Semi Truck Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions

After being injured in a semi-truck accident, you are thrown into an "adversarial legal system". In other words, you are not negotiating on level ground when dealing with a trucking company after an accident. Most trucking companies are highly skilled at auto/truck accident investigation and claims. These adjusters represent the truck company, not you!

Truck companies have accident investigators that are on call and dispatched to the scene of the crash as soon as the trucking company learns there has been an accident. Further, while the families of the accident victims are tending to medical and hospital care and funeral arraignments, the trucking company is investigating the accident and setting up their defense. This is why the victims of semi-truck accidents need to also have an attorney on their side, fighting for their rights.

  1. What is a "commercial truck"?
  2. How are traffic accidents involving trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars?
  3. What are the most common causes of accidents involving commercial trucks and automobiles?
  4. Is investigation important in a truck accident case?
  5. If I am injured in a truck accident, who can I sue?


What is a "commercial truck"?

A commercial truck is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for the transport of commercial goods. Examples are 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, tanker trucks, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, semi trucks and other large freight trucks. [top]

How are traffic accidents involving trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars?

Accidents involving trucks are typically more catastrophic than accidents involving cars due to the sheer size of a truck. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Due to this size disparity, and the basic laws of physics, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries. [top]

What are the most common causes of accidents involving commercial trucks and automobiles?

Some common causes of truck accidents include inadequate training as to driving technique, safety issues and defensive driving; driver fatigue; a truck's characteristics and capabilities (such as limits associated with acceleration, braking and visibility); drug or alcohol use by the driver; speeding; mechanical failure; defective parts; and improper loading or overloading the truck. [top]

Is investigation important in a truck accident case?

Yes. It is critical. If the truck was commercially owned, in most situations large trucking companies will perform their own investigation immediately after the accident. This puts you at a vast disadvantage. It is important that you retain an attorney who immediately investigates the case to attempt to pin down liability on any potential at-fault defendants. [top]

If I am injured in a truck accident, who can I sue?

Generally, you will likely be able to sue the driver of the truck, the trucking company and perhaps the truck's manufacturer. Whether you can sue the trucking company depends on whether an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and the trucking company. However, the trucking company may be liable for negligent hiring or supervision of the truck driver. It may be possible to sue the truck's manufacturer if you can show that the accident was caused by some defect in the truck. [top]

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Daunne Schaller

I was seriously injured in a car accident on my wedding night and went to SiebenCarey. Being involved in an accident is never fun. The folks at SiebenCarey got us thru the event helping us get on with our lives. They were up front and honest. We knew we could trust them. It’s clear to me why Art has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and Super Lawyer for 12 years running. Now anytime I know someone who was involved in an accident I refer them to SiebenCarey.

Jesse Bukal

In need of a personal injury attorney? Well you're if you're reading this you're in the right place. You'd be hard pressed to find more competent attorneys than the ones here at SiebenCarey.

Tony Rubin took my case to trial and an amazing job presenting the facts and fighting for my best interests! Three years ago I was unsure of what my future would bring; now that it's over I can rest a bit easier. With Tony Rubin as my counsel, I believe I had the absolute BEST representation a person could've asked for. I knew that I wanted the absolute best representation when searching for an attorney to handle my case and I most definitely received it.

If you need a personal injury attorney, look no further. Can't recommend highly enough.

Deb Colombe

I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

Jeanne Tondryk

Eric W. Beyer helped me through a very difficult time and his professionalism, advice and results from an injury were highly respected. Amidst the personal part of getting myself back to health, his guidance when life was blurry was so appreciated. He listened and then put forth my options honestly and directly which I totally appreciated!

 was totally satisfied with his hard work and dedication to help me. I'd highly recommend him. Thank you Eric!

Chris and Amy Boys

We worked with Art and his team on a personal injury case. We could not have been more pleased with the result. Art and his team were both professional and personable, and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Art and his team if you find yourself in this type of situation.

William Borchardt

I've worked with Art on more than one occasion. One time for premise case and a second time for a car accident. The results were outstanding. Art and his staff are very friendly and made the whole process extremely easy. If you are ever injured I highly recommend you give Art a call at the Lakeville SiebenCarey office. You won't be disappointed.

Ashlyn Wall

They were able to work with me while I was away for school and much appreciated the help. I would highly recommend them!

Melissa Snorek
Art and his team did a fantastic job for me. I had no idea what to expect but he made the process simple and worry free for me and got me a great settlement in way less time than I ever could have anticipated. Thank you Art!
Robert Pettit

Art and his staff helped me after I was involved in a bad car crash. I can't believe what an unbelievable job they did. First, they were always available when I needed them. I could call any time and they honestly kept me from getting anxiety attacks. When they told me the details of my settlement, I thought they were kidding. It was so beyond what I imagined possible. Based on my experience I would recommend Art and the SiebenCarey firm to anyone who has the misfortune of getting in an accident. They are the best!

Bryce Rippentrop

All around great experience working with Art and his team, couldn't have asked for a better outcome!

Brenda Moore-Hernandez

Last year my daughter was killed in a car accident. She was a single mother taking care of two young children. I hired Art at the SiebenCarey Lakeville office. It was the best thing I ever did. Art has helped me through what has been the most difficult time in my life. Art and his staff have treated me more like a friend than a client. I would strongly encourage you to call Art at SiebenCarey Lakeville if you are ever so unfortunate as to need an attorney.

Carly R.

My boyfriend was hit by a car and while all the attorneys he talked to said he didn't have much chance of a case, SiebenCarey took him on and gave him a fighting chance. He's still recovering, but SiebenCarey is making it a lot easier.

Lora O'Hern
Mr. Carey and his staff were so professional  and helpful dealing with our accident. Their communication was excellent. Working with the SiebenCarey team was the only bright spot in our horrible accident experience. We always felt we were represented by extremely knowledgeable and caring people. We appreciate the outstanding service we received.
 
Martin Leet
Shannon Carey effectively managed the litigation. It is evident that she is experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled in personal injury cases. She communicates in an understandable manner, and she listens to her client's ideas and concerns. I trusted her to successfully litigate this case, and she did so with exceptional care. She remained focused throughout the long process, never wavering from the objective. She is an exceptional attorney. I highly recommend her!
Bill Wendlandt

Art uncomplicated the entire process. It was a real eye-opener. The outcome was a great success.

Cheryl Nelson
Jim Carey is down-to-earth, understanding, compassionate, extremely focused and downright brilliant in his skillful and highly successful resolution to my serious injuries resulting from a car accident. I can't say enough about how grateful I am and how pleased I am with his representation and the service from his entire team. Thank you.
Matthew Newman

As a disability lawyer, I have opportunities to work with and recommend Personal Injury Firms, and SiebenCarey (and Art in particular) is one of the firms and lawyers I have at the top of my referral list. My ex-wife was injured in an auto accident, and I sent her to Art, who did his usual excellent and professional job in helping her recover what she was owed. I've also had occasion to work on a large, complex case with Art that spilled over into my specialty. We produced an outstanding result for our client. I was particularly impressed by the fact that he and his firm never hesitated to bring in and pay for outside expert resources that maximized our chances to win the case. Not every firm has the mindset or wherewithal to do that.

Sharon Jensen
Jim Carey and his staff were great. Returned calls promptly and answered any and all questions in layman's terms for me. Exceeded my expectations. I've already told family and friends that if any of them should need personal injury representation to contact SiebenCarey. I wouldn't hesitate to contact them again if necessary.
Jim Walsh
I had a very positive experience with Paul Downes. He took the time to explain the process, each step of the way, and what we could expect. No surprises. A pleasant experience.
Phil Manger
Awesome lawyers, awesome staff!!
Lisa Gariepy

The entire Minneapolis team that worked with me was amazing.  Always proactive in sharing what to expect and taking time to explain things.  In a stressful, unfamiliar informed and supported. Wonderful group!

Jim Becker
it was a good experience, it took a long time to settle but good to have an experienced attorney in my corner.
Natalie Kromschroeder

We were very blessed have their guidance for our case. Paul Schweiger and Lindsey are the best! We would absolutely use them again if needed.

Erika Beimert

I have been working with Art and his staff since 2013 when I was run over by a drunk driver. Everyone from Beverly who runs his front office and stays in constant contact with me just as much as he does to Lynn, another lawyer in the office who does just as much research on every case as Art does and fights along side to get the fairest settlements possible for the victims. The one thing that struck me from the beginning was that Art's firm was the only firm who sent his investigator to me. His investigator was amazing; kind, thorough and compassionate. Every time I wanted to give in and just "be done" with it all because I was just so tired of fighting, Art and his amazing team kept going; knowing and feeling the same frustration I was feeling. They are both professional and empathetic to their clients and made me feel as if I was the only client they had.;even though I knew they are very busy. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a personal injury law firm.

James Graff

Art and the staff were wonderful to work with. They kept us informed with the case and would highly recommend Art and staff.

Darren Ness
Very professional and courteous staff with a drive to make you comfortable in every aspect of their service.
James Beadell
Jeff Sieben was very good at communicating with me whether it was email or phone calls.
Joshua Rickert

Art and his Lakeville team have been a tremendous legal resource for our patients injured in motor vehicle accidents. Getting into an accident is terribly inconvenient; it can be very scary and overwhelming.. insurance companies, vehicle damage, loss wages, replacement services, medical bills and the list goes on .. sometimes the situation warrants a strong legal counsel to help navigate through that process.. Art can give you the peace of mind you need and deserve. They will work hard to make sure all bases are covered, all needs are met and will go the extra mile to make sure you are are treated fairly at the end of the day! Highly recommend.

Steve Miller

I've know Art Kosieradzki and the folks at SiebenCarey for nearly 30 years. When my mother-in-law needed an attorney after a roll-over accident, I sent her to SiebenCarey. They were compassionate and professional. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a personal injury lawyer they can trust.

Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.

Align Chiropractic

Art and his team at SiebenCarey in Lakeville are top notch. Professionally, they are very easy to work with. I know first hand that their clients are taken care of. If you have been in an Auto Accident, or have experienced any type of injury. Art and his team at SiebenCarey are where you need to go.

Sheryl Nixon

Jeff Sieben was the first one I talked to about my injury. I was not sure if there was even a case. But as the months went by and my pain got worse, the seriousness of the injury became apparent. Jeff took on the case and put me at ease about the medical bills and calls. He was professional in his attitude while being compassionate to my situation. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so. 

Roberta Jordan

My family was referred to Susan Holden at SiebenCarey by our hometown attorney in a wrongful death case.  She was very accommodating to us and very approachable. Staff was top notch and doggedly pursued two different insurance companies to accomplish an outcome far beyond anything we'd anticipated. We could not have gotten results close to what she achieved without her. We will be forever appreciative. 

Sarah Peterson

It was a great experience working with Jim and his entire team! Always felt well taken care of and someone was always there to answer my many questions! Thanks!

Bob Levin
I was very pleased with John and the services he provided. I would highly recommend him.
Alyssa Mark

If you want a caring and skilled lawyer with integrity I highly recommend Art Kosieradzki. The thing that immediately struck me was that he seemed to genuinely care about me and my situation. I felt comfortable right away. He and his staff are great to work with; they are highly competent and knowledgeable. He helped me and my family greatly, and I can't thank him enough!

Thai Vuong

I had the opportunity to work with Art and his staff. They were fabulous and I would definitely recommend them to family and friends. They helped me through my claim getting a result beyond my expectations.

Ryan Betzina

I have known Mr. Kosieradzki for several years and every patient who has ever consulted him for legal services has given him rave reviews. His level of communication with me and my patients is outstanding. For anyone needing legal advice on a personal injury matter we highly recommend him and his team!

Scott Wilson

I've worked with Art Kosieradzki as co-counsel in a number of major personal injury and coverage cases, and I know his abilities. He is a top-flight trial lawyer and he has the results to prove it. At least two of his attributes may not be immediately apparent, however: First, he's creative and has achieved large recoveries where a lesser lawyer might have given up. Second, he cares and he has time for people. The latter is a precious quality in our hard-driven profession. Add to that an excellent and personable staff and the backing of the powerhouse SiebenCarey law firm, and what you have in Art is simply this: the right lawyer.

St. Paul Local 12
Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!
Kelli Bechtel

Finding a great personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world on how your case turns out. I’ve known Art and his staff for years having had the opportunity to see what they can do. If something unfortunate happens and you want results, answers and the ability to feel comfortable with your representation, give them a call. I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know them.

Robin Wilson

Attorney Kosieradzki is a man of intelligence, experience and integrity. I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone.

Sean Tyson

Had a great response and was very pleasant. The whole process was simple and easy and had more than I thought.

Troy Rognrud

In June of 2013 I was enjoying a ride on my vintage motorcycle, and was severely injured by an inattentive motorist, sending me to the hospital, physical therapy, and amassing a considerable amount of debt.

Fortunately I made contact with Robert Hauer, and Paul Downes with SiebenCarey!
Paul walked me through the entire process, explaining in layman's terms as to what to expect, and he continued to keep me informed as each step was reached.

Ultimately we used mediation to reach a settlement that allowed me to pay off my outstanding bills, and to bank an amount that gave me some peace of mind.
If by some unfortunate incident you ever have need for the services of a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend SiebenCarey... Thanks Paul!

Jenna L. at Insider Pages
I have had nothing but great service with these guys. They are very knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects and topic. They will help you with any case you need!
Annalise Backstrom

I worked for Art at SiebenCarey for a few years while I was in college and it was a great experience. Art is always friendly and treats everyone with respect, including his clients. He is extremely intelligent and a fantastic attorney. I can confidently say that Art and his staff go above and beyond for their clients and work incredibly hard on all of their cases. They are passionate, trustworthy, and dedicated. If you're looking for representation in a personal injury matter, go see Art Kosieradzki with SiebenCarey - I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

Cynthia Vermeulen

I have worked on cases with Sue Holden of Sieben Carey for over 20 years. As a trial attorney, I feel confident referring my clients with personal injury issues to Sue, as I know she and her team take the time to listen to their clients, explore and explain their options, monitor their recovery with compassion and persistently advocate for them in negotiations and in court. Sue has the utmost credibility in the legal community and an ability to resolve complex problems. She is highly respected by the courts as well as attorneys for her competence and steadfast dedication to helping injured people. I recommend working with Sue Holden and her team without reservation.

Susan McIntosh

Art and his staff are extremely professional and easy to work with. Having a local attorney is very convenient. It is clear these folks have been doing this a long time. I highly recommend this firm!

Tanya Miller

I have been working with Art for many years now, and have always been impressed by the care he gives his clients. Art and his staff are compassionate, dedicated people that I would trust with any personal injury crisis.

Steve Erwin

I have referred several personal injury and wrongful death cases to Susan Holden for handling. Susan has been very professional in her approach to these cases and has obtained settlements on behalf of the clients. She also is very courteous, knowledgeable, and has a great "bedside manner" in dealing with her clients. Several clients have thanked me for referring their cases to Susan.

Scott Reeve

The Lakeville SiebenCarey office has been great to work with. They listen and they care about their clients. I have very much enjoyed getting to know the folks in Lakeville, and would highly recommend any of the SiebenCarey Personal Injury Attorneys.

Art Kosieradzki from the Lakeville office cares about each of his clients and is an excellent attorney.

Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended

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