Foley & Small would like to share with you information about the issues in the handling of a semi tractor-trailer accident case. Foley & Small has handled many trucking accident cases and is knowledgeable and well equipped to handle such claims.
We work with and retain accident reconstructionists, trucking experts, doctors and therapists, economists and other experts. Investigators are often retained to assist in information gathering.
Foley & Small as experienced attorneys, legal assistants and other staff who work with our clients and their families. We help our clients and their families through what can be a difficult time and assist them to return to a normal life.
Vehicle accidents involving semi tractor and trailers often result in devastating vehicle damage, injury and sometimes death. A typical semi tractor and trailer are approximately 8 feet wide, 13 feet tall and more than 40 feet long. A semi tractor and trailer can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. With this size and weight and at speeds of 55 mph or more, it is not surprising that more than 4,000 Americans are killed as a result of tractor trailer accidents each year and more than 110,000 are injured.
-Douglas D. Small
-Edmond W. Foley
Foley & Small retains accident reconstructionists who are trained engineers schooled in determining from the physical evidence how an accident occurred. We also retain trucking experts to help us with the practical aspects of the case. These are truck driving instructors who will review the driver’s decision making and events leading to the collision, the operations of the trucking company and various driving requirements that apply to trucking companies and their drivers.
Trucking accidents have significantly different issues from your typical car accident. There are more issues that arise because of the unique requirements that apply to trucking companies and their drivers. These issues include the following:
Trucking companies are also required under DOT regulations to maintain insurance coverage for their trucking operations. This includes a requirement to have in place a $1,000,000.00 liability policy. This insurance coverage requirement is much higher than that seen for automobiles and pickup trucks. This is not surprising in light of the damage and injury that can be caused by an 80,000 lb vehicle traveling 55 or more mph.
At Foley & Small, we are here to help you and your family should you ever be confronted with an accident caused by a semi tractor trailer. Put our experience and resources to work for you and your family.
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Represented family members suffering injury after being struck by a delivery vehicle which failed to stop for a stop sign.
Represented delivery driver of RV units injured in crash with vehicle on interstate highway resulting in severe lower extremity injuries. Settlements with two defendants and verdict against a third defendant.
Represented client rearended by truck resulting in concussive and hand injuries.
Represented client involved in an intersectional accident resulting in chest and upper extremity injuries.
Represented woman struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed auto chase.
Represented high school student injured in highway intersection accident suffering vertebral fractures.
Represented elderly handicapped gentlemen who fell on asphalt debris in apartment complex parking lot.
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Retail store slip and fall claim resulting in brain injury.
Represented estate of employee injured as a result of an at-work explosion caused by third party contractor.
Represented woman injured due to defective product resulting in injuries involving significant complications and multiple follow up procedures.
Represented estate of construction worker injured who suffered fatal injuries during the course of assisting and the unloading of construction materials from a trailer.
Represented estate of man electrocuted while working on farm property. Settlement with certain defendants and trial with one defendant.
Represented estate of middle age woman who suffered fatal injuries during the course of a car semi-tractor collision.
Represented estate of man who died from injuries due to collision with a semi-tractor trailer.
Check on everyone involved in the crash to see if they have any injuries. This includes making sure you don’t have any serious injuries. Be extremely cautious — not all injuries can be seen. If you or anyone involved isn’t feeling 100%, you should call 911 or any other number your state uses to request emergency assistance on roadways. Be ready to give the dispatcher the following information:
Who? The dispatcher will ask for your name and phone numbers in case the authorities need to get more information from you later.
What? Tell the dispatcher as much as you can about the emergency — for instance, whether there is a fire, traffic hazard, medical emergency, etc.
Where? Let the dispatcher know exactly where the emergency is taking place. Give the city, road name, road number, mile markings, direction of travel, traffic signs, and anything else you can think of to help them know how to find you.
Make sure you stay on the line until the dispatcher says it’s OK to hang up.
In some cases, however, these feelings can get stronger or last for longer periods of time, keeping a person from living a normal life. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when a person has experienced a devastating event that injured or threatened to injure someone. Signs of PTSD may show up immediately following the crash, or weeks or even months after. Not everyone who experiences stress after a trauma has PTSD. But here are some symptoms to look out for:
Avoiding emotions or any reminders of the incident
Constant feelings of anxiousness, crankiness, or anger
Avoiding medical tests or procedures
Constantly reliving the incident in one’s mind
Nightmares or trouble sleeping
If you notice any of these symptoms after you’ve been in a car crash, check with your doctor, counselor or psychologist, as they should be able to help.
Foley & Small handles and tries cases across Indiana and Michigan. This includes working in the following counties, county seats and cities: