Waltham Truck Accident Attorneys
Major trucking routes in the Waltham area include I-93, I-95, and I-495. Interstate 93, which serves the Boston area, is entirely located in the New England states Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. It spans approximately 190 miles in a north-south direction. It begins in Canton Massachusetts and ends in Waterford, Vermont.
Interstate 95 is a north-south highway that runs from the Houlton-Woodstock Border Crossing in Maine all the way down to Miami, Florida, passing through a total of 15 states. Interstate 495, which is entirely located in Massachusetts, spans just over 120 miles. The highway loops around Boston, beginning in Salisbury and arcing through Marlborough, and then it heads back toward the coast, ending in Wareham.
A fully loaded big rig truck is huge, and it takes twice as long to stop as a regular passenger vehicle. Because it has so much mass, a truck often causes catastrophic injuries when it collides with a car, SUV, pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle rider.
Driving a truck on the highway is a big responsibility. That’s why trucking companies must hire qualified drivers and give them the best possible training. But these firms will frequently try to cut corners by hiring unqualified drivers or they will fail to maintain a safe fleet of vehicles. When this happens, people get hurt.
If you were harmed in an accident caused by a careless truck driver in Waltham, our team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. will investigate the crash. Then we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we aren’t intimidated by anybody. We’ll go toe to toe with the big insurance companies to help you get the money you need to cover the cost of your injuries and other expenses like time missed from work.
Call (978) 327-5140 to schedule your FREE consultation today.
A major cause of truck accidents is negligent hiring by trucking firms. There’s a high degree of turnover in the trucking industry, so firms are constantly looking for new drivers. In their haste to fill an opening, many companies hire drivers with poor safety records, or they fail to check the driver’s references to see what their former employers have to say about them.
Because truck accidents cause so much harm, the industry is heavily regulated by the federal government. There are strict Hours of Service (HOS) regulations to prevent drivers from becoming fatigued.
Trucking companies that are trying to increase profits will neglect to review their employees’ driving logs, and some firms will even pressure drivers to break HOS rules. Another way trucking companies risk people’s lives for money is by skimping on necessary maintenance, inspections, and repairs.
Most truck accidents are caused by human error. For example, an inexperienced driver might hit the brakes too hard and cause a jackknife accident that blocks the entire freeway, resulting in a multi-car pileup. Or poorly loaded cargo may fall off the truck, creating a hazard on the road.
Factors that contribute to truck accidents include:
- Runaway trailers
- Overloaded trucks
- Equipment failure
- Distracted driving
- Poor braking techniques
- Careless lane changes
The big insurance companies that represent trucking firms will do everything they can to save money. That means denying claims whenever possible or paying out as little as they can get away with.
If you’re not represented by a Waltham truck accident attorney, the insurance company will make you a lowball offer that isn’t nearly enough to cover the true cost of your accident. But you don’t have to take the first offer you receive.
Insurance companies also try to deflect blame away from their clients by creating confusion and pointing their fingers in every direction. They might even try to blame you for an accident caused by their client, or they will try to get you to sign a statement that could harm your claim.
The Waltham personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. know how to deal with shady insurance companies, and we’ve seen all their tricks. Our team will investigate the accident to find out what really happened. Then we’ll file claims against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
Our investigation will include the following types of evidence:
- Police reports
- Witness interviews
- Surveillance camera video
- Accident scene recreations
- Internal company documents
- Accident scene photos
- Expert testimony
Victims of a truck crash are likely to suffer severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Some types of injuries will prevent victims from ever returning to the lifestyle they enjoyed before the accident. And injuries such as paralysis and brain damage may require a lifetime of assisted care.
A personal injury claim after a Waltham truck accident will include the following types of compensation:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- In-home nursing care
- Wheelchair access
- Wrongful death
If somebody hurts you, they should have to pay for it. Our team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We believe careless truck drivers and the people who hire them must be held responsible for their behavior.
Our founder Christopher DiBella has been recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America by the American Academy of Attorneys, and we have a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.
Call (978) 327-5140 to learn more today.