Lead attorney David Christensen of Christensen Law lost his father unexpectedly in a traffic accident. Our firm, perhaps more than most, understands the devastation that truck accidents in Detroit can cause. We are ready and willing to fight for the maximum financial recovery you are entitled to secure.
We will fight for you. A Detroit truck accident lawyer from our firm has the skill and experience to help you recover the costs of medical care, lost earnings, and compensation for your pain and suffering. Call Christensen Law today at 248-900-9000 for your free consultation. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our truck accident attorneys at our Detroit office, located across the street from The Guardian Building.
Why Truck Accident Victimsin Detroit Choose Christensen Law
Few law firms have such a personal connection to motor vehicle accidents as Christensen Law. When Attorney Christensen lost his father to a traffic accident, it only cemented his mission to get justice for victims of motor vehicle accidents in Michigan. You will quickly realize that your case just means more to the team at Christensen Law. As our client, you will:
- Be heard: We apply our mantra, “LISTEN PROTECT WIN,” to every case we handle, and we execute the motto in that order. You will be heard, considered, protected, and fought for when you hire a truck accident lawyer from Christensen Law.
- Receive honest advice and clear answers: The lawyer-client relationship is built on honesty. We remain transparent and authentic through every turn of your case. You’ll never feel like you’re getting the run-around, and we’ll provide you with truthful advice about your case. This honesty will allow you to make informed, self-serving decisions about how to resolve the legal process.
- Have the full financial and legal support of Christensen Law: We have five attorneys, one partner, and a robust staff to support your case. We will also provide total financial support by covering all case-related expenses. We only recover attorney’s fees if we win your case in Detroit.
Michigan is our home field, and we maintain an office in Detroit. When you need a truck accident lawyer in Detroit, choose Christensen Law.
Compensation for a Truck Accident Victim in Detroit
The Christensen Law team has recovered hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’ve handled thousands of cases, giving us a firm understanding of how costly truck accidents can be. You can review our case results, which include recoveries of $17.8 million and $9.5 million, to see the many financial recoveries we’ve gotten for Michiganders.
After you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for injuries you’ve suffered and for the damages you have incurred as a result of the accident, such as:
- Wrongful death: Family members can be compensated for their loss of society and companionship with the deceased relative.
- Past and future medical expenses: These costs may stem from hospital stays, surgery, doctor’s office visits, prescription medication, physical and occupational therapy, mobility equipment, and long-term personal care.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity: If your injuries cause you to miss time from work, the Christensen Law team will total your professional damages. Your injuries may prevent you from returning to your old job and instead, require you to take a job where you earn less money than you did before the accident.
- Pain and suffering: This loss may include physical pain, emotional distress, lost enjoyment or quality of life, disfigurement, disability, and the inability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed. You may also be unable to perform the tasks of daily living.
- Property damage: This loss includes the cost to repair your vehicle or the cash value of your vehicle if it is totaled.
Why Truck Accidents Are More Complicated
Many people may assume that truck accident claims are no different from any other kind of motor vehicle accident claim. In reality, truck accident claims tend to be far more complicated than your average car accident due to:
- More evidence – The evidence in most motor vehicle accidents is limited to accident scene photos, vehicle repair reports, the vehicle’s event recorder, dashcam or surveillance video, the police accident report, and witness statements. Truck accident claims require that our lawyers review those and many other pieces of evidence that are associated with commercial trucks, such as driver’s logs and load manifests, GPS data and more. We need to know the whole story of what happened that day that led to the crash. Our lawyers waste no time in starting truck accident investigations in Detroit.
- More potentially liable parties – Most motor vehicle accident claims involve the drivers in the accident. However, multiple parties play a role in truck accident cases. Those parties typically include the drivers, the trucking company, its safety division, and the cargo loaders, all of who may bear some responsibility for a truck accident. There are specialized regulations that govern trucking companies that go far beyond the traffic laws private vehicles must follow. Finding these violations is critical to holding the trucking company fully responsible, and the Christensen Law team is well-versed in trucking industry regulations.
- Greater injuries and damages suffered by accident victims – The force of an impact with a commercial truck tends to inflict serious injuries on truck accident victims. As a result, those victims may still be undergoing treatment and rehabilitation as their claim is being resolved through a settlement or at trial. That means the injured party must try to estimate future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
- Liability is contested – The serious injuries suffered by truck accident victims mean large financial damages, which may give at-fault parties a sense of “sticker shock.” The injured party may have significant damages due to serious injuries and estimated future expenses. As the at-fault parties try to reduce their financial exposure, they will deny or contest liability.
Christensen Law embraces these challenges with open arms. If you have any questions about our capabilities, check out our client testimonials to learn how we delivered excellent results for other truck accident victims.
Who Can Be Held Responsible After a Truck Crash?
The Christensen Law team will lead your case from start to finish, serving as your voice throughout the legal process. One of our responsibilities is identifying those who owe you compensation for your damages in Detroit.
Multiple parties and companies are responsible for making the trucking industry function. Any one of these parties can commit an act or omission that leads to a truck crash. Potentially liable parties in truck accident claims include:
- The truck driver – Most truck accidents are caused by a truck driver’s negligence. When that is the case, the negligent truck driver can be held responsible for the crash.
- The trucking company – The trucking company may be held responsible if it employs a driver whose actions cause a crash. The trucking company might also be held responsible for its own direct negligence. For example, the trucking company may hire a driver it knows poses a risk of causing an accident or have unsafe policies that push drivers beyond their limits or let their equipment deteriorate.
- The truck’s owner – If the truck is owned by someone other than the truck driver or trucking company, the owner may be liable.
- The freight company – The company that loaded the trailer may be responsible if an accident is caused by an improper or unsafe load. Shifting loads are a common cause of truck accidents.
- The truck’s mechanic – The mechanic may play a part in the negligence if the accident is caused by negligent maintenance of the truck.
The truck manufacturer or vehicle part manufacturer – The manufacturer may be on the hook if the accident is caused by a defect in the truck or a part in the truck.
Evidence We May Use in a Truck Accident Claim
Gathering evidence will be another of Christensen Law’s key responsibilities in your case. Some of this evidence may be in a trucking company’s possession, and we’ll work to protect and quickly secure that evidence.
Due to the heavy regulations for the trucking industry, operating commercial trucks results in a significant amount of paperwork. The truck driver will have documents and other information that must be closely reviewed in a truck accident claim. That information could show what caused the accident. Evidence that our firm will review in a truck accident case includes:
- The truck driver’s logs – By law, truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they may be on duty in a day or in a week. Unfortunately, drivers may exceed these limits to meet strict or unrealistic delivery schedules. Being on duty longer than legally allowed makes it more likely that a driver will grow fatigued behind the wheel. That, in turn, increases the risk of a mistake that can cause a serious accident.
- The truck driver’s employee file – Every truck driver has an employee file. His professional driving history must be there, along with his past driving employment history, feedback from prior employers, and much more information. Hiring unfit drivers is not unusual during this time when truck drivers are in high demand.
- The truck driver’s toxicology report – When a truck accident results in serious injury, property damage or death, the truck driver may have to undergo alcohol and drug screening. That testing may reveal the presence of intoxicants in his or her system at the time of the accident.
- The truck’s “black box” data – Many trucks are equipped with a device that records data from the truck, such as its GPS position, its speed and the driver’s steering, and braking and acceleration. These data can be reviewed to determine what the truck and the driver were doing in the moments leading up to a crash.
- The load manifest – If a truck is improperly loaded, it can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, especially in poor road conditions. The load manifest can show what the truck carried in its trailer at the time of the accident.
- The truck’s maintenance and inspection records – A trucking company may defer or forego critical maintenance out of negligence or a desire to cut costs. Maintenance records can show if maintenance was missed or improperly performed. A driver must inspect the mechanical condition of the commercial truck before starting a shift. These inspections must be written down and saved.
Your lawyer from our firm will gather every piece of useful evidence available.
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Our legal team will lead settlement negotiations on your behalf and take your case to trial if necessary. We are a Michigan-based law firm that takes a personal stake in every truck accident case we handle. Let us welcome you into our family and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call Christensen Law today at 248-900-9000 for your free consultation.