After A Truck Accident, Get Our Legal Help
At Paige J. Donnelly, Ltd., we have more than 75 years of experience helping Minnesota and Wisconsin survivors of truck accidents. We have a reputation for earning high settlements and verdicts, even if it means filing a lawsuit.
Each year, over 4,800 people are killed and over 100,000 people are injured in crashes involving large trucks. Injuries caused by a large truck can be catastrophic. Often, the truck company or driver created a danger to the public and ultimately the victim. For example, the trucking companies:
- Hired a poorly trained or inexperienced driver
- Trained a driver in a manner that violates safety laws
- Kept the truck and trailer in an unsafe condition
- Allowed drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs to stay on the road
- Allowed drivers to violate the safety law limiting the hours of driving (a fatigued driver is as dangerous as a drunk driver)
These behaviors are unacceptable. If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by the driver or truck company’s negligence, we are on your side. Our lawyers will do everything in their power to recover maximum compensation for your damages.
Why You Need An Attorney After A Crash
As soon as it learns about the automobile crash, the trucking company or its insurer sends a team to the scene. Truck drivers are often trained to call the trucking company before calling the police or checking on the victims. Within an hour after a crash occurs, the company usually has a claims investigator at the scene seeking evidence favorable to the defense. Too often, evidence that was present at the scene vanishes.
Much crucial information can be lost if the victim doesn’t have an attorney who can act promptly to preserve it. Truck companies have driver’s logs, onboard computers, satellite communication systems, electronic control modules and event data recorders. All of these might have essential information to protect the victim’s rights. However, much of this data is purged after six months, and other information is automatically destroyed within days after the crash. Therefore, it is imperative that you have an attorney who demands this information be preserved.
Before You Talk To The Insurer, Talk To A Lawyer
Often, the insurance company for the trucking company tries to talk the victim and their family into inaction by promising that it will take care of things. The insurance company might make an unreasonably low offer of settlement while the victim or their family is still in shock or grieving. Remember that the insurance company already has a defense attorney at that point, and their interests are not to truly care for the victim or their family. You should always speak to an attorney who can uphold your rights before you speak with an insurance representative.
Get A Free Consultation About Your Truck Accident
The catastrophic nature of truck accidents make the injuries they cause particularly devastating. You deserve help from our team. We will strive tirelessly to recover full compensation and help you move forward with life. We also offer free, confidential consultations. To get yours, call our St. Paul office at 651-728-7070 or call us toll-free at 800-559-9859. Send us an email to reach us online.