There are approximately 500,000 trucking collisions each year in the United States. Of these collisions approximately 5,000 result in fatalities.The injuries that result from such wrecks can be catastrophic and life-changing which makes your decision for a Kansas or Missouri truck accident attorney so important. The story, however, often goes deeper than the negligence of just one careless driver and involves corporate negligence on behalf of the trucking company. Truck drivers are under constant pressure to work long hours and move product. When you combine this very real risk of fatigue with a fully loaded, over-sized vehicle driving at highway speeds, it is not surprising that trucking accidents often cause the most devastating injuries. Past cases against truck drivers and the companies they work for have included:
- Allegations of improperly loaded cargo
- Illegal load size
- Negligent hiring and retention
- Improper truck maintenance
One of the first things that an experienced attorney will address when you contact them to talk about a trucking accident is liability, or who was at fault and why. Truck drivers are distinguished from ordinary drivers because they receive special training to drive commercial vehicles, and they work for companies who must meet professional driving standards. Driving logs, black box recorders, which record important data such as rate of speed and skidding before a collision occurs, and driver history are just a few of the things your attorney will look at to determine fault.Because many trucking companies have accident investigators on call to investigate the scene of crash as soon as they learn about one, it is important to make sure you have an advocate on your side fighting for your rights. Having an attorney involved early on in your claim will not only allow you the ability to focus on your physical and emotional recovery, but they can help you establish liability against potential defendants and maximize your damage recovery.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident, we are here to help. Please contact us today.
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