A commercial truck accident is likely to be more catastrophic than an accident between two passenger cars. A fully loaded truck can weigh 25 times that of a typical car. Due to this drastic weight difference and the laws of physics, serious or even fatal injuries are common when a commercial truck collides with another vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you or your family may be entitled to financial compensation. However, you will need an attorney with special experience. Trucking accident cases are different than any other automobile or vehicular accident case. Frequently, different laws and regulations apply to trucking companies that ordinary automobile accident attorneys may not have the expertise to understand. A good truck accident attorney will have knowledge of the law and the experience to make sure that all liable parties are named as defendants in your lawsuit. In addition, they will have an ongoing relationship with the unique experts needed to prove negligence and reconstruct the scene of the accident and the ability to obtain all the documents that apply to your trucking accident case.
At Monsees & Mayer P.C. we have the experience, knowledge and the experts to handle even the most complicated of truck accident cases.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident on I70, I80, I35, I44, I29, I55, US71, US65, US75, US36, or on any other road or highway in the Midwest or nationwide, contact the truck accident lawyers at Monsees & Mayer P.C. We’ll meet with you, in a place most convenient for you, to discuss your injuries and circumstances surrounding your accident.
Who Is Responsible For Your Injuries?
When handling a truck accident lawsuit, an attorney must find all parties who may be held liable for the accident. The obvious chose is the driver, but you may also have a claim against:
- Truck Manufacturers
- Insurance Companies
- Government Entities
- Trucking Companies
- Maintenance Providers
Causes of Truck accidents
Some truck accidents are caused by bad decisions on the part of drivers, which include inattentiveness, distraction and carelessness. Truck drivers wield tremendous power with huge vehicles and tremendous loads that can harm other vehicles in their paths. Truck driver negligence causes thousands of accidents per year in the United States
Common forms of truck driver negligence include:
- Aggressive Driving – Drivers may speed, change lanes without signaling or follow too closely behind other vehicles, along with other dangerous activities in an effort to meet a deadline.
- Lack of Training – Drivers may take a load for which they are not properly trained for, such as hauling more than one trailer. Harsh weather can also make driving more difficult if a driver is not used to driving in similar conditions
- Distracted Driving – Texting or talking on the phone while driving are big culprits in truck driving accidents just like any other type of motor vehicle accident.
- Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can obviously lead to a multitude of problems including accidents.
- Driver Fatigue – Drivers who skip their federally required sleep breaks or falsify driver logs to exceed permitted driving hours to meet a deadline.
When truck driver negligence causes an injury accident, both the driver and the trucking company can be held liable. This is especially true if the driver’s negligence is attributable to pressure from the company to deliver on time. Trucking companies are heavily regulated by federal and state authorities. These laws are imposed to protect innocent drivers and include standards on truck maintenance, driver training, truck inspections and employment.
Forms of Truck Company Negligence
- Improper vehicle maintenance and repair – It is the job of not only the driver but the trucking company to make sure the commercial truck is kept in good operating condition. See Trucking Accident Neglect That Can Lead to Accidents.
- Inadequate record keeping regarding the safety of a vehicle
- Scheduling drivers on trips that exceed federal sleep regulations or allowing drivers continue driving while fatigued — generally past the legal limit on hours of driving per day
- Failure to make sure trucks are loaded properly, balanced and that their cargo is secured
- Violation of trucking regulations and failure to discipline drivers for safety violations
- The hiring or continued employment of dangerous or unqualified drivers
- Neglecting to provide safety devices such as rear underride protection that could prevent serious injuries
Holding Negligent Drivers and Trucking Companies Accountable
Our attorneys are experienced in investigating and litigating accident cases that stem from the irresponsibility of trucking companies and their drivers. We have helped many injured clients and their families recover maximum financial compensation with regard to:
- Medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages related to the injury
- Damage to and loss of property
- Pain and suffering
- Paralysis, quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Wrongful death, funeral costs, and difficulties and expenses related to the loss of loved one
Truck accident cases can be complicated. As your attorneys, we can customize our approach to your case based on the facts. At Monsees & Mayer, P.C., we are trial lawyers who have won many difficult truck accident cases. We are thorough and tough on drivers, their trucking companies and their insurance companies that attempt to deny and minimize our clients’ claims.
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Monsees & Mayer P.C. has many years of trial lawyer experience effectively representing injured people with claims against the major trucking companies and their insurance companies. Our reputation for zealously standing up for our clients’ rights has gained us a reputation throughout the Midwest as outstanding trucking accident lawyers. Contact us for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have experience handling the issues behind many of your questions. Let us put your mind at ease by answering these and other questions for you.