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Samuel G.

Everyone was inviting and made me feel welcome. I could tell that everyone was hardworking and motivated to do the best they could for me. I am happy I chose Kiley Law Group [to handle] my motorcycle injury case … My experience was great and I would definitely recommend Tom Kiley, Jr. and the law group. Read more

William

I spent about a week in the hospital, I had to learn how to walk again. I was basically just thinking… ‘I’m gonna have two hundred thousand dollars in bills to pay’ because I wasn’t insured. They made a settlement with the insurance company that was able to pay all my bills and also compensate me as well. When I contacted them, they basically said ‘Don’t worry about anything. Read more

Paul

The next thing I know I was on the ground and going into an ambulance and going to the hospital…. I can’t say enough about what he did for me, and how he actually paid attention to where I was at and how things were going. I can’t complain one bit, there wasn’t anything I would say that they should change or do better. Read more

Brittany C.

Excellent! Attorney Kiley was always warm and helpful. He never seemed to lack for my concern and always responded to me in a timely manner. I never felt forgotten and was never bogged down with complicated matters. It was a pain free process and I’m very satisfied with the results. Read more

Roland Clark

Sometimes a case gets complicated and will need to be pursued in mediation, arbitration, or court. It’s vital to contact a qualified injury lawyer for help. After an auto accident, your job is to heal from your injuries and restore your life. At the Kiley Law Group, it’s our job to get you the compensation you need to fully recover and move forward. Our car accident Read more

Loreum

I spent about a week in the hospital, I had to learn how to walk again. I was basically just thinking… ‘I’m gonna have two hundred thousand dollars in bills to pay’ because I wasn’t insured. They made a settlement with the insurance company that was able to pay all my bills and also compensate me as well. When I contacted them, they basically said ‘Don’t worry about anything. Read more

Loreum

The next thing I know I was on the ground and going into an ambulance and going to the hospital…. I can’t say enough about what he did for me, and how he actually paid attention to where I was at and how things were going. I can’t complain one bit, there wasn’t anything I would say that they should change or do better. Read more

Lorum

Excellent! Attorney Kiley was always warm and helpful. He never seemed to lack for my concern and always responded to me in a timely manner. I never felt forgotten and was never bogged down with complicated matters. It was a pain free process and I’m very satisfied with the results. Read more

Samuel G.

Everyone was inviting and made me feel welcome. I could tell that everyone was hardworking and motivated to do the best they could for me. I am happy I chose Kiley Law Group [to handle] my motorcycle injury case … My experience was great and I would definitely recommend Tom Kiley, Jr. and the law group. Read more

William

I spent about a week in the hospital, I had to learn how to walk again. I was basically just thinking… ‘I’m gonna have two hundred thousand dollars in bills to pay’ because I wasn’t insured. They made a settlement with the insurance company that was able to pay all my bills and also compensate me as well. When I contacted them, they basically said ‘Don’t worry about anything. Read more

Paul

The next thing I know I was on the ground and going into an ambulance and going to the hospital…. I can’t say enough about what he did for me, and how he actually paid attention to where I was at and how things were going. I can’t complain one bit, there wasn’t anything I would say that they should change or do better. Read more

Brittany C.

Excellent! Attorney Kiley was always warm and helpful. He never seemed to lack for my concern and always responded to me in a timely manner. I never felt forgotten and was never bogged down with complicated matters. It was a pain free process and I’m very satisfied with the results. Read more

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Massachusetts Truck Accident Cases at Tom Kiley Personal Injury Lawyers

The aftermath of a truck accident can be devastating for victims as well as their families. Collisions involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries to those in passenger vehicles.

The Boston injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group understand the extensive medical costs, long-term rehabilitation and lost wages that can burden accident victims and their families. We also know how difficult it can be to receive fair compensation from trucking companies and their insurance providers without legal representation, and we have more than 40 years of experience recovering the financial security injury victims need to restore their lives. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a truck accident, please call 888-979-9323 for your free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.

For information about what you should do following a commercial vehicle accident, or to learn more about different types of truck accident circumstances, please use the links below.

Truck Accidents Overview

What to Do After a Truck Accident
Compensation in Truck Accident Cases
Proven Success for Truck Accident Victims

Negligence in Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Negligent Truck Driver
Truck Company Negligence

Types of Truck Accident Cases

Commercial Vehicle Accidents
DUI Truck Accidents
Jackknife Truck Accidents
Overloaded and Unsecured Cargo Accidents
Pickup Truck Accidents
Runaway Trailer Accidents
Truck Underride Accidents

What to Do After a Truck Accident

Medical treatment for yourself and any passengers should be your first priority. If possible, collect contact information for witnesses, as well as photos or videos of the collision scene and resulting injuries. If you believe the collision was the result of negligence on behalf of the driver or trucking company, it’s advisable to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.

Accidents involving tractor-trailers or other large commercial vehicles can result in life-changing injuries that are financially crippling without adequate compensation. Yet trucking companies and their insurance providers often try to limit what they pay. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal options and pursue the financial peace of mind you and your family need. Back to Overview

Compensation in Truck Accident Cases

Depending on the circumstances of the collision and the resulting injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including:
Medical costs
Rehabilitation and physical therapy expenses
Lost wages
Loss of earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Property damage
Funeral costs and loss of companionship should the accident result in wrongful death
Money cannot make up for all the losses associated with a traffic accident, but it can make the recovery process less burdensome. And you don’t have to worry about up-front costs when you discuss your case with us; our attorneys offer free consultations, and we don’t get paid unless we recover on your behalf. Back to Overview

Proven Success for Truck Accident Victims

At the Kiley Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims from across Massachusetts. Over three decades of service, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, many of whom have suffered injuries or lost family members in truck accidents.Recent successful outcomes for our clients include $3.5 million for the victim of a tractor-trailer accident; $785,000 for a victim who suffered a crushed ankle in a truck accident; and $650,000 for the victim of a truck rollover crash. Please call 888-979-9323 to learn how we can help you if you were injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one in a commercial vehicle crash. Back to Overview

Negligent Truck Driver

Every year, thousands of commercial vehicle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Common acts of carelessness that result in truck accidents include:
Aggressive driving
Distracted driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
Driving while fatigued
Improper braking
Fatigued driving in particular is a risk inherent to commercial transit, and to discourage this potentially threatening behavior, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that trucking companies and drivers adhere to strict regulations regarding hours of service. These dictate how many hours over the course of a set number of days drivers may operate their vehicles and how much rest they must take. In spite of this, some truckers push beyond the limits, and some companies encourage their drivers to do so. Back to Negligence Menu

Truck Company Negligence

Trucking companies themselves often bear a great deal of responsibility in commercial vehicle accidents. These companies may put innocent lives at risk by careless actions including:
Enforcing or encouraging unrealistic schedules
Inadequate vehicle inspections and maintenance
Failure to monitor drivers’ hours for time on and rest
Encouraging transport overloading
The sad truth is that some companies put profit before safety and then try to limit the compensation victims need when accidents occur. If you were involved in a truck accident, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney at the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation; we have an established record of success in these claims, and we understand how to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the crash to recover the financial peace of mind you need. Back to Negligence Menu

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Accidents involving commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers, moving vans, dump trucks and delivery vehicles are different than collisions involving passenger vehicles because the injuries to passenger-vehicle occupants are often more severe and because the commercial vehicle driver is on the job.

Commercial vehicles come in a wide range of types and sizes, from pickup trucks to semis; all of them are dangerous if not properly operated, loaded and maintained. Although some form of driver negligence is responsible for most traffic accidents, trucking companies or shipping agents often at least share liability in commercial vehicle collisions. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a commercial truck, please contact the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation with a knowledgeable injury lawyer. Back to Case Types

DUI Truck Accidents

While it’s risky for anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is even more so for a commercial truck driver who is operating an 80,000-pound vehicle. When these large trucks collide with passenger vehicles, it is most often the occupants of the smaller vehicles who suffer the most devastating injuries.

Although alcohol is a factor in many DUI accidents, one analysis of accident data by the FMCSA found that nearly half of truck drivers involved in collisions were taking either an over-the-counter or prescription medication. DUI crashes are entirely irresponsible and entirely preventable, and the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are aggressive in their pursuit of compensation for DUI accident victims. Back to Case Types

Jackknife Truck Accidents

A jackknife accident can occur when a semi-truck driver slams on the brakes or loses control of the truck in a manner that causes the trailer to swing around at a sharp angle, enclosing or crushing other vehicles in its path. Though jackknife accidents are often the result of speeding or another form of driver negligence, there may be other factors involved in these types of collisions.

Improperly loaded or overloaded trailers can also contribute to jackknife accidents, as can mechanical failure caused by poor maintenance or defective parts. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have provided successful representation to accident victims for more than three decades, and we know how to thoroughly investigate truck accidents to ensure you’re able to pursue the financial security you and your family need. Back to Case Types

Overloaded and Unsecured Cargo Accidents

Commercial vehicles are designed with weight limits, and the FMCSA has additional standards regarding load limits and the securing of cargo. Trucks that are overloaded or carry unsecure cargo heighten the risk for accidents and injuries.

Despite this threat to other drivers, many trucking companies and truck operators attempt to push weight capacities and take shortcuts for a little extra profit. The team of attorneys at the Kiley Law Group is dedicated to helping Massachusetts truck accident victims seek the compensation they need to recover and move forward with their lives. Please contact us today for a free consultation. Back to Case Types

Pickup Truck Accidents

While considerably smaller than semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles, pickup trucks can cause significant damage in a collision, especially if they’re carrying heavy or unsecured cargo. Depending on whether the truck is carrying a load, pickups are also more prone to tipping or rolling over in a collision, which can pose additional risks to those in other passenger vehicles.

If you were hurt in a truck accident and believe driver negligence or improperly loaded cargo may have played roles, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure a timely investigation and preservation of evidence. The Kiley Law Group has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of truck accident victims, and we’re here to help you and your family pursue the peace of mind you need as you heal. Back to Case Types

Runaway Trailer Accidents

A loaded single trailer can weigh upward of 30,000 pounds, and in the event that it detaches, it can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Runaway trailers are often the result of negligence in properly attaching the trailer, but they may also be the result of overloaded or imbalanced cargo, poor maintenance or mechanical defects.

Though runaway trailers are a factor in relatively few accidents, they are often deadly. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 540 runaway trailer accidents between 2000 and 2007, with 164 fatalities. The Kiley Law Group has extensive experience in truck accident injury and wrongful death cases. Please contact us today for a free consultation if you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a commercial vehicle wreck. Back to Case Types

Truck Underride Accidents

An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle collides with the trailer of a semi-truck and is pulled under, often causing the roof of the smaller vehicle to be crushed or ripped off. Underride accidents are among the deadliest form of truck accidents.

Although many tractor-trailers today have guard rails, underride accidents remain a major risk. These guard rails have so far demonstrated a high failure rate, even at relatively low speeds. You do not have to face the seemingly overwhelming consequences of a truck accident on your own. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can provide the strong representation you need to obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages and other damages. Back to Case Types

Over 40 percent of all fatal accidents involve alcohol consumption, and on average a drunk driver will operate a vehicle while intoxicated a staggering 87 times before being caught. Those are scary numbers, but not nearly as frightening as what a motorcyclist feels when an oncoming car drifts over into his or her lane.Drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable, and those who suffer the worst injuries—or death—are often the innocent victims. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are proud to advocate for drunk driving accident victims from across Massachusetts. We’re here to help you recover the compensation you need to cope with medical expenses and restore your life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Failure to yield the right-of-way is a common factor in motorcycle accidents, and it is often linked to another form of driver negligence, such as distracted driving. These types of collisions can result in life-altering injuries to motorcyclists, who may be unprepared or unable to respond to a passenger vehicle failing to yield.The Kiley Law Group has a proven record of success in motorcycle accident cases, and we have the resources to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident to help you seek just compensation for your injuries. If you were hurt or a loved one died in a motorcycle accident that may have been caused by another driver’s negligence, please contact us for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating because they can leave victims injured, facing astronomical medical bills, and feeling like they have nowhere to turn. Although recovering damages in these cases can be challenging, there are options, and the Kiley Law Group is here to help.Hit-and-run accident victims need experienced legal representation to investigate the crash and pursue all possible avenues for compensation. Our attorneys have successfully represented a number of hit-and-run accident victims, and we can guide you through this difficult time, allowing you and your family to focus on regaining your quality of life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Most motorcyclists learn early in their riding careers that intersections are among the most dangerous places, and one of the most common sites for motorcycle accidents. Riders are understandably cautious when approaching intersections, especially when the lights are about to change. In densely populated areas like Boston, however, drivers often run red lights, and this is the most common cause of intersection accidents.Drivers who run red lights or fail to properly yield the right-of-way in intersections can be held liable for the damages they cause. Making matters worse is the fact that riders are often struck from the side in these accidents, which can lead to severe or catastrophic injuries. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney as soon as possible; time is of the essence in investigating your claim, and you have a limited window of opportunity known as a statute of limitations to seek damages. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have seen the devastation rear-end motorcycle accidents can cause, and we understand the support victims need to get their lives back on track. Rear-end accidents are almost always the fault of the driver who struck the fore vehicle from behind. Because of the limited protection motorcyclists have, they are especially vulnerable to severe injuries in rear-end collisions.The injuries suffered in rear-end accidents can incur enormous medical expenses and long-term rehabilitation. We understand the costs associated with these injuries, and our attorneys can fight for the financial security you need while allowing you to focus on restoring your life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Accidents involving a single motorcycle can still result in severe injuries and significant property damage, and they are not always the fault of the rider. Single motorcycle accidents may be caused by the negligent actions of another driver who escapes unscathed, defective motorcycle parts, or inadequate warnings of road hazards.If you or a loved one was hurt in a single motorcycle accident that was not due to operator error, please contact the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation. We can discuss the circumstances of your crash and help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

A sideswipe accident occurs when the side of one vehicle strikes the side of another, causing one or both vehicles to lose control. Because motorcycle riders are exposed, these injuries often result in severe injuries or death. Sideswipe accidents are a particular risk when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging, or the driver is distracted by texting or something else.The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have more than 30 years of experience representing accident injury victims, and we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients. As motorcycle enthusiasts, we understand that riders can face an uphill battle in gaining fair compensation for their injuries. If you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck caused by another’s negligence, please contact us today for a no-cost consultation. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

The sad truth is that accidents involving motorcycles result in a higher rate of fatalities than collisions involving passenger vehicles, and the victims are most often motorcyclists. When the accident was caused by a negligent driver, a victim’s family can be left facing medical and funeral expenses, as well as lost income and other damages.Our attorneys understand that no amount of compensation can make up for your loss, but we can help you recover the financial security you and your family need to move forward with your loves. Damages in wrongful death cases can include money for medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of benefits, and loss of companionship. Please contact us for a free consultation with one of our accomplished lawyers. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Massachusetts has specific regulations related to motorcycle brakes, mufflers, horns, lights, warning systems and other equipment. The state also has strict helmet laws that require every motorcycle operator and passenger to wear protective head gear.Massachusetts additionally requires motorcyclists to carry compulsory liability insurance, and to have their bikes inspected annually. Following the rules of the road and adhering to state motorcycle regulations can help protect your ability to seek compensation in the event of an accident. Back To Accident Resources

For a list of respected motorcycle repair shops in the Boston area and beyond, please see our Local Repair Shops page. Back To Accident Resources

The concept of Loud Pipes Save Lives is controversial for bikers and non-motorcyclists alike. Many people believe it is a marketing ploy by motorcycle accessory manufacturers, and some consider it noise pollution. But the truth is that most passenger vehicle drivers in motorcycle crashes claim they never say the motorcycle.Loud pipes help bikers overcome this visibility obstacle by letting other vehicles on the road know they’re there. The goal of Loud Pipes Save Lives is improved safety and awareness of motorcycles, which is done by literally giving the motorcycles a voice on the road.Back To Accident Resources

Motorcycle accidents injure or kill nearly 100,000 people each year, and unfortunately, that number is on the rise. In roughly two-thirds of these accidents, the fault lies with the drivers of passenger vehicles, who are negligent in checking for the presence of riders or otherwise fail to see the motorcycles. Due to the comparatively limited protections of motorcyclists, the injuries suffered by riders in these accidents can be severe, with lengthy recoveries and overwhelming medical costs.

Whether you drive a car or motorcycle, it is of the utmost importance that we all do what we can to create a safe environment for those on the road. Sharing the road can help to prevent accidents and decrease the injuries and fatalities that occur due to the recklessness of drivers. Here are some tips for car drivers and motorcyclists:

For Car Drivers

Check all mirrors and blind spots to locate any motorcycles on the road, especially when changing lanes and at intersections, keeping in mind that they may be closer to your vehicle than they appear.

Don’t follow too closely! Motorcycles can slow down without activating their break light, so allow at least three to four seconds of following distance.

Take a moment to observe and understand the motorcycle and driver: most motorcyclists adjust their position within a lane to avoid adverse wind or road debris. Also, if you notice a lingering turn signal, don’t be alarmed; the driver may have forgotten to manually turn it off.

For Motorcyclists

Dress for visibility and safety.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation created the SEE system for road safety: Search, Evaluate and Execute. Use this method to assess road conditions and look for potential threats.

Know the ins and outs of the vehicle and evaluate the vehicle each time you take it out on the road.

Follow the law and the behaviors of cars on the road.

Although statistics are of little comfort to accident victims and their families, they can be helpful for helping us understand the scope of accidents at the local, state and national levels. They can help us address the causes of accidents and improve safety measures, and help us direct resources appropriately to prevention.According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Motorcycle accidents result in more than 85,000 injuries and 4,000 fatalities annually
Motorcyclists and their passengers are 25 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger vehicle occupants
Head injuries are the leading cause of death in all fatal motorcycle accidents
Riders who don’t wear a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury than those who wear helmets
More than 40 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle turning left while the motorcyclist was traveling straight
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