Have you been injured in a commercial truck accident? We can help.
When you practice law for a quarter century as we have, even though every case is different, you begin to see patterns develop which enable you to draw big-picture conclusions about injuries. The consistent theme we see when looking back on our casework is that risk of injury most often has to do with exposure. For instance, if you work at the fireworks factory, you’re obviously far more likely to get suffer a burn injury than someone who works in a dentist’s office. Even though the injuries sustained are not the injured party’s fault, simply allowing themselves to be in some environment dramatically raises their risk of harm, even if they themselves play it safe.
That is true of all case types I can think of except one: truck accident cases. I can find no rhyme or reason as to why the commercial vehicle accident victims we’ve represented became victims in the first place, other than sheer coincidence. That’s a sobering thought. We all try to drive safely and do our part out there on the road, but try as you might, anyone can suddenly find an 80,000 lb. vehicle bearing down on them with nowhere to run.
And here’s the thing: between cars and trucks, it’s not a fair fight. The sheer mass of a vehicle capable of hauling tons of goods, combined with the speed trucks can travel, means that even the safest cars are comparatively defenseless. Most of us will experience some kind of car wreck in our lives, and while far too many car wrecks have fatal results, most are thankfully minor. That’s not how 18-wheeler cases work.
Not all truckers are bad, or unsafe. It is the few bad apples that wreak havoc.
Most truck drivers take safety quite seriously, too. But the simple, harsh reality is that that’s often all that stands between safety and catastrophe: how seriously truck drivers and their employers take their responsibilities, and that’s the part that I find most compelling about truck accident law. Sure, at its core, these cases are about holding one party financially accountable for the harm they’ve inflicted on someone else, and we’re certainly going to explain the ins-and-outs of that process. But of greater concern to society as a whole is not the “how,” rather it’s the “why,” and the only appropriate answer is that truck drivers are professionals who are entrusted with equipment that regular motorists are not even remotely qualified to operate, for the purpose of generating income. But with that opportunity comes obligation.
You cannot understand these cases at all unless you grasp this fact: trucking companies operate at razor-thin profit margins. The big trucking companies may have staggeringly big revenues, but trucking is an extremely expensive enterprise. Lower-level managers are under enormous pressure to get freight shipped as quickly as possible, and sadly, some of them take shortcuts to try to make that happen. At the end of the day, safety costs money and the temptation to save a few bucks overpowers the managers’ duty to only put safe trucks and drivers out on the road. When a company puts the dollar first, the public suffers.
Truckers, too, don’t get paid a lot of money. They’re usually compensated by how many miles they’ve driven. They then face the temptation to drive too fast or too long to wrench every last paid mile they can get. Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of drivers even do drugs to try to stay awake to keep driving. And sadly, we’ve seen our share of drunks behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler.
You need a law firm that knows trucking, and knows you
One of the most frustrating things about attorneys is that you can never get ahold of them and when they finally call back, it’s usually with bad news. You won’t find that at Grossman Law Offices. We take only cases that we care about, and we work only with people that have established reputations. You won’t find any greenhorns or “newbies” here, and you won’t get the answering machine when you call.
At the end of the day, though, we’re aiming to do more than just put money in your pocket and pay your medical bills. You don’t want this trucking company to make the same mistakes in the future, potentially hurting or killing other people. When you get down to it, it’s about doing the right thing. Our goal is to make an example for other trucking companies about what kind of behavior is tolerated on the road. If we have to bankrupt a company that’s more interested in their finances than your safety, that’s fine with us. We’ve gone head to head with a lot of trucking companies, including Stevens Transport, PAM Transport, J.B. Hunt, Byrd Oilfield Services, and the list goes on.
We understand what you’ve been through, and that being in an accident with a commercial truck is jarring, to say the least. You need an attorney who cares about your case and, more importantly, you. Getting compensation you deserve is only part of the equation – the other part is getting justice.
You’ll find just about everything we’ve learned over the years here:
But your case is your case, and we know that. We welcome you to tour our site, but please don’t hesitate to call. What you do in the coming weeks and months will impact the rest of your life—you deserve to know what your rights are.