Truck Accidents


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St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer

On average there are about eleven motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks or commercials vehicles. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 100,000 people are injured and nearly 4,000 people killed every year in crashes involving big trucks. Unfortunately, crashes involving semi-trucks, delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles happen in Missouri far too frequently. If one has happened to you or a loved one, consult with David Terry today as an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer.

Truck drivers are frequently pushed to the limit by the corporations that employ them. They often work long hours with little to no sleep and and have a strict schedule in which to deliver their cargo. When drivers are exhausted or distracted by telephones or other technology, they often cause crashes that result in fatalities or leave people with life-threatening or life-altering injuries.

Some semi-truck crashes have occurred when trucking companies fail to maintain their trucks in a safe manner. This may happen when routine maintenance is ignored or tires are not changed even though they show extensive tread loss and excessive wear and tear. Crashes have also resulted when trucking companies have failed to properly secure their loads. When a load shifts, the semi-truck can become uncontrollable causing a crash that results in fatal or serious injuries.

Some of the other common causes for truck accidents include:

  • Inadequate training for driving, safety issues, and defensive driving
  • Inadequate supervision and monitoring of drivers
  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Drug or alcohol use by drivers or mechanics
  • Mechanical failure or defective parts
  • Speeding
  • Improper loading or overloading the truck
  • Acceleration, braking, and visibility
  • Underinflated tires

The everyday driving public does not stand a chance when they are involved in an accident with a big tractor-trailer truck that weighs anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. When trucking companies violate safety rules, it is the people in the community who suffer.

When Big Truck Accidents Happen

Trucking companies spring into action immediately after a truck is involved in a crash. They are not looking to learn from what happened or use the crash as a teaching tool to make their trucks safer. No, their sole goal is to strengthen their case and weaken your as much as possible. They want you to receive minimal compensation for your injuries, even if they know their negligence was the cause of the accident and your injuries.

Truck Accident Cases are Different

Truck accident cases and the typical car accident case are as different as they can possibly be. There is much more that your lawyer needs to know about a truck accident case than most car crash cases. For example, truck cases may involve issues with falsified log books, delivery deadlines and pressure from corporate headquarters to deliver their produce on a tight schedule. All of this needs to be investigated and acted on quickly.

Truck Accidents cases are vastly different from your typical car accident case. The stakes are far higher and there are numerous complex issues that need to be considered and investigated. For example, these are just a few of the issues we investigate:

Damages in Legal Cases Involving Big Trucks in Missouri

Whether the legal case involves serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a family member, an injured party may be able to pursue compensation for various kinds of damages, including:

  • Pain and suffering for the injuries you suffered
  • Pain and suffering for your family member if they died as a result of the crash
  • Loss of limbs
  • Permanent injuries or disabilities such as paralysis or brain damage
  • Lost wages from work missed as a result of the accident
  • Loss of earning capacity if injuries from the crash result of your inability to continue to work
  • Medical bills related to injuries suffered in the crash
  • Future medical bills for medical procedures needed in the future for injuries directly related to the accident
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Property damages

Whether the legal case involves serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a family member, an injured party may be able to pursue compensation for various kinds of damages, including:

Terry Law Firm takes on all types of personal injury and nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis.
We do not charge fees upfront, and the only compensation Terry Law will receive comes from your winning settlement. If we don’t win your case, no fee is assessed.
Terry Law Firm’s promise is that if you leave a detailed message, someone in our office will return your call by the end of the next business day.  I hate it when people don’t return calls, so I won’t do that to you.

Why Choose The Terry Law Firm?

If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash with a commercial truck, delivery truck or large semi-truck, you want to work with a law firm who knows what they are doing and is compassionate in what you are experiencing. The Terry Law Firm has both. We will work hard to hold the trucking company, truck driver, insurance company and any other liable party responsible for your injuries and the losses you suffer. Whether your accident happened in St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Springfield, Joplin, or anywhere in between you can consult with the Terry Law Firm to help
you in your legal case.

There are different safety rules that apply to accidents involving commercial trucks. Trucks are governed by federal regulatory rules that can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Lawsuits involving tractor-trailer trucks and other large commercial trucks require a working knowledge of the regulatory rules. A lawyer who does not have that working knowledge is not going to be able to adequately represent your interests when it comes to obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries. The Terry Law Firm has that knowledge and will use that knowledge while aggressively pursuing your legal case and your interests.

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The Terry Law Firm helps individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injuries, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse and neglect all over Missouri. We have handled cases from St. Louis to Kansas City to Springfield to Hannibal and many points in between. Whether you have suffered a car crash in Cape Girardeau or Joplin or a loved one has suffered wrongful death due to nursing home abuse or neglect in Cuba, St. Charles or Independence, we can help.

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