Dump Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks are some of the most devastating crashes that occur on Missouri roads. Although trucks provide critical services for our society and businesses, if drivers fail to use reasonable care when operating these vehicles, or trucking companies fail to conduct routine inspections or to hire competent and capable drivers, innocent motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists often suffer injuries that may be fatal or permanent. Some of the most common trucks to be involved in these types of accidents are dump trucks. These vehicles are often operated by overworked drivers who are in a hurry to meet deadlines. Columbia truck accident lawyer Matt Uhrig proudly serves Missouri victims who have been hurt in a dump truck accident, seeking compensation for severe injuries.Assert Your Rights Against a Dump Truck Driver or Their Employer
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that there are at least half a million truck accidents each year, including 5,000 fatalities associated with truck accidents. Dump trucks are commonly used to haul materials and goods from construction sites or to garbage dump sites. They may carry extremely heavy loads of material, and in many cases, the driver has a number of appointments that they must reach each day. Because of these risks, dump trucks are subject to a broad number of state and federal regulations, many of which are much stricter than the basic traffic laws that apply to standard vehicles and motorists.
If you have been injured in a dump truck accident, you may bring a negligence lawsuit to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. A negligence lawsuit has four elements that the plaintiff must prove: duty, breach, causation, and damages. The first element involves showing that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with a certain level of care. When it comes to the roadway, each driver must use the same level of care and skill that a reasonable and prudent person would use when faced with a similar circumstance. This includes obeying all traffic laws, refraining from distracted driving activities, and refraining from intoxicated driving, among other things.
The second element requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant failed to act according to that standard of care when operating, inspecting, or maintaining the vehicle, or when hiring someone to operate the vehicle. Any evidence suggesting that the driver was intoxicated, texting, talking on the phone, or violating traffic laws would tend to show that the defendant was negligent.
The third element in a negligence lawsuit is causation. This element requires the plaintiff to show that they would not have suffered injuries but for the defendant’s failure to act with due care. If the defendant can prove that some other factor was the substantial cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, they will not be required to provide the plaintiff with compensation, even if the defendant was negligent.
Finally, the plaintiff will need to offer evidence justifying the amount of compensation that they are claiming. There are several categories of damages that a plaintiff may seek, including medical expenses. Ambulance fees, surgeries, hospitalizations, medications, and physical therapy are all compensable expenses, provided that they were results of the accident. Any lost wages or reduced earning capacity may also be recovered in the lawsuit, along with pain and suffering damages and compensation reflecting a reduced quality of life. In many cases, injuries resulting from truck accidents may be devastating, including broken bones, brain trauma, and paralysis. A life care planner can help a plaintiff estimate the lifelong costs of these injuries, including ongoing medical treatment and reduced earning capacity.Discuss Your Options with a Columbia Attorney Following a Dump Truck Accident
At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we take pride in representing accident victims with the compassionate, diligent, and personalized legal counsel that they deserve. Navigating the legal process may be daunting, particularly if this is your first experience with it. Columbia lawyer Matt Uhrig can guide you through each step of the litigation, including gathering evidence, identifying witnesses and all of the potentially liable defendants, negotiating with insurance companies, and bringing a claim. We offer a free consultation and serve victims throughout Missouri, including in Jefferson City, Ashland, and Columbia. Call us at 573-657-2050 or contact us online to set up your appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer.