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Truck Accident Attorneys

Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer

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Michigan Truck Accident LawyerA Michigan truck accident lawyer at our firm will be well educated on how to handle and win truck crash cases. These include crashes with other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The injuries from these accidents are usually catastrophic and too often result in the death of an innocent person. Although accidents are not planned, that can be a scary and devastating burden that no one should face alone. A Moss & Colella attorney can make a dramatic difference in the life of someone who has been involved in these forms of accidents.

The Difference Between a Truck Accident and Car Accident

Despite both the underlying Michigan No-Fault laws and filing requirements being the same for any Michigan auto accident, there are still important discrepancies between truck and car accident cases.

Such differences primarily include:

  • Different Federal and State laws apply in cases involving truck accidents that do not apply to other types of auto accident injury cases – including specific notice requirements.
  • Liability may result from someone other than the truck driver, such as
    • distributors
    • suppliers
    • the broker
    • the shipper
    • the trucking company itself
    • truck manufacturers
    • retailers supplying defective parts
  • Truck Accidents are more likely to cause serious personal injury due to their size and sheer mass.

With such differences, it is essential that those affected by a truck accident seek a lawyer who understands the difference between the two accidents to increase the likelihood of receiving an appropriate verdict and/or settlement. Our Truck Accident Lawyers recognize that truck accident claims must be pursued differently than passenger vehicle claims and will stand by to help you or a loved one that was hurt or fatally injured in a Michigan truck accident.

Our Attorneys

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Senior Partner and Principal Shareholder and Co-Founder
A. Vince Colella
Founding Partner
Ryan Piekarski
Associate Attorney
Victor Balta
Associate Attorney
Melanie Duda
Associate Attorney
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Michigan No-Fault Auto Laws

Michigan No-Fault laws apply to Michigan truck crashes, providing insurance benefits to those who are injured. Persons with applicable Michigan no-fault insurance who are injured in a semi-truck accident can claim certain trucking accident benefits, including:

  • Unlimited lifetime benefits for allowable expenses.
  • Lost wages for three years.
  • Replacement services for three years.

Because Michigan’s no-fault law applies to truck accidents, persons injured in a semi-truck collision should seek a lawyer who possesses a complete understanding of both federal regulations that govern the trucking industry AND Michigan’s complex no-fault auto system. Unfortunately, some Michigan truck accident law firms will accept a semi-truck accident case, only to then refer the no-fault portion of the case to another law firm, which can be frustrating for truck accident victims and their families. Our skilled attorneys at Moss strive to  lessen your burdens and will personally handle your case to avoid confusion and additional stress.

Leading Causes of Truck Accidents

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Truck drivers have a legal and ethical responsibility to be cautious and vigilant while operating their vehicle. In fact, many non-truck drivers are unaware of the additional federal rules and regulations that must be followed by truck drivers. These are set forth to not only to help ensure that trucks themselves are in good working condition, but also to help maintain the overall health of truck drivers, which is important to keep drivers and other motorists on the roadways safe.

For instance, there are regulations that limit both the number of hours a truck driver may be on the road in a day and the number of hours a driver must be off the road between shifts. In addition, drivers must keep track of their activities on a daily basis within logs. These logs contain the number of hours a driver is on the road, the number of hours they rest, and inspections in order to maintain their vehicle properly. In the case that a driver is in violation of any of the federal rules and regulations, an accident can result in negligence.

Some additional major causes of truck crashes are:

  • distracted driving
  • equipment failure
  • impaired driving
  • improper loading
  • inexperienced driver
  • poor driving record
  • poor truck maintenance
  • speeding
  • truck driver fatigue
  • unfamiliarity with highway road construction
  • unhealthy driver
  • weather conditions

Trucking Company Negligence

Trucking companies could also be held responsible for a serious collision in addition to the truck driver’s negligence. This is particularly true if the truck driver was acting within the scope, or  of his employment at the time of the accident. The legal scope of employment is the range of activities that the employee is reasonably expected to perform as part of an individual’s job. Within this range of activities, the employer may be held liable for the actions of the employee if the conduct of the employee is injured by a third party. As such, the victim of the accident may be able to file a lawsuit directly against the trucking company in those circumstances.

It is also the duty of trucking companies to hire professional drivers who will handle the vehicles of the company in a safe manner. The trucking company could be considered negligent in any resulting accident if the company employed unskilled drivers or retain drivers with bad driving records.

Determining if a trucking company can be held accountable for driver negligence following an accident may be difficult. For more information, contact a Moss & Colella Lawyer today!

Personal Damages Resulting from a Truck Accident

Unfortunately, accidents between motorists and large commercial vehicle operators occur far too frequently. An accident between a passenger car and a large truck can result in horrific injuries due to the sheer size and weight difference of a truck. By being positioned higher, truck drivers are considerably safer while passengers within a smaller vehicle commonly sustain more serious injuries. The cargo of what is within a truck can also be hazardous and dangerous as well.

Injuries sustained by the victims of a truck accident may include:

  • airbag injuries
  • broken bones
  • burns
  • internal injuries
  • lacerations
  • neck and back injuries
  • seat belt injuries
  • traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

The severity of injuries varies as it is dependent on the accident itself. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact an attorny at Moss & Colella today.

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Types of Truck Accident Claims

There are various categories of claims victims could pursue following a truck accident; especially since every accident is different. A Moss & Colella Lawyer understand this and will be able to assist in determining which claim would be the best to file depending on the client’s accident. Some of the most common truck accident claims include:

  • Dangerous Cargo Claim: An accident involving a truck transporting dangerous or toxic materials can result in major damages. Individuals may be able to file a dangerous cargo claim against the manufacturer and/or distributor of the cargo in such situations.
  • Personal Injury Claim: Many truck related accidents typically result in injuries, but determining who is responsible for the injuries – the truck driver or the trucking company – can be difficult. In most instances, the truck owner holds the personal injury protection insurance policy.
  • Property Damage Claim: A property damage claim is addressed to any physical damage caused by a truck accident. Multiple liability policies held by the truck operator, the owner of the truck and/or the trucking company may indicate that multiple claims can be filed and compensation from numerous insurance policies may be collected.

Filing a Claim Following a Truck Accident

Laws that apply to commercial trucks, delivery vans, and tractor trailers differ from those that apply to regular cars, causing truck accident claims to be more complex. For this reason, seeking a skillful attorney who specializes in trucking law is essential in gaining rightful justice as they understand that…

  • Accountability for the accident can be held by the trucking company
  • The driver operating the vehicle can be liable for damages
  • There are insurance policies for both the truck driver and cargo

Understanding who to file a claim against can be complicated – however, guidance from an Accident Lawyer at Moss & Colella can make this process much easier.

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Trucking Accident Compensation

If you are injured due to negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing from another person, then you have the right to seek damages for your injury, which covers all of your economic or non-economic injuries.

By working with an experienced Moss & Colella Lawyer, you may receive compensation for the following:

  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Lost employment benefits
  • Lost income
  • Medical expenses
  • Mental distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Reduced earning capacity

Although the total value of your claim is dependent on a number of variables, our attorneys will be able to determine a fair amount of compensation for such damages by conducting thorough investigations.

How can a Moss & Colella Lawyer help me?

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Rest assured, however, that a Moss & Colella attorney will handle ALL ASPECTS of your truck accident case, including any no-fault claim that is involved. A Michigan truck accident law firm will have a comprehensive understanding of the federal regulations that govern the trucking industry. We are recognized as the leading authorities on Michigan’s no-fault auto law.

It is not only the car or motorcycle operators who may need a lawyer following an accident. Truck drivers who are injured while on the job also need representation. Regardless of whether the trucker was to blame for the accident, they also need assistance with injuries that result in lost work, lost wages, and a permanent inability to work.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a Michigan truck accident, an attorney from Moss & Colella will be at your side throughout every step of the way, helping you on your road to recovery. Here’s how we will do that.

  • Our Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer will fight for your entitlement to no-fault personal protection insurance (PIP) benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, work loss benefits and expenditures for replacement services.
  • Our attorneys can pursue a claim against other entities involved, such as a truck driver and the trucking company, if they were at fault, allowing you to potentially recover pain and suffering
  • A lawyer at our firm may also bring a wrongful death suit if the other party involved (truck driver, trucking company, etc.) was somehow negligent.

Client Testimonials

  • “Words can not express how grateful I am for the outcome of this case. It was truly a blessing to have this resolved sooner than expected. But without your help and my faith in your firm along with my faith on God, this may not have been possible. I appreciate everything you have done in orchestrating everything to this resolve, for your time and effort meant the world to me. I thank my friend for putting me in touch with such a talented group of people. You will always be considered my attorneys of choice for anything that comes up in the future that would render your services. This year has definitely been many blessings so far and I welcome many more to come. Thank you again for everything and may you continue to be blessed.”

    Janene
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  • “I am very relieved and very happy with the outcome. I appreciate everything you and your firm did to see this through and I will be grateful for that always. You all came highly recommended and now I see why based on what you did in helping my son through a very challenging moment in his life. We will always be your fans:) Thank you again and may you always be Blessed…”

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  • Other law firms would not take my case, they said it was too complicated. But David Moss took my case and got the result I was looking for in almost no time at all. I’m glad I didn’t listen to those other lawyers.

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