Truck Accident Attorneys in Jackson, MS
We Help Victims of Semi-Truck Crashes across Mississippi
When a semi-truck is involved in a serious accident with another vehicle, the insurance company covering the trucking company is often at the scene within hours. They have one goal: minimize their exposure. If you or someone you know was injured in a Mississippi trucking accident, you need someone protecting your interests.
At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Jackson truck accident attorneys and dedicated staff work closely with our clients to pursue the full compensation they deserve, for the payment of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses. We offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions.
On This Page:
- Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
- Who Can I Sue? Who Is Responsible?
- Why Properly Investigating A Truck Accident Is Critical
- Most Common Injuries in a Truck Crash
- How Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit Helps
- What to Expect When You Choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
When you choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we will work tirelessly to find out why your truck accident happened and which driver, company, or other party is responsible. This opens the door to the recovery of financial compensation, which is typically paid by the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
In our experience, trucking accidents may be caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Improper merging
- Texting while driving
- Following too closely
- Improper lane changes
- Drug and/or alcohol use
- Fatigued/overworked truck drivers
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks
- Defective or poorly maintained truck parts
- Speeding or driving too fast for current conditions
Who Can I Sue? Who Is Responsible?
There are several parties that could be responsible for your trucking accident. Identifying these can benefit you by maximizing available assets and insurance proceeds. Our Jackson truck accident lawyers will work diligently to determine who should be held accountable based on the cause of the collision, vehicle ownership, whether the driver was an employee or contractor, and other factors.
One or more of the following parties may be liable for a trucking accident:
- The trucking company: UPS, FEDEX, Waste Management, or any commercial business
- The owner of the freight being towed and/or hauled
- The owner of the trailer, which is often different from the cab of the semi
- The truck driver
- The loading/shipping company
As a result, truck accidents may involve multiple insurance carriers and complex ownership schemes. To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, you should hire an attorney who is experienced in handling truck accident cases. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, you will get just that. You will get dedicated, personalized service tailored to your case.
Why Properly Investigating A Truck Accident Is Critical
Accidents involving trucks can be complicated if you do not have a good personal injury attorney to put up a strong case against a trucking company. Most trucking firms understand what it means for a truck to get involved in a road accident; hence, they invest a lot in defending accident claims involving their trucks.
Therefore, if you are a victim of a truck accident, you need to have sufficient evidence to successfully convince the court of law that you deserve compensation. Failure to have enough evidence weakens your case, leading to lack of compensation. Thus, proper investigation following a truck accident is essential for winning your case. A thorough truck accident investigation helps to dig deeper into the facts of the accident, leading to discovery of the following information:
Driver Log Violation
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA rules, each truck driver should log into his driving time through 49 CFR § 395.8. The rules require the driver to list each stop made while on his the journey. All these things can be done through electronic means. The rules play a major role in minimizing driver fatigue, which is one of the major causes of trucking accidents. Therefore, driver log analysis may reveal if the rules were violated, and if such a violation led to the accident.
In an effort to suppress evidence, the trucking company can move swiftly to remove the truck from the crime scene. If you have a good attorney who knows how to conduct a proper truck accident investigation, this is the time he should act quickly. The attorney can be able to send a professional investigator or accident reconstruction expert to gather evidence from the scene, including taking photos of the truck and crime scene, and taking measurements. The photos are crucial because they reveal how much physical damage occurred as a result of the accident and the impact of the accident. If the accident was serious, the photos would clearly show its impact.
When hiring truck drivers, trucking companies must ensure that they recruit the right staff. The drivers must have a Commercial Driver’s License and should not have a bad history. Although the companies should keep the records their drivers, some of them ignore this simple yet crucial requirement. Therefore, obtaining information about the trucker’s qualifications, complaint history, substance testing results, and background check results is crucial when conducting the investigation following the accident. A good lawyer should be keen on requesting for this information during the investigation.
Most Common Injuries in a Truck Crash
Because semi-trucks and tractor-trailers weigh 20 to 30 times as much as cars, passenger vehicle occupants can be seriously injured or killed in truck accidents. In 2018, a total of 4,136 people died in truck accidents.
Even people who survive trick accidents frequently face serious, life-changing injuries.
Common truck accident injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Bruises and contusions
- Rib and torso injuries
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- And more
How Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit Helps
While no amount of money can change what happened, filing a lawsuit can help you secure your future. Getting injured in a truck accident or losing a loved one can have serious financial consequences.
A successful settlement or verdict can help you account for:
- Emergency treatments
- Medical expenses (present and future)
- Missed wages
- Rehabilitative care
- Assistive care and devices
- Changes to your earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Funerary and burial costs
- Loss of companionship and support
In cases of extreme or willful negligence, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Also called exemplary damages, punitive damages are designed to punish and make an example of the wrongdoer to discourage similar accidents in the future.
Our Jackson truck accident lawyers will help you pursue maximum compensation and gain access to all the resources you need to recover.
What to Expect When You Choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP
- We assume all the risk. There are never any attorneys’ fees unless we recover for you.
- We know insurance law and are familiar with insurance practices. Insurance companies will do anything they can to minimize their exposure, even delay your claim or offer an unfairly low settlement. We have the experience and resources to maximize your recovery.
- Speak directly to an attorney. You will not speak to an assistant or paralegal; you will have upfront access to your attorney. That is our promise to you.
Should you need help, or just need to talk to a lawyer, please call (601) 265-6869.