Dover Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Your Rights After Serious Injury
Commercial trucks are prevalent on our roads in New Hampshire and throughout
New England, often transporting cargo across multiple states in vehicles
that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Unfortunately, while truck drivers
are expected to be well trained and follow federal safety regulations,
this doesn’t always guarantee the safety of others on the road.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a truck accident, Wyskiel,
Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. is available to meet with you and
determine if you have a valid claim. Having represented countless auto
accident victims since 1987, our Dover truck accident attorneys know how
to walk you through the details of your
personal injury claim.
Call our team to schedule a free, same-day appointment with one of our
(603) 742-5222 or
contact us via our online form. Our legal team has defended the rights of everyday clients since 1987.
Factors That Contribute to Truck Accidents
If you’ve been severely injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident,
you’re not alone. According to the IIHS, 4,119 people died in large
truck crashes in 2019, and 67 percent of those deaths were occupants of
other involved cars and passenger vehicles. In a majority of cases, it
tends to be the drivers and passengers of other vehicles who receive severe
injuries in truck crashes.
Our firm understands how devastating truck accidents can be, and how they
can transform your future and livelihood in an instant. Because trucks
are much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles, they tend to inflict
much more force and damage in crashes, causing traumatic injuries like
brain damage, paralysis, and amputations.
A variety of factors can lead to truck accidents, though some of the more
common ones our lawyers have seen over the years in New Hampshire include:
Driver fatigue: A lack of sleep is nothing new among commercial truck drivers, who often
have to drive in the middle of the night and for long periods of time
to make their deliveries. While truck drivers are supposed to stop for
meals and rest breaks, some may try to skip their breaks and be fatigued
as a result, which can lead to accidents if they doze off at the wheel.
Speeding: Speeding is a leading cause of all car accidents but can be especially
deadly when massive commercial rigs are involved. Drivers who aren’t
properly trained to operate trucks or are rushing their deliveries may
feel compelled to drive fast, reducing their ability to slow down quickly
or react to road hazards.
Drunk driving: Individuals under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) have impaired judgment
and coordination, which can make the road dangerous for themselves and
others when they get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers are less likely to
follow important traffic laws like stopping at red lights and may be unable
to detect things like drivers in their blind spots or bicyclists in the
lane beside them.
Other common causes of truck accidents include distracted driving, such
as texting or checking one’s GPS while driving, as well as inexperienced
driving—driving a large commercial vehicle requires a different
set of skills not used when operating passenger vehicles.
What Should You Do After a Truck Accident
- Report the crash
- Seek medical treatment
- Exchange information with the other party
- See if there were any witnesses
- Document the accident
- Report the accident to the insurance company
Are Truck Drivers or Companies Usually Liable for Damages?
Though many truck accidents are the result of driver errors, it’s
possible for others to be at fault for damages and injuries. If the truck
driver in question is considered an independent contractor, it’s
likely they’re solely to blame for negligence if they were drunk
or distracted, for example. However, if the truck driver is an employee
of a trucking company, it’s possible for the company to have to
Additionally, trucking companies can be at fault for accidents if they
were negligent, such as if they tried to cut corners by not vetting their
drivers or training them properly. They may also be to blame if they didn’t
inspect their vehicles to fix any defects or problems before allowing
them to go out onto the road.
Determining liability requires legal knowledge from a firm that understands
federal trucking regulations and the various parties that can be involved
in a truck accident. Our lawyers have handled many truck crash claims
throughout New England and can offer you invaluable guidance.
How Much is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?
Every personal injury case is different and relies on a number of factors
to determine its value. When it comes to truck accidents, however, injury
claims tend to involve a higher amount of compensation because the damages
are often high. The more severe the injuries, the higher the costs of
medical treatment. If the victim is disabled, you must also factor in
diminished earning capacity and lost income. And, of course, there’s
property damage and pain and suffering to consider.
Our lawyer is happy to meet with you personally to calculate the full extent
of your damages to ensure we don’t miss anything when fighting for
your rights. Help us to help you get the justice you deserve after being
harmed by a negligent truck driver or company.
Allow our legal team to work hard for you—call our Dover truck accident
(603) 742-5222 to schedule a free consultation and meet with us personally.