St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers

St. Louis Missouri Trucking Accident LawyerOur St. Louis truck accident lawyers specialize in commercial accident cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Large truck and semi truck accidents are devastating. Their sheer size and weight destroys small vehicles and people in the way. People are hurt and killed by irresponsible truck drivers and companies every day.

Our 18 wheeler accident personal injury lawyers have obtained millions of dollars in truck accident settlements in verdicts. Our lawyers are often brought in by other personal injury lawyers because of our expertise. We have worked on almost every type of commercial vehicle crash, including:

  • Over-hours violations;
  • Semi trailer truck accidents;
  • Fatigued driving;
  • Drinking and driving;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs;
  • Negligent loading and securement;
  • Bumper under-ride cases;
  • Rear-end crashes;
  • Drivers who falsify medical information to DOT examiners;
  • Cross-over crashes;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Nighttime accidents;
  • Retroreflective tape violations;
  • Truck stop accidents with pedestrians;
  • Inadequate truck driver training;
  • Truck accident wrongful death;
  • Failure to supervise drivers; and
  • Violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations (49 CFR 383-399)

Why do you need a St. Louis Mo truck accident lawyer?

Semi truck accidents are not your run of the mill car crash. The moment you are involved in a semi-truck accident the motor carrier knows about it. Big semi trucks are equipped with monitoring devices that can detect crashes in real time. Additionally, truck drivers are required to immediately report any car crash. Once a carrier knows about a crash, it calls the insurance carrier. The insurance adjuster immediately hires a defense lawyer. The defense lawyer then hires a crisis response team to begin an investigation. This is all designed to avoid liability and deny your claim. Often, their investigators will be on-scene before the roadway is reopened. From the very moment a truck crash happens, people who have in interest in avoiding responsibility begin working against you. When lay injured in a hospital room or plan a funeral for a loved one, who is ensuring your rights are protected?

An aggressive and experienced truck accident attorney will assemble a team of experts . Our attorneys realize sensitive evidence can easily get “misplaced” or “lost” by trucking companies. In fact, there are laws that dictate how long some of this information must be kept. Without an experienced Missouri truck accident attorney on your side, you may never get this evidence, which could make or break your case.

What is a semi?

A semi is an abbreviation of “semi-trailer.” A tractor is the power unit that pulls various types of trailers. When a tractor operates with out a trailer, it is called “bobtail.” The most common type of trailer is a box trailer, or semi. The term “tractor-trailer” refers to a tractor that is attached to a trailer. Our semi truck accident lawyers handle both bobtail accident cases and semi-trailer accidents.

What qualifies as a commercial motor vehicle?

Our clients are sometimes surprised as to what vehicles qualify as a commercial motor vehicle and are therefore regulated under the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Commercial motor vehicles can include:

  • school buses;
  • garbage trucks;
  • cargo carrying vehicles;
  • most Fed-Ex trucks;
  • most UPS vehicles;
  • most
  • delivery vans;
  • straight trucks;
  • passenger trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 10,000 lbs;
  • passenger and tour buses;
  • medical transport vehicles;
  • construction vehicles; and
  • emergency service vehicles

Each truck accident must be investigated on its own merits. Not all trucks qualify as “commercial motor vehicles” under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Most attorneys do not realize there are two different definition of “commercial motor vehicle” under this regulatory framework. This means some safety regulations are only applicable to some vehicles. Others must abide by all regulations. We know the difference.

Federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSRs) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Because of the dangers tractor trailer crashes pose, there are numerous rules and regulations for truck drivers and companies to abide by. In fact, the opening sentence of these regulations states “[t]he purpose of this part is to help reduce or prevent truck and bus accidents, fatalities, and injuries…” These safety regulations are codified in law at 49 CFR 390 through 49 CFR 399. Almost every single truck accident is caused by the violation of one or more of these rules. We know these rules inside and out and often establish compelling liability cases against carriers for violating these rules.

What do the FMCSRs regulate?

  1. Who can have a commercial drivers license (CDL);
  2. Disqualifying medical conditions for drivers;
  3. Mandates periodic medical examinations for drivers;
  4. Requires employer training and testing of drivers;
  5. All interstate passenger carrying vehicles;
  6.  Commercial motor vehicle leasing;
  7. Maintenance;
  8. The preservation of certain records;
  9. Alcohol and Drug testing of drivers (routine, reasonable suspicion and post-accident);
  10. Sets minimum insurance limits for trucking companies;
  11. The Hours of Service (HOS) that a driver can be on duty;
  12. Rules for nighttime driving;
  13. Post-accident procedures; and
  14. Mandates certain safety equipment, etc.

Truck crashes are usually the result of safety rules being broken

Unfortunately, some trucking companies do not follow these rules and regulations. As a result, neither do their drivers. Both trucking companies and their drivers can let the economic pressure of delivering loads quickly take precedence over safety. All too often, this results in a horrible crash with severe injuries or fatalities.  A review of Missouri personal injury lawsuits involving large commercial trucks reveals truckers operate far too frequently when drivers are fatigued or drive in excess of the limits permitted by law. Many times, truckers operate their vehicles without sufficient training or experience. Drivers overload their tractor trailers. Sometimes drivers operate poorly maintained vehicles without required safety equipment.

Our truck accident injury attorneys’ experience

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After a tractor trailer accident, you must ensure your lawyer has the experience and capability to fully investigate the crash. The Bradley Law Firm has personally handled numerous cases where the people investigating the crash incorrectly determined fault. Further investigation by our lawyers, in conjunction with our experts, revealed numerous regulatory violations, forcing the truck companies to pay settlements in excess of $1 million.

We have a team of consultants who can be on any truck crash in the continental 48 states within 24 hours. Truck accident investigation involves an in-depth evaluation of the regulations and the truck drivers’ violations of those regulations. Often, a truck accident is caused by a violations of one or more of these laws. The true cause of a truck crash is not always apparent and is only revealed after a skilled truck accident lawyer demands the trucking company turn over internal documents.

Free consultations

We will meet with you and your family and provide a free legal consultation. Our St. Louis Missouri truck accident lawyers will explain the process of investigating the crash. You can rest assured we will be fighting for you. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients in serious truck accidents. Many of those people have left Google reviews for us online. Some have offered to speak with new clients about their experience and we will provide you with those references.

Our truck wreck lawyers know the industry, the trucking laws, and trucking accidents inside and out. Our law firm handles complex truck accident cases and has recovered millions of dollars for victims from trucking insurance companies.

No fee unless we win

Once an attorney-client relationship is formed, we will begin working on your truck accident case. We never ask you to pay and attorneys’ fee or the costs associated with your case. We only get paid if we collect money from a negligent trucker or truck company.

Contact us today and speak to an experienced St. Louis truck accident attorney about your case.

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Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients. Below are some of our recent personal injury case results.

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$4M Wrongful Death
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$2M Wrongful Death Trucking Crash
$2M Wrongful Death Tractor Trailer
$1.7M Van Crash
$1M Truck Crash
$1M 18-Wheeler Wreck
$321K Auto Crash
$300K Motorcycle Wreck
$300K SUV Wreck
$225K Truck Crash


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