There are nearly 2,000,000 commercial trucks on U.S. roadways. These large vehicles travelling at high speeds present a serious risk to U.S. travelers. Trucking companies have an obligation to exercise great care in the operation of these vehicles to avoid catastrophic injuries and death.
Unfortunately, trucking companies often fail to live up to their obligations. Through greed, laziness, or neglect, they take short-cuts that put the public at risk. Insurance companies and trucking companies would like you to think truck accident are unavoidable events or worse the fault of the passenger vehicle. That often is not true.
A critical part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault. To do this, you must first determine the cause of the accident. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Unreasonable schedules
- Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
- Defective equipment
- Poorly maintained truck
- Lack of driver training and experience
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Excessive speed
To investigate and determine the cause of your truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident attorney who knows what to ask and where to look. Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles, and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures in hiring practices, truck maintenance, recording keeping, and time on the job. Only an experienced truck accident attorney knows how to find, collect, interpret, and present the evidence that you must have to prove your case.
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