If you or your loved one find yourself a victim of a commercial vehicle accident in Missouri or Illinois, you need an experienced law firm on your side. Such accidents are likely to generate difficult and complex litigation against several corporate defendants involved in different aspects of the trucking industry. The services of a lawyer can be crucial.
Our attorneys can offer advice and representation about your legal alternatives for recovering money damages. We cut through the tangle of liability issues by finding violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations whenever they might have occurred with respect to commercial vehicle maintenance and inspection, driver’s hours behind the wheel, and handling of particular cargos. Our ability to relate particular violations of the federal trucking regulations to your accident and injuries can lead to highly productive settlement negotiations with the responsible defendant’s insurers.
What Can Cause a Truck Accident
Commercial drivers can cause accidents for a variety of reasons.
Tired Or Impaired Truck Drivers
Most commercial drivers get paid by the load. The faster they can deliver, the more they can earn in any given week. Many drivers push themselves to the limit, choosing to ignore rest periods mandated by federal regulations. The resulting can cause a serious or deadly accident. Unfortunately, despite the danger posed by a tired or impaired truck driver, regulations meant to reduce the risk are often violated.
Truck drivers have many tasks in addition to operating their vehicles. Many use laptop computers to help them keep logs, prepare reports, and track expenses. Some truck drivers even watch DVDs as they go down the road. A distracted truck driver can cause a catastrophic accident. Use of a laptop, cell phone or DVD player while driving is foolish, yet it happens every day on highways in Missouri and Illinois.
When a trucking company or driver fails to secure a load, the result can be a serious accident. Though the negligence might seem obvious, trucking companies and their insurance companies can resist paying adequate compensation for the losses of accident victims. Debris from an accident is often spread over a wide area. It is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible in order to inspect the accident site and examine the evidence
Failure to Maintain Truck Driver Logs and Regulations
Federal trucking regulations require truck drivers to keep detailed logs of their activities. This is supposed to help ensure that truckers get enough rest so that they are not driving while fatigued. Those regulations also require regular inspections. The goal is that trucks be regularly maintained and kept in good repair; tires, brakes, and so on should be in tip-top shape before large tractor-trailers go out on the road along with other traffic.
Log book violations by truckers include (1) failure to keep logs as required (2) keeping two separate logs — one accurate and one kept to show investigators and (3) failure to surrender the driver’s log as requested and required by law.
Accidents Caused By Overloading or Falling Debris
Trucking regulations spell out how cargo should be loaded and secured. Weight regulations, tie-down regulations and red-flag rules for irregular size cargo all work to keep us safe. When these regulations are overlooked, accidents can occur.
Types of Truck Accidents
- Construction vehicles ranging from dump trucks to mobile cranes
- Repair and maintenance vans
- Delivery and parcel express trucks
- Buses, mobility vans, airport shuttles, hospitality vans, and other passenger vehicles
- Emergency response vehicles, such as fire engines or police cars
Who Pays For the Damages
If you can prove driver negligence, then the driver or the company they work for could be held liable. The company could also come under scrutiny if you can show it neglected to keep its vehicles up to standards, which then resulted in an accident.
A driver or truck company isn’t always responsible for an accident, however. Other motorists or faulty road conditions could have caused the auto accident.
Truck Accident Case Results
Learn more about the compensation our lawyers have won for clients.
I was referred to Mr. Fernandez by a family member who is an attorney, for assistance with my elderly mother’s claim for injuries resulting from an accident involving an 18-wheeler. He was direct, honest, and very kind as he spoke with my mother, helping her to understand what his work would entail. An obviously talented negotiator, he presented appropriate research to support the claim for my mother’s injuries and it settled with an offer that brought the case to a quick resolution.
Contact a Missouri or Illinois Truck Accident Attorney
To speak with an attorney to represent you, contact the firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, Leonard today. Call 314-433-9131 or toll free 866-285-4611 to find out what your claim is worth.