Waterloo Truck Accident Attorney
What to Do If You Were Involved in a Truck Accident in Iowa
Waterloo is located right at the intersection of several major highways—highways like 20, 218 and 380, among others. Because of our location, many large trucks pass through Waterloo on their way to other places. While these large trucks are a critical aspect of business and our economy as a whole, they can also pose a danger to other drivers on the road. Each year, large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are involved in thousands of accidents, both in Iowa and throughout the United States.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention. It’s also a good idea to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights. At Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., our Waterloo truck accident lawyers have been providing effective and aggressive advocacy for victims of truck driver and trucking company negligence for more than 60 years. We understand what it takes to fight for your recovery and the justice you deserve.
Take the first step in your recovery; call our office at (319) 220-0416 or contact us online today to request your free, no-obligation consultation.
What Makes Truck Accident Litigation So Complex?
Truck accident claims are not like other motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving car crashes and motorcycle collisions. Truck accident cases often involve the truck driver's trucking company and its insurance company. These defendants are usually not local to Iowa. This means that taking legal action can get complicated.
Truck accident cases also often involve serious, catastrophic injuries. The immediate and long-term effects, including the costs associated with treatment, of these injuries are immense. Victims need compensation for their current and future damages; building a case that encompasses the full scope of your losses takes an in-depth knowledge of the law and a team that has the skills and resources to investigate your claim thoroughly.
At Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., we are well-prepared to effectively manage cases that have out-of-state defendants, and we have the resources to handle cases involving even the most serious injuries, from brain injuries to spinal cord injuries to the wrongful death of a loved one.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
There are many reasons why truck accidents happen. Drivers are often pushed beyond their limits—they drive too many hours and they fail to take needed rest breaks, often in violation of federal laws. Trucking companies are often liable for their drivers, meaning you could take action against the trucking company even if the truck driver was clearly negligent. In some cases, trucking companies even encourage truck drivers to forge hours-of-service logs, or simply turn a blind eye to such actions.
Truck accidents also happen when drivers fail to use proper care when driving in dangerous road conditions, like snow or rain. When drivers act carelessly, they can lose control of their trucks and cause disastrous accidents.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving/driving under the influence of drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Traffic law violations
- Hours-of-service violations
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks
- Inadequate training
- Insufficient supervision
- Negligent hiring practices
- Failure to conduct truck maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Defective truck parts
- Defective road design or construction
Understanding the cause of the accident is critical, as it allows us to determine who is liable for your resulting injuries and damages. Because of this, our Waterloo truck accident attorneys work with accident reconstruction experts and other specialists to conduct exhaustive investigations into each and every case we accept. In every instance, our goal is to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of the justice and fair compensation our clients deserve.
A truck accident can change your entire life in the blink of an eye. Often, victims and their families face a number of unexpected challenges and must figure out how to adjust to a new way of life. You don’t have to deal with the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own.
Our firm can help you seek rightful compensation for your medical bills, including both current and future expenses. If your injuries put you out of work or left you disabled, we can also help you seek compensation for your lost wages/income, in addition to the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident.
At Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., we are dedicated to providing our clients with the care, compassion, and advocacy they deserve. We will take the time to meet with you and listen to your story; we can travel to meet you anywhere in Iowa if needed. Your initial consultation is free, and there are no attorneys’ fees unless we successfully recover compensation in your case.