When you are injured by another driver’s negligence, it is that driver’s liability coverage you will be seeking in your claim. If there were witnesses, especially if they support your version of the events, you must document their names and contact information. Your doctor will insure that your treatment stays on track, and the evaluations will strengthen your claim against the insurance company. Most of these problems could have been avoided if the client had been more careful in selecting a lawyer in the first place.Read More
Truck Accident Injury
Most heavy vehicle accidents involve trucks than any other type of accident. Weighing approximately 12,100 to 80,000 pounds, a tractor-trailer is 25 times heavier than an average car. Trucks are dangerous to small passenger cars and are harder to bring to a halt, especially when they are being driven at 65 miles per hour on the highway. Trucks and tractor-trailers are harder to steer mainly because of their sheer size and mass, especially when road and weather conditions are ill suited for driving.
Sometimes the reason for the accident is the violation of federal regulations by the negligent truck driver, such as driving an overloaded truck or not taking breaks necessary during long drives. The victims can file their personal injury lawsuit based on negligence on the part of the driver, or negligence per se. According to this theory, if the truck driver has violated a safety decree that has led to the accident, negligence will be inferred, given that the victim is a member of the class that the safety decree was made to protect. This allows the victim to prove his case easily.
The victim can also file a case against the trucking company using many other theories. The employer of the truck driver can indirectly be held accountable according to the theory of respondeat superior. According to this theory, the employer is also responsible since the accident occurred during the course of the truck driver’s employment.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concedes that truck-related accidents account for only 3% of all motor vehicle accidents. But, the fact that such accidents cause a lot more harm than the average car accidents cannot be overlooked. The federal laws maintain rigorous and extensive standards that the drivers and the trucking companies are required to meet. These regulations are summed up in the Code of Federal Regulation under Title 49.
If you decide to hire a truck accident injury lawyer, he or she will be able to survey through this list and add the items that fit with your case. This will aid in the calculation and setting the right amount of money. Our truck accident injury attorneys will bring their extensive experience and expertise to allow in the pursuit of justice for you and your family.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Freddy Saavedra
- Suzette Moore
- Zach V. Thomas
- Jason L. Melancon
- Justin J. Sasser
- Gary Certain
- Daniel R. Del Rio
- Lakota R. Denton
- Kristin Overboe
- Rob Sullivan
- Douglas E. Swanson
- Jeff Harris
Freddy Saavedra is an attorney at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Saavedra devotes his practice to personal injury law and serves clients in Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona. He represents plaintiffs and claimants in Social Security and personal injury matters as well as at federal administrative hearings.Mr. Saavedra handles matters involving ATV, bicycle, boat, car, construction, motorcycle, pedestrian, railroad crossing, swimming pool and trucking accidents. His experience also includes litigating birth injury, child injury, defective products, dog bites, gas explosions, government negligence, Medicare and school injury cases.In recognition of his accomplishments in the legal profession, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Saavedra with an AV Preeminent peer review rating. Additionally, he was included in the top 40 under 40by the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys presented him with a top 10 attorneyaward.Heavily involved in his legal and professional communities, Mr. Saavedra provides pro bono legal services to the Medical-Legal Partnership and is a fellow for Leading for Change. He is the Region XIV president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and Disabled American Veterans.Mr. Saavedra received a bachelors degree in computer networking from Arizona State University and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his law degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day OConnor College of Law. He holds a license to practice in all Arizona state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Before practicing law, he spent 11 years in the U.S. Army.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
The founder of S.Moore Law PLLC, Suzette Moore divides her practice among personal injury litigation, family law, business formation and disputes, and intellectual property protection. Based in Lakeland, Florida, her clients come from throughout Polk County. Admitted to practice in Florida, Ms. Moore is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and several other federal courts, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office.In her personal injury practice, Ms. Moore provides assistance to people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in incidents involving motor vehicle accidents and premises liability. She has independent professionals such as accident reconstruction analysts provide testimony in order to obtain sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of her clients. Ms. Moores family law experience encompasses divorce and its related issues such as property division and parenting matters, and her background in mediation often helps her clients reach an accord without having to go through a protracted courtroom battle. She also regularly prepares and reviews prenuptial and post-marital agreements, and she has handled several adoption cases as well.Ms. Moore has helped entrepreneurs who are considering the launch of a new venture. At the outset, she works with them to determine the most appropriate type of legal entity that the business should operate under, and then once it is formed, she prepares the necessary agreements, provides advice on regulatory compliance, advises them on intellectual property issues and handles any resulting litigation. Her work in all of these areas has earned Ms. Moore an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a Superb peer review rating through Avvo. A recipient of a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the University of South Florida, she obtained her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2003.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Zach V. Thomas
The founder of The Law Office of Zach V. Thomas, LLC, in Olathe, Kansas, Zach V. Thomas is a criminal defense attorney serving individuals in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in both District and Municipal courts. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Thomas spent years as a civil litigator; serving clients from both plaintiffs counsel and defense counsel.His primary focus deals with defending clients charged with offenses involving domestic battery, drug and gun offenses, illegal search and seizer, and white collar crimes. Zach is concerned with presenting his clients with all the information so that THEY may properly weigh all of their options. There is no compulsion to take a plea to terminate a case. Since opening his firm in 2014, he has taken 11 separate cases to a jury for trial. Whether its going to trial or negotiating a plea, he is happy to do all he can to ensure that the client is fully informed, knowledgeable, and satisfied.
Jason L. Melancon
Jason L. Melancon made a name for himself in Louisiana by aggressively representing his clients legal interests. Mr. Melancon has tried over 20 jury trials and numerous other bench trials. When asked to explain his success, he stated: The only way to obtain a reasonable settlement for your client is prepare your case for a jury or judge trial from day one. His ability to research and to present a case has won the admiration of peers and clients alike. And his results are indisputable: a $5 million-plus class-action settlement of mortgage-related overpayments; a $3 million-plus jury verdict in Lafayette Parish for injuries sustained to the neck and brain; a $1.7 million-plus award in West Baton Rouge Parish for ankle and back injuries; and a $1.2 million settlement for low back injuries. Notwithstanding his large settlements and verdicts, he continues to represent clients on both large and small cases.Jason has tried numerous jury trials throughout South Louisiana and the U.S. Although his practice primarily focuses on personal injury and product liability suits, Jason also represents clients in consumer protection actions, class actions, real estate litigation and commercial litigation. In addition to trying cases, Jason personally drafted and/or argued numerous cases before multiple Louisiana appellate courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and ultimately the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jason graduated valedictorian at Broadmoor High School in 1993. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University. His background in engineering would proves a valuable resource in analyzing the complex mechanics of motor vehicle accidents, product liability actions and complex intellectual property disputes.Jason studied law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU and served as senior associate with the Louisiana Law Review. He was awarded the Juris Doctor degree in 2002.For results-based law aimed at maximum client compensation, Jason Melancon offers his services to the people of Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes.
Justin J. Sasser
Justin J. Sasser is the managing member of The Law Office of Justin J. Sasser, L.L.C. with offices located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for the last twenty-six (26) years. Mr. Sasser received his juris doctorate degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 1992, and practices law in all Maryland counties, principally in Southern Maryland. Mr. Sasser focuses his practice in the area of Family Law, where he regularly represents his clients interests in complex family law disputes such as division of assets in high-net-worth divorces, resolution of high conflict custody disputes, relocation of children after divorce, and spousal maintenance (alimony) conflicts. He is regularly appointed by the Court to serve as Best Interest Attorney for children in high-conflict custody matters. Mr. Sasser was selected as a member of the MSBAs Family & Juvenile Law Section Council, the premier family law policy-making group in the State of Maryland, and served as the Chair of that Section from 2013-2014. In 2018 Mr. Sasser was selected as a member of the MSBAs Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council and continues to serve in that capacity. In addition to practicing Family Law, Mr. Sasser frequently instructs other attorneys in the practice of family law as a speaker at various Continuing Legal Education courses throughout the State of Maryland.
Attorney Gary Certain is a partner and trial lawyer at the New York City law firm of Certain & Zilberg, PLLC. Mr. Certain is a seasoned litigator who focuses exclusively on representing serious injury products liability, personal injury and civil rights|police excessive force clients. Gary Certain and his firm represent clients throughout the New York metropolitan area who have experienced catastrophic or significant injuries, including bodily trauma, burn injuries, brain injuries or death as a result of the negligence or misconduct of others.Over the course of his career, Mr. Certain has taken over one hundred cases to trial; prevailing in the vast majority of those cases. Mr. Certain has vigorously litigated numerous cases that have resulted in multiple seven, seven and high six-figure verdicts and settlements and has earned membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been named one of the Top 100 Black Lawyersby The National Black Lawyers and one of the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyersby The National Trial Lawyers.Mr. Certain has also served as products liability committee chairperson of the New York State Bar Associations Trial Lawyer Section and is an active member of the Bronx County Bar Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is a pro bono adviser for the civil rights organization known as the National Action Network.Mr. Certain has been licensed to practice law in New York since 1994 and is also admitted by the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Gary Certain earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1993.
Daniel R. Del Rio
At plaintiffs personal injury firm Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. in Sacramento, California, trial attorney Daniel Del Rio is a staunch advocate for individuals harmed by the negligent actions of others. He provides zealous representation to individuals and their families in matters involving ,car accidents,, ,motorcycle accidents,, ,trucking accidents,, wrongful death claims, dog bites, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal injuries. Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. has recovered considerable awards and settlements on behalf of their clients, including several settlements and verdicts exceeding $1,000,000. On October 1, 2018, Mr. Del Rio entered a judgement for an injured client in the amount of $1,852,325.95 in Sacramento Superior Court for a single level spinal surgery.Mr. Del Rio earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2005. From his first year of law school, he began earning trial and appellate advocacy honors. He followed that up by receiving the esteemed Witkin Award for top grades and founding the student chapter of the American Association for Justice. Upon graduation, Mr. Del Rio received additional awards and honors, including membership in the esteemed Order of the Coif, reserved for the top 10 percent of the graduating class, and induction into Whos Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.While attending law school, Mr. Del Rio acquired a rich background in the legal process by interning with the Sacramento County Superior Courts Law and Motions department. He then obtained a vast working knowledge of the appellate system by working as a law clerk for the 3rd District Court of Appeal. He is admitted to practice before California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.Since his graduation, Mr. Del Rio has solely represented injury victims and their families.
2335 American River Drive, Suite 200,, Sacramento CA 95825
Lakota R. Denton
A trial lawyer at Lakota R. Denton P.A. Lakota R. Denton represents clients in Asheville, North Carolina, in personal injury cases, particularly those related to bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and automobile accidents. With an understanding of how a personal injury can affect the injured and his or her family members, his goal is to obtain compensation to cover pain and suffering, loss of income, medical bills and any other costs incurred at the hands of another.In 2000, Mr. Denton graduated from Keene State College with a psychology degree. He then attended Western New England University to obtain his Juris Doctor. While in law school, he earned many awards, including The CALI excellence for the Future Award for jurisprudence survey, labor law and trial methods. He also graduated cum laude in 2011 before he began defending the rights of the injured.In 2014, he was named to the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Denton is a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the American Association for Justice. His goal in every case, no matter how big or small, is to protect his clients and give them the best chance at a high quality of life after an injury.Mr. Denton has won several jury trials for previous clients and was given the Avvo Clients Choice Award. A popular speaker at the Asheville Area Paralegal Association Luncheon, he also worked in 2017 with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Auto Torts leadership team.
Attorney Kristin Overboe is the founder of Overboe Law, which serves the people of Fargo and the surrounding areas in eastern North Dakota. When she founded her law firm in 2010, she did so with the goal of providing high-quality legal representation to individuals who face delicate family law matters, such as divorce, child custody and adoption. In addition to her primary family law practice, she also now offers representation to those eligible for compensation related to Syngenta corn and other mass torts, assistance with contracts, and estate planning services.Ms. Overboe began her legal career in 2010 after earning her law degree from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law and her admission to the State Bar Association of North Dakota. After law school, she immediately went into private practice by founding her Fargo law office.Over the past five years, the legal community has regularly recognized Ms. Overboes abilities and passion, especially in the area of family law. In 2014, she had the opportunity to speak about a topic in which she strongly believes — the North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative. Her role as a guest speaker was the result of the acclaim she earned for an article she published on the same topic.Thanks to attorney Overboes dedication to her profession and her clients, she has earned a number of honors from the legal community. She has a Good rating from Avvo, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys included her on its list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under Age 40 in North Dakota and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys listed her among North Dakotas 10 Best Under 40.
After seven years at one of the Nations top product liability and personal injury law firms, the last two years as a partner, Rob opened his own law firm in 2009, eventually renamed Sullivan Law LLC in 2013. Throughout his legal career, Rob has handled wrongful death cases, as well as serious injury cases in a variety of areas, including products liability, railroad crossing accidents and automotive negligence. Robs practice is exclusively dedicated to representing injured persons and their families and is primarily focused in the area of products liability, trucking and railroad crossing litigation. As lead counsel, Rob has obtained a number of favorable results on behalf of injured people and their families. Rob was counsel in a 2005 verdict against Ford Motor Company where his client was awarded $17 million in damages due to a defect in a Ford vehicle; at the time, the highest personal injury award ever in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, Rob obtained a seven-figure verdict against Ryder Truck Rental that was listed as one of the Top 20 verdicts of 2006 in Missouri. Rob also represented a family that was awarded a $7 million wrongful death verdict in a trucking case in Arkansas Federal Court in 2011, one of the highest wrongful death awards ever in that venue. Rob obtained another record verdict when his client was awarded a $15 million verdict in a boat explosion case, the highest plaintiffs verdict in Missouri for 2014 and the highest personal injury verdict ever awarded in that venue. In 2015 Rob obtained another record verdict with a $2.5 million award against Ryobi in a wrongful death case involving a lawnmower explosion in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a notoriously difficult venue for injury cases. In 2016, in Kansas City, Rob obtained a verdict against CrossFit Inc. becoming the first attorney ever to secure a verdict holding the international CrossFit Inc. responsible for injuries to a participant at one its 15,000+ worldwide affiliates. Rob is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been selected as a Top 100 Litigator every year since 2007 by The American Trial Lawyers Association. The cases Rob has been involved in have resulted in settlements or verdicts in excess of $100 million. Rob is a former member of the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, serving for over ten years, and is the former Chair of the Executive Committee for the Railroad Law Section of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. Rob has had numerous speaking engagements on a local and national level and has published several articles including articles published in the national publication Trial Magazine. Rob currently handles cases from coast to coast, including cases in Missouri, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Minnesota, Kansas, California, Oklahoma, Vermont and Illinois.
1600 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 200,, Kansas City MO 64108
Douglas E. Swanson
Doug Swanson is a shareholder at the law firm and works in the Waukesha office. Dougs practice involves handling a wide variety of personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, defective products, slips and falls, contractor negligence, landowner liability, dog bite claims and nursing home accidents. He has successfully tried numerous cases in more than 10 different Wisconsin counties. Because of his trial experience, the National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him as a Civil Trial Specialist in 2001. He has also been named a Wisconsin Top Lawyer since 2012.Doug has given presentations about the law and safety in many local high schools and has participated in educational events in conjunction with Law Day on several occasions. He has also been a very active member in the Waukesha County legal community as evidenced by his involvement in the Waukesha County Bar Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors and is a Past President. He has held the offices of Treasurer, Secretary, Scholarship Committee Chairman, Legal Ethics Committee Chairman, and Bar Leaders Conference Representative and is a member of the Bench / Bar Liaison Committee of Waukesha County.Doug graduated cum laude in 1987 from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. and received his J.D. in 1990 from the University of Iowa. He is an active member of the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce, the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Waukesha Rotary Club. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Bell Tower Memorial Project. Doug and his family enjoy living and participating in the Waukesha County community.
An experienced civil litigator, Jeff Harris is a co-founder of Harris Lowry Manton LLP. With offices in both Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, he focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death matters, providing representation to clients across the state who have suffered economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence of other persons or entities. The types of cases that Mr. Harris has been involved in have arisen out of incidents involving medical malpractice, aviation accidents and defective products, among others. He has been able to obtain numerous sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients, including an $18 million verdict in a case involving medical malpractice. At the time, that was the largest personal injury jury award in Chatham County history.Mr. Harris also has experience in business dispute litigation. He is often asked by attorneys at other firms to handle complex trials on their behalf, and he frequently delivers presentations on litigation tactics and strategies. The respect that his colleagues have for Mr. Harris is also reflected in his receipt of a Superb peer review rating through Avvo, and he has been named to Georgia Trend Magazines annual Legal Elite list.A native of Atlanta, Mr. Harris attended the University of Georgia as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. After obtaining a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University in 1997, he enrolled at Mercer University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review before graduating first in his class and being awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1999. Admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, Mr. Harris is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.