Truck Accident Attorneys in St. Joseph, MO
Fighting for truck accident victims in Missouri
Whenever you are on the road, you will often try to avoid being in the path of a truck, with good reason, of course, truck accidents are not only common but have devastating consequences. The size and weight difference between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks are one of the main reasons that being involved in a truck accident can be life-altering for those who are not in the truck.
While truck drivers can still be injured, they may only suffer minor injuries compared to others involved in the accident. The St. Joseph truck accident attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys will fight to protect your right to compensation so you can focus on recovery.
What types of truck accidents occur in St. Joseph?
Since trucks have their own physical structure that is far different from those of other vehicles on the road, this means they also have a range of specific types of accidents. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Blindspot accident
- Wide turn accident
- Jackknife accident
- Tire blowouts
- Cargo spills and shifts
There are other common causes of accidents that are not specific to trucks such as sideswipes and T-bone crashes. Other common types of car accidents include head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and intersection accidents. When you are invoked in a truck accident, the injuries sustained can change the entire course of your life. As soon as you can, you will need to contact a St. Joseph truck accident attorney to begin building a case.
What is truck driver negligence?
The real cause of most accidents, truck accidents included is negligence. There are various forms of negligence that a truck driver may participate in that causes an accident. While there are common actions like distracted driving or driving under the influence, there are other types of negligence that are specific to truck drivers. Negligence that is specific to truck accidents includes:
- Commercial truckers' special training: To drive a truck, prospective drivers will need to undergo specialized training. During this training, they will be shown how to inspect the truck prior to getting on the road and after a drive. They will also need to know how to back out, drive with blind spots, turn safely, etc. Each driver will also need to be able to handle an emergency should one arise.
- Truck parts that wear out quickly: Since trucks travel longer distances more often than passenger vehicles, this means that their parts will wear out faster than others. This can include parts such as tires, clutches, steering wheels, and more. A truck driver should inspect their vehicle to ensure that all parts are in working order. However, in some cases, the parts come defective from the manufacturers, and no one is the wiser until an accident happens.
- Longer and harder shifts: Driving a truck can be grueling. Many drivers are traveling long distances and driving for upwards of 12 hours a day. This means they are not getting the rest they need while on the road. Oftentimes, drivers are motivated to finish a delivery so they can make it back home to their families. In other cases, the trucking company is the one pushing its drivers to make deliveries faster than they realistically can.
While we understand that being a truck driver is hard work and drivers face unique challenges, this does not mean that negligent parties should not be held responsible for their actions. There are agencies that place regulations on how long a driver can be on the road. The FMCSA and OSHA have also placed rules to ensure that the weight of trucks is within safe limits and all safety protocols are being followed. When someone is negligent in any form then this can lead to accidents. Our St. Joseph truck accident attorney has experience handling these kinds of cases and is familiar with all the safety protocols that have been implemented by these agencies.
Who can be held liable after a St. Joseph truck accident?
Truck accidents can get complicated fast. In most cases, there are multiple parties that can be held liable for causing the accident. There are others where only the driver is at fault. Insurance companies will take advantage of the fact that these cases are complex to try and deny your claim entirely. Aside from the truck driver, other possible parties that can be held responsible include:
- The trucking company
- The owners of loading docks
- Construction site owners
- A trucking broker
- A state agency
- Manufacturer of defective truck parts
In Missouri, a tavern owner can also be held for a truck accident depending on the circumstances. Once your St. Joseph truck accident attorney has determined who the liable parties are, we can work to file a claim. Since truck accidents are often very complex and high stakes, they take time to resolve. While we try to settle each case in pre-litigation, we are also prepared to go to litigation on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to go as far as it takes to get you the justice you deserve.
What kinds of injuries are caused by St. Joseph truck accidents?
Truck accidents often result in some of the most catastrophic injuries that many people will suffer from an accident. These injuries will result in someone’s life being changed forever. These injuries might require long-term care and can result in the injured person being permanently disabled. Some common truck accident injuries include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Nerve damage
- Tissue or ligament damage
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Scars or disfigurement
In the worst truck accident, victims may die from the accident. These are the most heart-wrenching cases we see and we work diligently to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the surviving family. You should focus on grieving while we focus on justice.
How much is my St. Joseph’s truck accident claim worth?
Since the injuries inflicted after truck accidents are so severe, the medical bills that follow will be substantial. When an injury requires long-term care, the expenses never seem to end. Through a truck accident claim, victims will be able to recover compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
- Scars and disfigurement
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning potential
There are other types of compensation you might be entitled to depending on the facts surrounding your case. Our St. Joseph truck accident attorney will also work to secure the maximum amount of punitive damages possible for accident victims.
Do you have a truck accident attorney near me?
Our St. Joseph office is located at 2501 Frederick Avenue Suite 100 by appointment. We also see clients throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Speak with a St. Joseph truck accident attorney today
When you have an experienced St. Joseph truck accident attorney on your side you will have access to our resources. We have years of experience working with police, traffic reconstruction experts, doctors, and investigators to find who the at-fault party is. There are typically multiple parties that can be held responsible for a truck accident aside from the truck driver.
Truck accident cases are often some of the most complex of cases because there are so many parties involved. Truck insurance companies will try to work fast to deny liability and deny any possible claims. This is why you should move just as fast as them. Do not allow the insurance companies to deny you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 816-471-5111, or submit our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
St. Joseph Office
2501 Frederick Avenue,
St. Joseph, MO 64506