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Were You Rear-Ended by a Tractor-Trailer?

Our experienced attorneys can move your case forward

There’s a common misconception that rear-end accidents are no big deal. That’s not true even when the vehicles involved are passenger cars, and it’s certainly not true when one of the vehicles is a heavy commercial truck. A rear-end accident involving a much larger vehicle can leave you with serious, life-altering injuries. The trucking company and their insurance company will make sure there are more challenges ahead – but you don’t have to face them alone.

The Swanson Law Group has the experience and resources needed to face the trucking companies and get results for victims. We have a winning track record in truck accident cases, including an $8,870,000 verdict for two women who were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. If you’ve been hurt, we invite you to contact us to discuss your case with an experienced rear-end truck-accident lawyer.

Did a truck rear-end you?

The larger the vehicle, the longer its stopping distance. That’s basic physics, and it’s one of the reasons commercial truck drivers are held to high legal standards. They need to maintain a safe following distance and a safe speed so that they can stop their trucks in time, and they need to stay alert and attentive to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, those standards are not always met. Some of the reasons trucks rear-end cars include:

  • Speeding: truckers may drive at unsafe speeds when they are under pressure to meet a tight delivery deadline, resulting in rear-end crashes if they follow other vehicles too closely.
  • Slippery conditions: in inclement weather, truckers have a responsibility to slow down and maintain an even longer following distance to compensate for their vehicle’s longer stopping distance.
  • Distracted driving: unfortunately, truckers are often terrible distracted drivers because they spend their entire workdays behind the wheel. While texting, adjusting the radio, or talking to a dispatcher, a trucker may overlook a stopped or slowing vehicle in front.
  • Asleep at the wheel: truckers who fail to take legally mandated rest breaks may become fatigued or even doze off and slam into the vehicle in front of them. These types of crashes can be especially dangerous because the trucker may not hit the brakes before impact.
  • Drunk and impaired driving: even though truck drivers are held to stricter blood alcohol content (BAC) standards than other motorists, some ignore the law. Alcohol inhibits perception and reaction time, so it can lead to rear-end crashes when a vehicle in front must slow or stop.
  • Poorly maintained brakes: to stop a truck, the brakes need to be kept in good mechanical condition. A design or maintenance issue can cause devastating rear-end crashes if the brakes fail.

Liability often isn’t disputed in rear-end cases, but that doesn’t mean the trucking company won’t try to dispute or downplay their role in the accident to protect their bottom line. We know how to investigate and definitively show that the truck driver or trucking company’s negligence led to your injuries – and hold them accountable.

Did you rear-end a truck?

If your vehicle hit a truck from behind, the general presumption that the driver of the rear vehicle is at fault is working against you. However, that presumption can be overcome under some circumstances. Trucks are required to meet certain lighting standards to warn other motorists of a hazard when they are stopped or moving slowly. If the truck’s lights weren’t on and you couldn’t see it, we may be able to establish negligence on the part of the trucking company.

Trucks are also required to find legal and safe places to park or pull over or engage their hazard lights when they are stopped. An illegally parked truck is a hazard to everyone else on the road, regardless of the direction they hit it from. In one memorable case, we recovered $1 million for a client who hit a truck from behind after our investigation showed it was parked in an unsafe spot with three feet of the trailer protruding into the road.

In addition, even if the collision itself isn’t the trucker’s fault, trucking companies and truck manufacturers have a legal responsibility to mitigate injuries. When smaller vehicles rear-end trucks, the result is often an underride accident, a very serious and potentially fatal occurrence where the smaller vehicle slides underneath the trailer. Most tractor-trailers are equipped with underride guards to protect against these injuries, but those guards often fail if they are flawed or poorly maintained. We may be able to take legal action against either the trucking company or the truck manufacturer, depending on the circumstances.

The point is that just because you were initially blamed for the accident doesn’t mean you have no recourse. You need an attorney on your side to investigate and get to the bottom of what happened. We can help.

A legal team that will protect your rights after a rear-end truck accident

When you contact us, we’ll listen to your story and explain your legal options. If you choose to hire us, we will immediately reach out to the trucking company, their insurance company, and any other interested parties to tell them that they can send all further communications to your attorney. We will thoroughly investigate your accident to find out who was at fault and advocate for the full compensation you need to rebuild your life.

We prepare every case we handle for trial, especially high-stakes truck accident cases. We have a strong reputation and track record of results at trial, and when the trucking company and their insurance company sees that we’re ready to take them in court, they usually come to the table ready to offer a fair settlement. If they won’t pay up, we won’t hesitate to take them before a judge and jury. Throughout this process, we’ll keep you informed about the progress of your case, while handling the day-to-day interactions with the insurance company so you can focus on getting better.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing out of pocket and only owe us a fee at all if we win your case. In other words, you can afford to level the playing field, regardless of your ability to pay. If you were hurt in a rear-end truck accident, we’re ready to guide you through what’s next. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer today.

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