Truck Accidents

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 lawyers at (603) 709-4491 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.

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 assume liability.

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 lawyers at (603) 709-4491 to schedule a free consultation and meet with us personally.

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