You Need a Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
When you’re hit by a large vehicle, put experience on your side
A serious injury can change everything – and when your car is hit by a larger vehicle like a box truck or delivery van, the injuries sustained are often serious. You may be looking at a long recovery period, weeks or months out of work, or even a permanent disability. Your first step, after getting medical attention, should be to protect your rights under Ohio law.
The company responsible for the accident – and their insurance company – will move quickly to protect their interests. You need an experienced attorney on your side to level the playing field. Hochman & Plunkett Co., L.P.A. has the experience and resources needed to get big results for injured people in Dayton and throughout Ohio. If you’ve been hurt, schedule your free consultation with us right away.
Commercial vehicles can be much more dangerous than passenger cars
Any vehicle has the potential to cause injury, but the larger the vehicle, the greater the potential for injury. Some of that is just physics: heavier vehicles have more momentum, so when they hit something, more force is transferred into the victim’s body. In addition, commercial vehicles are more difficult to maneuver. Their greater mass means they take longer to accelerate and, critically, have a longer stopping distance. Most commercial vehicles also have bigger blind spots and take wider turns than passenger cars.
Tractor-trailers are especially dangerous because of their sheer size, but even smaller commercial vehicles are still quite large and dangerous compared to cars. We represent people hurt in crashes with all types of commercial vehicles, including:
- Box trucks
- Delivery vehicles
- Cement mixers
- Construction vehicles
- Cargo vans
- Passenger buses
- Armored trucks
After any accident, you need to do a few things: call 911, get medical attention, and contact an attorney. That’s especially important when a commercial vehicle is involved because the legal situation can quickly get complicated.
Commercial vehicle crashes lead to complex legal situations
There are numerous parties that can be responsible for a commercial vehicle accident, including the company that owns the vehicle, the company that employs the driver of the vehicle (which is not always the same organization), the vehicle manufacturer, or even the driver of a third vehicle involved in the accident. Each of those parties has an insurance company protecting its own interests, and insurance companies are adept at using confusion to their advantage. They may be ostensibly competitors, but they have a shared goal: reducing the payout to the injured person by any means necessary.
Businesses usually carry high-limit insurance policies to protect their assets. From a victim’s perspective, this is a double-edged sword: it means there is potentially more coverage available to pay for your damages, but it also means the insurance company is going to fight especially hard to protect their bottom line. They will put their most experienced attorneys and representatives on your case, and they have no shortage of tactics to delay, dispute, and deny claims.
We know how to level the playing field. We have the resources to litigate tough personal injury claims throughout Ohio, and we move quickly to protect our clients’ interests. Our attorneys will launch a thorough investigation, digging deeper to find the cause of your accident and hold the company that harmed you accountable. We will deal with the insurance company and all other parties on your behalf so that you can focus on getting better.
Don’t go it alone. Schedule your free consultation today.
Your ability to get compensation for your injuries shouldn’t depend on your ability to pay. We represent accident victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing out of pocket. Our firm will advance the costs to litigate your case, and we only get paid if we recover money for you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s that simple.
The key is to act quickly so that we can investigate and start building your case. In a commercial vehicle accident, critical evidence may be the company’s property, so you need an attorney to take legal action to preserve that evidence. The decision you make to hire a lawyer could affect the rest of your life. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an Ohio commercial vehicle accident attorney.