Truck accidents can be catastrophic, given the sheer size and weight of trucks. Many truck accident injuries require long-term treatment and care, and they may even result in a lifelong disability or a tragic loss of life. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann, our Plymouth County truck accident attorney can carefully guide you through the legal process. We understand that dealing with a truck or car crash is never easy, and we will handle your case with the utmost compassion. Our office is located in Kingston, and we represent people throughout the surrounding communities.Big Trucks Pose Big Risks
The United States Department of Transportation has found that about half a million trucking accidents occur each year throughout the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5.6 percent of all fatal accidents in Massachusetts involved large trucks. The commercial trucking industry is subject to strict regulations at both the state and federal levels. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets forth some of these regulations. Its rules are intended to promote safety and minimize the risk of accidents on highways and other roads. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver fatigue;
- Driver inattentiveness;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Speeding or reckless driving;
- Carrying unsafe or poorly secured loads;
- Mechanical failures;
- Tire blowouts; or
- Failing to adhere to FMCSA regulations.
If a negligent truck driver caused your crash, a truck accident attorney in Plymouth County may be able to help you recover your damages through a civil claim. Negligence occurs when a truck driver causes an accident by failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent truck driver would act under the same or similar circumstances. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that the truck driver had this legal obligation to use reasonable care in driving safely, the truck driver failed to adhere to this obligation, and the truck driver’s failure was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting injuries.
In Massachusetts, commercial trucking companies have much at stake when someone in a car or on a motorcycle is struck by one of their drivers. If a truck driver’s negligence caused your injuries or your loved one’s death, you may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against not only the at-fault driver but also the truck driver’s employer. This is known as the doctrine of vicarious liability, under which one party can be legally accountable for the actions of another party under certain circumstances. For an employer to be vicariously liable for the actions of an employee, the employee must have been working within the scope of employment at the time of the accident. In other words, the driver must have been ‘on the job’ at the time of the crash (such as by making a delivery for the employer). A Plymouth County truck accident attorney can advise you on whether vicarious liability may apply in your situation.
Plaintiffs who successfully establish negligence may be able to recover a variety of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, therapy costs, and any other losses stemming from the accident. The money can come in the form of a settlement or through a jury award. It can be a lump sum amount or paid in installments. Your attorney will help you determine how to quantify the damages in your case and explain their impact on your life.Consult a Skilled Truck Accident Lawyer in Plymouth County
Truck accidents can have devastating consequences for many victims involved. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can advise you of your rights. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann, we are prepared to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. We will take the time to thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case, identify every potentially liable party, and come up with a legal strategy accordingly. Michael S. Mehrmann proudly represents victims in Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Hanson, Carver, Plymouth, and Duxbury, among other communities. To learn more at no cost, call (781) 585-3911 or contact us online.