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Truck Accidents. Truck accidents are dangerous and deadly. A semi-truck is many times larger than most passenger vehicles and, therefore, much more destructive and much more often results in loss of life. We all hope never to face this type of destruction in our own lives, but unfortunately, truck accidents do occur in the St. Louis area and throughout the country. When a truck accident disrupts your life or the life of someone you love, turn to a law firm you can trust and depend on as soon as possible.
Have you or family members been hurt in truck accidents? You need the help of a law firm to get you the compensation you deserve and need to give you the support necessary to move beyond the aftermath of your accident. Missouri Injury Law Firm has a proven track record of helping individuals and families in the Greater St. Louis area in their cases involving truck accidents. To find out how we can help, discuss your case with us for free today by calling 636-333-1717.
The Dangers of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be significantly more dangerous than other types of vehicular collisions for several reasons. First, consider the size and condition of commercial trucks. Semi trucks typically weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. They are also higher from the ground, allowing for the potential for smaller vehicles to get caught underriding trucks in collisions.
Because of a truck's large size, a truck's braking ability is also a significant fact in truck accidents. A loaded semi truck can take a distance of 20 to 40 times longer than other vehicles to come to a stop when the operator breaks. It is the responsibility of the truck driver to be mindful of this and allow the proper distance between their truck and other vehicles.
When it comes to drivers in truck accidents, operator error plays a major role, as it does in all types of auto accidents. However, there is even more danger with truck accidents, especially when it comes to driver fatigue. The federal law allows a truck driver to drive for up to "a href="https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/large-trucks#yearly-snapshot" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">eleven consecutive hours, with many drivers admitting to driving longer lengths of time. Pressure by their employers to get more jobs done quickly is partly to blame.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
There are thousands of truck-related fatalities every year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the vast majority of large truck accidents result in fatalities. Missouri Injury Law understands how difficult it can be if you or a loved one have been in a truck crash. You need to think about personal and financial damages, insurance, and what to do next. Our Missouri truck accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims and getting fair reimbursement. Here are some of the commonly occurring types of commercial truck accidents:
- Truck Rollovers
- Tire Blowouts
- Vehicular Malfunction
- Right ("Wide") Turns
- Blind Spots
- Distracted Driving
- Rear-End Accidents
- Under Ride
- Lost Cargo
- Head-On Collisions
- T-Bone Accidents
- Brake Failure
Other common causes of truck accidents include driver fatigue, traffic violations, poor training, overcorrection, and others.
Truck Accidents and Liability
Determining negligence can be confusing in personal injury cases resulting from truck accidents. This is due to the many parties that are involved in the operation of the truck. Multiple parties can be found liable for a person's injuries due to the accident. Such parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The company or individual that leased the truck or trailer
- The manufacturer of the truck or any of its parts
- The shipper or company or people who loaded the truck
- Service professionals responsible for maintenance of the truck
You will need a truck accident lawyer with experience in truck accident cases like yours to investigate your case and prove liability to the court. Only a law firm that specializes in truck accident cases will know what to look for and how to hold those parties accountable.
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Have you recently been the victim of a truck accident? Do you have family members who have been injured or even killed in truck accidents? Truck accidents are complicated due to the issues surrounding the complicated assignment of negligence as well as the extraordinary damage they can inflict on the surrounding roadways, vehicles, and other motorists.
Truck accidents require the assistance of a skilled and experienced truck accident attorney such as Gene Hou of the Missouri Injury Law Firm. Let us help you stand up to the insurance companies and trucking businesses to help you receive rightful compensation after any truck accidents that leave you injured. Put your case on the path to success today by contacting Missouri Injury today. Call us at 636-333-1717 or contact us online right now.