JEFFERSON CITY ATTORNEY HELPING TRUCK ACCIDENT VICTIMS
A fully loaded tractor-trailer driving down a Missouri road can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. At highway speeds, these trucks can cause catastrophic accidents that may seriously injure or kill others. If you were involved in an accident with a semi-trailer or commercial vehicle caused by a trucker or trucking company’s negligence, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable. The Jefferson City truck accident attorneys of the Law Office of Matt Uhrig have the experience you need to seek compensation from a negligent trucking company.
PURSUE COMPENSATION WITH A MISSOURI NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 9.2 percent of all accidents in Missouri in 2011 involved a commercial vehicle. These accidents took a disproportionate share of lives, for 15.2 percent of all fatal crashes included at least one commercial vehicle. In total, more than 3,400 people were injured in commercial vehicle accidents in 2011.
People hurt in an accident with a semi-trailer or other commercial vehicle have the right to file a negligence lawsuit against the entity responsible for the accident. Most of the time, trucking companies are liable for the actions of their employees, so the trucking company is named as the defendant. An employer may be held indirectly liable for the careless actions of any employee who was acting within the scope and course of employment.
A negligence lawsuit has four parts that an accident victim must prove to prevail. First, the defendant must have owed the plaintiff a duty of reasonable care. Second, the defendant must have breached that duty. The victim also must have sustained injuries caused by the defendant’s careless actions, and those injuries must have resulted in damages. These can include objective, economic types of harm, such as medical expenses and lost wages, but they also extend to subjective, non-economic types of harm, such as pain and suffering.
Truck drivers and their employers both owe a duty of reasonable care to others using the roads. A truck driver who drives in a fatigued condition, speeds, or follows another vehicle too closely has breached this duty. Similarly, a trucking company that overloads its trucks or skips important truck maintenance has breached this duty. If behavior that breaches the duty causes an accident that hurts another person, the victim may have a valid claim against the truck driver and usually the trucking company.
It is important for you to have an experienced attorney on your side from the first moment possible after a truck crash. Trucking companies are notorious for failing to offer a fair settlement agreement to the people whom they have injured. In addition, many trucking companies have accident “protocols” in which, immediately after an accident, the truck driver is debriefed, electronic records are cleared from memory, and GPS devices are reset, thereby erasing important evidence that could incriminate the trucking company. An experienced attorney will work quickly to request and attempt to preserve important evidence.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR COLUMBIA TRUCK CRASHES
If you have been injured in a truck crash, don’t speak to the trucking company or insurance company investigators. Columbia truck accident lawyer Matt Uhrig can help you explore your legal options and protect your rights. The Law Office of Matt Uhrig has significant experience standing up to trucking companies and insurance companies for clients in Jefferson City, Ashland, Columbia, and throughout Missouri. To see if we can help you, call (573) 657-2050 or visit our contact page to set up a free initial consultation.