Passionate Minnesota Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents tend to result in severe, life-changing injuries. When someone becomes the unfortunate victim of a trucking accident, the resulting medical bills, physical pain, and emotional trauma can leave them feeling powerless.
However, trusting the right attorney for your case can mean the difference between dealing with a pile of medical bills on your own and having the resources you need to recover from catastrophic injuries. At Nicolet Law Office, we have experience fighting for victims’ rights across Minnesota, and we are committed to guiding each of our clients toward a full physical and financial recovery.
We have the skills, knowledge, and experience to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company—or take the case to trial, if necessary. When you work with us, we will empower you to step forward and secure the compensation you deserve.
Common Factors That Contribute to Truck Accidents
Many factors have the potential to contribute to a commercial vehicle accident. Our team thoroughly investigates every detail of a trucking accident to identify its cause and determine liability so that we can secure maximum compensation for our clients.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the top 10 factors contributing to trucking accidents include:
- Brake problems: Defective or poorly maintained brakes can prevent a truck from stopping with enough time to avoid an accident. The FMCSA estimates that brake problems contribute to approximately 29 percent of trucking accidents.
- Traffic flow interruption: Previous crashes, traffic congestion, and other interruptions are the second leading factor contributing to truck accidents.
- Prescription drug use: Truck drivers must take regular drug and alcohol tests, but even prescription medications can impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle.
- Traveling too fast for conditions: Winter weather hazards, such as snow, sleet, and ice, are especially dangerous for commercial vehicle drivers. Driving too fast under any of these conditions may lead to an accident.
- Unfamiliarity with roadway: Truck drivers frequently have to pick up or drop off cargo in areas they do not know. FMCSA data suggests that around 22 percent of truck accidents involve drivers who are unfamiliar with the route.
- Roadway problems: Poor road conditions play a role in many serious trucking accidents. Common hazards include potholes, uneven lanes, and work zones.
- Failing to come to a complete stop: While standard-size vehicles have a stopping distance of around 316 feet, semi-trucks need about 525 feet to fully brake. Truck accidents often occur when drivers do not have enough time or space to stop.
- Over-the-counter drug use: Like prescription drugs, some over-the-counter medications have the potential to affect a driver’s motor skills, judgment, and reaction time.
- Distracted driving: All drivers are susceptible to distractions, including cell phones, vehicle controls, food or drink, and external stimuli. Individuals driving commercial vehicles need to remain particularly vigilant.
- Fatigue: A leading cause of truck accidents, truck driver fatigue may be caused by a driver not getting enough sleep, driving too long without a break, or engaging in strenuous non-work activities.
These accidents often result in death or catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lost limbs, and fractures. At Nicolet Law Office, we understand that these injuries can have long-term implications for accident survivors. We will settle for nothing less than the full compensation our clients need to recover.
Determining Negligence in a Trucking Accident
When a victim negotiates compensation after a trucking accident, the process comes down to identifying the accident’s cause. This process often involves the concept of negligence, or a failure to exercise reasonable care. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a common example of negligent driving.
Other than the truck driver, several parties may be found negligent in a trucking accident. At Nicolet Law Office, our legal team is committed to identifying every party responsible for an accident.
Vehicle manufacturer: Manufacturers have a duty to produce parts and equipment that are safe for roadways. When accidents result from manufacturing defects or equipment failures, the truck’s manufacturer may be liable.
Trucking company: A trucking company may be considered negligent if it fails to inspect or maintain its vehicles properly, sets unrealistic expectations for its drivers, or hires an inexperienced or unqualified driver.
Owner-operator: An owner-operator is an independent contractor who owns a commercial vehicle. Although these individuals typically work for larger trucking operations, they are personally responsible for maintaining their vehicles. If equipment failure or poor maintenance results in an accident, the owner-operator may be held legally responsible.
Cargo loader: Those who load cargo onto a truck are responsible for ensuring the load is secure. If an accident happens because a trailer has been loaded haphazardly, the cargo-loading company or team may be liable for damages.
If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, we recommend contacting an accident attorney as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident to ensure you have what you need to recover from your injuries.
Dedicated Accident Attorneys Helping You Put Your Life Back Together
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a semi-truck accident, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury lawyer looking out for your rights and well-being. The trucking companies will do everything they can to protect themselves, and the insurance companies will pull every trick in the book to avoid providing you just compensation. Thankfully, you can turn to the lawyers of Nicolet Law Office during your time of need.
Unlike the trucking or insurance companies, the trusted attorneys at Nicolet Law Office care about more than our bottom line—we care about you and your recovery. When you trust us with your case, we will focus on leveling the playing field. We will work tirelessly to secure a settlement or jury award that provides you with compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages now and into the future.
Contact Our Minnesota Truck Accident Lawyers
It will cost you nothing to find out how we can help you recover. We offer free initial case evaluations to all of our personal injury clients so that you can explore your legal options without committing to a payment plan. Furthermore, we take semi-truck cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t charge a fee unless we collect compensation for you.
Call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.