Tractor trailers, gravel trucks, and large delivery vans are not uncommon on Ontario roadways. In order to be able to drive one of these vehicles, additional licensing tests are required. Drivers are also expected to follow a strict code of conduct and know their vehicles inside and out to ensure the safety of the goods they are carrying. But most importantly, these regulations are meant to keep the person behind the wheel and other drivers safe. Despite licensing and other parameters, trucks can quickly become dangerous at high speeds and in congested areas. In a matter of seconds, a collision could change someone’s life forever. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an injury from a trucking accident, we can help.
At Bergeron Clifford, our team includes several experienced truck injury lawyers. We have witnessed the devastating effects these collisions can have immediately on people’s lives and the ongoing difficulties they may face while trying to recover, if possible. With our firm in your corner, we will seek reparations for these victims during a time when they need it most.
Determining Fault in a Trucking Accident
Fault regarding a trucking accident can be challenging to determine. Many factors play into these types of vehicle collisions, including driver error, fatigue, unsuitable loading of the truck, and improper maintenance. As a result, a few parties could be found responsible for the incident, such as the driver, the maintenance or loading crews, or the trucking company. This is especially true in cases where there have been ongoing issues with scheduling, training, or maintenance standards. Details also tend to depend on the company and the type and size of the truck.
Often, many insurance companies will be involved to absolve their specific insured person of fault. As the victim of one of these accidents, it can be increasingly difficult to face these hurdles alone. Advice from a seasoned truck injury lawyer can help you better understand these processes, and they will be able to ensure your rights are properly protected and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Consequences of Truck Accidents
Catastrophic injuries, by definition, permanently alter the lives of their victims. Not only do they have to live with the trauma of the event that caused them considerable pain and suffering, but they must deal with the gruelling process of recovering from their injuries. Many factors determine the extent of damage done to the human body due to truck accidents, and numerous injuries are possible. Perhaps the most common injuries happen to the brain and spinal cord, both of which can cause advancing symptoms and potentially chronic pain that can last months, even years. In addition, due to the size of trucks, their impact on any other kind of vehicle could cause immediate whiplash or soft tissue damage, leaving the victim in constant discomfort and pain.
In extreme cases, a person’s death may result from a truck accident. The sheer weight and length of these vehicles make them complicated to maneuver and even more troublesome to stop, especially in high-speed situations. A wrongful death is a devastating consequence of some of these incidents, leaving families to pick up the pieces while dealing with the loss.
Recovering from a Truck Accident
Your priority after being involved in a truck accident should be to focus on your recovery. You may need surgery to help your body function normally again or months of physical therapy to help you regain motion and strength. In some cases, doctors may be unable to accurately plan the best way for your to heal, putting you on several medications and rehabilitation options which can quickly add up costs. In addition, you will likely be unable to return to work in the same capacity as before or need to consider switching careers suited to the tasks your body can better adapt to. All of this stress can be a financial burden, plateauing your recovery and potentially causing you further harm.
Working with an Experienced Truck Injury Lawyer
At Bergeron Clifford, our truck injury lawyers believe in securing fair compensation for our clients, so they don’t have to deal with undue stress while recovering. We understand that this injury will impact you not only until it is healed but also throughout your life. Our team takes the time to understand the details of your accident fully, the implications it has on you now and in the future, and builds your claim accordingly. With a proven track record and seasoned lawyers in your corner, we believe we can help. Contact us today.
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Contact us if you have suffered a motor vehicle injury in Eastern Ontario. Call us at 866-384-5886 or fill out our online form. We can meet you in Kingston, Ottawa, Whitby, Carleton Place, Perth or wherever is most convenient for you.
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