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TRUCKING CRASHES

1Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki has successfully represented hundreds of individuals and families who suffered injuries or the death of a loved one due to a crash involving a large truck. When a 40-ton tractor-trailer collides with a smaller vehicle, the results are nearly always serious and, all too often, fatal. The dangers associated with these “big rigs” are confirmed by statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, research forecasts significant growth in the number of tractor-trailers that will be operating in the future on our already-crowded roadways:

  •  Every 16 minutes a person is killed or injured in crashes that involve big trucks.
  •  From 1992 to 2002 the number of large truck-related fatal crashes increased by 10%.
  • Trucking revenues are projected to nearly double by 2015.

Our attorneys understand the many possible causes of a trucking crash and are better able to maximize the financial compensation for our clients. At Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki, we employ a team of experts that include our firm’s investigator and an accident reconstructionist to understand what happened and what individual or company is at fault. Our legal team also works closely with medical professionals to assess our client’s medical injuries, both those immediately observable and those that are likely to progress or deteriorate over time.

Depending on the actual cause of the trucking crash we may pursue a claim against the truck driver, trucking company, tractor or trailer owner, maintenance shop, loading warehouse, the manufacturer of a defective component or the individual or organization responsible for a road hazard that contributed to the crash. If the facts warrant it, our attorneys may seek punitive damages in addition to compensation for our client’s medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages or income and property damage.