Truck Accidents

While on the surface, truck accidents may seem like very simple cases, they are anything but simple. If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, it is critical that you talk to our Massachusetts truck accident attorneys right away. Immediately after an accident, we may begin by looking at any of the following items:

  • Black boxes;

  • Onboard computer logs;

  • Police reports;

  • Licenses;

  • Inspection Records; and,

  • Compliance audits.

Because large trucks like 18 wheelers are so large and potentially dangerous, there are a huge number of regulations that drivers of the trucks must follow in order to ensure that they are driving legally. If a driver, or a company, violates these rules, it may be used against them if the company and driver injures another person on the road. Among the rules trucking companies must follow are the following things:

  • Limits on miles a driver may travel in a day;

  • Reduced speed on turns;

  • Cargo must be loaded safely;

  • Trucks must be maintained;

  • Truckers must slow in work zones.

In many cases, it is not only the truck driver who will be responsible for injuries, it will be the trucking company. Some of the less responsible trucking companies have been caught in the past hounding their drivers to work unsafe hours, putting extreme pressure on drivers, encouraging drivers to use stimulants so they may drive additional miles, and generally requiring that drivers do things which are unsafe. As Massachusetts trucking attorneys, we know how to spot an irresponsible trucking company, and one that is not treating its truckers fairly.

When a driver is injured in a Massachusetts trucking accident, Mirick O’Connell has the resources necessary to ensure the victim’s case is put forth properly. We often hire a number of expert witnesses that some smaller firms simply can not afford to pay. At times, we hire medical experts, trucking safety experts, rehabilitation experts, and economists all in the same case. These expert witnesses are very expensive, but our firm recognizes that spending that money is what is necessary for victims.

Sadly, when Massachusetts trucking accidents do happen, the injuries are often very serious. In the past, we have represented people in trucking crashes that have had a wide range of injuries, including the following:

  • Broken bones;

  • Traumatic brain injuries;

  • Concussions;

  • Neck injuries, including broken necks;

  • Back Injuries;

  • Wrongful death cases;

  • Spinal cord injuries.

The recovery from a Massachusetts trucking accident may be long, and there are a number of things that need to be done for that recovery to happen. At Mirick O’Connell, we recognize that the financial loss of a serious injury is one of the most important losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, please call us today.

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