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Why You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

The size, weight, and instability of commercial motor vehicles makes them incredibly dangerous to any motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the road. Accident survivors tend to sustain significant injuries when a collision occurs, including broken bones, paralysis, and brain injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a commercial motor vehicle, you may be able to recover damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If you’re interested in pursuing compensation, you’re going to need the services of an experienced truck accident attorney who has a thorough understanding of state and federal trucking laws. Truckers and trucking companies are governed by extensive federal laws and regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

The FMCSR governs all aspects of the trucking industry including:

  • Licensing requirements for truck drivers
  • Required documentation
  • Limits on consecutive work hours
  • Weight, size, and route limitations
  • Trucking insurance minimums

Understanding these regulations and their various interpretations is critical to constructing an effective litigation strategy in a truck accident lawsuit.

The Reason Truck Accidents Happen

Insurance companies are just that: companies, and their primary concern is making money. Consequently, your accident has the potential to cost an insurance company a lot of money. This means that a trucking company’s insurance provider is already zealously investigating an accident once the incident has been officially reported.

Insurance companies have developed many tactics to undermine a plaintiff’s claim. For example, an insurance company may try to convince the jury that your injuries are due to your own negligent actions or the natural consequences of an unavoidable event. To fight these claims, you need an experienced and resourceful attorney who can discover the true cause of the accident.

Truck accidents are often caused by:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained vehicles
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Intoxication
  • Excessive speed

A trucking company recklessly endangers the lives of other drivers by pressuring their employees to purposely ignore the FMCSR and many other state and federal traffic laws. When someone is injured or killed in an accident, the trucker and trucking company may face legal penalties on top of any punitive damages awarded in a civil lawsuit.

Gathering Evidence for Your Case

The FMSCR requires trucking companies to gather and save enormous amounts of information that could be important to your case.

This evidence includes:

  • Information from when the trucker was hired
  • Medical information about the trucker
  • Maintenance information about the truck and trailer
  • Driver logs showing how many hours the trucker has been on-duty
  • The trucker’s accident history

Because they often participate in shady practices, trucking companies never voluntarily hand over this information. Your lawyer needs to know what information to ask for and which legal tricks can be used to appropriately obtain it.

Need a Truck Accident Attorney? Schedule a Free Consultation Today

It’s imperative that you seek legal representation immediately after your accident. This gives your lawyer time to compile evidence and develop a customized legal strategy that truly reflects your financial objectives. The insurance company is going to do everything in its power to undermine your claim. At Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C., our seasoned St. Louis truck accident attorneys are adept at negotiating with insurance companies and have helped countless clients secure maximum compensation.

We understand that it’s difficult to take legal action when you’re simultaneously healing from an injury. At the same time, we also know how stressful it is to accumulate numerous medical bills. We want to help you pursue damages that can facilitate your financial and physical recovery. For this reason, we work on a contingency fee basis so that you can seek damages without worrying about attorney fees.

Call our St. Louis truck accident lawyers at (314) 635-7606 to schedule a consultation. Our legal team offers evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. If your injuries or personal circumstances prevent you from meeting at our office, we can hold your appointment at your home or hospital room.