Squeeze Play Accidents
When it comes to operating a large semi or tractor-trailer, significant training and education are involved. This is why many state and federal laws are designed to require drivers to undergo specific certification requirements before they can operate these massive and heavy vehicles on the roadways. There are many types of accidents that can result if a truck driver is not careful, including a squeeze play accident. In general, this type of accident happens when a large truck squeezes a vehicle between the truck and a curb while the truck is making a turn. This is similar to a side-impact collision and can leave a victim with serious injuries resulting from being crushed by the large semi. Columbia truck accident lawyer Matt Uhrig has handled many personal injury claims on behalf of Missouri residents, and our team is standing by to help pursue the settlement or judgment that you deserve.Asserting Your Right to Damages from a Careless Truck Driver or Trucking Company
If you were harmed in a squeeze play accident, you can bring a negligence claim against the driver of the truck that hit you and often the company that employs the driver. Missouri recognizes a concept called vicarious liability that holds employers responsible for the tortious acts that their employees commit during the course and scope of employment. Also, you may have an independent cause of action against the trucking company if you can show that the trucking company failed to use due care in screening and hiring the driver.
In the negligence lawsuit against the truck driver, you will need to show that he or she failed to use due care when operating the truck and that this caused you to suffer damages. Just like other drivers, truck drivers are required to drive with a certain degree of skill and attention, while complying with traffic rules as well as state and federal trucking regulations. Many squeeze play accidents occur when commercial drivers fail to be aware of their surroundings and the location of other motorists. Some truck drivers are in a rush to get to their next destination, or the driver may be fatigued from spending too many consecutive hours behind the wheel. Other common causes of squeeze play accidents include intoxicated driving and distracted driving.
Once your injury attorney establishes that the truck driver or trucking company failed to use due care, you must prove that this caused your injuries. If the truck driver or trucking company can show that some other factor was a substantial cause of your injuries, you may be barred from recovering compensation. This can include evidence that the plaintiff acted negligently at the time of the crash as well and that the plaintiff’s negligence contributed to his or her injuries.
If you establish this causal link, the lawsuit will focus on determining the amount of compensation that the plaintiff is entitled to receive from the defendant. You can claim a wide variety of damages in a truck accident case, including past, present, and future estimated medical costs. Truck accidents can result in devastating injuries, such as brain injuries, amputations, broken bones, and even fatalities. Some of these injuries may leave you permanently disabled and unable to go about your regular life and occupation. A dedicated and experienced trucking accident lawyer can help you quantify your damages and ensure that you request the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.Meet with a Knowledgeable Trucking Accident Attorney in the Columbia Area
Truck accidents are terrifying and often deadly. Whether you are coping with minor injuries or facing a permanent disruption to your life, you deserve compassionate and dedicated legal counsel to help you understand your rights. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our seasoned team of legal professionals is here to support you throughout this entire process, from investigating your claim to asserting your rights against insurance companies. We represent individuals and families throughout Missouri, including in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Ashland, and we offer a free consultation to discuss your potential case. Call us now at 573-657-2050 or contact us online.