Truck Accident Lawyer in Columbus

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Truck Accident Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio

Since 2000, our Columbus truck accident lawyers at Oliver Law Office have been putting the needs of Ohio residents first — including those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash with an 18-wheeler.
The average car weighs about 4,000 pounds, compared to 80,000 pounds for a loaded-down tractor-trailer. Even the most well-built and “crashworthy” SUV is no match for an impact with an 18-wheeler at highway speeds. Motor vehicle occupants involved in collisions with semi-trucks are at high risk of suffering a catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
If you were injured in a collision with a big rig, our lawyers will dedicate themselves to identifying the party responsible for the crash and holding them fully accountable for the harm they have caused.
Our law firm founder and managing attorney, Jami S. Oliver, has been voted 2024 Lawyer of the Year in Columbus, Ohio, for Product Liability and named to the Best Lawyers 2024 list in multiple practice areas. Allow our skilled team, led by one of Ohio’s best, to review your truck accident claim during a free consultation today so you can start making informed decisions about your case and future.

We Handle All Ohio Truck Accident, Injury, and Fatality Cases on a Contingency Basis

What we do differently at Oliver Law Office is ensure our clients know how important they are to us. You are not simply another case. You are not a number. You have gone through a physically and emotionally traumatic experience, and you deserve our full attention.
Oliver Law Office was built to prioritize and support you through unparalleled communication and commitment to your individualized needs by delivering an experience that instills trust and encourages the ethical and passionate pursuit of justice.
We handle all injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we advance all the costs necessary to pursue your claim, and we only charge you a fee if and when there is a successful result.
Our Ohio truck attorneys and team have successfully represented clients for nearly 30 years. We have intimate knowledge of Ohio’s personal injury laws and how to obtain maximum compensation from all insurance coverages and policies for each client’s unique recovery needs.
Your complete recovery is essential, and you are worth the fight. Getting your life back on track means not giving up on the process. We won’t either. Contact us today to learn more.

What Type of Ohio Truck Accident Clients Does Oliver Law Office Represent?

Truck accidents are complex events, and recovering total compensation for injury victims can be complicated. Oliver Law Office is a Columbus-area law firm with expertise in auto, truck, and pedestrian accident cases, including fatal crashes and collisions causing severe or catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of truck crashes:
Our Columbus truck accident attorneys are dedicated to providing legal solutions for all Ohio crash victims and their families so they can hold the truck driver, trucking company, or another third party liable for their complete financial recovery. Learn more about our legal experience and successes by contacting our office today for help.

Who is Liable for Truck Accidents in Columbus, Ohio?

Because truck accidents are complex and so many factors go into trucking, there might be one or more different parties who are liable for causing the crash.
Possible liable parties in a Columbus truck accident can include, for example:
Determining fault in a semi-truck crash can be challenging because of the various factors involved in these complex incidents, including the fact that several parties may share responsibility.

At Oliver Law Office, our truck accident attorneys rely on investigative research, forensic analysis, witness statements, data from the vehicles involved, and other sources to comprehensively understand the events leading to a semi-truck crash. Contact us today to learn how we can help you analyze your crash facts and pursue the liable party for your full financial recovery.

How Oliver Law Office Helps With Truck Accidents in Columbus

Truck accidents are expensive, and trucking companies carry extensive insurance policies. The insurers, in turn, want to minimize or avoid large payouts wherever possible. The trucking company or their insurer might come to you almost immediately after a crash with an offer of settlement. This settlement offer might seem to meet your present needs. Still, it is unlikely to consider all the damages and harm you’ll suffer from the accident, and it is likely to be far less than an attorney could get for you through settlement negotiations or litigation.
At the other end of the spectrum, insurance companies might drag out and delay any settlement payment, hoping to wear you down and get you to give up on your claim or take less than you should. They could also take advantage of the complex nature of truck accidents to blame some other party for causing the accident, sometimes even pinning the blame on the victim.
Our experienced legal team knows how to investigate a truck accident, identify the responsible party or parties, and hold them accountable for the harm they’ve caused. We won’t try to settle your case until all your damages are known, and if we can’t get a fair amount through negotiation, our firm has the skills and the track record in court you can count on to litigate your case to a successful conclusion. Contact us today to learn more.

What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Columbus, Ohio?

Truck accidents happen in many ways, sometimes involving other parties besides a negligent truck driver. Here are some of the most common reasons for truck accidents on the streets and highways of Columbus.
Whether paid by the mile or the trip, the more truckers drive and the more trips they complete, the more money they make. The same goes for trucking companies and the freight shippers that hire them. These facts can incentivize drivers to drive longer than is reasonably safe. As it is, industry-friendly federal regulations allow truck drivers to put in 14-hour days with 11 hours behind the wheel, with as little as 30 minutes rest after eight hours on the road. After putting in this punishing schedule for 60 hours over seven consecutive days or 70 hours over eight straight days, truckers need only take off 32 hours before starting again.
Drivers may often feel forced to go to great lengths to falsify their logs and hide their legal non-compliance. We know this because annual roadside inspections routinely turn up large numbers of drivers with falsified records, many of whom also lack the proper licenses or endorsements to drive a big rig. Cross-country highway driving is fatiguing enough for a rested driver; truckers who spend too much time on the road risk nodding off at the wheel or causing tragic accidents due to decreased attention and alertness.
Semi-trucks are expensive, and many trucking companies maintain aging fleets, doing everything to put off the date when they’ll need to scrap an old truck and buy a new one. Tractor-trailers might put on 500,000 or even millions of miles before they are replaced. The older 18-wheelers get, the more maintenance they may need to stay safe, but too many trucking companies skirt even the most basic maintenance to keep their trucks in service and their costs down.
This fact is also known from annual roadside inspections, where about 20% of commercial vehicles inspected get immediately pulled from service due to dangerously unsafe tires, wrong or missing brake components, malfunctioning signal lights and coupling devices, and other serious safety issues. When tires, brakes, or other parts fail while in operation, the driver’s likelihood of losing control and causing a crash is dangerously high.
Loading up a trailer, container truck, or flatbed is an art and a science, and it must be done carefully to prevent disasters on the road. An overloaded trailer can increase the likelihood of brakes failing or tires blowing out. An unbalanced load can make the driver lose control and send the truck into a rollover or jackknife crash.
Unsecured or improperly secured loads can spill out of or off the truck, creating road hazards for drivers for a mile or more. Cargo spills or crashes with trucks carrying hazardous materials also increase the risk of catastrophic injuries or wrongful death from fires and explosions, chemical burns, respiratory damage, and more.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a semi-truck accident caused by negligence in Ohio, contact our experienced truck accident attorneys in Columbus today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we may be able to help you hold the at-fault party liable for your full financial recovery.

Contact Our Skilled Truck Accident Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio, Today

If you have suffered a truck accident caused by negligence in Ohio, contact our dedicated Columbus personal injury attorneys today. There is never a charge to speak with an attorney or any upfront or out-of-pocket costs to associate with our law firm in an injury or death matter.

Oliver Law Office is a client-focused law firm emphasizing the individualized needs of each client with personalized attention. We handle every case with confidence, courage, and determination. Please call us at 614-220-9100 or fill out a Contact Us form so we can be in touch as soon as possible – let’s get started on your claim today.

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When Jami Oliver launched her own firm in 2000, she did so with one simple idea in mind: to seek justice for those who have been hurt, injured, or wronged due to the negligence of others. While she’s won numerous awards and accolades in the years since, her philosophy hasn’t changed. If you need an attorney who can advocate for you after an accident, product recall, or other tragedy, the Oliver Law Office should be your first choice.