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Truck Accidents Attorney in Milford, Massachusetts

Large trucks, 18-wheeler trucks, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers are quite common on roadways and highways across Massachusetts. Unfortunately, these oversized vehicles have huge blind spots and may cause serious traffic crashes due to their weights and sizes. If you believe that a negligent truck driver was responsible for your injuries or a loved one's untimely death, you are within your rights to pursue fair compensation through an injury claim. 

With over 30 years of extensive experience, Attorney Michael M. Kaplan has the resources and diligence to guide and support truck accident victims and their families in their injury cases. As a skilled Massachusetts personal injury attorney, he can evaluate all of the facts of your personal situation and explore your options to seek damages. Attorney Michael M. Kaplan will fight compassionately to protect your best interests and help you seek the financial justice you and your loved ones deserve. 

The Law Office of Michael M. Kaplan is proud to serve clients across Milford, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas throughout Marlborough, Framingham, and Worcester.

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Massachusetts Laws Affecting Truck Accidents 

Under Massachusetts law, a person involved in a truck accident in which a person was injured, killed, or caused property damage of over $1,000 must complete the Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report form. Additionally, the driver must stop to provide reasonable assistance to the accident victims. 

Massachusetts Trucking Laws 

Here are some laws, rules, and regulations addressing trucking and truck drivers in Massachusetts: 

  • All commercial trucks operating in the state of Massachusetts must have the necessary license and permits according to their weight, size, and individual class. 

  • Trucking companies must properly inspect, maintain, and repair their vehicles before sending them on the road. 

  • All truck drivers must complete a well-detailed pre-inspection and post-inspection of the truck to ensure that the vehicle is safe for the road. 

  • Truck drivers must not exceed 14 consecutive hours on duty after 10 hours off duty. 

Statute of Limitations  

The statute of limitation for personal injury claims in Massachusetts, including truck accidents, is three years from the date the "cause of action accrues." This means that the truck accident victim must file a claim within three years of the date of the accident. 

Assessing Liability in a Truck Accident 

Depending on the events leading to the traffic crash and other surrounding circumstances, a number of different parties or entities may be held accountable for a truck accident. These include: 

  • The truck driver 

  • The truck manufacturers 

  • The trucking company 

  • Equipment and parts manufacturers 

  • The loading company – the company that ensures that equipment or containers are well-balanced and secured 

  • The cargo loaders – the persons who loaded or shipped the cargo 

  • Maintenance personnel or company 

  • Government agencies who failed to carry out adequate maintenance on the road 

A trusted Massachusetts truck accident attorney can evaluate every aspect of your case, help identify the responsible party or parties, and determine the best way to proceed with your injury claim. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim 

Massachusetts follows the "no-fault" auto insurance system. According to the system, a truck accident victim will turn to their own auto insurance policy (PIP coverage) to cover medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs incurred from the accident, up to their coverage limit – regardless of the liable party. 

Stepping Outside of "No-Fault" in Massachusetts 

However, you may be able to opt out of the no-fault system and pursue a claim—or file a lawsuit—against the at-fault party if you meet the following threshold: 

  • You incurred at least $2,000 in reasonable medical expenses, and/or 

  • You suffered severe injuries from the truck accident, such as bone fracture, significant loss of sight or hearing, or severe and permanent disfigurement. 

An experienced attorney can guide you through the personal injury claims process and strive to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. 

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim 

If a loved one died in a truck accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be eligible to bring a wrongful death action. According to Massachusetts laws, only the personal representative or executor of the decedent's estate will be allowed to file a wrongful death claim. The wrongful death claim must be commenced within three years of the victim's death. The recovered damages in a wrongful death case will be for the benefit of the decedent's survivors. 

Work With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney 

Getting hurt or losing a loved one to a negligent truck accident can be overwhelmingly difficult. Such an incident can affect your physical, financial, and mental health. However, you don't have to suffer the emotional challenges and financial liability alone. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is important to advocate for your best interests and help you seek deserved compensation. 

Attorney Michael M. Kaplan is ready to help you hold those responsible for your injuries and losses liable. With his in-depth understanding of Massachusetts laws addressing liability in truck accident cases, he can guide you through the often-complex claims process. Attorney Michael M. Kaplan will fight vigorously for your legal rights and help you seek fair financial compensation to cover your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other possible damages.

Truck Accidents Attorney
Serving Milford, Massachusetts 

If you or someone close to you was hurt in a negligent truck accident, you may pursue fair compensation. Contact the Law Office of Michael M. Kaplan today to schedule a simple case assessment. Attorney Michael M. Kaplan can offer you the experienced legal counsel, support, and compassionate representation you need in your truck accident case. The firm is proud to serve clients across Massachusetts, including Milford, Marlborough, Framingham, and Worcester.