Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer for Truck Accident Victims in Boise, Nampa, and Throughout the Treasure Valley Area
Attorney Joe Frick provides experienced legal representation for individuals who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones in truck accidents in the Treasure Valley area. Get the help you need to protect your rights against the trucking companies. Schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer today.
Trucking accidents are among the most dangerous of all vehicle collisions. These accidents often have devastating consequences, causing serious (and sometimes fatal) injuries, and changing the lives of victims and their families for years to come.
At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we fight for trucking accident victims and their families in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Kansas, and throughout the Treasure Valley area. Attorney Joe Frick is experienced in fighting for accident victims and their families, and he is committed to doing what it takes to make sure his clients recover maximum compensation. After a trucking accident, your choice of injury lawyer matters. When you choose Joe Frick Law, PLLC you can feel confident knowing that our truck accident attorneys will not stop fighting until we win the compensation you deserve.
Contributing Factors in Commercial Trucking Accidents
The extreme size and weight of commercial trucks makes them particularly dangerous for other motorists on the road. Truck drivers need to be experienced and attentive, and trucking companies must ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and their cargo is properly secured. Unfortunately, truckers and trucking companies regularly make dangerous mistakes, leaving victims and their families to suffer the consequences.
If you were injured or someone you love was killed in a trucking accident in the Treasure Valley area, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. The following are all common causes of trucking accidents that can support victims’ claims for compensation:
Truck drivers spend hours on the road at a time, days on end. To help pass the time, many truckers turn to distractions. Truckers have been known to do paperwork, talk on the phone, text message, and even watch movies behind the wheel. At highway speeds, a truck can travel the length of a football field in a matter of seconds, and this is more than enough time for a distracted truck driver to miss the warning signs of an avoidable accident.
Driving Under the Influence
Alcohol and drug use are prevalent issues in the trucking industry. Whether for recreational purposes or to try to stay awake on long hauls, many truckers turn to alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit controlled substances. It goes without saying that truck drivers who are drunk, high, or otherwise impaired are at significantly greater risk for causing a catastrophic accident.
Drowsy Driving (and Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel)
Long hauls also put truck drivers at increased risk for driving drowsy and falling asleep behind the wheel. Studies have shown that fatigue can cause impairments similar to those of alcohol consumption, and that truckers are most likely to cause accidents due to fatigue at the beginning and end of long shifts behind the wheel.
Lack of Driver Training or Experience
Commercial truck drivers must be properly licensed, and driving a heavy truck safely requires many hours of experience behind the wheel. Trucking companies can often be held responsible for accident victims’ losses when they hire drivers who are not qualified to do the job.
Logging Too Many Hours
Whether they feel pressured by their employers or are trying to earn some additional overtime, truckers frequently exceed the maximum driving hours permitted under federal trucking regulations. These regulations are in place for a reason, and truckers and trucking companies that break the rules can be held liable when logging too many hours leads to life-changing or life-threatening injuries.
Truck Driving Errors
Like other drivers, truckers (and their insurance companies) can be held liable when they make mistakes that lead to auto accidents. This includes things like speeding, reckless driving, merging errors, running red lights and stop signs, and following too closely. When a truck driver’s mistake causes an accident, the driver’s employer will often be legally responsible for the victims’ losses.
Inadequate Truck Maintenance or Repair
In order to ensure that their trucks remain as safe as possible, owner-operators and trucking companies must perform routine maintenance and address any needed repairs promptly before they create risks on the road. Failure to conduct maintenance, improper maintenance (such as a faulty brake job), and other similar types of issues can all increase the risk of trucking accidents.
Truck Design Defects
Even in the absence of maintenance and repair issues, design and manufacturing defects with truck engines, transmissions, tires, trailers, and other components can all cause truck drivers to unexpectedly lose control. In these cases, the truck manufacturer, retailer, and any other company involved in the “chain of distribution” can potentially be held liable for victims’ losses.
Cargo Loading Errors
Failure to properly secure cargo, loading cargo with an uneven weight distribution, failing to pressurize liquid cargo, and other cargo loading issues are also common factors in major trucking accidents. Even the most-experienced truck drivers may be unable to prevent a truck from jackknifing or rolling over under sudden braking if the truck’s load has not been properly secured.
Don’t forget that someone else may be responsible for causing the accident, as well. Maybe a negligent car driver cut off the truck without leaving the trucker enough space to avoid a collision. Or, maybe another vehicle’s brakes failed, triggering a multi-vehicle collision that ultimately led to your injuries. Trucking accident cases are often extremely complex, and at Joe Frick Law, PLLC our truck accident injury attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and identify all of the parties that are accountable for your losses.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm is available to represent accident victims and families who have lost loved ones in trucking accidents throughout the Treasure Valley area. We can handle even the most complex accident cases involving:
- Box trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Dump trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Log carrier trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Tractor trailers and 18-wheelers
- Refrigerator trucks
- Utility trucks
- Other commercial vehicles
When you hire us to take your case, we will hire trusted experts to assist us with investigating the cause (or causes) of the accident. While the law does not allow accident victims to “double dip” and obtain full recoveries from multiple parties, it does entitle victims to hold all responsible parties accountable for their losses. Since certain at-fault parties may not be able to compensate you beyond the coverage limits of their insurance policies, to make sure that you recover maximum compensation, it is critical that you pursue claims against each party that contributed to causing the accident.
What to Expect During Your Truck Accident Claim
While our personal injury attorneys will handle all aspects of your trucking accident claim for you, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of what to expect during the process. The following is a general overview of the steps involved in pursuing a claim (or claims) for compensation following a truck collision:
- Medical Attention – One of the first and most important things that needs to be done is you need to seek medical attention for your injuries. If you are not sure where to go for medical treatment, we can recommend physicians who can treat you while also helping us build your case.
- Investigation – As soon as possible, we will begin the process of investigating the accident. The goal of the investigation is to collect evidence that we can use to prove who was at fault in the collision. Once we know who is at fault, then we can begin the process of fighting for just compensation.
- Settlement Negotiations – Most trucking accident cases are resolved through out-of-court settlements involving the at-fault parties’ insurance companies. Our experienced injury lawyers will use your medical records, the evidence collected during the investigation, and other evidence in order to seek to negotiate a favorable settlement as quickly as possible.
- Trial Preparation – While our goal is always to secure a top-dollar settlement, we prepare each case for the possibility of trial. If a fair settlement is not on the table, we will need to go to court to protect your rights. Unlike other firms that do not litigate their clients’ cases, we maintain a robust civil litigation practice and have significant experience fighting for our clients in court.
- Trial – If your case goes to trial, we will use the evidence we collected and the steps we took in preparation in order to convince the judge or jury to award you a just verdict. While the outcome of trial is never guaranteed, when settlement is not an option, going to court may be what it takes to secure the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Joe Frick Law, PLLC For a Free Consultation about Your Truck Accident
To learn more about protecting your rights after a trucking accident in the Treasure Valley, contact Joe Frick Law, PLLC for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced accident attorney. We handle all trucking accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless we secure financial compensation on your behalf. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so call (208) 401-9311 or request an appointment online today.