Missouri Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Missouri, you want answers. You want to know what really happened, who was responsible and whether insurance companies are treating you fairly.
But a truck crash case is like a complicated puzzle. Figuring out how the pieces fit together is tricky. Multiple parties may be liable for the wreck. You will need good, solid evidence – and lots of it – to back up your claim. Simply put, you will need a knowledgeable truck accident attorney by your side.
Let the Missouri truck accident lawyers at The Bruning Law Firm help you. Our legal team has years of experience representing clients who were hurt in accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. We have a thorough understanding of trucking regulations and the strategies that insurers use in attempt to reduce payouts. We don’t fall for their tricks.
Our firm has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured clients in Missouri over the years. These successes have placed us among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. But most importantly, we have used our legal skills to show clients that we care – not just by winning them compensation, but by fighting for them because it’s just the right thing to do.
It’s easy to arrange a free consultation with The Bruning Law Firm. Call us or contact us online today.
Who Is At Fault for My Missouri Truck Accident?
Truck accidents are easily some of the worst on the roads. The vast size difference between a tractor-trailer and a standard car means that truck crashes are more violent and more likely to result in more severe injuries. Most of the time, the occupants of the other vehicle suffer the worst trauma.
In the wake of a truck crash, it’s easy to place blame quickly. Most likely, that will be on the truck driver. The trucker could certainly be at fault. But semi-truck accidents are not like car accidents. Preparing a truck for travel involves a variety of players – all or some of whom may share responsibility for the wreck.
Examples of possible defendants in a truck accident case include:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Parts manufacturers
- Freight loading and securement companies
- Third-party maintenance companies
- Government agencies responsible for roadway maintenance
- Other motorists
Determining liability takes time and investigation. Trucking companies have teams of investigators ready to get started right after the accident. Their goal is to protect the trucking company, not you. Our attorneys can begin building your case once the initial consultation is complete.
Getting started will mean identifying all of the parties who were involved in the crash. With truck accident cases, more than one insurance policy may be involved. Truck companies often have more than one insurance carrier themselves. The cargo might be insured by a different insurance company. If the accident involved multiple vehicles, you must also take each individual’s auto policy into account.
When you are recovering from injuries, you shouldn’t have to worry about untangling these insurance matters. Our lawyers will handle all communications with insurers to make sure that you aren’t being shortchanged.
Why Are Semi-Truck Collisions So Complicated?
Truck crash accidents differ from car crashes for another important reason. The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The safety regulations are comprehensive and very detailed, spelling out the responsibilities of truck drivers and commercial trucking companies with everything from hiring practices and driver training to maintenance schedules and safety protocols.
Violations that have led to serious truck accidents include:
- Not taking mandatory rest breaks
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Negligent cargo loading
- Ignoring weight, size and route limitations
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error (speeding, failure to check blind spots, traffic signaling, underestimating stopping distance)
- Skipping maintenance schedules
- Failure to perform repairs
- Pressuring employees to meet unreasonable delivery schedules
Truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to both state and federal standards. At The Bruning Law Firm, we know the complexity of the federal regulations as well as Missouri trucking laws. Our lawyers can spot violations of all relevant statutes and use them to build a strong negligence case for you. We can also determine how conditions that may be outside of the truck driver’s control – such as poor weather – could impact the outcome of your case.
What to Do After a Missouri Truck Accident
Truck accidents can result in immediate injuries that are easily spotted. However, other serious injuries are invisible and you might not even feel their repercussions for days or weeks after the wreck. That’s why you should always seek medical attention. Your health is most important. Not getting treatment could also jeopardize a future legal claim.
If your injuries are not incapacitating, there are several helpful things that you can do at the accident scene. You should:
- Collect as much information as you can, such as the name of the truck driver and trucking company, insurance information, license plate numbers, and driver’s license information.
- Take photos of the accident scene, your car’s damage and any injuries.
- Obtain a copy of the police accident report.
- Get contact information for any witnesses.
- Don’t talk to insurance company or truck company’s representatives.
- Contact a truck accident attorney.
Many tractor-trailer collisions involve multiple vehicles. If that was the situation in your crash, it may be difficult to get every involved party’s information. Don’t worry. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers will gather every piece of information necessary to support your claim for compensation.
Reach Out to Our St. Louis Semi-Truck Lawyers Today
Truck accidents can cause emotional and financial devastation that robs victims and their families of their health and wellbeing. At The Bruning Law Firm, we focus on seeking fair and favorable results for our clients to restore their security.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We represent injured people in Belton, Branson, Carthage, Columbia, Grandview, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Lees Summit, Liberty, Raymore, Raytown, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Louis and throughout Missouri.
Our Practice Areas
With more than 35 years of experience successfully representing St. Louis residents in personal injury cases, our attorneys have handled a variety of claims, including:
- Car Accidents
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Product Liability