Legal Guidance for Boston Victims of Motor Vehicle Collisions
Truck accidents are terrifying experiences that often result in severe injuries. The motor vehicle collision attorneys at Lowney Law, LLC have over a decade of experience representing Boston residents and others who have been hurt in these crashes. We have helped numerous victims pursue the compensation they deserve from negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. Our firm has the resources it takes to investigate a complex accident, and we are committed to providing you with the personal attention that you need during this process.
Hold a Negligent Truck Driver or Trucking Company Responsible
Due to their size and load capacity, collisions involving trucks are among the most severe types of motor vehicle accidents. To recover damages from any negligent party that caused a crash, the victim must prove that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care. Truck drivers generally owe people around them a duty to operate their vehicles with the same degree of caution that a reasonable person would use in a similar situation. The duty of care also includes obeying the state and federal laws that set requirements for truck drivers and trucking companies. Some of these rules cover:
- The number of hours that a driver can be on the road,
- Driver drug and alcohol testing,
- Maximum truck load capacities, and
- Driver commercial licensing requirements.
As another example, many truck accidents are the result of unsecured loads, which may drop garbage, debris, lumber, and construction supplies on a highway. Even if you are driving cautiously, you may not be able to avoid falling objects from an unsecured load.
If a driver or company fails to comply with any of these requirements, and it results in an accident, the driver as well as potentially his employer may be liable for any damages that result. Since truckers are often working for a company while transporting goods, the entity may be directly responsible for your injuries. Common examples of employer liability include when a company fails to ensure that its drivers are complying with state and federal regulations.
Truck accident cases may also involve a personal injury doctrine known as vicarious liability, which potentially allows a crash victim to hold an employer liable for its employee’s acts when the acts were committed during the course and scope of the employee’s duties and in furtherance of the employer’s interest. Since these regulations and potential theories of recovery are complex, it is critical to retain an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you evaluate your case.
A defendant in a motor vehicle collision case may argue that the victim contributed to causing the accident. However, as long as you are not more than 50 percent responsible, you are likely entitled to seek compensation for your injuries up to the extent of the defendant’s fault. The types of harm that result from a truck accident are often severe and catastrophic. A defendant that is found liable may be required to compensate a victim for all of the resulting damages, which may include medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to a vehicle, and future treatment.
Consult a Boston Attorney to Discuss Your Truck Accident Claim
Truck accident cases can be very complicated, especially if a large trucking company is involved. At Lowney Law, LLC, our personal injury lawyers are prepared to help residents of Boston and the surrounding area assert their rights. We can conduct a thorough investigation of your claim, collect the evidence you need, and zealously advocate on your behalf. We do not recover any fees unless we obtain a settlement or a judgment in your favor. Call us now at 617-364-8000, or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Many of our clients have come from Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Roslindale, as well as communities throughout Suffolk County.