Introduction

Ohio Trucking Accidents Book IntroUnfortunately, when there is a crash between a car and a truck, the car driver and his or her passengers are usually the people seriously injured or killed. The sheer weight of a truck is overwhelming and there is little chance one will just walk away from the accident.

Some truck drivers cannot meet their delivery times and must cheat on their logs tom ake a living. Others realize such misrepresentation is against federal regulation and will not compromise their job. Because many people believe some truck drivers suffer from fatigue, they assume truck drivers must be the ones at fault in an accident. In reality, the truck driver has been found to be at fault in less than 35% of accidents. (Ohio Department of Safety, 2013 statistics).

For more than 40 years, Slater & Zurz LLP has been helping victims who have been wronged and injured by others. The firm will take aggressive action against any insurance company who is trying to minimize payment or outright deny rightful compensation to a Slater & Zurz LLP client.

This book will provide some statistics concerning truck accidents in Ohio and some figures that have been compiled nationally. It will discuss safety regulations that all truckers are expected to follow as part of state and federal law.

If you have ever wondered about how the trucking industry works, this book will give you an overview of the movement of freight in this country. What is being moved, who is doing the moving, what type of trucks are doing the moving, who regulates the industry, what those regulations are and how a driver can be disqualified are all discussed in Chapter 1.

Chapter 2 is devoted to truck accidents. It begins with some accident statistics and then details what happens after a truck accident as the investigation proceeds and evidence is gathered. The chapter concludes by explaining various theories of liability in a truck accident.

Chapter 4 also discusses truck accidents from the legal vantage point of how a truck accident case is conducted from complaint through discovery. It emphasizes the importance of experts, driver logs and preserving important video, audio and computer evidence.

Chapter 3 explains various aspects of insurance coverage for truckers and how coverage is different from that held on most passenger cars. Minimum insurance requirements for the various weights and types of trucks are listed and terms such as “umbrella insurance,” “captive coverage” and “reinsurance” are defined.

Many times being in an accident with a truck will mean your life has been seriously disrupted, perhaps disrupted forever. A person may be brain-damaged or confined to a wheelchair. This is not a time for you or your family to be hesitant about filing a lawsuit or to let the opposing side intimidate you into not taking action.

You may have considerable expenses for the rest of your life. You have the right to seek compensation to help you and your family cope with what lies ahead. Slater & Zurz LLP can help you be successful in the quest to be treated fairly.

This book is designed to help you realize there are attorneys out there who are willing to help you when you have been injured by the negligent actions of another party or parties.

Slater & Zurz LLP offers free initial consultations. If we accept your case, it will be done on a contingency fee basis. This means our firm will receive a portion of any award or settlement obtained on your behalf. If there is no recovery, you will not owe any fee.

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