Trust a Truck Accident Lawyer to Hold Negligent Parties Accountable
Have you or someone you love been severely injured in a truck accident? A trusted truck accident lawyer at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Salt Lake City, UT, can help. Our personal injury group is led by Mr. Norm Younker, an attorney who has been practicing for more than 20 years. We have the expertise, knowledge, and drive needed to provide sound legal counsel and represent your interests in court. Trucking companies and their insurance providers have significant resources and will vigorously defend their interests in court. However, with a national network of more than 1,000 professionals who can provide expert testimony, we are uniquely suited to handle your truck accident case. To discuss your legal options, contact our firm today.
Truck accidents are disproportionately severe due to the forces involved. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 lbs, or 40 tons. Considering the average passenger vehicle weighs approximately one and a half to two tons, it is easy to see how vulnerable passenger vehicle occupants are in any accident involving a large commercial truck. For this reason, we aggressively litigate truck accident claims so we can hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and discourage negligence and reckless actions from other truck drivers.
To determine fault in a truck accident case, we work with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, forensics, physics, and vehicle mechanics.
By securing the maximum recovery possible on behalf of our clients, we can send a message to truckers, trucking companies, and government organizations in charge of trucking laws, that the various factors which contribute to truck accidents will not be tolerated.
As with auto accident cases, typical damages in truck accident cases include compensation for medical expenses, future related medical costs, loss of wages, inhibited earning capacity stemming from injury, loss of future wages stemming from an inability to work, reconstructive surgery expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering, including emotional and physical trauma.
In the tragic event of a wrongful death in your family, we can help you file a claim on behalf of the decedent. Damages in these cases may cover expenses for funerary services, medical services, loss of income, loss of contribution, and loss of consortium, as well as emotional pain and suffering. Rest assured, we will provide you with compassionate representation to help ensure the liable party is held accountable for your loss.
Punitive Damages and Gross Negligence
In some cases, it may also be possible to file for punitive damages. While compensatory damages are monies rewarded to compensate the victim for financial and non-financial losses, punitive damages are monies rewarded to punish the liable party for gross negligence. Truck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner, ensuring they abide by all applicable State and Federal laws. In the event a trucking accident, punitive damages may be applicable if the driver did not take reasonable care.
To determine fault in a truck accident case, we work with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, forensics, physics, vehicle mechanics, and other related fields. Our network of expert witnesses provides us with the means to take on any case against any defendant. Should you or a loved one be involved in a truck accident, the lawyers at our Salt Lake City office can establish liability and work with economists to accurately predict your financial needs. By establishing the facts surrounding the accident, we can aggressively litigate on your behalf to help ensure you receive just and fair compensation for your losses.
Causes of Truck Accidents
A number of preventable factors commonly contribute to trucking accidents. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Poor maintenance
- Excessive speed
- Driver error
A number of these causes occur because a driver or trucking company wants to beat a deadline or maximize profitability. However, there are State and Federal laws regulating cargo, time on the road, and minimum rest lengths. Any violation of these laws can result in criminal and civil charges.
Take Action Today
Do not hesitate to contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane today if your family has been impacted by a trucking accident. Our lawyers serve clients from Utah and surrounding areas. We have the drive and knowledge needed to protect your interests and assert your legal rights. The value of an attorney cannot be overstated. To discuss your case with our team, contact us online or call (801) 335-7025.
They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.- Jill S.