Des Moines Truck Accident Lawyer
Millions of Dollars Recovered for Severely Injured Victims
Being involved in a collision with a large semi-truck or tractor-trailer is not like being involved in a typical car accident. Commercial trucks are massive, multi-ton vehicles, which means they are prone to causing excessive damage when they collide with smaller vehicles, like passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles. Sadly, history has shown us that the people most likely to sustain severe or fatal injuries in these collisions are the people in the smaller vehicles.
If you or your loved one was involved in a truck accident in Des Moines or the surrounding areas, you already know just how devastating these incidents are, both for victims and their families. However, it’s important that you also know that you don’t have to face the mounting medical bills, lost wages and future income, and immense pain and suffering on your own. An experienced truck accident attorney, like Attorney Mark King, can help you take on large trucking companies and their insurance providers and fight for the full, fair recovery you deserve.
How King Law, PLLC Can Help
In the aftermath of a truck accident, you are likely feeling a great deal of uncertainty on how to proceed. How can you make sure you’re getting the critical medical care you need while also keeping up with your normal bills and daily expenses while you are out of work? What can you do if the trucking company’s insurance adjuster offered you a far-too-low settlement or, worse, denied your claim outright? How will you be able to move forward with your life and heal from the losses you have endured?
One of the most important things you can do after a truck accident to get the answers you need and to protect your rights is to contact a personal injury attorney. At King Law, PLLC, Attorney King has more than two decades of legal experience, including past experience in insurance defense. For the past 13+ years, he has used the knowledge and insights he gained representing large corporations and insurance companies to advocate for injured individuals and victims of negligence throughout Iowa. He has successfully secured millions of dollars for his clients and, as your Des Moines truck accident lawyer, Attorney King is ready to fight tirelessly for the recovery you and your family are owed.
Who is Liable for Damages After a Truck Accident?
Unlike a car accident, figuring out liability after a truck accident can take some amount of investigation. While this can be a complicated process, our firm is skilled in truck accident investigations and has the knowledge and experience to properly identify the appropriate party, or sometimes parties, who can be held responsible for your injuries.
While there are many possible parties who can potentially be found responsible after a truck accident the one most often held liable is the trucking company. The main reason this happens is because these companies are often caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company money. If an accident was, however, caused by the negligence of the driver of the truck they may be held liable. This negligence includes behavior such as drinking while driving or driving while distracted. Lastly if a truck is found to have manufacturing defects that caused the accident that led to your injuries, the manufacturer of the truck may be held liable.
How Long Can Truck Drivers Be on the Road?
Because of the large risk, commercial trucks pose in the event of an accident, truckers and the company they work for are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has many regulations that seek to protect both truck drivers and other, more vulnerable drivers on the road. One of these regulations is called the hours of service regulations, which outlines when truckers can be on the road and when they must rest. According to the hours of service regulation:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14-hour in a single day but three of these hours must be spent on meal or rest breaks.
- Driver must rest for a miminun10 consecutive hours after the workday is over
- Truck drivers must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is then allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.
Talk to a Truck Accident Attorney in Des Moines Today
Attorney King of King Law, PLLC is ready to help you move forward in your recovery. Coming from a working-class background, he is no stranger to the value and rewards of hard work and dedication. In his legal practice, he is a tireless advocate for the injured and leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of recovering the maximum compensation his clients are owed.
Based in Des Moines, King Law, PLLC serves clients throughout Des Moines County and the entire state of Iowa. The firm offers personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no attorney’s fees unless/until you receive compensation.
Special Considerations for Seriously Injured Truck Accident Victims
There are many factors that make truck accident cases more complex than other motor vehicle accident claims. Firstly, the severity of most truck accident victims’ injuries requires special attention and presents unique challenges. Victims not only need compensation for their immediate losses but also for the costs associated with ongoing treatment and care.
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to:
- Fractures/broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Accidental amputation
- Head, back, and shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Severe soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
Often, victims are left partially or totally disabled, preventing them from returning to work and earning a living for themselves and their families. As a result, they face serious financial hardships on top of the considerable emotional distress that accompanies such significant injuries and lifestyle changes.
Liability Issues in Truck Accident Claims
Another thing that makes truck accident claims so complex is the issue of liability. In most car accident claims, another driver (or, in some cases, multiple drivers) is at fault for the accident. The victim files a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company and seeks damages that way.
In truck accident claims, however, liability may rest with the truck driver and/or his or her employer. Trucking companies can often be held liable for the actions of their employees, even when the truck driver clearly caused the accident.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Careless and distracted driving
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Negligent hiring
- Disregarding hours-of-service regulations
- Poor weather conditions
- Overloaded/improperly loaded cargo
- Poor/improper truck maintenance
- Violating traffic laws/rules of the road
- Defective or dangerous road construction
- Insufficient truck driver training or supervision
- Operating while intoxicated (alcohol or drugs)
- Defective truck parts, including tires or braking systems
When a truck driver continues operating his or her vehicle without taking mandated breaks, he or she may become incredibly fatigued. This can lead to a serious accident. If the trucking company pushed its drivers to meet unreasonably quotas or stay on strict schedules, or if it turned a blind eye to hours-of-service violations, it could be held liable for the accident. If a truck’s tire blew out on the highway due to a defective design, leading to a crash, the manufacturer of the defective tire could be partially or fully liable.
In short, there are many nuances in truck accident cases. These claims require thorough investigations and exhaustive analysis in order to determine who is legally liable, as well as the full extent of the victim’s damages.
Contact King Law, PLLC at (515) 585-3245 to request a free, confidential consultation with Attorney King today.