be willing to fully cover.
Our Boston truck accident lawyers have witnessed firsthand the traumatic damages caused by large trucks and can help you receive the compensation needed to return to a normal life.
Speak to one of our attorneys by calling 1-877-692-3862 to begin your road to recovery.
Steps to Take After a Boston Truck Accident
The first thing you should do after a truck accident, regardless of the severity of your injuries, is go to the hospital for treatment. You need to be seen by medical professionals who can diagnose all of your injuries and provide the appropriate treatment.
They may also prescribe medication and advise you to undergo further tests or make appointments with other doctors or specialists. It is very important that you follow all of the instructions you receive. Failing to do so could endanger your future health and any future insurance claims.
Request copies of your medical records before you leave the hospital. If they cannot provide copies, find out how you can obtain them after you leave. Medical records are arguably the most important evidence after a motor vehicle accident.
Your next step is to obtain a copy of the police report about the accident. You can easily do this on the website of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. This is an official record of what occurred and may contain the opinions of the police officer who filed it. This could be the key evidence you need to establish liability for the crash.
Your next step is to contact our Boston truck accident lawyers to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. If we decide you have a valid claim and you decide to proceed, we can handle every aspect of your claim. We want you to be free to focus on healing.
Our Boston truck accident lawyers are ready and waiting to help. Call 1-877-692-3862.
What Our Boston Truck Accident Lawyers Can Do for You
Most victims of accidents are unaware of how to proceed and carry on after an accident. The next steps that follow are incredibly important to determine how you will recover both medically and financially.
The truck company involved in the accident will make every attempt to direct the blame away from its driver. These companies have their own attorneys and investigators that may attempt to persuade the insurance company that you caused the accident and are responsible for your own damages.
By retaining legal representation, you are taking steps to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by outside parties.
There are several ways our Boston truck accident lawyers can assist you:
- Representing your best interests – We are experienced in handling insurance investigators and truck companies to ensure that the facts of the accident are not twisted against you.
- Thoroughly investigating the accident - We will conduct our own investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident and the maximum compensation you are entitled. This will include talking to witnesses, reviewing any available photos or video of the crash, researching both the company and the driver, and analyzing your medical bills in order to build a strong case on your behalf.
- Applying our detailed knowledge of truck accident liability - Janet, Jenner & Suggs' Boston truck accident lawyers have a detailed understanding of how to determine liability for various types of truck accidents. We will work to discover all the liable parties.
- Reviewing state and federal regulations – Trucks are regulated by federal and state laws. There are regulations governing storage of cargo, driver training, drug testing, inspection of vehicles and many other aspects of the trucking industry. Our Boston truck accident lawyers have in-depth knowledge of these regulations and how they apply to individual cases.
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Compensation from a Truck Accident
There are many forms of compensation our Boston truck accident lawyers may be able to recover from an insurance claim or personal injury claim against the parties liable for the accident.
Economic compensation includes:
- Current and future medical bills - This covers all of the treatment you receive now and in the future because of the accident, such as rehabilitation, physical therapy and other special needs.
- Lost wages – This covers all wages lost from missed time at work due to your injuries.
- Funeral expenses – This is available to families whose loved one died in a truck accident. This helps families cover funeral and other final expenses for their loved one.
Noneconomic compensation includes:
- Current and future pain and suffering – This covers the physical pain from your injuries and the emotional suffering you have experienced, including anxiety and other psychological issues.
- Loss of enjoyment of life – This is intended to compensate you for activities and other things you can no longer participate in because of your injuries.
- Permanent disfigurement – This is intended to compensate you for having to deal with permanent scarring or disfigurement caused by the accident.
- Loss of companionship – This is to compensate a spouse for the loss of his or her spouse in a truck accident.
Fortunately, Massachusetts sets no cap on damages from a truck accident lawsuit. This means the amount you recover greatly depends on the strength of your case. The Boston truck accident lawyers at our firm are committed to building a robust case that compensates you for all of the effects of your accident.
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Contributory Negligence in Massachusetts
Like many other states, Massachusetts has a contributory negligence rule governing the recovery of damages in a personal injury claim.
The rule states that you can recover damages as long as your percentage of fault for the accident is not greater than the total amount of fault shared by the other liable parties.
However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault for the crash. This means that a compensation award of $100,000 would be reduced to $90,000 if you were 10 percent at fault.
This is typically applied in the courtroom, but this rule may also come up in the insurance claims process.
Your Boston truck accident lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs can help make sure the comparative fault rule is applied correctly to your claim.
Types of Insurance Claims for Truck Accidents
One of the first ways our attorneys may attempt to recover compensation is through an insurance claim. Trucking companies and other entities associated with the vehicle or its cargo have insurance policies against which we may be able to make claims.
Public Liability Insurance
This is a federally-mandated insurance coverage for the motor carrier, which employs the truck driver, and the freight forwarding company, which organizes the shipment of goods. Liability insurance pays out compensation for bodily injury, property damage and restoration of the environment after an accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires motor carriers and freight forwarders to carry $750,000 to $5,000,000 depending on the goods being transferred. However, if the cargo is non-hazardous and being transported in a vehicle weighing less than 10,001 pounds, the freight forwarder needs just $300,000 in coverage.
Extended Liability Insurance
This provides coverage beyond the limits of a public liability insurance policy. Freight forwarders and motor carriers may purchase this if they are concerned about their assets being seized if they are successfully sued.
Motor carriers sometimes purchase these policies for an extra $250,000 in liability coverage.
The Boston truck accident lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs always strive for the maximum insurance compensation for our clients.
If we take your case, we will immediately begin identifying the liable parties who may have insurance coverage. We will request a certified declarations sheet from each party's insurance company to find out how much compensation is available.
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Who Can be Held Liable for a Truck Crash?
Some of the entities that can be held liable for a truck crash include:
- Truck drivers
- Motor carriers
- Freight forwarding companies
- The owner of the cab
- The owner of the trailer
- The entity that leased the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The cargo-loading company
- The shop that services the truck
- The manufacturer of the cargo trailer
- The company that leased the trailer
If our Boston truck accident lawyers take your case, we will carefully examine your accident to determine all of the potentially liable parties.
Proving Negligence in a Truck Crash
Like other personal injury claims, there are four elements to negligence in a truck accident claim:
Duty of Care
This means that an individual or entity has a legal obligation to not behave in an unreasonable or reckless manner and to follow applicable laws and regulations.
This means different things depending on the situation and the entity. For example, truck drivers must follow traffic laws and not drive recklessly. They must maintain compliance with FMCSA and Massachusetts regulations.
Breach of the Duty of Care
Your Boston truck accident lawyer must prove that a duty of care was breached due to the actions of the defendant. This could include things like:
- Impaired driving
- Poor maintenance of the truck
- Violations of FMCSA regulations
- Negligence in the loading of cargo
- Negligence in the design or construction of the truck or truck parts
The Breach of the Duty of Care Was the Primary Cause of Injury
This is often the crux of a personal injury case. Your truck accident attorney needs to show that your injuries were not caused by some other factor, such as a preexisting illness or medical condition or the actions of someone besides the defendant.
Your Injuries Caused Damages
You simply need to show that there were damages from your injury, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and funeral costs, among others.
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There are numerous state and federal regulations for truck drivers, trucking companies and others involved in the transportation of cargo on our nation's roadways.
All commercial motor vehicles are required to go through an FMCSA inspection. In Massachusetts, trucks can complete the state inspection and forgo the federal inspection because our state's inspection covers the same areas as the federal one.
Some of the things inspectors review include:
- Air brakes – Vehicles will not pass inspection if any tubing or hoses are cracked, restricted or insecurely fastened.
- Service brakes – These cannot be missing any components, such as pads, lining, shoes, anchor pins, push rods or cam rollers.
- Rear reflectors – Vehicles that weigh more than 12,000 pounds must have a red reflector at the rear.
- Bumpers – Vehicles cannot have broken or bent bumpers or fenders or moldings with sharp edges or protrusions that present a danger to vehicle traffic.
- Tires – Inspectors will reject the vehicle if there is any tread or sidewall separation, blowout patch, or the tire contacts any part of the vehicle.
- Steering column – The truck will not pass inspection if the steering wheel is loose, worn, faulty or not properly secured.
- Frame – Vehicles cannot have cracked, broken, loose or sagging components.
If the vehicle that caused your accident did not pass any aspect of the inspection, the driver, trucking company or other entities could be held liable.
All truck drivers must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) to legally operate a commercial vehicle. Drivers operating larger vehicles have a tougher CDL test than drivers operating smaller vehicles. They will have to show full proficiency in areas like maneuvering, parking, pre-trip inspection, and engine and vehicle maintenance.
There are also strict regulations on the number of hours drivers can log each day. For example, semi-truck drivers must keep a log of their hours and cannot be one the road for more than 11 hours. If they drive for 60 or more hours in seven days, they have violated regulations.
Trucking companies are also required to drug test drivers before they operate a truck. Employees are also required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
If we take your case, our Boston truck accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate trucking company records to find out if the vehicle, driver or cargo were out of compliance with any federal regulations.
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How Long do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?
Every state has statutes of limitations, or deadlines, for filing certain types of legal claims. If you fail to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires, you lose the right to do so.
In Massachusetts, you must file personal injury claims within three years after the cause of the action accrues (Massachusetts General Laws Section 2A). This covers all motor vehicle accidents, including truck crashes.
Wrongful death claims have the same three-year statute of limitations as personal injury claims (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229 Section 2).
Contact Janet, Jenner & Suggs' Boston Truck Accident Lawyers
Recovering from an accident involving a large truck is difficult for both you and your family.
At Janet, Jenner & Suggs, we understand the hardships you are facing and will apply our legal knowledge and experience to help you seek justice and receive the compensation you need.
Through a free, no obligation consultation, we will review your claim and determine if you have a case. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay us until we recover compensation or you receive a favorable outcome in your case.