Have You Suffered A Serious Injury In A Truck Accident?
As the world moves away from traditional forms of retail in favor of an e-commerce model, the number of big trucks driving on highways is only expected to get higher, which could increase driving risks for everyday people on the road.
When an 18-wheeler is involved in an accident, what would otherwise be a minor crash could have major—and potentially fatal—consequences. The sheer force and size of a big truck mean more destruction, and that is usually bad news for the driver and passengers in the smaller car.
What you do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident matters more than you might think. If you do not take prompt action to protect your rights, you could be giving up on important protections you would otherwise have.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death caused by a negligent truck driver, it is critical that you talk to a seasoned lawyer at Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP. Our law firm is based in St. Louis and serves people in both Missouri and Illinois. We are conveniently located across the street from the courthouse, and our fee structures are consistent with The Missouri Bar’s recommendations.
How An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Truck accidents can cause devastating, life-altering injuries including paraplegia and quadriplegia. You want to make sure your attorney has the skills to handle these often difficult cases. There is a lot to consider including:
- Ongoing rehabilitation
- Occupational therapy
- Future surgeries
Using our many years of legal experience, we will provide thorough legal counsel in your tractor-trailer or truck accident case.
No matter what type of truck wreck you were involved in, we will investigate the cause and go after all negligent parties. This may include looking at the truck driver’s record and employment history as well as his or her employer, which could have been breaking safety regulations. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these companies to overwork drivers who then are fatigued and fall asleep at the wheel. An increasing amount of texting, even by professional truck drivers, may also be a factor.
With over 100 years of combined litigation experience, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP know how to investigate accident claims. We help you seek maximum compensation. Talk to one of our personal injury lawyers today in a free initial consultation.
Causes Of Fatal Truck Accidents
Thousands of truckers cross Missouri and Illinois roadways each day. Unfortunately, many face arduous pressure to deliver their loads on time. This can lead to taking shortcuts that put the lives of themselves and others on the road in jeopardy. For instance, when an 18-wheeler crashes into other vehicles, the chances of serious injuries and fatalities increase exponentially.
Some common reasons truck accidents occur include:
- Tire delaminations and tire explosions
- Driver fatigue/exhaustion
- Overloaded/improperly loaded trucks
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving
We understand the complexities involved with truck accidents, and we put our experience to work to promptly and thoroughly assess the case and preserve all important pieces of evidence. This ensures that our clients have the strongest case and most effective path toward a favorable outcome.
Who Should I Hold Liable For My Truck Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there may be numerous liable parties. Commercial truck drivers are employees of trucking companies. Therefore, if the truck driver’s actions cause an accident, their employer can typically be held vicariously liable. The trucking company’s insurer will pay the claim, but it is not a party to the litigation.
Other possible defendants in truck accident litigation could include:
- The company responsible for loading the truck at the warehouse
- Any mechanics who worked on the truck and failed to adequately address mechanical/safety issues
- The truck manufacturer, if vehicle defects played a role in the crash
When we represent truck accident victims, we immediately conduct a thorough investigation in order to identify all liable parties that caused or contributed to the crash. In doing so, we seek to maximize your compensation and prevent others from being harmed by similar acts of negligence in the future.
Life-Altering Truck Accident Injuries
When you are involved in an accident involving a big truck, your chances of serious injury go up exponentially. The enormous size and huge forces involved in an 18-wheeler crash make the odds of a catastrophic injury much higher—even when the collision occurred at a relatively low speed.
That is why accidents involving big trucks require an equally big response. If you have been involved in an accident involving a big rig, you need to act right away, and that starts with seeking experienced legal representation.
Our truck accident attorneys are experienced in handling a wide range of injury cases including:
- Herniated disks
- Neck injuries
- Head trauma and spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Chemical and electrical burn injuries
- Injuries resulting from gas explosions
- Injuries resulting from liquid gas propane explosions
Being involved in a big truck crash takes only a second, but the consequences can last a lifetime. Dealing with ongoing medical bills, time away from work, and relentless pain and suffering after a truck accident can be a daunting task. If you do not take prompt action to protect your rights, you could suffer financially as well as physically.
Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys
No matter what the cause and where it occurs, you need to take prompt action when you are involved in a truck accident.
If you are unable to work, your family’s finances will suffer, and the ongoing pain could leave you debilitated and possibly bankrupt. With so much on the line, seeking the right legal representation is of the utmost importance. So do yourself and your family a favor; no matter how major or minor the crash, you need to seek qualified legal representation right away.