Large trucks, also referred to as 18-wheelers, big rigs, tractor-trailers or Mack trucks, can easily cause serious injuries or death when they are involved in a collision. The mere size and weight of a big rig traveling at a high rate of speed can crush a typical automobile. This is why victims who survive a trucking accident may sustain extremely serious injuries including amputations, fractured bones, brain damage and spinal injuries that can cause paralysis.
Commercial trucking is a huge industry and there are always large trucks on the roadways and interstate in and around the Cedar Rapids area. In order to make on-time deliveries and keep expenses down, trucking companies often make difficult and even unreasonable demands on their truckers which can result in driver fatigue, carelessness and even aggressive driving behavior. Sometimes maintenance and safety issues are overlooked or ignored. Blowouts, unsafe loads and driver violations are also common factors in big rig accidents. As a result very serious accidents can occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2008 over 45% of vehicles involved in fatal crashes were light and large trucks.
While there are many personal injury firms that handle various accidents and personal injury cases, not all personal injury attorneys are experienced in representing those who have been injured in truck accidents. Our managing partner, Dennis VanDerGinst, has been a member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice since 1994 and is a National Advisory Board member of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Federal laws govern interstate trucking. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident in Iowa with a large truck you need a truck accident attorney who is familiar with Iowa trucking laws.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as the result of a tractor trailer or big truck accident, call our Cedar Rapids Truck Accident Attorneys at VanDerGinst Law at 866-843-7367 or click here for our contact form. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your injury case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if, and when, there is a money recovery for you. In many cases a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. So please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.