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Heavy Hauler Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2019 there were 5,005 fatal large truck accidents – a 2% increase from the year before.  These numbers are staggeringly high, and if you or a loved one have been injured or lost their lives in a heavy hauler accident, it can be extremely overwhelming trying to understand what steps to take next and who will represent you best. 

Here, we’ll provide some insight into what you can expect after a heavy hauler accident as well as how our team at Durst Law Firm can help you through this difficult time.

If you’ve been in a truck accident, it’s crucial that you call us as soon as possible as the evidence can be time-sensitive.

Call us today, we’re available 24/7.

What Is a “Heavy Hauler”?

Heavy-haul trucking transports oversized items such as industrial machinery, military or farming equipment, and construction materials.

Since the trucks transport heavy loads, these shipments require special handling, optimized routing, and additional permits.

  • 80,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight
  • 20,000 pounds of single axle weight
  • 34,000 pounds of tandem axle weight
  • Load exceeding 8.5 feet wide are considered oversize and often require a state permit.
  • Require safetly flags, lights, banners and escort vehicles.

Common Types of Heavy Hauler Truck Accidents

There are many different types of accidents that can occur involving large trucks. These include but are not limited to: 

Jackknife Accidents

This occurs when the trailer of the truck swings out from behind the cab at a 90 degree angle, forming a “V” shape. This can happen due to brakes that fail, going too fast around a turn, or cargo shifting inside or ontop of the trailer. 

Rollover Accidents

According to, rollover accidents account for only 2% of all large truck accidents but they make up almost 20% of all fatal crashes involving these vehicles. Rollover accidents often occur when CMVs are carrying cargo that is not properly secured and causes the truck to lose balance.

Under-Ride Accidents

These types of accidents happen when a smaller passenger vehicle collides with the back end of a CMV and gets wedged underneath it. This can cause catastrophic injuries or even death due to being crushed by the weight of the larger vehicle.

Wide-Turn Accidents

Because large heavy hauler trucks cannot complete right turns in the same small radius as smaller passenger vehicles, commercial truck drivers are often forced to make “wide turns,” i.e., begin a right turn from the second lane to the left instead of the designated right turn lane. Accidents frequently happen as a result.

How we can help you after a heavy hauler accident.

Experience Matters.

At Durst Law Firm, we have experience representing Ohioans who have been seriously injured in large truck accidents as well as those who have lost loved ones in these collisions. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident using accident reconstruction specialists, obtain key evidence such as black box data and truck maintenance records, and work with your medical team to understand the extent of your injuries and long-term prognosis.

We will then utilize this information to aggressively negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries as well as any emotional distress caused by the accident.

If insurance companies refuse to give you a fair settlement, we are prepared to take your case to trial so that you can get justice in front of a jury.  

Contact Durst Law firm Today!

If you or someone you love has been involved in a heavy hauler truck accident, you need experienced legal help on your side. The attorneys at The Durst Law Firm have extensive experience handling truck accident cases throughout the greater-Cincinnati area and all across Ohio.

We will help you navigate the legal process and get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us 24/7 for a free consultation.

When you work with the Durst Law Firm, you can expect us to:


Provide you with the support and guidance you need during this very overwhelming time.


Actually listen to what you have to say and use your side of the story as the foundation for our investigation.


Conduct an exhaustive examination into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding your case.


Gather and scrutinize relevant evidence (police reports, witness accounts, footage, etc) as we work to determine causation, fault, and liability.


Take care of all communication with interested parties, including insurance providers.


Work to disprove or minimize the effect of any claims that you share responsibility for the crash.

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I hired Alex Durst to represent me in a truck accident case that was very serious and traumatic. The truck company fought the case hard and tried to blame ME for the accident. Durst was not going to let that happen.

In the end, I got a GREAT settlement. It’s a huge relief...

- Gaby M



Personal injury case where landlord negligence led to a woman and child being forced to jump from 3rd floor apartment building during a fire.

The client ultimately recovered successfully.

“Aggressive and tough. Proven winner.”

Alex proved to be a very tough lawyer - he didn’t take the easy, quick money, but rather took the time and went through the necessary steps to really set the case up right.

- Anne



Personal injury settlement for mother and son who were injured in a head-on car accident.

Our reputation is built on a long track record of positive outcomes.

The attorneys at the Durst Law Firm work hard to ensure that their clients receive the representation they need to achieve the outcome that they deserve.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear it directly from our clients themselves.

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