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Causes of Truck Accidents

There are nearly 2,000,000 commercial motor vehicles traveling across American highways at any given moment. These large, heavy vehicles can move at high speeds and represent a serious risk to other motor vehicle drivers. Statistically, there are about 500,000 truck collisions every year. These accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and heartbreaking fatalities.

Truckers and trucking companies have an obligation to exercise great care when it comes to operating and maintaining these vehicles. In fact, they are held to extremely strict state and federal laws under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Unfortunately, trucking companies often fail to live up to their legal obligations and personal responsibilities. Whether it’s due to greed, laziness, or general negligence, these companies are known for sanctioning and encouraging dangerous short-cuts that ultimately jeopardize public safety.

Common causes of truck accident include:

  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Improperly loaded and overloaded trucks
  • Poorly maintained trucks  
  • Defective equipment
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Lack of driver training and experience

Once an accident is reported, a trucking company’s insurance provider starts diligently investigating the case. The insurance company is not above manipulating any evidence to make it seem like the accident was unavoidable or that the plaintiff is truly the at-fault party. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it’s imperative that you contact a skilled and experienced lawyer who can investigate the case and accurately pinpoint the at-fault party.

To investigate and determine the cause of your truck accident, you need a seasoned truck accident attorney who knows the right questions to ask and where to find the answers. Due to their large size and limited stopping power, truck drivers are held to a higher level of responsibility than passenger vehicle drivers. To guarantee public safety, trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures when it comes to record keeping, hiring and training drivers, and maintaining their fleets. Per the FMCSR, trucking companies are legally required to provide investigators with any relevant records that can aid in their investigation of an accident. However, trucking companies are usually very hesitant to provide this information voluntarily.

At Buchanan, Williams & O'Brien, P.C., our experienced St. Louis truck accident attorneys know how to effectively collect, interpret, and utilize evidence to strengthen your case.

Injured by a Negligent Driver? Schedule a Free Consultation Today!

If you’ve been injured by a negligent truck driver, you need to seek immediate medical attention and then contact the St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. Truck accidents can be notoriously difficult to litigate because multiple parties can be liable for your injuries. You don’t want the trucking company and their insurance provider to have an edge over your claim. When you contact our firm, we can immediately begin our investigation and do everything in our power to protect your claim from the machinations of underhanded insurance companies. Our legal team can help you secure maximum damages by negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, we can even litigate for your best interests in court.

Recovering from a severe injury can be a difficult process, both physically and financially. This is particularly true when your injuries prevent you from returning to work, which is unfortunately common in truck accident cases. We want to help you recover damages that can facilitate your recovery. For this reason, we provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. You don’t need to pay any attorney fees until you’ve been awarded compensation.  

Contact Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. at (314) 635-7606 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our St. Louis truck accident attorneys are available for evening and weekend appointments. If you’re unable to come to our office, we can meet you at your home or hospital room.