Milwaukee Truck Accident Attorney
Truck drivers who drive large, heavy vehicles are expected to follow strict laws and regulations to prevent accidents. However, no matter how careful you may be when you are out on the road, it is nearly impossible to completely prevent an accident from occurring.
If you were involved in a trucking accident that left you injured, know that our Milwaukee truck accident lawyer is ready to fight for you. At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we have been in practice for more than 35 years and have dedicated our practice to helping victims of serious injuries.
Reach out to our firm now at (414) 273-7400 to make an appointment.
Why Choose Mingo & Yankala, S.C. for Your Truck Accident Attorney?
The lawyer that you choose to represent you can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case, especially in complex truck accident claims. At Mingo and Yankala, S.C., we have handled over 1,000 personal injury cases, including those involving clients injured in collisions with cars and large commercial trucks.
- We have experience handling truck accident cases and understand the issues involved and the evidence required for them to be resolved successfully.
- We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we never charge a fee unless we win.
- Mark Mingo is a trial attorney. He will not hesitate to take your case to trial if a trucking industry insurance company refuses to treat you fairly.
The unfortunate fact is that not every law firm is equipped to handle these cases. Truck accidents involve complexities stemming from the rules and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), such as hours in service and special training requirements. They often involve serious, catastrophic injuries. Your attorney must understand both the medical issues and the law involved.
Two of the most important roles that an attorney has in these types of cases include protecting and uncovering critical evidence and accurately calculating your damages to cover all of the losses that you have incurred as a result of the crash.
Holding The Negligent Party Accountable
Truck accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, from driving under the influence of alcohol to breaking regulations on driving restrictions. Both the driver and the trucking company may be held responsible, depending on the circumstances of the collision. We are here to thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and use the information we find to build a case on your behalf.
The most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while under rested or without sufficient rest
- Driving without taking proper rest breaks
- Driving too many hours in one day
- Driving an overloaded or improperly loaded truck
- Driving an improperly maintained truck
Types of Commercial Truck Accidents
Any collision involving a large commercial truck can have catastrophic results. A fully loaded truck can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. Even vehicles considered to be ‘light trucks or medium trucks’ are considerably heavier than passenger typical passenger vehicles.
Common commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Jackknife accidents
- 18-wheeler accidents
- Delivery vehicle collisions
- Underride and override accidents
- Tire blow outs
- Wide turn accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Lost loads
- Overturned trucks
- Collisions with cars
- Pedestrian collisions
In Wisconsin, truck collisions occur nearly every day. From 2015-2019, there was a yearly average of 7,514 large truck collisions in the state of Wisconsin. These crashes kill 70 people and leave over 2,000 injured each year. Common injuries include:
- Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Severe burns
- Crushing injuries
- Internal injuries
- and in the most severe cases, death
Securing Evidence in Truck Accident Cases
Due to the catastrophic nature of truck collisions, having a Milwaukee truck accident attorney on your side as soon as possible is essential. Almost immediately after a truck accident, the driver’s insurance company will begin an investigation into the events that led to the crash. The company may collect important evidence that could support your claim, including camera footage, driver logs and timesheets, maintenance records, and vehicle data kept on the black box.
An injury attorney in Milwaukee can send a spoliation letter to protect critical evidence before it is misplaced or destroyed. For example, the commercial truck company may wish to repair the truck quickly and send it back into service. In doing so, they erase all evidence stored in the truck’s computer system.
Damages Available in Truck Accident Cases
In personal injury cases, damages refer to the losses that an injured person incurs. While damages typically include tangible losses such as medical bills, they also cover less obvious losses such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
The most common damages awarded to our clients involve, but are not limited to:
- Full compensation for past and future medical expenses, including surgery and medical treatment, inpatient and outpatient care, physical and occupational therapy, prescriptions and medical equipment.
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Loss of future income and earning capacity. In cases of catastrophic injuries, a truck accident victim may be permanently disabled. Loss of potential income relies heavily on the injury victim’s education, training, and experience.
- Pain and suffering damages. Pain and suffering are considered non-economic damages, meaning they cannot be easily assigned a dollar value. They include the physical pain caused by the injury itself as well as the physical pain and discomfort experienced while recovering, including painful diagnostic testing and therapeutic treatments.
- Emotional distress. Emotional distress damages are challenging. Usually, they are calculated using evidence of clinical depression, an anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. Loss of enjoyment of life damages refers to the diminished ability of an injured person to participate in activities they formerly enjoyed.
Speak to a Milwaukee Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a truck accident and sustained serious injuries, you may not know who to turn to next. We can help you understand your rights and options, including whether you have grounds for a claim and what party may be held liable. Our firm believes that you shouldn’t have to worry about paying for legal fees immediately after being injured, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis.
Please contact our Milwaukee truck accident attorney today at (414) 273-7400 to request a free case consultation.