Put Your Trust in a Missouri Truck Accident Law Firm
Have you been injured by a bus, commercial vehicle, or even a big rig in Missouri? If so, it’s time to consider filing an injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages and to protect your loved ones as well as yourself. Make sure that you give yourself the best possible advantage and work with a knowledgeable attorney experienced with truck accident law in Missouri.
They will be able to look at your case, determine fault, and begin to build a strong legal claim.
Some of the most common commercial truck accidents we deal with include:
Even if the vehicle that was involved in your truck crash isn’t listed above, don’t worry – we can help!
For immediate help, call Isaacs and Isaacs 24/7 at (800) 800-8888, fill out our online form for a free case review or initiate a chat on this page.
Missouri Truck Accidents Often Involve Negligence
Truck accidents in Missouri can result from many different reasons. Negligence, for example, is one factor that is present in nearly every case. It’s not always easy to tell what negligence is and what it isn’t. There are, however some common accidents routinely caused by negligent drivers to help out:
- Distracted Driving
- DUI Crashes
- Improper Backing Up
- Improper Passing
- Unsecured Loads
Truck accident statistics in Missouri point to the need to keep truckers and trucking companies accountable. According to Missouri Highway Patrol, nearly 1,000 people were killed in traffic crashes in Missouri in 2014 and that more than 30,000 people were injured in traffic crashes in the same year. Many of those crashes took place in larger cities like Springfield or Columbia, but even smaller cities had a number of fatal crashes in a study citing 2016 data.
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Big Rig Collisions in Missouri: Conversations with a Truck Accident Attorney
Being involved in a truck accident can be an overwhelming experience even in the best of circumstances. Worst case scenario, you might find yourself with a future very different from the one you envisioned.Truck accident attorney Darryl Isaacs – “The Hammer” – addresses accidents involving big rigs and large commercial vehicles. Play the podcast episode below to learn how to effectively move forward with your case:
Be sure to view our checklist on essential steps to safety steps after a truck accident in Missouri and across the nation!
Causes of Truck Accidents
In some cases, an accident is not the truck driver’s fault. If a car merges too close in front of the truck and causes the driver to slam on his or her brakes, the truck could jackknife and hit other drivers. High winds sometimes push trucks over on their sides, even if the driver is going below the speed limit. However, many truck accidents are the fault of the driver, the trucking company, the truck owner, the maintenance crew or even the dispatcher. Trucking accident causes include:
- Driver error: including excessive speed, fatigue, falling asleep at the wheel, driving under the influence, distractions and improper pre-drive inspections.
- Weather: including high winds, icy and snowy roads and rain.
- Product malfunctions: such as a defective tire or defective brakes.
- Maintenance problems: such as driving with bald tires, not repairing air lines, oil leaks, hydraulic fluid (if applicable) leaks and worn brakes
Injuries You Might Suffer in a Missouri Truck Accident
Injuries from a truck accident vary depending on several factors including the size of the vehicle you drive, whether you are walking or riding a bicycle, the speed you are both traveling, and the weight of the cargo the truck is carrying. Injuries include:
- Scrapes, cuts, bruises and scratches
- Strains, sprains and other soft-tissue injuries including pulled muscles
- Simple and compound fractures
- Head, neck and shoulder injuries, including whiplash;
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Secondary injuries, such as infections, as well as autoimmune diseases and diabetes could cause injuries to take longer to heal. You are more susceptible to infections if you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease. Even if your injuries seem minor, you should always seek medical attention after a truck accident. Additionally, some injuries take hours or even days to manifest.
Damages and Compensation in Truck Accident Settlements
In Missouri, truck accident compensation depends upon a few different factors. In general, however, the total harm to your person or your property, known as damages, largely determines the compensation amount you receive in a settlement or verdict. Injuries, as you might imagine, play a big role here. More severe injuries usually lead to higher settlements. With that said, it is not necessarily true that high settlements are only possible in situations where injuries were catastrophic in nature.
The most common financial damages after a truck accident include:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Lost Future Earning
- Pain and Suffering
An assembled team of experienced Missouri attorneys can help determine the monetary damages you might expect to recover.
Special damages, often referred to as economic damages, have a price attached to them and are meant to make you whole again. Economic damages include past and future medical expenses, including physical, cognitive and psychological therapies; past and future lost wages; medical aids, such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches; and funeral and burial expenses.
General damages, often referred to as non-economic damages, do not have specific prices attached and are usually awarded when your injuries are long term or if you lost a loved one in a truck accident. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of use of a body part or function
While insurance companies might have their own definition of long-term injuries, Social Security defines a long-term injury as one that is expected to last for over 12 months or that is expected to cause your death.
A court might order the defendant to pay punitive damages if the defendant’s behavior was grossly negligent or intentional. Examples of behavior that a court might find grossly negligent include driving under the influence, driving while distracted or driving at an excessive speed. The court orders the defendant to pay you punitive damages as a punishment for his or her behavior, in the hopes that the defendant does not repeat that behavior and cause additional accidents.
Start Your Missouri Case with a Free Evaluation
For a free review of your very important injury case, call Isaacs and Isaacs today. We will assemble a team of Missouri truck accident injury lawyers to review your case and help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Call Isaacs and Isaacs 24/7 (800) 800-8888 to get started.
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How a Missouri Truck Accident Law Firm Pursues Your Case
Truck accident settlements and lawsuits are often complicated because of the number of defendants that might hold some liability for your injuries. Often, parties other than the driver are at fault for the accident. You should retain an attorney in the event that you have long-term or permanent injuries, or in the event that more than one person is liable for your injuries. Your insurance company might give you a low-ball offer or try to deny your claim, or it might not figure in enough compensation for long-term injuries.
Never speak to your insurance company regarding the accident other than to tell the representative that you were in an accident and the location of the accident. Let the representative know that your Missouri truck accident lawyer will contact him or her shortly.
Take the next step and reach out to us today at 877-591-1636. You can call us any time around the clock.