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:
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
- 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