• Car Accidents

    Have you been hurt in a car accident? BW is here to help! Contact us today to get the representation you deserve.

    Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents

    Truck accidents seriously injure or kill St. Louis drivers every day. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, we can help you immediately, with a free consultation. We've been on both sides of the truck accident fight for 30 years, so we know how to help YOU.

    Truck Accidents
  • Workers Compensation

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading workers' compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 30+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.

    Workers Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BW's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.

    Medical Malpractice
  • Why you need a truck accident attorney

Getting into any car accident is bad enough, but truck accidents are usually much worse. The size, weight and instability of large trucks make them deadly in a crash.  They cause massive personal injuries– from broken bones to paralysis and from brain injuries to severed limbs.  If you (or your loved one) has been injured in an collision with a tractor trailer, you deserve compensation for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

To get the compensation you deserve you will need an experienced truck accident attorney who knows:

Trucking Laws

In addition to the rules of the road that everyone has to follow, the trucking industry has an extensive regulations and laws called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

The FMCSRs govern the self-regulated trucking industry with regulations spanning all aspects of trucking, including:

  • Licensing requirements for truck drivers
  • Required documentation
  • Limits on consecutive work hours by hours
  • Weight, size and route limitations
  • Trucking insurance minimums

Understanding these regulations and their interpretations are critical to building a truck accident lawsuit.

The reason truck accidents happen

Insurance companies will try to convince you and a jury that your injury was either your own fault or an unavoidable event.  That often is not the case.  You need an attorney with the experience and expertise to find the cause of the accident, which often includes:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Intoxication
  • Excessive speed

How to build a Punitive Damage case

When a trucking company knowingly fails to follow the FMCSR and other rules of the road, the company recklessly endangers the driving public and may be liable for punitive damages.  You need an attorney who knows how to build a case for punitive damages against the trucking company.

The important differences between truck and car accident cases
Cars and trucks may both be motor vehicles, but the power and size of tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles creates a big difference between a collision involving two cars and one that includes at least one truck.

How to gather evidence

The FMSCRs require trucking companies to gather and keep enormous amounts of information that may be important to your case.  These include:

  • Information gathered about the driver when hired;
  • Medical information about the driver;
  • Maintenance information about the truck and trailer;
  • Driver logs showing how many hours the driver has been on-duty;
  • Driver’s accident history.

Trucking companies will not voluntarily hand over the most important information.  Your lawyer must know what to ask for and when the trucking company has withheld important documents.  

Truck accident cases may raise issues involving technology, business practices, insurance, and the discovery of documents and electronic information that are unfamiliar to lawyers not seasoned in handling these types of cases.  

We help people who have been injured in truck accidents.  We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:

  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Home and hospital visits
  • No attorneys fees unless you collect