Helping With Your Recovery After A Honolulu Truck Accident
While truck accidents share many similarities with automobile accidents, there are also major differences. Trucks often operate as part of a commercial venture, meaning that insurance issues may be more complicated. Trucks that collide with each other or with cars, motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians typically cause serious injury because of their size, weight and momentum.
Furthermore, there are many rules and regulations that pertain only to trucks – such as how heavy the loads can be, how often they must be inspected, how many hours truckers can drive each day, and commercial driver training and licensing requirements.
Handling Truck Wreck Cases In Hawaii
Contact the Honolulu law firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks to schedule a free initial consultation if you or a loved one has been injured or a family member has been killed in a semi-trailer or truck wreck anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands. We have won compensation for pedestrians, car drivers and passengers, and truck drivers injured or killed in truck collisions.
What Catastrophic Injuries Result From Truck Accidents?
Serious injuries result in extraordinary expenses, including medical treatment and care, therapy and rehabilitation, and special equipment such as wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps and wheelchair-accessible conversion vans. Some of these injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Total or partial paralysis
Specialized medical and economic experts are often required to properly anticipate and calculate future needs and expenses.
Pain And Suffering When Quality Of Life Is Forever Altered
Other costs of catastrophic injuries after semi-trailer wrecks and other truck accidents include lost wages and life care costs such as home cleaning services, personal care assistance, psychological therapy and social workers’ fees. In addition to these costs, we aggressively pursue compensation for the pain and suffering that our clients endure, as well as the diminished quality of life that results when people can no longer do their normal activities of daily life. Learn how we can help protect your legal rights and interests after you have been injured or lost a family member because of a truck crash.
What Are The Top Causes Of Truck Accidents?
Truck crashes can have a variety of factors at play. No two accidents are the same, but they often share the same causes. These can include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Disobeying traffic signals
- Inadequate truck maintenance
It is very difficult to determine the exact cause of the accident, especially if more than one cause exists. We know exactly which data to gather to determine the source. If needed, we can also collaborate with forensic experts such as accident reconstructionists.
Who Can Be Held Liable In A Hawaii Truck Accident?
In a commercial truck accident, there are often multiple sources of liability. This is because these crashes are so complex that often more than one party is at fault. Some common sources of liability can include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The loading company
- Another motorist
Our attorneys have vast experience examining the details to determine who is at fault. We consider every possible source of liability. If more than one source exists in your case, we pursue every option for compensation.
What Are The Various Types Of Truck Accidents?
Sadly, there are numerous types of catastrophic truck accidents that occur every day. The combination of ways for trucks to cause harm to other drivers is nearly limitless. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Jackknife accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
These accidents are nearly always severe due to the large size and heavy weight of the commercial truck. As a result, the injuries may require hospitalization and rehabilitation.