St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer
Helping recover fair compensation for victims of commercial truck crashes
Trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs – whatever you may call them, these vehicles can cause devastating accidents. Because of their massive weight and size, typical passenger cars and trucks rarely stand a chance in a collision with a commercial truck. Damage to vehicles is worse, and injuries tend to be more severe.
When you are hurt in a wreck with one of these trucks, seeking compensation from the responsible party can much more difficult than from a typical car accident. When you need an attorney with experience and strong negotiation skills, who is never afraid to go to trial, contacts The Hayden Law Firm. Our client-focused approach combined with fierce representation makes us the firm you want on your side in your personal injury claim. Contact us today for a free and no-risk consultation. We serve St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois.
How common are truck crashes in Missouri?
With a gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds, trucks can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times more than your average car. Even worse, when the trailer is fully loaded, it can take 20 to 40 percent further to make a complete stop, and even longer on slippery or wet roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents involving these vehicles can be catastrophic and the injuries may be long-lasting.
- According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 2019 saw a total of 15,764 commercial vehicle-involved crashes. In these crashes, 145 people were killed and 4,366 were injured.
- Across the country, 4,119 Americans were killed in truck crashes in 2019. This number is 31% higher than 2009, which was had the lowest number of fatal truck crashes recorded since 1975.
While most accidents occur on roads where a truck has to maneuver around small cars and narrow roads, most serious truck wrecks happen on interstates where large trucks are traveling at high speed. The stopping distance mixed with the cargo weight can be a deadly combination when negligence or recklessness is involved.
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What are the causes of truck accidents?
Many truck wrecks happen on interstates like I-44 or I-270, where passenger cars making daily commutes share the road with long-haulers trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Sometimes the demands of deadlines for truckers can cause them to put safety aside, and innocent people are put in danger.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Aggressive driving, known in the industry as “muscling”
- Defective truck parts or tires
- Distracted driving or inattention
- Driver fatigue, often resulting from falsifying driver logs
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence
- Failure to adjust to bad driving conditions, like wet or icy roads
- Failure to follow industry rules and regulations
- Failure to obey the rules of the road
- Lack of new driver training
- Overloading, unbalanced, or unsecured loads
- Poor maintenance of both the trailer and cab
- Speeding and other traffic violations
Your St. Louis truck accident attorney will investigate the cause of your accident and advocate on your behalf. We come prepared to the toughest legal battles against big trucking companies and their even bigger insurance companies.
What are common types of truck accident injuries?
A commercial truck crash can transform your life in an instant, causing extensive property damage, serious injuries, and even catastrophic fatalities. Life-altering injuries can include:
At The Hayden Law Firm, we believe that every injury is unique. The outcome of every case may be different, but our truck accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, truly understands that the resulting emotional and physical pain can last a lifetime. Damages for such injuries may include cost of medical bills, current and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
By taking the time to learn about your injuries and priorities, we are better able to provide an effective representation strategy that will help you get the compensation you need during this challenging time.
Who is liable in a St. Louis trucking crash?
Trucking accidents are not the same as regular auto accidents. Wrecks involving 18-wheelers can be complicated because of the multiple parties at play. Potentially liable parties in a truck collision could include one or more of the following:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- Owner of the truck
- Parties responsible for loading the truck
- Parties responsible for maintaining and repairing the truck
- Freight shipper
- Truck parts manufacturer
- The truck’s leasing company
- Manufacturer of the truck
- Broker who hired the trucking company for delivery
It is important to hire an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer to help investigate your claim. After a personalized, one-on-one consultation where we learn every detail of your case and injuries, we can help determine the cause of the accident and who should be held liable.
Is your truck accident lawyer near me?
The Hayden Law Firm is located in St. Louis, but we serve all Missouri and Illinois.
Rest assured, however, that if you are critically injured and unable to come to St. Louis, we will travel to visit you in the hospital or rehabilitation center. We also offer virtual conferences and telephone consultations.
How can a truck crash attorney help my claim?
While we begin working on building you a strong case, trucking companies are working just as hard to try to defeat your case. Within 24 hours, their insurance companies go on the defensive, which is why preservation of evidence after the truck wreck is extremely important.
Through our vast network of resources, we can immediately retain an accident reconstructionist, a photographer to take pictures of the scene, and any experts to conduct interviews with witnesses. By law, trucking companies only have to keep drivers’ logs and truck maintenance logs a certain number of days, so we work to ensure that all log books are preserved.
Additionally, these types of cases are extremely complex because there are vast amounts of federal, state, and insurance regulations that govern the trucking industry. For example, commercial trucking drivers are required to follow stricter rules of the road such as licensure, training, and hours of service.
How much is my St. Louis truck accident injury claim worth?
If you were injured in a truck collision due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible for compensation for the following damages:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
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Contact a dedicated St. Louis truck accident lawyer now
If you or a loved one are injured in a collision with a commercial truck, The Hayden Firm is here to take on your case. We work to secure fair and just financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We proudly serve clients in St. Louis, and throughout Missouri and Illinois.
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