Truck accidents result in high costs to society. Blind spot, rollover and jackknife accidents negatively impact thousands of truck drivers and car drivers every year. A single large truck can be responsible for causing a pile-up crash that involves numerous vehicles and causes fatalities. The typical truck weighs over 100,000 pounds, and this weight makes it virtually impossible for a driver to walk away from an accident without injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 380,000 large truck traffic accidents in the U.S. with 4,229 fatalities.
Car drivers should be aware of how truck accidents are typically handled in the event that they are ever involved in one. Commercial trucking companies frequently have numerous resources at their disposal, so they are able to thoroughly investigate a trucking accident. The problem with this is that a trucking company may know how to evade responsibility and hire trained investigators who record their own perceptions of the accident with the sole purpose to minimize the trucking company’s liability. The investigators may have unlimited time to interview witnesses on the accident scene and also take photos. This fact gathering process may be used to provide a foundation for the trucking company’s own case before trial or settlement negotiations begin.
After the trucking accident occurs, it is in your best interest to get medical help, call the police and also speak with a truck accident attorney. Our St. Louis truck accident lawyers can assess your case and may also help you prepare for a call to your insurance company. An adjuster from your insurance company may question you about the accident and may also try to get you to admit liability. The S.E. Farris Law Firm knows that an insurance company does this so that it does not have to pay extensive compensation to a victim and we are here to help you with your claim.
Dealing with a Truck Accident in St. Louis
By getting the medical help you need after a truck accident, you can make sure that your injuries are clearly documented in a medical report. You will not be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffer or medical expenses if you do not have a record of your injuries. When you visit a doctor or the emergency room after a truck accident, make sure you discuss your injuries in-depth. Review the notes taken by the doctor to make sure that your injuries have been recorded. You can never be too prepared for dealing with the negotiation process or going to trial.
Hire a St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Now
Your attorney will begin gathering all facts right after the accident that can counter the facts assembled by a commercial trucking company’s investigator. You only have a limited period of time to file your legal claim after a truck accident. Make sure that you do not miss out on your right to assert your legal claim in court. Our St Louis truck accident attorneys will help vindicate your legal rights.
If you have been involved in a truck accident and have been injured, speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact The S.E. Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) for a free consultation.
Click here for tractor-trailer safety training resources provided by the Texas Department of Insurance.
“After I was hit by a truck, I hired a lawyer to handle my case, but I never knew what was going on. I was unhappy at how things were going. I knew of discount lawyers through my union, but one of buddies referred me to his attorney at The Farris Law Firm. I was so pleased with how my case went that when my wife was injured at work we knew who would give us the attention and help we needed.” – Mike
You should file a truck accident claim, even if you don’t think you should, and take these steps at the time of the accident:
- Call 911.
- Take photos of all vehicles involved and the entire accident scene.
- Take the full contact information of witnesses.
- Identify the drivers and their insurance information.
- Speak to a St. Louis truck accident lawyer before any insurance company.
- Seek medical attention.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a truck accident lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri.
Phone: 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937)
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