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Hiring An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Is Important

Clifford & Raihala partner John Raihala heads our truck accident lawyer team and has successfully represented clients injured in truck-car collision cases in Wisconsin and Illinois. He understands why those injured in a truck accident need solid legal representation and deserve fair and full compensation for their injuries. Clifford & Raihala has recovered millions of dollars compensation for our truck accident injured clients.

Truck-car collisions are awful. The much heavier truck generally causes awful harm – serious and sometimes permanent injuries and, often, death. When the truck driver is the responsible party for causing the harm, the injured party or surviving family members need special help to vindicate their rights, to receive justice, to obtain fair compensation for loss. They need a truck accident attorney who understands why they deserve that compensation, and how to obtain it.

The trucking industry is comprised of 3.5 million professional drivers. The size and weight of commercial motor vehicles and trucks in an accident cause significant damage to drivers, passengers and property. The US Department of Transportation reports that there are around 500,000 trucking accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, approximately 4,000 people die, and 104,000 are injured, annually in truck-related injuries.

One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a truck collision. One of every eight deaths!

It is clear that consumers – parties injured in a truck-car collision and their families – have a significant interest in finding a truck accident attorney who is experienced and competent in seeking justice for harms caused in commercial trucking collisions.

At Clifford & Raihala, our truck accident attorneys in Madison, Wisconsin who handle cases throughout Wisconsin and Illinois know that commercial motor vehicles weigh up to 80,000 pounds compared to roughly 5,000 pounds for a standard passenger car. Our truck accident attorneys know that operating a combination tractor-trailer is much different than driving a car in most ways, including acceleration, stopping and turns. Our truck accident attorneys in Madison know that trucking companies are required to follow federal regulations when hiring drivers, conducting alcohol and drug tests, maintaining hours of service records, and undergoing safety audits and compliance reviews.

Central to the prosecution of truck accident cases is the tenant that truck accident cases are much different than car accident cases, and require competent truck accident lawyers to fully vindicate an injured party’s rights to compensation, to be restored. The area of truck accident law has grown increasingly complex over the years and requires a working knowledge of federal case law as well as regulations and national regulatory agency policies.

It is important that you speak with a truck accident attorney as soon after a collision as possible. At Clifford & Raihala, a truck accident lawyer may quickly seek to preserve evidence such as highway video camera tapes, DashCam video systems, GPS telematics data, recently required electronic logs in trucks, and other evidence crucial to document the collision. Speaking with a truck accident attorney at Clifford & Raihala is free, without obligation. If you choose to retain Clifford & Raihala as your truck accident attorneys, our fee will be a percentage of what we recover for you. There will be no fee if there is no recovery.

As well, some insurance payments may be available to you and your family almost immediately to help you deal with the economic difficulties arising from the injuries suffered. Often these go unpaid without experienced truck accident attorneys.

Commercial and other truck operators owe a duty to drive with due regard for the safety of others sharing our roadways. It is important that truck drivers comply with that duty, to assure that serious injury and death can be avoided.

If you have been injured – or have suffered the tragic loss of a family member – as a result of the negligence of a commercial or other truck operator, contact Clifford & Raihala for an experienced truck accident lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin for a free consultation. Call 608-257-7900 (or toll free at 888-791-8422), or click to connect now to find out if we can help.