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Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer

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Metro Detroit Truck Accident Attorney Serving Clients in Michigan

Truck accidents can have a far more devastating impact than a typical car accident. Michigan is a major trucking destination and is crossed by multiple interstate highways, including I-94, I-75, and I-96, each of which carries a high volume of semi-trailers and other commercial trucks. The size and weight of these vehicles can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers of other vehicles in a collision. Truck accidents make up a higher percentage of serious and fatal crashes, even though they are a smaller percentage of total vehicles. If you have been in an accident, you need an attorney who knows the trucking industry and who can work to hold any negligent parties accountable.

At Syme Law, we have the experience to help if you have been involved in a truck accident or a car accident. Our lawyers will stand by you throughout your case and seek the compensation that you deserve.

Legal Help With Different Types of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers and the trucking industry are required to follow strict regulations for both the condition of their vehicles and the circumstances under which they operate. These regulations are in place to protect other users of the roads. However, the high demand for on-time shipments means violations of these regulations do occur. There are many possible causes of truck accidents, including:

  • Improperly secured loads - Cargo that has not been tied down or secured on a tractor-trailer can cause items to shift and impact a driver's ability to operate their vehicle, or cargo may even spill onto the roadway, causing extremely dangerous obstacles.
  • Driver fatigue - The demands of tight schedules and on-time deliveries can lead to long hours and fatigued drivers. Service hours for truck drivers are regulated, but violations occur all too frequently.
  • Speeding and aggressive driving - Violations such as reckless driving, tailgating, and making illegal lane changes can all lead to accidents involving tractor-trailers and cars.
  • Equipment failure - Poor or deferred maintenance by a trucking company or negligence by a truck driver can lead to equipment failures, which can result in accidents. Common maintenance issues include broken or malfunctioning lights, tire blowouts, and worn or failed brakes.
  • Drunk driving - Truck drivers operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances put other road users at risk. Truck drivers with a Commerical Drivers License (CDL) are held to higher standards than other drivers on the road, since they are more likely to inflict severe injuries if they are intoxicated.
  • Distracted driving - Cell phones or other electronic devices distract can distract truck drivers and make accidents more likely.

Compensation After a Trucking Accident

Whatever the circumstances of the accident, our lawyers will review accident reports and work to determine who is liable, including the truck driver, the carrier, or the warehouse that loaded the truck. In some cases, there may be multiple parties who may be at fault for the conditions that caused the accident. Our trucking accident law firm will pursue compensation from all potentially liable parties.

Depending on the circumstances, victims of a truck accident can be eligible for compensation for a variety of damages. This compensation for the driver and passengers involved in the accident can include the costs of emergency medical treatment, other medical expenses that occur as a result of the accident, income lost while recovering from their injuries, future lost income from a disability sustained in the accident, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Contact a Macomb County Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a truck accident or car accident, contact our Michigan truck accident attorney at 248-940-4786 for a free consultation. We always work to ensure our clients receive the compensation that they deserve. We proudly serve Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, and Birmingham in Oakland County plus Wayne, Macomb, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties and communities throughout the Detroit area.

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