Our firm represents individuals and families in Missouri and Illinois who have been harmed by serious truck accidents. Large trucks weigh far more than other vehicles on the roads. When accidents occur involving tractor trailers and semis, they often result in catastrophic injuries or deaths to other motorists in smaller vehicles. Because of the severe harm that large trucks can cause, trucking companies and commercial truck drivers are required to carry much higher amounts of insurance coverage than other motorists, so high money damages are often recoverable.
Each large truck accident has a unique set of facts and contributing factors. It is important that you have a lawyer experienced with truck accidents and knowledgeable about the laws that apply to these types of cases. With hard work and skilled negotiation, the attorneys at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber have obtained numerous sizable settlements on behalf of accident victims and their loved ones, including multi-million dollar settlements.
We will investigate the truck accident thoroughly, interview witnesses, and obtain relevant trucking company maintenance records and driver logs. We know what questions to ask and understand the importance of moving quickly to secure evidence before it is lost. If the truck accident is complex, we may work with a traffic reconstruction expert to pinpoint how the accident occurred.
In Missouri, 106 people died in accidents involving semi-trucks in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately 80 percent of the people killed in those truck crashes were occupants of smaller passenger vehicles.
Many of the crashes were preventable accidents caused by a truck driver’s error or trucking company negligence. A federal study of the causes of large truck crashes found that truck drivers and semis were at fault in 55 percent of the approximately 1,000 truck accidents analyzed.
The most common factors identified as truck driver errors that cause truck accidents are:
Mechanical problems with trucks contribute to many accidents. Loaded tractor trailers often weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles and take much farther to stop. If a truck has poorly maintained brakes, the vehicle’s braking capability can be a contributing factor to a serious accident. State and federal truck safety inspectors conduct roadside inspections of tractor trailers. In 2015, the inspectors ordered 20 percent of tractor trailer trucks they inspected taken off the road due to safety violations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Brake problems were one of the most commonly cited safety violations.
Multi-vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks are more complicated to investigate and settle than crashes involving only automobiles. Truck accidents often have multiple contributing causes and determining fault can be a complex issue. It is important to have an attorney with experience handling truck accident cases to investigate the accident thoroughly and identify all the potentially responsible parties. The at-fault parties may include any of the following:
The truck accident attorneys at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber pursue the maximum amount available for people who have been harmed through no fault of their own by truck accidents. If your life has been turned upside down by a truck accident in St. Louis or southern Illinois, we understand that you need aggressive legal representation to deal with the trucking company and their insurers so that you can recover.
Take a look at the kind of results we have achieved for truck accident victims and other accident victims:
The accident lawyers at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber recovered $100,000 (the limits of all insurance policies) for a client who was a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign at an intersection in Fenton Missouri, causing a T-bone collision with a tractor trailer truck.
We recovered $50,000 for a client who suffered injuries when he stepped in front of a Greyhound bus and incurred $8,000 in medical bills. The bus brakes were determined to be malfunctioning after months of investigation.