Truck Accident Lawyers – Experienced Across USA
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
You might assume that you can deal with a truck accident in the same way as a car accident. However, because trucks are often transporting commercial goods, the amount of money involved in a claim can quickly skyrocket.
Truck accidents can also result in significant injuries and damage to your vehicle. Juggling medical bills and recovering from injuries can be overwhelming without the additional stress of a legal battle.
If you are injured in a truck accident involving Central Transport International, consult with a truck accident lawyer before filing a claim. A knowledgeable and experienced truck accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Who is Central Transport International?
Central Transport International is a major American trucking company based in Warren, Michigan. It is an LTL (less-than-truckload) company with 200 customer service centers across 45 states and Canada.
The company’s new web-based communication system connects drivers and service centers, providing information in real-time. If you are involved in an accident with a Central Transport truck, this information could help prove claims of speeding or unsafe driving.
Central Transport International’s 3,918 trucks average around 175,000,00 miles a year, frequently traveling between Chicago, L.A., Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, and Cleveland. As a fast-growing trucking company, Central Transport International trucks are involved in many accidents every year.
Because they have local and national routes, Michigan drivers are likely to encounter a Central Transport truck while on the road.
Accidents Involving Central Transport International
If you are involved in a crash with a Central Transport truck, it’s best to work with an attorney at our law firm to determine your next steps. With an annual income of $750 million, they can hire a fleet of lawyers to fight your claim, and we want to ensure you have the best legal representation possible to help you win your case.
Recent crash reports across the country involve Central Transport include:
- Accident on July 31, 2020: The Nicholasville PD in Kentucky reported a collision involving two vehicles and a Central Transport truck. There were no adverse weather conditions, and no injuries were reported.
- Accident on July 28, 2020: Cincinnati PD filed a report concerning a collision between a Central Transport truck and another vehicle, resulting in one injury. The crash occurred at dawn, and there were no adverse weather conditions recorded.
- Accident on June 22, 2020: Penndot recorded a collision between a Central Transport Truck and another vehicle during daylight. One person was injured.
- Accident on December 18, 2019: Rockford PD in Illinois reported a crash between a Central Transport truck and another vehicle. The accident resulted in one injury and one fatality and occurred at night on a dark, unlit road.
Although it’s unclear who was at fault in these accidents, it is undeniable that Central Transport International trucks have been involved in many crashes. Each crash is different and requires an extensive investigation to determine fault. A truck accident lawyer can communicate with Central Transport International for you and force them to provide you with all relevant information.
The Importance of Working With an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
The laws concerning accidents involving commercial vehicles are complicated and specific. The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America is a collaboration of lawyers whose mission is to aggressively pursue litigation, legislation, and learning to make our roads safer. A lawyer with extensive experience in these cases can use their insight to make your claim stronger.
You have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim, but it’s best to get the process started as soon as possible since it can take months or even years for your case to proceed through civil court. A lawyer can help speed up that process and ensure you don’t miss any deadlines that could delay the process.
In Michigan, most car accidents are covered under a no-fault policy, meaning that insurance covers many of your medical bills and repair costs regardless of who caused the accident.
However, truck drivers are often protected by their company, which has a team of lawyers. It can be challenging to prove liability, especially when there are high amounts of money at stake.
To prove liability, you’ll need to show what caused the accident. The attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., know what to look for and what questions to ask.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Evidence can help you win your case. After an accident involving a semi-truck, you might be injured or dazed.
First, call an ambulance if necessary. Then, call the police and make a report. While waiting for the police to arrive, take pictures and exchange contact information with all other drivers involved in the crash.
If possible, take photos of your vehicle’s damage and other smaller vehicles involved in the crash. Sometimes, a crash involving big rigs can result in a multi-car collision. Record all damage and injuries that you see.
After giving your statement to the police, your next step should be a medical check-up. Tractor-trailers can cause damage due to their force and weight. Even if you feel okay, it’s best to have a doctor examine you for any hidden injuries, like a concussion.
If you experience medical problems at any point in the six months following your accident, see a doctor. Sometimes medical issues don’t surface immediately after an accident but are linked to it.
Keep a record of all damages, payments, and medical visits.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Although trucking companies have to follow regulations concerning work hours and safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration still recorded 4,889 fatal crashes and 116,000 injury crashes involving trucks and large busses across the United States in 2017.
Sometimes, a passenger vehicle can cause an accident. These accidents often occur when a smaller car tailgates a truck, merges with too little distance, or passes unsafely.
However, truck drivers cause accidents as well. Lack of training and experience in driving a large vehicle is one major factor in accidents. Central Transport International only requires drivers to have three months’ experience and be at least 21 years old.
Another cause of accidents is the structure of pay created by the trucking company. Companies often pressure truckers to maintain strict and sometimes unattainable delivery goals. If they meet or exceed their requirements, their company rewards them with a pay increase.
However, if they are running late due to traffic or weather, a driver might be tempted to speed or drive unsafely to make up time, resulting in accidents.
Lack of proper vehicle maintenance and failure to fix defective parts can also cause accidents.
Today, most manufacturers fit trucks with a black box, also known as an Electronic Control Module (ECM) and an Event Data Recorder (EDR). The black box is typically integrated directly into the truck’s systems.
Your lawyer can help you access the information stored in the black box. Depending on the make of the black box, you might find some useful information, including:
- The speed of the truck at the time of the accident
- Whether the driver hit the breaks or sped up immediately prior
- Monthly truck activity
- The average speed of the truck
- If the airbags deployed
- Cruise control status
Trucking companies don’t want to share information that could be damaging to their case.
Common Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents
Due to their weight, truck accidents often result in severe injury or death. Some common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, neck or spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and lacerations.
If your car catches on fire due to the accident, you might also sustain burns of varying degrees.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in your accident, consider working with Eileen Kroll at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. As a former registered nurse and an experienced trial attorney, she can determine what types of benefits you are entitled to.
Many of these injuries can result in short- or long-term disabilities. Eileen Kroll can help you apply for disability benefits and ensure you receive compensation for your injuries.
If the accident resulted in a loss of life, you might be able to file a wrongful death suit. Losing a loved one in addition to dealing with your own injuries can be overwhelming, and a lawyer with experience in injury cases can guide you through the process.
Arrange a Free Consultation
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., our truck accident lawyer with experience handling truck accident cases work on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay anything until you win your case.
Call 866-MICH-LAW today to set up your confidential free consultation. If you or your loved one are struggling to pay medical bills or are unable to work because of your accident with a truck, our experienced legal team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., can help you file a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.