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Truck Accidents

Chod Law, LLC Representing Victims of Trucking Accidents

Accidents involving semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, are among the most dangerous and pose the greatest threat to other motorists and pedestrians. Due to their sheer size and weight, the vast majority of truck accidents result in serious – if not fatal – injuries. Though both truck drivers and the companies they work for have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care on our roads and highways, most collisions involving large trucks including semis, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and fuel tankers are the result of the negligence of the driver or the trucking company. Speeding, driving under the influence, fatigue, and overloaded cargo beds are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents.

Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can happen for various reasons.  While there are certain times when a trucking accident occurs due to no fault of either party, the majority of truck accidents are the direct result of negligence on either the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or both.  Truck drivers work grueling schedules and are expected to deliver their cargo within certain time deadlines.  These pressures can result in unsafe driver work practices such as speeding, erratic lane changes to pass through traffic, and the use of alcohol or illicit substances, all of which can and do lead to serious accidents and injuries.  If a trucking company fails to maintain vehicles in a safe condition, fails to properly train its drivers, fails to maintain certain records mandated by federal law, or allows overloaded trucks to be operated over the road, these acts constitute negligence under the law.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • Drug Use
  • Failure to Stop
  • Weaving Through Traffic
  • Brake Problems
  • Inadequate Surveillance

How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

The unfortunate reality is that accidents involving large commercial vehicles with passenger vehicles, motorcycles or pedestrians often result in life-threatening injuries including fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, and third degree burns. A staggering 75-80% of truck accident fatalities involve the driver of the passenger vehicle.  In the wake of a tragic accident when least expected surviving victims and their loved ones are left in turmoil and their lives immediately forever changed.

Chod Law, LLC is dedicated to helping individuals who have been involved in truck accidents caused by the negligent acts of the truck driver or trucking company. We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and will seek the maximum possible recovery for all harms and losses sustained.

Great Lawyer!

Jeff Chod was my lawyer in a suit against MRL in Missoula Montana.He
distinguished himself in a very professional manner. His hard work,
extensive knowledge and attention to detail enabled me to get a
satisfactorysettlement. He was easily accessible and quickly attended to all my
questions and worries. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone due to his work
ethic and willingness to go that extra mile to insure his client gets the best
possible results.

~ Brian, Victor, MT
Changed my life

I met Mr. Chod in 2007. It was the best decision I have ever made to
hire him. I was injured and scared, and he did not know me, but gave
me confidence, told me to focus on getting better and he would take
care of the rest. Amazingly he did and I made also a friend for life.

~ Tony, Amelia, OH
My experience was outstanding

As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
injury attorney, it has been my experience that good FELA attorneys are hard
to find. After having to fire my first attorney due to a very frustrating
experience, I found attorney Chod and from that point on, my experience
was nothing short of outstanding. Jeff treated me personally with
compassion as if I were his only client and understood completely
the seriousness of my injury. He fought a very long and
tough battle against a team of very high powered attorneys
with due diligence...

~ Todd, Wausau, WI
Railroad Incident

I hired Mr. Chod after I had an incident at a mine here in
Wyoming when I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and he did an excellent job of settling my case. Mr. Chod
worked well with myself and the doctors he talked to and
other railroad employees.

~ Connie, Douglas, WY
When you need a winner, he is your guy...

In September of 2014 I suffered a career ending injury at BNSF Railway. The RR choose to not do the right thing even though I continued to have faith in them. I talked to Jeff on a recommendation of a friend after many broken promises by BNSF. I had only done one thing wrong that night, and that was trusting BNSF to accurately train, and prepare a operator to safely work along side me. I talked with Jeff and he helped ease my mind and finally realize that the RR was not conducting themselves in my best interest or livelihood. My injuries physically were were permanent and the PTSD was overwhelming and learning to deal with it was life altering. Jeff worked tirelessly for me and my future well-being. He fought them like David and Goliath and we won.

~ Lisa, Memphis, TN
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