Idaho Trucking Accident Attorneys
Boise's Best Eighteen-Wheeler Injury Lawyers
When a commercial trucking accident happens in Idaho, you need to call on the best possible semi truck injury attorney. Simply put, these eighteen-wheeler truck accidents kill and maim people. Whether you call them semi-trucks or tractor-trailers or big rigs the damage they do to people when negligently operated is devastating. As has been said, semi-trucks handled improperly become “100,000 pounds of rolling death.”
Semi truck accidents in Boise and the surrounding area result every variety of severe injury up to and including paralysis and fatalities. If you or your family members have been involved in one of these horrific accidents, you need a legal champion. Only a top Boise trucking injury attorney will do. You need to work with the Idaho truck accident lawyers at Hepworth Holzer, LLP. We know Idaho trucking law like no other firm.
Get The Best Idaho Truck Accident Attorneys With Experience
A violent highway collision pitting a conventional car, truck or motorcycle against a much larger commercial vehicle, such as a milk truck, agricultural hauler, a semi trailer or 18-wheeler, often results in life-changing injuries or wrongful death for motorists and passengers. Among other things, these kinds of collisions can be caused by blowouts, violations of important commercial truck driver regulations and unsafe loads. Such incidents represent a significant number of personal injury and wrongful death claims filed in Idaho every year.
At Hepworth Holzer, LLP, we literally bring to bear more than 100 years of combined legal experience helping individuals recover financially after trucking accidents. We investigate your matter thoroughly and strive to uncover all negligent parties in order to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve. When multiple negligent parties are involved, insurance coverage can become very complicated. After decades of experience handling truck accidents, our attorneys will make sure that every avenue of compensation is exhausted.
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Our Boise truck accident lawyers reputation for case preparation, identification of negligent parties, negotiation with insurers and aggressive litigation are major reasons why Hepworth Holzer, LLP, has won so many millions of dollars for our clients since our founding in 1952
Call us at (208) 343-7510 or toll free at (888) 490-0992 or contact us online to get an experienced Boise trucking lawyer dealing with important issues today. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases for people like you and won millions of dollars on behalf of our truck wreck clients.
Many trucking companies train their drivers on what to do and say after an accident to avoid being held responsible. If you were injured by a negligent truck driver or lost a loved one to this kind of collision, you need experienced legal representation that protects your rights. Contact our law firm to learn more about how truck accidents differ from other wrecks and what you can do to recover.
Here Are Some Of The Things We Can Do For You In Your Claim Against a Trucking Company
Hepworth Holzer’s lawyers understand what you and your family are going through. We are trucking collision lawyers who have the knowledge and skill necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. We understand the work needed to recover evidence and determine the cause(s) of truck accidents. We have a reputation for aggressively pursuing compensation from all negligent parties that contributed to your accident-related injuries.
Hepworth Holzer brings to bear a team of experienced Idaho truck wreck lawyers. We provide you skilled, compassionate and quality counsel. If necessary we will invest heavily in your case to make sure you are fairly compensated. Among the many things we provide clients are:
- Expert legal advice and guidance regarding your truck accident claim, and if necessary, trucking lawsuit
- A detailed and comprehensive investigation of your Idaho accident
- Compensation that helps you rebuild your life
- Communication about your claim and life that is regular and responsive
- Legal representation dedicated to you both in and out of court
- Representation on a no fee until you win (contingency fee) basis
Tractor-Trailer Crash Cases Are Not Just Big Auto Wrecks
Truck accidents may seem similar to car accidents, but legally, they are very different. The investigation that goes into a truck crash can be much more complex. Often the cases involve more serious injuries and property damage. It can also involve a thorough examination of the truck driver’s history. In addition, the way the trucking company operates is often at issue.
Some Of The Big Differences In Trucking Accidents
There are major legal differences in truck wrecks as opposed to car crashes. Some of these differences include the fact that you can analyze the truck driver’s driving records and that you can possibly pursue claims of negligent entrustment against the trucking company that hired him or her. And the injuries are often more sever and life altering
Determining Legal Liability in Idaho Trucking Cases
In semi-truck cases more than just the driver can be responsible for the injuries he caused. Uncovering the responsible party or parties is essential to filing a claim. However, this is not always an easy task. At Hepworth Holzer, LLP, we thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to determine who is liable for your injuries.
Among the parties legally responsible to provide compensation for your injuries can be:
- The Trucker: In many truck accidents, the truck driver is to blame. A negligent trucker driver who is driving while intoxicated, driving while fatigued, not paying attention or speeding endangers the lives of everyone on the road.
- The Vehicle Manufacturer: In some cases, we have found that the manufacturer of the truck or its parts is responsible. If a component of the truck is manufactured wrong or malfunctions then the product manufacturer may be legally responsible for the injuries.
- The Trucking Company: If the trucking company fails to properly train the driver or allows or encourages unsafe driving practices it might have direct responsibility as well. It may also be to blame if it does not maintain the truck fleet or doe not following drug testing protocol.
The reason for these differences is that the trucking company often owns the semi-truck that was involved in your accident. If it allowed a driver with a very poor driving history to operate its dangerous property, it can be held liable. The trucking company can also be held liable if it is requiring or encouraging its drivers to drive more hours than legally allowed. Truckers are required to keep time logs and there are often ways to show they have been falsified with the knowledge of the company.
There are many aspects to trucking cases that must be analyzed, and these issues require the keen eye of an experienced truck accident attorney who has handled these circumstances before. You can rely on our team at Hepworth Holzer, LLP, to protect your rights efficiently.
A Trucker’s Driving History Can Matter
Another way truck wreck cases are different is in dealing with driving history. Ordinary people like to know about the driving history (speeding tickets, prior wrecks etc.) of the other driver in a car crash case. It is a quite understandable desire. However, in car-crash cases that history is irrelevant because it will never be shared with the jury. This is because under Idaho law (and that of other states as well) the issues in a car crash case are limited to 1) was the driver negligent; 2) did the negligence cause damages and, if so, 3) what is the amount of damages. The law says that how a driver acted on some other day at some other time does not provide a legal basis for finding the driver was negligent in your case. Thus, the jury isn’t told about the prior driving history because it is legally irrelevant to whether the bad guy was negligent that day, and whether that day’s negligence caused damages or the amount of damages.
In trucking and commercial crash cases the law is different for one very basic reason: the vehicle is usually owned or operated on behalf of a trucking company or corporation. The trucker is at work, and in the course of employment, when he causes the collision.
Negligent Entrustment Claims
This means there is a direct claim against the corporation for what is called negligent entrustment. An employer can have direct responsibility for an injury if it improperly hired and/or retained a dangerous driver. Basically, the allegation is the company knew or should have known that it wasn’t safe to allow the driver to operate their truck, but did it anyway. In such a case, the driver’s bad driving history is directly relevant to the issue of the company’s negligence.
This makes the hiring and employment process relevant so it can be determined if the driver was a danger. Many issues are important and must be explored in the lawsuit. Did the driver tell the truth about his prior record on the application? What did the company do to verify his statements? Did he notify the employer of accidents or traffic violations during the employment? Did the employer check his record? When? How often?
A negligent entrustment claim allows the injured person to have the jury judge the actions of the company. This can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. In a case where the driver tries to escape responsibility, the individual incident can be evaluated in light of the dangerous history and the jury can see the larger pattern of the driver’s conduct.
This is not a winning issue in every case, or even in most cases. But it needs to be evaluated in every trucking and commercial vehicle case. A lawyer who does not do this type of work just won’t know to include the negligent entrustment claim or do the work necessary to evaluate and prove it. And, in the cases where it matters, it can be the difference between a fair recovery and losing.
Get to Know The Benefits of Working with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Who Knows Idaho Trucking Law
It can be difficult to know what to do after an over-the-road or long-haul truck accident in order to protect your best interests. This is especially when you are trying to deal with the physical and emotional distress these accidents cause. At Hepworth Holzer, we can help you through this stressful time and ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. We can communicate with insurance companies on your behalf, and conduct our own investigation to determine precisely where fault lays in your case.
Dealing with The Legal Process in Trucking Case Claims
We thoroughly understand Idaho trucking industry laws and how those laws affect your case. In most cases, you will receive payment for the damage done to your vehicle well before you receive compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. By law, your personal injury expenses do not have to be paid until the entire claim is resolved.
During the discovery period, we will determine precisely what went wrong and who is at fault, so that the responsible party can be held accountable. Modern semis and large trucks automate many processes with computer software, making true expertise essential to determining what caused an accident. Additionally, many truck drivers are independently contracted for a job rather than employed by a single company. Parties that could be held responsible for your injuries include:
- Truck drivers
- Driving schools and other training entities
- Companies that impose unrealistic deadlines
- Software or parts manufacturers
- Truck manufacturers
- Truck mechanics
Semi-Truck Accidents: Understanding Responsibility Takes Legal Work
There are many factors that play into trucking collisions in Idaho and around the country. The size and weight of tractor-trailers particularly when combined with excessive speed may lead to a truck to rollover. Or could lead to the 18-wheeler colliding with another truck, a passenger vehicle, roadside objects, or even pedestrians and cyclists. Responsibility to provide compensation for your injuries and the ability to recover compensation in a commercial trucking case depends on what caused the wreck One of the specialties we have as Idaho truck accident attorneys is determining who the law holds liable (legally responsible) for your injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Wrecks, Accidents and Injuries
There are a variety of factors that we have seen lead to injury accidents involving over the road trucks in Twin Falls County and across Idaho. In some cases, the driver did not receive proper training, the trucks weight and size may failed to meet regulations, or equipment was not properly maintained. We have seen companies impose tight deadlines, which caused a driver to speed and forego making stops to rest, creating dangerous conditions for themselves and other vehicles on the road. In some instances, an accident is simply due to recklessness on the part of the driver. Speeding, taking drugs or alcohol, and disregarding weather and road conditions can all result in serious accidents.
Among the causes we have seen are those attributable to a negligent truck driver, a negligent trucking company but also others involved in commercial trucking industry like brokers.
Particularly with drivers and companies there are certain things we see with some frequency that lead to big rig collisions and wrecks like:
- Driver fatigue due to long hours
- Speeding due to strict imposition of delivery deadlines
- Distracted Driving (phones, or other in-cab distractions)
- Jackknifing due to poor driving, bad braking or careless turns
- Highway hypnosis (i.e. zoning out)
- Substance abuse (even prescription medication can cause problems)
- Improper or incomplete inspections and maintenance
- Improper loads or loading
And there can be problems with equipment that can lead to product liability truck claims against the truck manufacturer for design or manufacturing defects and incomplete or improper repair
The whole situation of what occurred has to be evaluated. For example. the government may be liable for improper road design, maintenance, construction or failure to meet proper warning standards.
We Know How to Determine Who Has Legal Responsibility For the Trucking Accident That Hurt You
As experienced, competent truck accident lawyers we have a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the factors that establish responsibility in truck accident cases. At Hepworth Holzer, LLP we know how to build a compelling, evidence-based case in your favor. For example, among the things we evaluate in establishing liability are:
- Controlling Federal and State Regulations:
- Other State and federal traffic and trucking laws that are relevant to your situation
- Applicable corporate standards
- The legal safety responsibilities of the truck driver
- Whether the breach of any road safety responsibilities is what caused your injuries
- Governmental and private agencies co-responsibility for an injury accident
To evaluate these factors we have to do certain investigative work. We collect and compile the relevant evidence as part of our investigation. The relevant evidence can be thing such as:
- Black Box Data
- Witness statements
- Online data from social media
- Accident and police reports
- Medical expert opinions
- Collision Reconstruction Reports
- Truck maintenance records
- Truck driver time logs
- Violations of trucking laws
- Driving and safety history
Our law firm works hard to pinpoint the causes of truck wrecks such as:
- Runaway rigs and breakaway trailers due to inadequate maintenance of brakes and hitches
- Violations of federal trucking safety laws and state regulations governing overloads, inadequate reflectors and faulty headlights
- Log-keeping offenses such as willful forgery of records to obscure violations
- Loads that restrict trucker visibility
- Poorly maintained or malfunctioning vehicles or vehicle parts in need of repair or replacement
- Operation of a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Faulty driver hiring practices and inadequate training
- Shifting loads, and spilled loads and debris due to inadequate tie downs and load securing
Damages Can Be Far Greater In A Semi-Truck Injury Case
Accidents involving large trucks usually result in far more serious injuries than those involving smaller vehicles. People injured in these collisions may suffer wide variety of harms, losses injuries including:
- Wrongful death of a passenger or loved one
- Damage to internal organs
- Loss of limbs
- Head trauma
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Serious burns
- Severe disfigurement
- Broken bones and contusions
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries leading to partial or full paralysis
- Other catastrophic injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Lost income, from time away from your job
- Medical expenses
- Repair or replacement of your motor vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Dealing With Truck Wrecks And Accident Damages
When a car collides with a truck or large commercial vehicle operated by a negligent driver, the costs — both economic and noneconomic damages — can be devastating. The auto can be damaged beyond repair, to say nothing of the toll such a crash takes on human lives.
If you were involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler or semitrailer on an Idaho highway, you can be sure that your opponent in any personal injury lawsuit will be a major insurance company hired to preserve the commercial concern’s financial bottom line. You need equally strong advocates who protect your rights in negotiations or at trial, if you are to receive the full financial compensation you deserve.
When you are struck by a negligent trucking company driver, we work hard to obtain maximum financial compensation for your losses. And we aim to address all of your legal needs after you or your family member has been involved in a truck accident anywhere in the State or across the nation. We can obtain compensation for things like:
We can also file wrongful death actions on behalf of the families of people tragically killed in semi-truck wrecks. Our Treasure Valley personal injury lawyers can:
- Coordinate payment of your medical bills and guide you through your treatment
- Coordinate insurance benefits, as well as workers’ compensation benefits if you were working at the time of the accident
- Identify all negligent parties that may have caused your accident or contributed to the extent of your injuries
- Pursue the maximum compensation available
Protecting those rights is what we do every day at Hepworth Holzer, LLP. Its part of what we mean by Life-Changing Law.
Damages from big truck collisions can be extreme. Evidence can be difficult to retrieve. Determining trucking accident causes can require intense investigation and attention to detail.
Our Boise truck accident attorneys’ reputation for case preparation, identification of negligent parties, negotiation with insurers and aggressive litigation are major reasons why Hepworth Holzer, LLP, has won so many millions of dollars for our clients since our founding in 1952. Good people deserve good lawyers who have handled thousands of injury cases for victims just like you, and your families.
If you were involved in a serious accident with the negligent driver for a major trucking company, shipping service or government agency, act now to protect your rights to maximum financial compensation by contacting our Boise law offices. Call toll free: 877-343-7510.
The contingency fee approach we use as the basis to provide our quality legal services means that you owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.
Lawyers On The Side Of The People
When a large commercial vehicle is involved in serious accident, the chances of catastrophic injury or fatal injuries increase dramatically. Our quality legal services for Boise and statewide accident injury clients are delivered on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.
Your personal injury claim should be handled by attorneys who are always on the side of the people, lawyers with an unmatched track record of success. Come to Hepworth Holzer, LLP, for the expert legal assistance you need and the attentive personal service you deserve.
Learn Why Truck Wrecks and Injury Cases Are Different
To learn more about the difference between car and truck accidents in Idaho, do not hesitate to call our law firm today at 208-343-7510. You may also contact us online to speak with a Boise truck accident attorney.
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