According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 500,000 truck accidents occur each year on U.S. roadways, and truck accidents cause about 1 in every 8 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents. Truck accidents, particularly when they involve large trucks like tractor trailers or semis, are particularly deadly due to both the size and significant weights of these vehicles. This means that, even at very low speeds, truck accidents can cause severe property damage and injuries to other vehicle occupants.
Although some of these accidents may be caused by drivers themselves, in other cases, the negligence of a trucking company that owns the truck and/or employs the truck driver may also contribute to devastating accidents. Specific examples of trucking company negligence include (but are not limited to) trucking companies:
- Failing to run background checks on drivers
- Failing to verify if drivers have valid drivers’ licenses to drive commercial trucks
- Failing to properly maintain trucks by inspecting them before each run and/or not replacing faulty parts when necessary
- Failing to abide by state and federal trucking regulations
- Creating unrealistic delivery and driving schedules for drivers (which can encourage drivers to disobey federal hours-of-service laws)
When any of these factors plays a role in causing a truck accidents occur, the trucking company can be held legally liable for victims’ injuries, medical bills, lost wages and suffering.
St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers
The St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a truck and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois truck accident lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.