The Maine trucking accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey are dedicated to helping victims injured by careless, reckless or negligent truck accidents. We have successfully handled all types of cases involving injuries caused by truck accidents.
Every year, nearly 500,000 large trucks are involved in traffic accident in the United States, many of them right here in Maine. Approximately 5,000 of these accidents involving semi-trailer trucks result in fatalities. In fact, one of every eight traffic deaths is caused by a collision with a large truck. While you or your loved ones are likely to be seriously injured in the accident, truck drivers usually escape with only minor injuries.
The past ten years have seen major developments in Maine's trucking industry. State and Federal rules and regulations that are violated can and do cause serious injury to Maine residents. There have been advances in the technology found in vehicles on our roads, but not every trucker or trucking company takes advantage of safety features. Some trucker accidents are caused by inattention, health problems experienced by the driver, faulty maintenance of the truck or reckless driving.
If you have been hurt in a trucking accident through another's carelessness, you have to prove two things to recover money:
that the carelessness of the truck driver or his employer was more responsible for the accident than anything you did; and
that your injuries are real, and are caused by the accident (not some unrelated condition or mishap).
In addition to physical injury and emotional trauma, a Maine trucking accident plaintiff has to prove any lost wages that result from the trucking accident.
Trucking accidents are usually caused by a combination of actions by the drivers they insure and their employers. You name it-not paying attention, excess speed, time of day, road conditions, distractions, tired drivers, obstructions, poor driver training, faulty on-board electronics are just some of the factors that result in serious trucking accidents, and life-altering injuries. At Briggs & Wholey, we know that proving the existence of one or more of these factors in your accident will make or break your ability to recover compensation in settlement or at trial.
Briggs & Wholey's role in a truck accident lawsuit is not merely a matter of taking down information about your injury and obtaining a copy of a police report. We conduct a full truck accident investigation, including data collection, site inspection, vehicle inspection and obtaining electronic evidence. We obtain evidence about weather conditions, hazardous materials, human factors, tires and wheels, brakes, engine configuration, distances and speeds involved, and more. A truck accident is different from an ordinary car accident. Trucking companies have additional responsibilities that ordinary drivers do not have.
Did you know that the driver of the truck that injured you may have been driving for 11 hours because the government's Department of Transportation rules allow him to do so? Did you know that the driver of the truck was in violation of the law if he drove after being on duty for 60 hours in a seven consecutive day time period or 70 hours in an eight consecutive day time period? At Briggs & Wholey, we know these Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safety Rules and use our knowledge to help you recover compensation in settlement or at trial. It is very discouraging to be seriously hurt in an accident with a short haul truck driver and then find yourself hassling with an insurance company. After taking money from a well insured trucking company, the same insurance company will take the position that the accident was caused by the injured person's own actions and the injured person's injuries are not serious!
In essence, the trucking company's insurance company will say to you: "Don't look to us for insurance benefits to pay your doctors bills and lost income!" and, remember, in Maine it isn't enough just to show that an accident was caused by a careless truck driver. The medical records, medical bills and work records need to be obtained and evaluated by experts who can research and prove the seriousness of your injuries. If the injuries are permanent, specialists such as economists and life care plan specialists are employed by Briggs & Wholey to make sure the other side knows the full value of the case. After a serious trucking accident, you may feel simply lucky to be alive. However, when faced with the loss of your health and income and a long road to recovery, you will need to have to recover the money that compensates you fairly, justly and completely for your struggle. That is where we come in.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the experienced Maine trucking accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey can help. We have obtained multi-million dollars verdicts and settlements for injured clients throughout Maine. Our seasoned attorneys and highly trained staff are especially qualified to handle complex truck accidents.