Truck Accidents

Truck accidents involving a tractor trailer — also known as a big rig, 18-wheeler, or semi- truck — are one of the most catastrophic types of highway accidents. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by another person, Ohio laws provide a legal process for you to recover compensation to help you rebuild your life. At the Cleveland personal injury law firm of Caravona & Berg, LLC, we help clients throughout the state navigate the complicated system to ensure you get justice and receive the full financial damages you deserve. Our extensive experience enables us to handle all types of truck accident cases, including high-value claims with sophisticated, complex legal and factual issues.

Our Experience and Commitment to Clients

A truck accident case is usually much more factually and legally complex than an auto collision case. You need superior legal representation to recover the full financial compensation you deserve. Our law practice at Caravona & Berg focuses exclusively on representing injured individuals and their families in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases. We have decades of experience in truck accident cases and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Our record of securing jury verdicts and settlements attests to our achievements for our clients.

We attribute our success to excelling at what we do by working harder and preparing more thoroughly than the opponent, in addition to building trust in our client relationships. Every client knows that we do everything within our power to achieve a just and fair result for them. We draw on our in-depth understanding of the law and the tools provided by the legal system for recovering compensation for an individual who was injured by someone else’s conduct.

In communicating with clients, we have a compassionate, straightforward approach. We firmly believe that honest, forthright communication is the only way to build a strong working relationship with a client. Our approach includes listening carefully to all your concerns, answering all your questions, and making certain you have reasonable expectations about the legal process.

Unlike some lawyers who settle every case, we do not hesitate to take a case to trial when an insurance company is not willing to offer fair compensation to a client. We never charge you to talk with us about your accident. If you retain us to represent you, we charge fees on a contingent basis, so you pay us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.

Complexity of a Truck Accident

A truck accident is complex for many reasons. The first reason is that there are many possible causes for a truck crash. Determining the cause is essential to identifying who is at fault and therefore legally responsible for compensating the injured victims. Examples of causes for a truck accident include:

  • The truck driver’s negligent driving or other culpable conduct
  • A tire blowout
  • A big rig rollover
  • Overloading or improper loading of the trailer
  • Faulty servicing of the truck or trailer
  • Inadequate truck driver training or hiring practices
  • Violations of federal and state truck laws and regulations

At Caravona & Berg, we handle all types of truck accident cases, regardless of the cause. We know how to investigate and analyze the complicated evidence to find out who was responsible, so we can recover from the person who caused the accident. If necessary, we draw on our network of engineering and accident reconstruction experts to uncover the true cause of the accident.

In addition to the cause-related challenges in a tractor trailer case, a truck accident often involves multiple vehicles, which means multiple persons who were potentially at fault and multiple insurance companies that represent all those people. But even if the accident involves only one big rig and one smaller vehicle, there are multiple insurance companies that may have liability if the truck caused the accident. Identifying and locating all the insurance companies, filing claims with those companies, and negotiating a possible settlement is a task that requires considerable skill. Our team at Caravona & Berg has the necessary knowledge and experience to pursue all potentially liable insurance companies as part of putting a truck accident case together.

If you received injuries in a truck accident, or you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you should never talk with an insurance adjuster who contacts you about the accident. Insurance companies are in business solely to make money. They profit by paying as little as possible on a claim, or by denying a claim and paying nothing. For that reason, it is never in your best interest to deal directly with the insurance company’s adjuster. Your first and only discussion about the accident should be with Caravona & Berg. When you count on us to represent you, we are not fooled by insurance company tactics and tools for minimizing compensation for injured victims.

Wrongful Death Claims in Fatal Truck Accidents

If you lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, an Ohio statute provides the right to bring a wrongful death action if the death occurred due to another person’s wrongful act, neglect, or default, when certain legal requirements are met. In a wrongful death case, the law provides for specific items of compensation that may be recovered. They include financial losses from the death, such as medical, funeral, and burial expenses. Certain family members may also be able to recover damages for additional losses caused by the death.

In Ohio, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate must file the wrongful death action. Our practice at Caravona & Berg includes substantial experience with wrongful death cases and can help with all aspects of the claim, including establishing an estate for the purposes of pursuing compensation.

The statute imposes a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, which means the action must be filed within two years of the death, so it’s essential to contact us as soon as possible after you lose a loved one in an accident caused by someone else. We understand that it is important for you to have time to grieve, so we carry as much of the responsibility as possible for pursuing the legal action and work hard to recover the full compensation you deserve. We want you and your family members to be able focus on helping each other through the bereavement process.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Caravona & Berg

If you have a potential truck accident or wrongful death claim, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation to talk with us about your case by calling 216.696.6500, sending an email to, or using the online contact form. From our Cleveland location, we help clients throughout the State of Ohio.