Trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be hazardous to the well-being of other travelers if their operators do not engage in safe driving practices and obey the rules of the road. Unfortunately, the large size of these vehicles and the strenuous hours that truckers must often work combine to lead to a high frequency of collisions. These events can result in serious physical injuries that can devastate your quality of life and ability to support your family.
If you were involved in one of these wrecks, a Fenton truck accident lawyer wants to help you pursue the compensation you need to cover your losses. Our team of hard-working personal injury attorneys could work to show that a trucker was negligent in causing a collision and, in some instances, that their employer shares liability. We could also strive to protect your case against any allegations of shared blame or other factors that may limit your ability to receive the payments that you deserve.
Every collision involving a motor vehicle is someone’s fault. All drivers have an obligation to protect others while on the road. This includes following all relevant traffic laws and operating their vehicles with appropriate caution.
In addition, special rules apply to the operation of many commercial vehicles. Prominent among these are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rules concerning maximum drive times for long-haul truckers. In short, these regulations dictate how many hours a driver may be on the road during any day or week. Violations of these laws may be powerful indicators of trucker fault for a crash.
Many injured parties may also need to justify their own decisions leading up to the collision. Missouri Revised Statute § 537.765 says that courts can evaluate the actions of victims as well as defendants to assign blame for accidents. If a court believes an individual shares a portion of the responsibility for a crash, it cannot award full compensation. A Fenton attorney could work to show that a trucker’s negligence was the sole reason for a collision.
Traffic incidents involving semi-trucks or other commercial vehicles often carry the most risks for catastrophic injuries. The trucker’s vehicle will far outweigh a passenger car in almost every instance. This means that the amount of force present in collisions can yield life-altering results.
Common injuries can include but are not limited to:
An at-fault trucker, their insurance provider, and even their employer may need to provide compensation for all needed medical care.
However, most incidents affect more than just a person’s physical health. They may also cause a person to experience PTSD or other forms of emotional trauma. Additionally, injuries may force a person to miss time on the job or even result in a permanent disability that keeps them from being able to work at all. A commercial vehicle accident attorney could strive to understand how an incident has affected a person’s life and demand appropriate payments from all liable defendants.
The hours and days following accidents involving commercial vehicles are vital to your legal rights. While you are seeking the medical care that you need to limit the damage of these incidents, defendant drivers and their insurance companies are gathering evidence and planning their defenses. It is vital that you have an ally by your side.
A Fenton truck collision lawyer could provide the support that you need. At the Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach, LLC, our team could work to gather the evidence necessary to build powerful claims against negligent truckers that leave no doubt as to their responsibility for the incident. They could also work to measure the impact of the crash on your life and protect your claim against aggressive insurance company tactics. Reach out to us today to learn more about the dedicated and individualized approach we offer all of our clients.