Salt Lake City Truck Accident Lawyer

The Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill, an experienced Salt Lake City truck accident law firm, knows how serious truck accidents can be in Utah. Whether you’re traveling on I-15, Bangerter Highway or another prominent highway or road in Utah, chances are you never gave much thought to being involved in an accident with one of these 18-wheeled, 80,000 ton behemoths.


A catastrophic truck crash can occur anywhere, any time in Utah. Accidents involving trucks and smaller passenger vehicles are among the most serious accidents we handle at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill and often result in severe – sometimes fatal – injuries that change the lives of entire families forever.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler truck accident, bus accident, or accident involving another type of commercial vehicle, contact us today to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney who’ll protect your rights. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. From identifying fatigued truck drivers who fell asleep at the wheel to investigating truck companies who might have engaged in negligent behavior prior to a serious crash, the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill has decades of experience uncovering the causes of truck accidents and holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Common truck accident causes in Utah

Overloaded Trucks

Federal laws limit the amount of weight that each truck can carry on the road. These laws exist to protect drivers in Salt Lake City, Ogden and across Utah. But many trucks passing through the state fail to meet these important safety standards, making overloaded truck accidents one of the most common causes of truck accidents. When truck drivers and truck companies make a conscious choice to ignore these important rules and regulations, an 18-wheeled, 80,000 ton truck can quickly turn into a deadly weapon. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill know that behind every overloaded truck is a responsible party. Hold these companies responsible. You deserve to be compensated for your truck accident injuries.
Overloaded trucks cause serious truck accidents throughout Utah, including catastrophic accidents on well-traveled routes such as I-15, I-84 or I-80 near Salt Lake City. Because of the extra weight on top of the cargo that’s already at capacity, overloaded trucks become much more difficult to stop, raising the risk of a serious rear-end collision. Overloaded trucks are also more difficult to control and turn, potentially raising the risk of a rollover accident. And when any large vehicle collides with a smaller passenger vehicle – the force and weight of the crash could lead to catastrophic injuries or a wrongful death.

Poorly Maintained Trucks

Commercial truck companies have a moral and legal obligation to properly maintain their fleet of vehicles. This includes performing scheduled maintenance on vehicles, performing daily inspections, and immediately addressing safety issues involving brakes, steering, tires, turn signals, trailer hitches and other mechanical equipment that puts drivers and passengers in danger. Poor truck maintenance is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Utah. If you suspect your truck accident was caused by a poorly maintained truck, bus or commercial vehicle, contact the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill immediately. You could be entitled to compensation.
Truck accidents happen fast and the decisions you make in the days, weeks and months after your accident can be critical. Proving that a truck company failed to maintain the truck involved in your accident can be extremely difficult. The Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill’s experienced attorneys know how to investigate trucking companies. We know how to gather information and build strong legal cases. That’s why we have such a strong track record of obtaining justice for victims of truck accidents in Salt Lake City, Ogden and across Utah. Case results matter at our firm.

Thanks to federal “hours of service” laws, commercial truck drivers must take mandatory breaks in order to prevent asleep-at-the-wheel truck accidents. Unfortunately, some truckers ignore these rules. Sometimes truck drivers voluntarily break these rules to try to cut corners and squeeze out a few extra hours on the road. Other times, truck companies put profits ahead of safety and place unfair pressure on truck drivers to meet strict, sometimes unreasonable deadlines. No matter the reasons behind why a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, you could be entitled to compensation.

The dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are well-known. Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than those of passenger vehicles. Drivers of commercial vehicles, including truckers, can be arrested if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .04 or greater. Proving that a truck driver was under the influence can be a difficult task. You’re not just dealing with a truck driver who might claim he or she wasn’t on drugs or drinking before the crash. You’re dealing with the truck company, their insurance representatives, and a team of lawyers who’ll fight to minimize the compensation you rightfully deserve. That’s not fair.

Because truck drivers are on the road for months at a time, it’s not uncommon for truckers to stay in touch with family and friends with their cell phone. Texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers under state law and talking on a hand-held cell phone is a secondary offense, meaning that drivers cannot be stopped only for cell phone use. The laws for truck drivers are even tougher. All commercial truck drivers nationwide are prohibited from texting while driving.
But proving a trucker was distracted at the time of your accident can be difficult. We can help. The experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill can investigate truck company records and other important documents in order to determine the true cause of your accident and hold distracted truck drivers accountable.

How Do We Investigate Trucking Companies

Truck companies are in charge of owning and operating entire fleets of trucks. When a truck accident occurs in Utah, it can be hard to get a straight answer from the truck driver involved in the crash. At the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill, our attorneys understand that when you’re involved in an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle, it’s not just the driver you have to deal with. You’re dealing with an entire company. You’re dealing with their insurance company. And most likely, you’re dealing with a team of lawyers preparing to deny you the compensation you deserve even before you’ve filed your initial claim.

That’s not fair. It’s why our experienced legal team is ready and willing to mount a full investigation into the trucking company to determine the cause of your truck accident. Did the driver violate any rules? Did the truck company follow the strict federal guidelines in place to govern the trucking industry, including hours-of-service mandates? Were drivers forced to work longer-than-usual hours in order to make their truck company more money? Our firm demands answers to the tough questions. We can obtain access to critical trucking company business records that include:

  • Driver background checks
  • Fleet maintenance records
  • Hiring/training/supervising practices
  • Driver logs
  • Driver history of accidents or moving violations

18-Wheeler Accidents In Salt Lake City Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Truck accidents involving 18-wheelers can be among the most serious accidents in Utah on Interstate 15, the Legacy Parkway, and the roadways surrounding Salt Lake City. Given the size and weight of such vehicles, injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles can often be severe or even fatal. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has died in a tractor-trailer accident, you may be entitled to compensation or even be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an attorney at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill.

Truck accidents often happen on highways. In Utah, highways such as Interstate 15, Interstate 80, and Interstate 84 serve as the main transportation routes for cross-country and interstate truckers from Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and beyond. Drivers on these roads can be especially vulnerable to 18-wheeler accidents and tractor-trailer accidents. The same is true for well-traveled routes in the southern portion of the state, such as Interstate 70 and Route 6.

Bus Accidents in Utah

Public transportation is increasingly popular in Salt Lake City, which has been consistently ranked as having one of the most efficient transportation systems in the nation. These public transportation options have increased as the city’s population has grown steadily, with hundreds of thousands of commuters and residents riding Utah Transit Authority buses (including the popular MAX rapid transit service), TRAX light rail lines, “S” streetcar line and “Frontrunner” commuter rail each week.

Unfortunately, accidents can happen while riding a bus or taking other forms of public transportation in the Salt Lake City. Experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill know that these accidents happen for various reasons, including:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Tired drivers
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Poor maintenance

Whatever the reason, contact our Salt Lake City bus accident lawyers to discuss your legal options. If you’ve been hurt, we can help.

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Attorney Peter W. Summerill is an attorney who serves the legal needs of personal injury and accident victims in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and across Utah.

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