Truck Accidents

Appleton Truck Accident Lawyer

As an American driver, you share the roadway with a variety of vehicles. Motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks all travel the same highways as passenger cars, and each requires that other drivers take a special type of care to minimize the risk of collision. Large commercial trucks, for example, cannot come to a complete stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, which is why drivers need to allow them ample space on the roadway. Other hazards associated with tractor-trailers include the risk of jackknifing and the risk of the driver losing control of the truck, putting other drivers, their passengers, and personal property in harm’s way. In 2013, tractor-trailers were involved in 3,350 collisions, 1.7 percent of the total collisions recorded on Wisconsin roadways.

If you have been involved in a collision with a commercial truck and you are now suffering from an injury, work with an attorney who has experience with truck accident claims to seek compensation for your damages.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

There are a lot of different ways negligence on the part of a truck driver, the driver of a passenger vehicle or the government entity tasked with maintaining the stretch of roadway where the accident occurred can cause a truck accident. Some examples of issues that can cause truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving by any involved party. This can include using a cell phone, eating, or carrying on an animated conversation with others while driving;
  • Potholes, uneven pavement, and mismarked roadways that confuse drivers;
  • Issues specific to large trucks, such as jackknifing and the tractor becoming detached from the trailer;
  • Drunk driving; and
  • Adverse weather conditions, such as wet or icy pavement.

When a truck accident happens because of negligence on the part of the truck driver, injured parties may seek compensation for their damages from either the truck driver’s employer or the driver him- or herself, depending on whether the driver is an employee of the company for which he or she was driving or if he or she is an owner-operator. Talk to your attorney about the differences between seeking compensation from an employer versus seeking compensation from an independent contractor who is required to carry their own insurance policy.

Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Because of the size and power of a tractor-trailer compared to that of a passenger car, a victim can potentially sustain much more serious, even life-threatening, injuries as a result of a truck accident. Some examples of injuries that can result from this type of collision include:

  • Broken bones;
  • Burns;
  • Lacerations;
  • Spinal injuries;
  • Head trauma; and
  • Organ damage as a result of a laceration or impact with the vehicle or the road.

If you are injured in a truck accident near Neenah, Wisconsin, you may be treated at Theda Clark Medical Center Emergency Care. Victims near Appleton who are in need of emergency care can be treated at Appleton Medical Center Emergency Care.

Work with an Appleton Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you can potentially recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To get started on your claim, contact Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC today to schedule your free legal consultation with one of the Neenah truck accident attorneys at our firm.

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