Being hit by a semi truck or commercial vehicle can result in catastrophic injuries that cause significant losses and expenses. In many cases, the injured party or parties in a truck accident will continue to suffer from the effects of their injuries and the financial impact they cause long after the time to file a truck accident lawsuit has passed.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, large commercial truck accidents are responsible for between 11% and 15% of all traffic deaths in Missouri every year. Accidents involving commercial vehicles account for more than 100 fatalities in Missouri and over 5,000 deaths in the United States annually.
It can be overwhelming when you consider the actions that must be taken in order to preserve and present a claim for damages following a truck accident. Fortunately, Jason Krebs is a former trucking industry insurance defense attorney. The Krebs Law Firm LLC can help semi truck injury victims and their families understand the claims process and seek fair compensation for their injuries or loss by representing them as their auto accident lawyers.
Liability in Truck Accident Cases
One factor that differentiates car accident claims from semi truck accident claims is that in the case of commercial truck accidents there may be a number of potential defendants who may be responsible for the victim’s injuries. This may include the truck driver, the driver’s employer, the company that loaded the trailer, the manufacturer of the truck or trailer (or of a component part), or the individual or company responsible for maintaining the truck in good working order.
State and Federal Laws Set the Standard for Truck Driver Conduct
Another factor that distinguishes tractor trailer accidents from other motor vehicle accidents is the applicability of specific federal and state regulations of the commercial driver’s licensing and conduct. These regulations, for instance, require the driver to pass certain regular physical examinations and maintain certificates that he or she has passed such exams and to maintain accurate logbooks detailing the amount of time the driver has spent on the road driving and how many breaks the driver has taken between shifts.
Violations of these regulations can assist an injured driver or passenger in proving negligence, but obtaining the proof necessary to show that violations have occurred requires quick action in order to preserve the evidence.
What Damages May I Recover After a Truck Accident?
Any economic or noneconomic losses you suffered that were caused by a semi-truck accident may be compensated through a truck accident lawsuit. Economic damages include those financial costs and expenses you suffered, such as the cost of medical bills, future medical care costs, lost wages due to missed work, and the cost of prescription medications and ongoing treatment.
Noneconomic damages include emotional and psychological injuries you experienced, such as pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and mental pain and anguish. It is important that a Springfield Missouri truck accident lawyer carefully review your case to assess the damages you may be entitled to before you accept any settlement.
What Do I Do After an Accident?
Seek medical attention for yourself before attempting to do anything else. If you’re not badly hurt, documenting the accident scene through photographs can prove extremely valuable to the investigation. Eyewitness accounts (or at least contact information) from accident onlookers can also serve as powerful evidence.
What you should not do is admit fault to anybody at the scene. Limit what you say to statements of facts to the responding law enforcement officer. Avoid speaking altogether to insurance adjusters and attorneys representing the trucking company and other potential defendants. Consider getting legal representation of your own, or at least speaking to a truck accident lawyer about your case.
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Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the assistance you need after a crash. When you are ready to take the next steps, contact us at (417)883-5886 for a free, no-obligation consultation by a truck accident lawyer in Springfield Missouri.