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If you or a family get hit and hurt by a tractor-trailer, construction vehicle, delivery van, or other commercial truck in central Ohio, make sure you seek legal advice and representation from an experienced Columbus truck accident lawyer. Personal injury and wrongful death cases are not all the same, and truck accidents present many unique challenges.
The Columbus truck accident attorneys with Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman discuss three of the greatest differences between truck accidents and car crashes here. We will be glad to share more information and answer your specific questions if you contact us to schedule a free consultation. Request an appointment by calling (614) 678-3318 or by completing this online contact form. If your injuries make visiting our Columbus offices difficult, we can come to you.
Larger Vehicles Cause More Damage
The most obvious — and unfortunate — difference for victims is that collisions with large trucks tend to inflict much more severe injuries than car crashes. During 2016, the Ohio Department of Public Safety recorded 114 deaths and 4,912 injuries in wrecks involving commercial trucks. The greater the harm caused by a negligent or reckless truck driver, the higher the medical bills and other expenses such as lost wages for victims will be. As the cost of a truck accident rises, so does the likelihood that insurance companies will dispute or reject claims for fair and adequate compensation.
Insurance Issues Start Out Complex and Get Worse
The insurance situation will already be complicated because commercial trucks and their drivers are covered by more than policy. A typical 18-wheeler rolling down I-70 could have insurance of most of the following:
Figuring out why the truck accident happened will clarify which insurance policy will apply. Often, more than one policy will apply. A dedicated Columbus truck accident lawyer will understand how to prepare and present claims tailored to the requirements for each insurer.
Searching for Evidence Requires Expertise
A third major consideration is that it is not enough to merely show that a truck driver or equipment malfunction caused an accident that resulted in juries or death. To collect on insurance claims or succeed with a civil lawsuit, the victim must show that a specific act of negligence or instance of reckless behavior led to the crash. The victim must then show that the crash created the harm he or she suffered.
Proving negligence or recklessness and a causal relationship requires accessing and analyzing police reports, vehicle and equipment inspection sheets, hours of operation logs, truck “black box” data, and maintenance records. Working with a knowledgeable Columbus truck accident lawyer will help the victim get and make sense of all that information. The attorney can also handle communications with insurance company representatives and represent his or his client in court.