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Representing victims of truck accidents and tractor-trailer wrecks presents a challenge and complexity not experienced in other types of wrecks. The Law Office of Timothy J Phillips have risen to that challenge many times. The resulting catastrophic injuries alone make trucking accidents and tractor-trailer wrecks distinct from all others, but the resulting compensatory offers make these wrecks dangerous to the unwary even after the wreck. Our experienced lawyers know what you can expect to face and can help you find justice—no matter how evasive it may seem.

A trucking accident and tractor-trailer wreck that involves a motor carrier regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has built-in protection for an injured consumer. The problem is that the carriers will not disclose that they have excess insurance policies beyond the primary policy without your filing a suit:

  • They will not tell you that the driver of the DOT-regulated vehicle is their statutory employee, regardless of the fact that the driver might be an owner-operator and might have a contract with the regulated company, which refers to the driver as an owner-operator.
  • They will not tell you they are responsible for the actions of that driver as long as the driver acted within the scope of that statutory employment.
  • They will not tell you they have valued your claim at 5 times or 10 times the set amount when they are really only offering you the base amount for a full release of your right to sue.

Before sorting out all the experts for proving the catastrophic injuries, experts should be consulted regarding liability. It is not an accident when the risks for tractor-trailer wrecks are well established and can be avoided. A reconstruction expert should be called while evidence is still fresh. Reliance on old evidence can disqualify an otherwise good expert and keep the video reconstruction that helps the jury follow your theory of liability out of evidence. Satellite GPS records and electronic control modules must be identified and read before they are destroyed – usually within 90 days as a standard operating procedure for most companies.

Almost every 18-wheeler case should plead negligent supervision, negligent hiring, and negligent retention, as these facts usually are usually borne out through discovery all the way up to trial. The driver’s logs, driver qualification file, and driving record should be reviewed. Then depositions should be taken of the trucking company’s safety director, corporate representative, relevant dispatcher, and others having knowledge of the wreck.

The condition of the tractor-trailer and its brakes should be considered. Trucks are often poorly maintained and driven by truckers with serious safety deficiencies. An alarming number of these drivers are fatigued, under the influence of drugs, or medically disqualified to drive a truck.


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Defective Dolly Injures Client

Practice Area: Products Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips obtained a $2.5 million dollar settlement from the manufacturer of a dolly based on the theory that the dolly was defectively designed. The settlement was reached after 27 depositions were taken and six expert witnesses were retained on behalf of the injured worker.
Outcome: $2.5 Million Settlement


Defective Product/Medical Malpractice Injures Baby

Practice Area: Medical Malpractice
Description: Mr. Phillips obtained a $1.2 million recovery on behalf of a mother who was improperly prescribed drugs which were contra-indicated resulting in an injured baby.
Outcome: $1.2 million settlement


Defective Fire Extinguisher Injures Client

Practice Area: Products Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered $880,000 for a client who was injured when a fire extinguisher malfunctioned.
Outcome: $880,000 settlement


Negligent Mobile Home Driver Injures Client

Practice Area: Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered policy limits of $300,000 for a client suffering leg injuries when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a mobile home.
Outcome: $300,000 (policy limits) settlement


Negligent Driver Injures Client

Practice Area: Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered policy limits of $200,000 for his Client whose hand was injured in an automobile accident in Franklin County.
Outcome: $200,000 (policy limits) settlement


Minor's Mother and Father Die in Auto Accident

Practice Area: Wrongful Death/Auto Accident
Description: A drunk driver caused an accident killing Client's mother and father resulting in a policy limits structured settlement totaling $1.15 million.
Outcome: $1.15 million (policy limits) structured settlement


Deer Stand Fall Results in Settlement

Practice Area: Personal Injury
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $700,000 for Client injured falling out of deer stand. Case was prosecuted in federal court against manufacturers of products which Client inhaled months prior to fall.
Outcome: $700,000 settlement


Workers Compensation Settlement

Practice Area: Workers Compensation
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $151,000 for a Client from her employer for a back injury she sustained on the job.
Outcome: $151,000 settlement


Fall Down at Banquet Center Results in Settlement

Practice Area: Premises Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $125,000 for a Client who injured her shoulder when she fell on a dance floor at a banquet center.
Outcome: $125,000 settlement


Policy Limits Wrongful Death Settlement

Practice Area: Wrongful death/Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers Policy Limit settlement of $50,000 for the mother and father of a woman who died in a crossover automobile accident.
Outcome: $50,000 (policy limits) settlement


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