A truck crash can have a devastating impact on your life. Of all types of accidents, tractor-trailer and other truck wrecks can cause some of the most severe injuries. They often prove to be fatal.
For many victims, surviving the crash and getting medical treatment is only the beginning of the battle.
Seeking fair compensation from the trucking company’s team of lawyers can be a challenging task. That’s true even if it seems clear that the driver, the company, or another entity was at fault. Insurance adjusters want to save the company money, not help you get compensation for your losses.
That’s why it is crucial to hire an experienced Missouri truck accident attorney to take your side and fight for what you’re owed.
As soon as the crash happens, the truck company and their insurer will begin their own investigation into the accident. Don’t be left behind. You need someone on your side who not only has your best interests at heart but knows how to secure the necessary evidence to prove your claim.
Let the skilled Missouri truck accident attorneys at Sansone & Lauber help you. Call us today at for a risk-free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you win.
What You Need to Know About Truck Accidents in Missouri
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report:
- There were 13,685 crashes involving commercial vehicles in one recent year.
- Of those 13,685 crashes, 2,562 crashes resulted in injuries, and 115 were fatal.
- Trucking crashes account for 13.4% of all fatal crashes.
- In Missouri, Jackson County has the highest number of crashes (390) and the highest number of fatal crashes (11).
- 30% of crashes happen between 1 p.m. and 4:59 p.m.
Common Reasons for Missouri Truck Accidents
Since so many players take part in the trucking industry, a number of different entities could be responsible for a crash. The crash might be the fault of the:
- Truck driver (for careless driving)
- Trucking company (for improper training, hiring an unqualified driver, or unreasonable shipping deadlines)
- Truck manufacturers (for defective design or manufacturing)
- Loading and load securing companies (for ignoring weight or size limitations, not properly securing loads)
- Truck maintenance companies (for improper maintenance)
- Government agencies in charge of maintaining roads (for road defects)
- Other drivers (for careless driving)
Here are some common examples of negligence on the part of the truck driver:
- Not taking mandatory breaks
- Not slowing down in bad weather conditions
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Driving errors (failure to yield, not checking blind spots, improper signaling, poor estimation of stopping distances, etc.)
- Skipping regular maintenance
The laws regulating trucking safety and traffic control can be complex. The Missouri truck accident lawyers at Sansone & Lauber know the ins and outs of the law, including the nuanced rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They can help you collect the necessary evidence to prove the negligence of another party so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Injuries Resulting from Truck Accidents
You can sustain all sorts of losses and damages from a truck accident. Examples of common injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine and spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
Because collisions involving commercial trucks are often violent incidents that can result in severe injuries, victims often experience serious emotional trauma as well. These emotional scars can last a lifetime, and the impact they will have should be taken into account when seeking compensation from the negligent party.
Compensation for Injured Truck Accident Victims in Missouri
You could seek compensation for the following:
- Medical bills (for treatments, testing, and check-ups)
- Lost wages due to inability to work
- Damages to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering or mental anguish
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship, funeral expenses (if a loved one died in a crash)
Starting Your Missouri Truck Accident Claim
We want to relieve your burden as much as we can in the aftermath of the crash. Our attorneys are ready to take charge of hunting down evidence and piecing together what happened in your crash. We’ll also help you file your claim, and we’ll represent you in court if necessary.
Here’s what you can do to do to gather the preliminary evidence for your case. If possible after your crash, do the following:
- Get medical attention immediately. You might not notice any injuries at first, but that doesn’t mean that effects of the crash won’t surface later. Also, you’ll need an official medical report to use as evidence.
- Call the police and ask for a copy of the accident report.
- Exchange insurance information with the truck driver or any other involved drivers.
- DO NOT speak with an insurance representative or a representative from the trucking company. Wait until you have consulted with your attorney.
- Take photos of the crash, the truck license plate number, DOT number, and freight line, the weather conditions, any injuries, and any people involved.
- Get names and contact info of as many witnesses as possible.
- As soon as possible, call our office to set up a consultation, and we’ll take it from there.
Contact Sansone & Lauber for Help Now
You want an attorney with a track record of success. The Missouri truck accident lawyers of Sansone & Lauber are ready and waiting to help you win your case.
In just one year, Ben Sansone was ranked twice in the top 40 lawyers in Missouri. Our firm is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and in one recent year alone, our firm won $12 million in settlement cases.
Sansone & Lauber uses electronic storage of all of our documents to ensure preservation and easy sharing with you. We thoroughly prepare every case with the expectation that we’ll need to go to trial, although we’ll try to settle your case before then, if possible. We never cave to pressure tactics from trucking companies or insurance companies, and we wait to determine the full extent of your injuries before trying to make any settlement negotiations.
If you’ve been in a trucking accident in Missouri, why wait any longer before calling Sansone & Lauber? We take pride in our quick response to all inquiries. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case and let us show you why we are one of the top-ranked firms in Missouri.