Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accident
Truck Accident Lawyers in Missouri
The Trucking Industry is an invaluable resource to the U.S. economy, but the success of the industry often comes at a high cost to society – serious roadway accidents, crashes and collisions.
Big trucks cause big impacts and severe injuries. A typical fully-loaded, large commercial truck can weigh over 100,000 pounds, while an average passenger car weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Given the size and weight of a truck, a truck accident, even at low speeds, can be devastating to accident victims and their family.
In 2008, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 380,000 large truck traffic crashes in the U.S. with 4,229 fatalities.
Spencer Farris, Truck Accident Attorney
Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents
When truck or tractor-trailer accidents occur, trucking companies involved in the accident often send representatives to the accident scene. These agents work to handle everything at the scene of the accident so they can limit or mitigate their company’s liability.
They will take possession of the truck and its data recorders, take photos, and interview witnesses. This fact gathering is crucial to a strong defense of a trucking accident case, and typically happens days or even months before the victim has retained an attorney.
Recovery From Truck Injuries
Federal and state regulations help to make the roads safer. Unfortunately, these laws are becoming increasingly less powerful as trucking industry lobbyists have been very effective in representing their constituents.
This, and the actions of agents on the accident scene, puts the victim of a truck or tractor-trailer accident behind in pursuing justice.
Even if you think you are not inclined to file a lawsuit, you should consult with an experienced trial lawyer as soon as possible after a crash.
Fact gathering is crucial to a strong defense of a trucking accident case or it will be harder for you to recover your losses.
It will be harder for you to pursue your accident case and recover your losses if the evidence needed has disappeared. If possible, at the scene of the accident, you should:
- Call 911 for help.
- Take photos of the vehicles involved and the scene of the accident.
- Gather the names and contact information of witnesses.
- Identify the driver of the truck or tractor-trailer and gather insurance information.
- Speak with your lawyer before you talk with an insurance company.
- Seek medical attention and follow-up with medical care as needed.
- Your choice of an attorney will be one of the most important decisions you make when facing a road or highway accident.
If you have been hurt in a truck or tractor-trailer accident and have questions, contact The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
Tractor-trailer Safety Training Resources are available through the Texas Department of Insurance. They are free downloadable publications to the public.
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About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+