ONE CALL...THAT'S ALL!
ONE CALL...THAT'S ALL!
HURT IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Wisconsin Truck Accident Attorneys
Some of the most tragic accidents on the road, whether outside Milwaukee, Eau Claire, or Chicago, occur in crashes involving commercial trucks, also known as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, box trucks, and big rigs. A truck accident can be a very traumatic and life-changing experience. The sheer size and weight of these trucks make any collision extremely dangerous and much more deadly compared to a car accident. Unfortunately, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in trucking accidents each year.
Trucks often transport goods from state to state and are a necessary part of the nation’s economy. However, accidents involving large trucks can be devastating. According to data from the National Safety Council, in 2018, 112,000 large trucks were involved in crashes in the US, resulting in 4,951 deaths and 150,000 injuries. Of those large-truck crashes, 4,066 of those killed and 74 percent of those injured were either occupants in passenger vehicles or not riding in a vehicle at all – pedestrians hit or bicyclists. Since 2009, the number of deaths from large truck accidents has increased 51 percent.
If you've been injured in a truck accident, contact our truck accident team at Gruber Law Offices to get a free consultation. We are available 24/7 and you can contact us by phone, live chat, or website form. Our consultations are always free and confidential. We offer electronic/virtual sign-ups if you prefer or we'll come to you! There's never a fee until we win.
Need Immediate Help?
The initial consultation is free! All fields are required.
Our Truck Accident Team
At Gruber Law Offices, we have a team that is dedicated to quality representation and great results in truck accident cases. We know what it takes to win for our clients. Our truck accident team consists of dedicated lawyers, paralegals, in-house investigators, and support staff. Our truck accident team represents clients and families who suffer various catastrophic truck-accident injuries. Some of the examples include the following: wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”), paralysis, amputations, spinal cord injuries, burns, concussions, and other serious injuries. The team is committed to helping their clients recover the compensation they deserve after a truck accident. We are confident that we can get you the compensation you deserve.
Family Values - Let Our Family Help Yours
While we are a very large personal injury law firm headquartered in Wisconsin, Gruber Law Offices is still a family-owned and run Wisconsin law firm. We believe that being a large firm with significant resources and talent, yet of course with personalized and top-notch client service, helps our clients tremendously as we often battle against multi-billion dollar trucking companies and insurance companies.
The Only Board Certified Truck Crash Attorney In WI
We pride ourselves in always going the extra mile to be the best at what we do. This dedication to our clients is demonstrated by one of our attorneys who successfully achieved Board Certification in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). No other attorney in Wisconsin is board certified in Truck Accident Law. The accreditation is the only American Bar Association accreditation for Truck Accident Law in the United States.
Were You Injured In A Truck Accident?
There are many causes of action that we investigate in a serious truck crash. Given that there are so many factors and different issues at play, it is extremely important that you call us right away. The faster our team is able to get involved, the better we are able to secure evidence and begin our own investigation. Our in-house investigators have decades of law enforcement. Our law firm has significant relationships throughout the country. We have access to some of the top experts in their field to help on cases such as accident reconstructionists, trucking standard of care experts, biomechanical engineers, loss of earning capacity vocational experts, and medical experts. Our in-house team of investigators have decades of experience being in law enforcement.
ONE CALL…THAT’S ALL! At Gruber Law Offices, we are passionate about helping people and truly making a difference on behalf of our clients and our community. Our firm has over a 120 professionals staff and attorneys, and we dedicate our team to handling only serious injury and accident cases. Within that, we have a very significant focus on commercial truck cases. These truck accident cases include all kinds of truck accidents, semi-trucks, box trucks, straight trucks, tractor-trailers, and countless other trucks.
Gruber Law Office’s attorneys have won countless awards and are members of many prestigious groups, both in Wisconsin and nationally. We are extremely proud of our top-notch attorneys, professional team and well-earned reputation. We get results!
Free and confidential consultations!
Why Choose Gruber Law Offices?
What about Trucking Telematics?
Telematics generally refers to a technological system that collects particular data or information. It is becoming more and more common and applicable in the trucking industry. Specifically, telematics are most often used by larger and more sophisticated truck companies and motor carriers, when trucking or logistics companies employ multiple truck drivers. Telematics can track data such as: speed, location, GPA data, harsh braking events, harsh turns (cornering), and phone usage/distracted driving, among other things. Telematics can also track vehicle diagnostic information like engine health, tire pressure, oil temperature, and other vehicle system information. Frequently, trucking company use telematics to track important information about their fleets and their drivers. If used properly, this can be useful information and provide valuable data to the trucking company. It can help analyze driver safety and actions. It can also potentially help keep the motoring public safer.
Why does this matter in a truck crash claim or lawsuit?
This data can truly help us in “proving our case.” Additionally, we may be able to investigate and prove additional causes of action. Often, telematics data can be used as very important evidence in a truck accident. The insurance companies and trucking companies also look at this data in evaluating liability. Importantly, this data is generally very accurate and highly relevant. It can also show long-term trends in how a company managers unsafe driving history, both of the day of the crash as well as historically. Telematics can also work in tandem with drivers logs to analyze potential Hours of Service violations, maintenance issues and many other important factors. In certain circumstances, it can help prove the trucking company knew or should have that a specific driver or vehicle was unsafe and then failed to take the reasonable precautions to address it.
Accident statistics for Wisconsin from 2019 show 8,134 large truck accidents which calculates to an average of more than 22 every day of the year here in Wisconsin. Of those truck accidents, 72 people died and 1,986 were injured. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers.”
THE CAUSES CITED IN WISCONSIN TRUCK CRASHES, IN ORDER OF FREQUENCY, WERE:
- Inattentive driving Failure to control Failure to yield right of way Speed too fast for conditions Improper turn Following too closely
- Improper overtake (passing) Disregarded traffic control Driver condition Driving left of center Exceeded speed limit Unsafe backing
Additional Truck Accident Causes
Some of the causes cited for Wisconsin truck accidents are typical driver errors, such as losing control of the vehicle, crossing the centerline or exceeding a safe speed for conditions. When these commonplace errors occur in a truck accident, they can result in rollovers or other dangerous situations. There are many other causes of truck accidents such as:
A widespread problem on our roads, a glut of distracted driving has resulted in regulations adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that prohibit commercial truck drivers from using cell phone and similar devices while behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer. Distracted driving remains a leading cause of truck accidents.
Such behavior as failing to yield right of way, improper turning, following too closely (tailgating), improper passing, improper backing, running red lights and stop signs, and speeding are recklessness. In Wisconsin, the DOT recognizes operating a vehicle in a way that endangers or is likely to endanger people or property as aggressive driving.
In the trucking industry, time is money. Truck drivers can be required to work long hours, which can cause sleep deprivation and fatigued / drowsy driving if a driver stays behind the wheel. Despite FMCSA regulations governing how long a trucker may drive without rest, called Hours of Service regulations, surveys by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that truckers violate regulations and “often” or “sometimes” omit hours behind the wheel from logbooks. Sometimes, pressure from management, supervisors, shippers or receivers can unfortunately keep a trucker on the road too long.
“Driver condition” can mean operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a truck accident. While random testing of truck drivers has reduced the amount of impaired driving, drunk driving and driving with intoxicants still occurs. At our firm we have multiple cases where the truck drivers were intoxicated or had other illegal substances in their system at the time of the crash.
In addition to these reasons, Wisconsin DOT statistics also show hundreds of truck accidents caused by the failure of a truck part or system, whether that failure happened in the tires, brakes, steering systems, lighting, suspension systems or others. In such cases, it may be that the trucking company (carrier) or the manufacturer could be held liable for the accident and the losses innocent people suffer as a result.
Sometimes it is shifting cargo or a cargo spill can cause a truck driver to lose control and crash their vehicle. If a truck was improperly loaded and that led to a crash, the focus of a truck accident claim could shift to the carrier and its training and/or supervision of workers responsible for loading trucks. If your accident was caused by cargo shifting, contact our loading accidents lawyers today.
Why You Should File a Claim if You are Injured in a Truck Accident
Truck accidents tend to be catastrophic and complex events. Negligence on the part of the driver, the carrier, one or more manufacturers or the trucking company’s policies and procedures, or multiple parties may have led to the accident. In addition, truckers’ and carriers’ behavior, as well as the tractor-trailers and their cargo are regulated by voluminous regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as well as other federal and state agencies. Violations may help prove liability in a truck crash.
In addition to the complexity of a truck accident, there is a lot of money at stake when a large commercial truck crashes and people are hurt or killed. In many cases, this causes the trucking company to spring into action to limit the financial damage. If you have been injured in truck accident, you may hear from lawyers representing the carrier or its insurance company very soon afterward. It is very important that you don’t give a statement or answer questions without us by your side. The trucking and insurance companies are not your friends if you have been injured in a trucking accident.
But you should not accept a check or sign anything after a significant truck accident without first speaking to an experienced truck accident attorney. You could be giving up compensation you deserve. Sorting out what happened in a commercial truck accident and who is at fault is often a complicated matter, for the reasons we have outlined above. At the same time, it takes time in many cases to understand the full extent of the crash victim’s injuries and other losses.
A thorough investigation is necessary to determine what happened and why in most truck accidents.
Among the information to be reviewed after a commercial truck accident is:
- Evidence collected at the crash scene
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Driver Qualification File
- Telematics Data
- Information about the condition of the truck and other vehicle(s) in the wreck.
- Data from the truck’s and potentially the car’s “black box” event data recorder.
- The trucker’s activity logs, which by law must show his or her time behind the wheel and at rest
- Other trucking company records, such as truck use and maintenance records, cargo reports, statements from company employees, policy and procedure manuals, etc.
In some cases, a lawsuit is required to force the trucking company to provide specific information that could be helpful for your truck accident case. Sometimes accident reconstruction specialists are called in to conduct a forensic analysis and interpretation of data collected after a crash.
To ensure that all of the appropriate and necessary work is completed in your truck accident case, you should consult an experienced Milwaukee truck accident attorney.Most people simply aren’t trained to understand the ins and outs of truck accidents like a Milwaukee truck accident lawyer who has handled many truck accident cases in Wisconsin is. At Gruber Law Offices, it just takes one call to get our team on your side. We work diligently to develop strong cases against any party that should be held liable in a truck accident, and then move aggressively to maximize the compensation that our clients recover.
Frequently Asked Questions About
Truck Accident Claims
Trucks often transport goods from state to state and are a necessary part of the nation’s economy. However, accidents involving a tractor trailer truck can be devastating. The types of trucking accidents that occur on Milwaukee’s roads and highways include:
- Wide Turn Accidents – If a truck driver first turns to the left before making a right turn, it causes the truck to make a “wide turn.” This type of accident can cause damage to vehicles traveling behind the truck, or in the lane on the right side of the truck. Wide turn accidents often occur when a large truck attempts to navigate narrow city streets that are not designed to accommodate the tractor-trailer’s size.
- Rollover Accidents – Rollover accidents may occur when a truck driver fails to operate a vehicle safely. When a truck driver is speeding and hits a guardrail, curb or uneven ground, it may cause the truck to roll over. Driving too fast for road conditions is a common factor in rollover truck accidents. If a tractor-trailer or cargo tanker is not loaded properly, or imbalanced, the cargo can shift when rounding a curve, causing the truck to turn over.
- Rear-End Accidents – Large trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles. Because of their weight, 18 wheelers require more distance to stop safely. If a truck is speeding and has to make a sudden stop, often it cannot do so and will collide with the vehicle in front of the truck. Rear end accidents often involve fatigued or distracted drivers who are not alert to changes in traffic conditions.
- Jackknife Accidents – A jackknife accident may occur when a tractor-trailer brakes too hard, causing the trailer to skid forward and form a 90-degree angle with the tractor, similar to a folding pocketknife.
- Under Ride Accidents –Due to the difference in size between a tractor-trailer and a car, a car can become lodged underneath a truck trailer, causing severe injuries to the automobile occupants. Under ride accidents may occur in rear end or side impact collisions, if the truck does not have under ride guards or the guards fail. If the truck’s cargo is not properly loaded and secured on the trailer, it can fall onto the road as the truck is moving, creating a highway hazard to other vehicles. This type of accident can be very serious if a truck loses its load while moving at a high speed on an interstate.
Weather contributes to a higher number of motor vehicle accidents in Wisconsin and other areas of the country that experience winter driving conditions. Commercial trucks have schedules to maintain and delivery deadlines to meet. Sleet and snow and poor weather conditions do not keep trucks off the road in Wisconsin. The law states the following about hazardous conditions: Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.
If you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer, here is what you should do: Check to see if you are injured, or if any of the occupants of your vehicle were injured. Next, you should call 911 and request an ambulance if needed. While you wait for the police and the ambulance, it is safest to remain in your vehicle. However, if you are able, and it is safe to do so, you can check to see if the occupants of the other vehicle need assistance. It is very important that you do not move your vehicle until emergency personnel arrive on the scene. If you are able, take photographs of the truck accident scene and damage to both vehicles. Contact Gruber Law Offices so that you can understand what rights you have moving forward. Exchange insurance and registration information with the other drivers involved. Give your statement to the investigating police officer. Obtain a copy of the police report to make sure that all the information you provided to the police is correct.
There are many reasons why commercial truck accidents are more complicated to resolve than automobile accidents. It is so important to have a law firm on your side that truly understands the details of trucking law, knows the rules and regulations and gets results. Often, the injuries in a truck crash can be extremely severe. This generally means the stakes are higher, and insurers and trucking companies will move aggressively to limit their liability. Commercial truck owners are also legally required to carry higher amounts of liability insurance than the average car owner is required to purchase. Another complicating factor is that multiple parties may share liability in a truck accident, including the truck driver, the trucking company, a cargo shipper and the company that loaded the trailer. Each may even have their own separate insurance policies. In reality, we could spend hours and hours explaining why a truck accident is more complicated to resolve than a regular automobile accident.
Yes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigued and overworked drivers are a common cause of commercial trucking accidents. Truck drivers may disregard, or be told to disregard, the applicable Hours of Service Rules. These are the federal requirements and the rules requiring them to take rest brakes. Common sense also dictates that drowsy drivers can be dangerous drivers and may fail to react in time to avoid causing an accident. These factors could play a role in maximizing and getting the best result possible after a truck accident.
As soon as it is safe to do so. Given the serious nature of these accidents and the evidence that needs to be collected, the sooner you contact an attorney the better.
Truck accidents lawsuits happen when someone is injured or dies in a truck accident. Some of the factors that come into play are past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and other potential damages.
The initial consultation is free! All fields are required.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident in Wisconsin, call the personal injury lawyers at Gruber Law Offices today. We can help you obtain compensation for dealing with losses due to such injuries as fractures, paralysis, loss of limb, burns, brain injuries, wrongful death, and more. Our experienced and aggressive truck accident lawyers conduct thorough investigations and negotiate aggressively for settlements based on the facts and evidence. We don’t charge a legal fee unless we win.
We can meet you at a place that is convenient for you such as your home, hospital room, place of work, in our office, or even over the internet. Speak with one of our attorneys right now by calling (414) 276-6666 for a free consultation.“ONE CALL … THAT’S ALL!”