Build Your Case With a Cleveland, OH Truck Crash Lawyer
Darryl Isaacs — The Hammer — and the Ohio truck accident lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs handle cases where victims in Cleveland, Ohio have been injured in a crash involving a large truck or commercial vehicle. Some of these vehicles can include:
Don’t see the commercial vehicle you’re looking for? Don’t worry, our Cleveland truck crash law firm handles them all!
A Conversation All About Truck Accidents and Legal Action
Attorney Darryl Isaacs sat down to address questions for those who have been involved in a crash involving big rig trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Join us in this radio episode of “Ask The Hammer,” the podcast exploring the legal matters that matter most. Play the episode directly below.
Last January, 18 school children were transported to the hospital in Streetsboro after a chain collision involving three school busses. One of the school bus drivers was charged with a misdemeanor. None of the kids were wearing seat belts. School buses weigh over 10,000 pounds, so school bus safety is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
When you’ve been in a collision with a big commercial vehicle weighing over 10,000 pounds, chances are that you are seriously hurt. Maybe somebody in your vehicle was killed, or you could have lost a family member in a catastrophic accident with a big commercial truck. All the above scenarios are all too common occurrences on our nation’s highways.
Usually, any time a big commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler or a dump truck is in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer serious injuries and fatalities, while the commercial trucker walks away unscathed. And yet, truckers are under pressure to deliver their loads fast. They may not adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules for safe trucking practices.
The trucking company is under no obligation to disclose their records and other evidence of what happened to cause the accident until you file a lawsuit in civil court. An experienced trucking accident lawyer knows what evidence to demand in the discovery phase of the lawsuit to prove what caused your accident. Once the liable parties understand you have built a strong case, they will be forced to offer you the fair and just settlement amount to cover all your damages or roll the dice with a jury trial.
Justice With A Cleveland Truck Crash Law Firm
In Ohio, juries are allowed to award punitive damages to punish gross negligence or bad behavior. In order to award punitive damages you must prove malice or egregious fraud on the part of the defendant contributed to your accident.
For instance, if the trucking company retreaded worn out front tires instead of replacing them in order to save money, and lied about their action in the maintenance log.
Juries have been known to award tens of millions of dollars to punish bad behavior by big companies who care more about their bottom line than they care about people.
Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident law firm wants to make it more costly for the trucking industry to do wrong than they think it is to abide by safety regulations. With some companies, the only bottom they have is their bottom line.
Our Cleveland Trucking Lawyers Take On the Big Companies
If you are counting on the trucking company’s insurance carrier to offer you a fair settlement, you are being naive. As soon as they are notified that an accident has occurred, they will send out a team of skilled accident scene investigators. These insurance investigators are not there to objectively assess what happened to cause the horrific accident. They are there to point the blame at other drivers in order to avoid paying a big settlement.
We cannot urge you strongly enough to call a truck accident lawyer, if possible from the accident scene. Insurance people may try to befriend you at the accident scene in order to get you to say something they can use to point the blame at you and away from the trucker or trucking company. They are counting on the fact that you’re in shock and disoriented and may say something they can use against your claim later. Do not give information to strangers at the accident scene unless they are law enforcement or emergency medical personnel.
No matter how badly you are hurt, the insurance people are not there to be helpful. Their job is to reduce or deny your claim. They have been known to point out evidence that could implicate another driver to police accident scene investigators while distracting the police away from evidence that implicates the commercial truck.
Winning Compensation With a Cleveland Commercial Vehicle Law Firm
Isaacs & Isaacs employs our own skilled accident scene investigation team to respond in disastrous collisions involving big commercial trucks. The stakes are high in these cases. Settlements for these catastrophic accidents can easily run into millions of dollars.
We have attorneys working in our law firm who used to work for insurance defense, and we are well aware of the tactics trucking insurance companies use to avoid paying out big settlements. In some cases, the insurance company will offer you a settlement right away to avoid paying you just compensation if your injuries are so severe you will need multiple surgeries and physical therapy and may be permanently disabled. We cannot urge you strongly enough to consult a truck accident lawyer before you sign any papers or even talk to these people.
In exchange for the settlement, they will ask you to sign a release of liability form. Once you sign their form, you will not be eligible for more compensation later if your condition leads to prolonged medical treatment or other expenses like being out of work for a prolonged period. You are signing away your right to recover any more money, no matter what financial hardships you face later on, from the trucking insurance company, or your own insurance.
Do not deal with these people or sign any papers until you consult an experienced truck accident lawyer. Isaacs & Isaacs is here to take the burden of worrying about money from your shoulders, so you can focus on healing and rebuild your life in the very best way possible. We will not allow the insurance people to cheat you out of the money you will need to recover and go forward.
Isaacs & Isaacs Is on Call Around-the-Clock to Respond Rapidly
When you’ve been in a horrific accident with a big commercial truck, you need somebody at your side as soon as possible to protect your interests and shield you from the insurance people. You can call our hotline 24/7 at 800-800-8888 to enlist our help, or fill out our online form. We are here for you now.