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Nationwide Truck Accident Injury Lawyers

If you have been involved in a truck accident, our Missouri accident injury attorneys have decades of experience handling truck and tractor trailer cases throughout Missouri and Illinois. We have worked on almost every type of tractor-trailer crash, including:

  • Over-hours violations
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving while under the influence of medicine or intoxicants
  • Negligent loading and securement
  • Bumper under-ride cases
  • Rear-end Crashes
  • Cross-over Crashes
  • Truck stop accidents with pedestrians
  • Inadequate truck driver training

Tractor Trailer Accidents and Laws Are Complex

One out of every eight crashes in Missouri involves a truck or tractor trailer. Accidents involving these vehicles can be catastrophic because of their sheer size and weight in comparison to the traditional passenger vehicles. People can sustain very serious injuries or die in these crashes.

Truck accidents are not like other traffic accidents or car crashes, and should not be treated as such. If you are hit by a semi-truck, you need a a competent Missouri truck accident lawyer to assess the circumstances of your crash and determine what investigation is required. We have a team of consultants who can be on any truck crash in the continental 48 states within 24 hours, and usually sooner.

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. However, 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.

Because trucking laws are so detailed, truck accident investigations require careful attention to whether the trucking company and its driver-operators have complied with all rules and regulations. For example, large truck companies are only required to preserve evidence for a short period of time. After this period has expired, this information can be lost forever.

When most people think of large trucks, they think of semis and tractor trailers, such as those manufactured by Freightliner, Kenworth, or Mack. However, large trucks can also be:

  • school buses
  • garbage trucks
  • delivery trucks
  • passenger and tour buses
  • medical transport vehicles
  • construction vehicles
  • emergency service vehicles

If you are involved in a large truck accident in St. Louis or anywhere in Missouri, you need to work with an experienced Missouri accident attorney, who will work for your interests, follow through, handle your case properly, and ensure immediate action is taken.

Motor Carrier Regulations for Commercial Vehicles

The regulations governing interstate transportation are extremely detailed, and address a broad spectrum of safety matters, including:

  • the physical aspects of the vehicles themselves, such as how they must be maintained
  • what sort of braking systems and back-up braking systems must be installed and maintained
  • the mandatory installation of rear impact guards
  • how loads must be tied down
  • special rules related to the carriage of hazardous materials

Additionally, there are regulations that govern the operation of large commercial vehicles, such as:

  • licensing requirements for drivers
  • limits on hours of operation
  • when operators must submit to inspection
  • when drivers are not permitted to operate vehicles

The federal government is constantly revising these regulations to keep current with new safety technologies and new concerns. For example, the regulations were recently modified to prohibit all truck drivers from texting while driving.

Interstate vs. Intrastate Motor Carrier Laws

Often, defense lawyers representing the trucking industry will argue interstate regulations do not apply to intrastate motor carriers, or even interstate carriers who are on an intrastate delivery. This is wrong and unfortunately many lawyers who do not specialize in commercial truck cases fall for this false conclusion.

Truck Crashes Are Often The Result of Bad Companies Breaking Safety Rules

Unfortunately, some trucking companies do not follow these rules and regulations and do not require their drivers to follow these regulations. Both trucking company employers and their trucker employees can let the economic pressure of delivering loads quickly impel them to make poor judgments about when it is safe to operate their vehicles. All too often, the unfortunate result of this bad judgment is a deadly truck accident.

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, overload their tractor trailers, or operate poorly maintained vehicles or without required safety equipment.

Our Missouri Truck Accident Injury Lawyers Have The Experience And Skill to Help You

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 Highway Patrol incorrectly determined the truck was not at fault.

Further investigation by our lawyers, in conjunction with our experts, revealed numerous regulation violations, forcing the truck companies to pay settlements in excess of $1 million.

Ask for our References

We will gladly provide you with more than one reference to past clients who were initially told the crash was not the truck driver’s fault. After our investigation, the truck companies paid 7-figure settlements.

The attorneys at the Bradley Law Firm know the trucking 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.

We hold truck drivers and their employers responsible for carelessness and willful disregard for the safety of other drivers. When Missouri truck drivers and their employers break any of the many rules and regulations designed to make Missouri’s roadways safe, our attorneys will do everything in their power to ensure victims not only recover damages related to medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering, but, if necessary, punitive damages as well.

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

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