Layton Truck Accident Attorney
For over 25 years, the attorneys of Feller & Wendt, LLC have helped victims of truck accidents in Layton, Utah. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to help injured accident victims, and the families of those killed in truck accidents. If a truck accident resulted in your injury, a dedicated Layton truck accident attorney at Feller & Wendt, LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Layton, UT
While trucks make up a small percentage of the vehicles on the road, they are involved in a greater percentage of wrecks involving serious injury or death. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, in 2015, there were around 69,000 heavy trucks on Utah roads, compared to almost 1.4 million passenger cars – just 5% of the total vehicles. Yet, large trucks were responsible for over 13% of the fatalities.
While the term truck accident is commonly used, Feller Wendt does not consider most truck accidents to be true accidents. Instead, we consider them to be truck collisions.
These collisions are, very often, caused by someone acting in a negligent manner or breaking the law. Truck collisions are preventable events that cause devastating injuries, the responsible parties should be held accountable.
A fully loaded truck can weigh as much as 25 times more than a typical passenger car. As a result, stopping distances are much longer, requiring drivers to constantly focus on the road and be prepared to stop or act to avoid an accident.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of all car accidents, and truck accidents are no exception. A heavily loaded truck can take far longer to stop when speeding and the resulting impact has far more devastating consequences.
Truck drivers are often conscientious professionals who take safety very seriously. However, the pressure to deliver a load on time, or to simply finish a journey so they can get some time at home with family, can cause a driver to take dangerous shortcuts in safety. The law requires drivers to drive no more than 11 hours in a day. However, drivers may go beyond this window and become fatigued, reducing their alertness and ability to avoid accidents.
The owners of the truck may also be responsible for accidents, not just the driver. The many miles driven in a tractor-trailer require frequent maintenance, especially on tires and brakes. When truck owners are negligent in carrying out needed maintenance, a truck may not stop as quickly as it should, resulting in devastating accidents.
If you were recently injured in a truck accident in Utah, a skilled Layton personal injury lawyer experienced in truck accidents will be able to identify if one of the aforementioned causes contributed to the accident.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims in Utah
Because truck accidents often cause significant damage and serious injury, the law may entitle you to seek compensation beyond what your insurance policy provides. This includes compensation for hospital expenses, doctor bills, prescription medication, and any specialized medical equipment you may need.
Utah law also entitles you to seek compensation for lost wages due to missed time at work. In addition to any wages you lost, you may seek compensation for future earnings if your injury results in a diminished earning capacity.
While it is not easy to put a dollar amount on the trauma you endured from your trucking accident, Utah law provides compensation for your mental and emotional anguish, as well. The amount is often negotiated by your Layton truck accident attorney as part of a settlement, or the court may set it if your case comes to trial.
Hire a Layton Truck Accident Lawyer If You Were Injured
The attorneys at Feller & Wendt, LLC help victims of truck accidents receive compensation to ensure they can afford the medical care they need. Call Feller & Wendt, LLC at (801) 499-5060 to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys answer the phone and even provide their personal cell phone number to clients so you can always reach them when you have a question or problem.
We are here to serve the Layton, Utah community by helping you get the compensation you need and holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they cause. When you put us to work for you, we accept no fees up-front, and you won’t owe your attorney anything unless we get you a settlement or win a verdict on your behalf. Contact us today and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.