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When Should You Hire an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer?

An Ohio truck accident lawyer can help protect your interests if you were injured in a truck accident that was someone else's fault. The lawyer can estimate the long-term cost of your injuries, collect documentation to support this cost estimate, collect evidence to establish who was at fault in the accident, negotiate a financial settlement with the party at fault, and represent you in court, if necessary.

When to Hire an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer

Because of their size and weight, accidents involving semi-trucks often cause much more serious damage than accidents between two cars or between a car and a motorcycle.

If you were involved in a semi-truck accident, you may have suffered serious injuries that can cause permanent damage, and your motor vehicle may have been destroyed. If another party was responsible for the accident, they should be required to pay for the cost of your injuries as well as the damage your property sustained.

Parties often at fault in a trucking accident include:

    The truck driver: A truck's driver may bear most of the responsibility for a trucking accident. Drivers can do a number of things that lead to accidents, including being distracted while driving, driving under the influence, talking on a cell phone or texting, speeding, or driving while tired.

    The trucking company: The trucking company that hired the driver may bear some of the liability, particularly if the driver had a poor driving record or the company was pushing the driver to drive more hours than legally allowed.

    The truck manufacturer: Evidence from the trucking accident may point to an equipment malfunction. If thats the case, filing a product liability claim against the manufacturer may be an option.

    An Ohio truck accident lawyer can help collect evidence and work with experts to determine who was at fault in your trucking accident.

    When Should You Hire an Ohio Truck Accidents Lawyer?

    There are several instances where you will want to hire an Ohio truck accident lawyer to represent you:

    • You suffered serious injuries that are not covered by no-fault insurance
    • You're not sure of the true cost of your injuries and the cost of repairing or replacing property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident
    • You are worried that the party at fault, or their insurance company, won't give you a fair settlement
    • You are uncomfortable negotiating with insurance companies and would prefer to have someone else negotiate for you
    • The behavior that led to the accident was egregious, and you want to keep anyone else from being injured in a similar accident

    Most personal injury lawyers, including Ohio truck accident lawyers, will offer an initial consultation (or preliminary meeting) for free. If you are at all uncertain about whether an attorney is necessary, schedule and meet with a lawyer. The attorney can evaluate your case, let you know whether it sounds as if another party is at fault, and give you a rough estimate of how much money you could win or receive in a settlement.