The Gartner Law Firm
Truck Accidents in Missouri
You are not alone. The latest data available from the Missouri Department of Transportation shows that there were 377 fatalities and 1,171 serious injuries state-wide caused by an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle between 2015 and 2017.
In 2018, 129 out of the 921 fatalities on Missouri roads involved a large truck and 3 of these fatal accidents happened in St. Charles County, Missouri, according to data made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Our team at the Gartner Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience ensuring that victims of 18-wheeler and semi-truck accidents obtain the compensation they deserve in the St. Charles and St. Peters, Missouri areas. We understand that a truck accident can have serious repercussions, both from a physical and a financial point of view.
Who Is Held Responsible?
Various parties can be held liable and more than one party can be at fault depending on the circumstances of the accident. This can be the truck driver himself, the trucking company that employs the driver or the truck manufacturer. We will help you determine who is responsible.
Your First Steps After a Truck Accident
As the victim, you may be dealing with severe physical injuries, pain, loss of income, and scary hospital bills. At this point in time, contacting a lawyer may not be your priority. However, the earlier we get involved the better, as it is crucial that we ensure that your medical costs are well documented and that appropriate evidence is retained.
If You’re Seeking Out an Attorney on Behalf of Your Loved One
We will do all that is in our power to ensure that the parties responsible are held liable for their conduct and seek financial compensation on your loved one’s behalf so that you can provide them with the care and support that they need. If you have tragically lost a family member to such an accident, we can help you bring forward a wrongful death case. While this will not bring back your loved one, it may ease the financial burden on your family.
Why Should You Hire a Missouri Attorney?
The laws surrounding trucking are complicated and, following an accident, it is often you and your family against the trucking company, their insurance provider, and their lawyers. You need to be able to rely on a lawyer that can guide you throughout the process and go above and beyond to make this difficult situation more bearable.
We strive to reach an amicable settlement and fair compensation from the liable parties but we are experienced litigators and will not hesitate to take your case to trial to ensure that you receive adequate financial compensation. Here is how we can help:
As soon as you call us, we will jump into action and get involved in the ongoing investigation, making sure that no stones are left unturned and that the appropriate police report is filed. We are familiar with applicable trucking regulations such as the Missouri State Statutes and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which applies to trucks carrying loads interstate.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
When faced with such a traumatic event, it may seem appealing to accept a settlement offered by an insurance company and to simply walk away. However, the trucking company insurer’s goal is to limit its financial liability; victims of a trucking accident may be entitled to additional financial compensation and are often not to blame for what happened. We can make sure that your rights are protected.
Ensuring That Negligent Parties are Held Accountable
Maybe the truck driver had been driving for more than 11 hours over a 14 hour period, without the mandatory regulatory 10 hour time off between shifts. Or maybe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Perhaps the accident was the result of an unsafe load. The trucking company may not have carried out its mandatory periodic inspection of the truck.
In any case, we will determine which party was negligent and ensure that they are held accountable for the pain and suffering that they have caused to you or your loved one.
Securing Appropriate Compensation
If you are the victim of a trucking accident in Missouri, our goal is to ensure that you receive reasonable compensation for your damages. If you lost a family member to a trucking accident, we can help you seek compensation for their wrongful death.
Compensation can include recouping expenses such as medical bills and lost wages, but also expenses that may seem less tangible right after the accident such as loss of earning capacity, ongoing rehabilitation costs, and damages for pain and suffering. We will do the appropriate calculations on your behalf and consider every factor that could affect the amount of your potential compensation.
Trucking accidents require appropriate legal representation
We know how difficult and scary dealing with the aftermath of a trucking accident can be. If you’re involved in a trucking accident, we can help you fight for just compensation on you or your loved one’s behalf.
Gartner Law Firm has more than 40 years of personal injury law experience representing people just like you in St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Louis and St. Charles County areas.
Call us today for your free consultation: 636-337-3074.
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