Newton Truck Accident Lawyer

A collision between a heavy commercial truck and a standard passenger vehicle almost always ends in worse damage to the latter. The average 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, compared to weights of about 3,000 to 4,000 pounds for typical cars. The weight and size disparity can lead to catastrophic and fatal injuries for passengers in smaller cars. If you have been in a truck accident in Newton, Massachusetts, review your legal rights with our attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP for free. Call (617) 391-9001 or contact us online to request your consultation today.

Why Choose Our Newton Truck Accident Lawyers?

  • We care about our clients and always go the extra mile for them.
  • We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury and truck accident law.
  • We have obtained impressive results for many past clients in and out of the courtroom.
  • We are highly responsive; we reply to all messages from clients within 24 hours.
  • We accept Newton, MA truck accident clients on a contingency fee basis.

Common Causes of Newton, MA Truck Accidents

At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we recognize the preventable nature of commercial truck accidents. We have helped numerous victims pick up the pieces after truck accidents related to driver and trucking company negligence. One of the tasks we can complete on your behalf as your lawyers is to investigate your collision in search of its cause.

  • Reckless or unsafe driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Large blind spots
  • Wide turns
  • Violated hours of service regulations
  • Poorly trained truck drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigued
  • Drunk driving
  • Unmaintained trucks
  • Truck defects
  • Dangerously loaded cargo and lost loads

Driver error is a main cause of truck accidents in Newton and throughout Massachusetts. In many cases, driver error comes down to poor training by the trucking company or negligence on the driver’s part. The truck company will be vicariously liable for most accidents its drivers cause. The lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can help you go up against the correct defendant(s) after a truck crash.

How to Hold a Truck Company Responsible for an Accident

Trucking companies will be legally responsible for most accidents involving their drivers and vehicles in Massachusetts. Even if the driver is an independent contractor, federal law holds the company vicariously liable. Trucking companies will also be responsible for accidents they cause directly, such as through negligent hiring or training procedures, poor fleet maintenance, or cargo-loading mistakes. Holding a trucking company liable for an accident in Massachusetts takes establishing four main elements to be more likely true than not true.

  1. The trucking company owed you a duty of care. Federal and state laws enforce commercial motor carrier duties of care, such as reasonably protecting the safety of others.
  2. The trucking company breached its duty of care. The trucking company or one of its drivers or staff members was negligent or reckless.
  1. The trucking company (or its staff) caused your car accident. The truck company’s breach of duty of care must have caused or contributed to your collision.
  2. You have compensable damages. The trucking company must have inflicted real and specific damages, such as medical bills or property damages.

Working with a lawyer in Newton can make it easier for you and your family to prove a trucking accident lawsuit and obtain fair compensation for your damages. Our attorneys understand how to bring trucking companies and other major corporations to justice through aggressive legal strategies and a commitment to clients. Learn more about your case during a free consultation.

Contact a Newton Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love is the victim of a truck accident in Newton, please do not hesitate to contact Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP for legal advice. Our Newton truck accident attorneys can review your case at no cost or obligation. If we believe you have grounds for a suit, we may be able to help you pursue compensation. Call (617) 391-9001 to schedule your free consultation today.

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