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Truck accidents are very serious. Large commercial vehicles can cause significant damage to smaller passenger cars and the occupants inside. If you are involved in a Boston trucking crash, you may suffer serious injuries and losses. In these situations, you deserve justice.
The Cashman Law Firm is here to fight on your behalf. Our Boston truck accident lawyer has the skills and experience necessary to help you recover the compensation that you deserve and hold any negligent parties accountable for your injuries.
Why Choose Our Boston Truck Accident Attorney
- Our attorney, Mark A. Cashman, has a track record of success. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients injured in accidents, including those involving large commercial trucks.
- Our firm provides personalized and dedicated attention to our clients. We will learn all details about you and your truck accident case so that we can ensure the best possible outcome.
- Truck accidents require a great deal of evidence to prove. Our firm will leverage the full power of our resources and experience to identify the cause of the accident and secure the settlement you deserve.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Boston
Truck accidents are usually more complicated than the average car crash. While trucker negligence often contributes to these collisions, trucking crashes may also occur due to the negligence of the driver’s employer. In 2020 alone, over 4,000 people died in accidents that involved large trucks in the United States.
Some common causes of truck accidents include the following.
- Driver fatigue or inattention
- Driving over the speed limit
- Failing to obey traffic signs or signals
- Driving while on drugs or under the influence of alcohol
- Failing to yield the right of way to other drivers
Some examples of trucking company negligence that may lead to a trucking accident are provided below.
- Failing to regularly inspect or properly maintain vehicles
- Hiring unlicensed or improperly trained drivers
- Overloading trucks with too much cargo
- Failing to properly secure cargo
- Forcing drivers to violate hours-of-service rules and drive more hours than allowed
- Any instance of non-compliance with state or federal trucking regulations
Common Injuries in Trucking Accidents
The unfortunate reality is that, in most cases, accidents involving large, commercial vehicles result in severe, catastrophic injuries. Most often, occupants of smaller passenger vehicles bear the brunt of those injuries. This can include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Amputation or crush injuries
- Severe internal injuries
- Significant ligament and tendon damage
Of course, because of the severe nature of these injuries, injured truck accident victims often face lengthy and intensive medical treatment, significant medical expenses, financial pressures caused by lost wages and an inability to work, and the prospect of temporary or permanent disability. Victims may require multiple surgeries, skin grafts, and extensive physical rehabilitation.
Your Legal Options After a Massachusetts Trucking Crash
When you are involved in a truck accident in Boston, it is hard to know what to do next. These collisions frequently result in very serious injuries and significant physical, financial, and emotional hardships. In some cases, if the collision is severe enough it can lead to a wrongful death.
Fortunately, you do have options available so that you can hold the at-fault parties accountable for your injuries. Massachusetts law enables victims to pursue personal injury lawsuits or insurance claims against the parties responsible for the trucking crash. A Boston truck accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process.
Many trucking companies have insurance policies that pay for any accidents caused by the company’s drivers on the job. Additionally, you could name the company, the driver, and any other liable party in your personal injury lawsuit. By filing a truck accident claim, you can recover financial compensation for medical care, property repairs, and more.
However, proving a truck accident claim in Boston requires a great deal of investigation and legal knowledge. The Cashman Law Firm can provide you with the resources and support you need to identify your optimal legal pathway and secure justice.
Important Evidence in Truck Accident Cases
Cases involving commercial vehicles are often more complex and have higher stakes than those involving passenger vehicles only. They may involve a large, or several large corporate defendants – such as Amazon or other large e-commerce companies – along with an insurance company. Additionally, the commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Therefore, it is important that your attorney have a deep understanding of the nature of truck accidents, the legal process, what evidence to look for, and where to look for it. In addition to evidence that is useful in all motor vehicle accident cases, such as tire tread marks, eyewitness accounts, surveillance or dashcam footage, and police reports – there are a whole host of other forms of evidence that are crucial to building a strong case. This includes:
- vehicle black box data
- driver logs
- vehicle maintenance logs
- shipping manifests
- company and driver records
- and many others
If you are represented by an attorney that has not handled a severe truck accident case before, you may be at a disadvantage.
How long Do I Have to File a Claim?
There are time limits for all personal injury cases, known as the statute of limitations. If you fail to file a claim within the allotted time frame, you may be barred from ever bringing an action. In Massachusetts, you have three years from the date of the collision to file a claim in most truck accident cases. However, there are circumstances in which this deadline may be extended or shortened. For instance, the discovery rule allows the statute of limitations to be extended in cases where a victim does not discover that they are injured until a later date. In these situations, the deadline begins (or tolls), from the date they discover the injury.
While three years may seem like a long time, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney as soon as you are able to after an accident. In severe collisions, the trucking company and their insurers will begin investigating the crash almost immediately to build a case against you. An attorney can preserve evidence, conduct their own investigation, and protect your and your family’s best interests.
Contact the Cashman Law Firm Today
Trucking accident claims can be complicated, especially after a serious injury. In these situations, trust the Cashman Law Firm to represent your case and fight for your right to maximum recovery.
Contact us at (978) 306-7549 today to schedule your free case consultation and discuss your next steps with a Boston truck accident attorney.