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Truck Accidents

What are truck accident claims?

A transport truck’s sheer size and load can turn accidents instantly fatal, with critical, lasting effects on victims and families. Along with these inherent risks, transport trucks are not immune to road hazards, poor conditions and driving. When a truck driver causes a collision due to negligence, recklessness, overloading, or other traffic violation, they — and their trucking company — may be held liable for their actions that caused the crash.

Zayouna Law Firm is highly experienced in dealing with truck accidents and building strong, successful claims against at-fault drivers and companies. Our lawyers help victims and loved ones cope with the catastrophic outcomes suffered, and claim rightful compensation. We fight for your and your loved ones’ recovery from a traumatic truck collision.

Working with a Truck Accident Lawyer

Transport truck accidents are fatal — not only for motorists and pedestrians who suffered the immediate impact, but families who continue to suffer the ripple effects, from grief and trauma, to financial hardship. You should not have to suffer these consequences.

Claim Accident Benefits

As in any motor vehicle accident, a truck collision entitles victims to insurance accident benefits. It’s one of the main purposes of auto insurance, which all drivers are legally required to carry. 

Accident benefits are designed to cover the cost of medical and rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, and income replacement. But entitlement to benefits does not always equate to a substantial or even successful claim. Insurance providers are known to dispute, delay, minimize, and deny otherwise valid claims. 

For victims and families, this only worsens the financial and emotional impact of a catastrophic accident. Even when claims are successful, these can be delayed, or injuries are reclassified as minor, leading to more pain and suffering.

Tort Claim for Truck Accidents

At Zayouna Law Firm, our experienced truck accident lawyers can help you seek and recover the rightful compensation you deserve. Filing a tort claim is a legal option victims and families can pursue to seek damages from at-fault parties under the full extent of the law.

You can file a tort claim for truck accidents against at-fault drivers and their trucking companies. This allows you to hold them liable for their actions — such as negligent or reckless driving, truck overloading, and poor vehicle maintenance — that caused the crash. 

While it is impossible to put a price on your pain and suffering, a tort claim can quantify the losses you suffered, and seek compensation for the lasting physical, emotional, and financial impact of a truck accident:

  • Death
  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Attendant care
  • Home accessibility modifications
  • Housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Lost income and earning capacity.

Cause for Truck Accident Claims

A truck accident changes your life in an instant — forever. Even years later, it remains traumatic, with severe impact on victims and families. From catastrophic injuries or loss of a loved one, to lasting impairment and financial hardships, a collision can leave victims confused and hopeless. 

Do you have a viable truck accident claim? A successful claim offers you and your loved ones relief from pain and suffering in the form of rightful compensation and justice against negligent parties.

Find out about the common scenarios and catastrophic outcomes eligible for damages against at-fault drivers and trucking companies.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Transport trucks are built with inherent risk due to their size and volume. But when a negligent or reckless driver is behind the wheel, and a trucking company fails to follow proper loading and vehicle maintenance procedures, they may be held liable for these accidents:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield right of way
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience and poor training
  • Engine, brake, and other mechanical failures
  • Truck overloading
  • Poor road conditions.

Catastrophic Injuries and Outcomes from Truck Accidents

Faced with over 6 to 40 times their vehicle’s weight, other motorists — and more so, pedestrians — really are no match against transport trucks. Colliding with a truck often results in these fatal effects:

  • Death
  • Multiple fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paraplegia, tetraplegia, or quadriplegia
  • Whiplash injuries.

Our Truck Accident Claim Process

At Zayouna Law Firm, we value road safety and the rights of every motorist. We understand the catastrophic outcomes of massive accidents, such as those involving trucks. We help victims and families navigate the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll of these devastating accidents, and ensure that all at-fault parties are held liable.

  1. Consultation: Know your legal options in the face of a truck accident — claims you can file, and against which at-fault parties. Book a free consultation with our lawyers to determine if you have a viable claim, and compensation you stand to receive under the law.
  2. File your truck accident claim: We will represent you in all court proceedings and settlement negotiations. Our lawyers compile and present exhaustive documentary evidence built on the physical, emotional, and financial impact of a catastrophic accident.
  3. Resolution: Our goal is the best outcome — adequate and expedient compensation for your pain and suffering. We advocate for you at every step of the process, from supporting your rehabilitation and other immediate needs, to claiming accident benefits, and seeking damages against at-fault parties. Our fees are contingent on recovering damages from your claim.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers Expertise

Zayouna Law Firm is your truck accident lawyer. We bring vast legal expertise spanning all areas of motor vehicle accident law and personal injury law to your case. Our commitment is expert representation and advocacy for your best interests in and out of the courtroom, ensuring recovery, healing, and a path forward following a catastrophic truck accident.

  • Results: Our track record in truck accident claims and lawsuits is unparalleled, resulting in the most notable settlements and verdicts in Ontario. Thanks to our work with medical and rehabilitation, accident reconstruction, and financial experts, we have helped countless clients secure rightful compensation for their injuries and losses.
  • Relationships: As members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Ontario Bar Association, we are recognized for our success in personal injury law. But we wouldn’t be here without you — our clients whom we serve with expert legal representation, constant communication, and full participation throughout the legal process.
  • Recovery: Zayouna Law Firm cares about you — your life years after the accident, and outside the courtroom. We connect you with rehabilitation experts who can help you recover and improve your quality of life. We help you claim more than financial compensation.

Truck Accident Lawyers FAQs

You are required to notify your insurance company within 7 days of an accident, and file an accident benefits claim within 30 days. 

In Ontario, truck accidents have a short statute of limitations, or the allowable period for which you can pursue legal action. You only have 120 days to notify the at-fault parties of your intent to sue, and two years to commence a lawsuit. Note that you must have filed a claim for accident benefits before pursuing a tort claim.

Another important consideration is the requirement for commercial trucking companies to retain certain evidence. Key evidence pieces, such as black box data that records speed at the time of the accident, as well as dashcam and red light camera footage might be destroyed if you wait too long to commence your claim.

Aside from the truck driver, there are a number of other potentially liable parties in a truck accident, such as:

  • Trucking company the driver works for
  • Company responsible for truck maintenance
  • Owners of truck’s cab and trailer, if owned separately
  • Company responsible for loading the truck
  • Company that manufactured the truck’s contents, if packaged incorrectly, contributing to a rollover crash
  • Truck manufacturer for mechanical defects
  • Their insurance providers, if accident benefits were minimized or denied.

In Ontario, you are entitled to the following insurance accident benefits amounts:

  • Medical and rehabilitation: $50,000
  • Attendant care: $3,000, up to maximum of $36,000
  • Income replacement: $400 per week, $185 for non-wage earners.

You may also be eligible for additional benefits in case of catastrophic injuries. On the other hand, an insurance company can attempt to classify your injuries as minor, which reduces available medical and rehabilitation benefits to $3,500, and removes attendant care benefits.

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