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Truck Accident Lawyer - Injury Compensation Claim

LAWYER HELPLINE: 855 804 7125

If you're looking for a truck accident lawyer we can help. As a law firm we are very experienced in these matters and we offer expertise that is second to none and all of our lawyers deal exclusively in claims involving physical injury. To speak to a truck accident lawyer just call the helpline. We offer advice at no cost and with no further obligation.

Our truck accident lawyers deal with claims using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if you don't succeed in receiving a settlement then your lawyer won't get paid. If you would like free advice without obligation just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A specialist personal injury lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim. We'll ensure that you get a fair deal from a truck accident lawyer who has a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations.

Statistics

Every year hundreds of car drivers and passengers are killed in Canada in accidents involving trucks. The disproportion between the numbers of truck occupant fatalities and fatalities in other vehicles is due largely to differences in mass and frame stiffness of the vehicles involved in an accident. Trucks can be 40 times heavier than passenger cars, and in a collision a car will sustain most of the change in velocity. Scores of pedestrians and cyclists are also killed every year in accidents involving trucks.

Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

A crash involving a truck is often serious and deadly and the Safety Regulations are intended to protect the public by regulating drivers hours and equipment. Driver fatigue is often the cause of accidents as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. Trucking companies are required to maintain records which may be examined by lawyers and often reveal serious and fraudulent violation of the safety regulations. Trucking companies may destroy their records after a certain time period has elapsed and it is important for your truck accident lawyer to ensure examination and preservation of these records at an early stage as without the records it may be more difficult to prove that a trucking company has been negligent.

Rollover Accidents

A specialist truck accident lawyer needs to have a detailed technical knowledge of rollover accidents which account for most fatal accidents. Over 50% of all driver fatalities occur in rollover accidents the majority of which involve flatbeds or tankers. Big rigs roll easily and if a curve is taken too fast or if the rear tires strike a curb while cornering the truck will go over. A rig can be rolled at speeds as low as 5 mph, especially on slopes or where a strong tripping influence is present.

Fuel Oil Fires

More than 10% of driver fatalities occur in fuel oil fires usually as a result of a battery box short out causing electrical sparks which ignite the fuel oil from the ruptured tank leading to a large and potentially fatal fire.

Truck Accident Statistics

Truck accidents account for less than 10% of collisions however they are responsible for a quarter of all serious casualties. Every year around 10,000 people are injured in collisions involving heavy commercial vehicles including over 500 fatalities to both truck and car drivers. Over 150 pedestrians and cyclists are also killed every year on Canada's roads in accidents involving trucks. Per mile trucks are involved in twice as many fatal accidents as cars mainly as a result of the distance taken for a heavy vehicle to stop in an emergency. The lethal nature of accidents involving heavy vehicles is due largely to differences in weight and frame stiffness of the vehicles involved. Trucks can be 40 times heavier than passenger cars, and in a collision a car will sustain most of the change in velocity and subsequent damage.

Drivers Records

The owners of heavy commercial vehicles are regulated and are required by law to keep detailed records of driver hours, which are restricted, to attempt to combat fatigue which is a major cause of accidents. These records may be examined by lawyers involved in a court action for damages for personal injury and often reveal serious and fraudulent violation of the safety regulations. It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a collision to ensure examination and preservation of the records which a trucking company is entitled to destroy after a certain period has elapsed. Without these records it may be difficult or impossible to prove that a company has been negligent and is responsible for the cause of the accident and therefore liable to pay damages.

Truck Accident Lawyer

Our advocates offer expertise that is second to none. All of our lawyers deal exclusively in claims involving physical injury. Motor accident claims in particular can be complex, difficult legal issues and often involve liability disputes especially when both sides blame each other. If you would like to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer without obligation then just call the helpline or email our offices or complete and send the contact form and a lawyer who deals exclusively in accident claims will phone you with advice at no cost and information on how best to preserve your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.