Ogden Truck Accident Lawyer
In 2016, 3,498 Utah car accidents involved heavy trucks. This is the equivalent of a truck crash every 2.5 hours. Truck accidents killed 25 people in Utah the same year. Despite having a greater responsibility for the safety of others on the roadways, trucking companies and their drivers don’t always adhere to the rules of the road or the trucking industry.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a trucking accident in Utah, contact a reliable Ogden truck accident lawyer at Feller & Wendt, LLC. Our attorneys can help you work through your claim in pursuit of justice and help to maximize damage recovery.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Through years of experience in auto accident law, our Ogden accident lawyers have come to realize that most crashes aren’t “accidents” at all. They’re preventable incidents that stem from at least one person’s negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or wrongful act. In the case of a semi-truck or 18-wheeler crash, there is almost always at least one party’s fault at play. Human error is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents, in the form of distracted truck drivers or unsafe fleets. Some of the most frequent reasons heavy trucks cause crashes include:
- Broken roadway rule. Speeding, driving drunk/under the influence of drugs, ignoring right-of-way, using a handheld cell phone behind the wheel, or driving distracted can all result in a trucker causing a serious crash. Truck drivers must obey all applicable traffic laws when completing a job.
- Broken federal rule. Large trucks are unique in that they must obey federal laws in addition to state laws. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration controls what trucking companies can and cannot do. Breaking a federal law such as hours of service restrictions, resulting in a crash, is an act of negligence.
- Poor company management or vehicle maintenance. Poor hiring, training, or retention practices from a company can result in preventable accidents, as can unsafe cargo loading and securement procedures or lack of truck maintenance. It is possible to bring a claim against a trucking company for its own negligence or that of any of its drivers and employees.
If you believe you have grounds to sue a trucking company and/or one of its drivers in Utah, reach out to an Ogden truck accident lawyer at Feller & Wendt, LLC. Our experienced attorneys understand the nuances of trucking accident laws and how to litigate these unique claims to the victims’ best advantage. We know that even if a commercial truck driver is technically an independent contractor and not an employee of the trucking company, the company will be vicariously liable for the actions of its drivers in the event of a crash. We can help victims go up against major trucking companies in Utah and around the nation.
Talk to a Local Truck Accident Attorney in Ogden Today
Trucking accidents are unique and complex. Trusting one of our lawyers with your case can be the best decision you make in the aftermath of a crash that leaves you or a loved one with serious injuries. We can help you with every aspect of your claim, from the initial crash investigation to the final settlement agreement or jury verdict. Our attorneys possess knowledge, experience, and resources to take your claim where it needs to go in Ogden. We have the power and prowess to take your case all the way to trial if necessary. To find out more about your individual rights after a trucking accident, call (801) 499-5060 or request a free initial case evaluation with an Ogden truck accident lawyer through our online form.