Missouri Truck Accidents
Tractor-trailers and other large trucks undoubtedly serve an important purpose in today’s society. With nearly five million semi-trucks alone on the road, these vehicles transport nearly 70 percent of all freight in the United States and travel a combined nearly 450 billion miles each year.
However, large trucks are involved in an estimated 500,000 accidents each year, and approximately one out of every 9 traffic deaths is due to a crash involving a commercial truck. In 98% of these cases, the driver of a passenger vehicle involved in the crash is the one who is killed. A commercial truck can weight over 80,000 pounds, compared to the average passenger vehicle weight of 3,000 pounds – and this vast difference in size can result in devastating consequences for those involved in an accident with a big-rig or other large commercial truck.
Several factors can contribute to truck accidents. Although trucking companies are required to comply with federal regulations regarding driving time, truck maintenance, and load restrictions, the truth is that many truck accidents still do occur due to things like overworked drivers and improperly maintained vehicles. If a trucking company or truck driver doesn’t comply with these regulations, or displays otherwise negligent or reckless behavior, this could be grounds for a civil lawsuit.
If you’re involved in a truck accident in Missouri it’s important to contact an attorney who has knowledge of the intricacies of the trucking industry, including the current federal regulations. Attorneys with specific experience handling truck accidents have resources available that can help prove unlawful or negligent behavior on the part of the trucking company or truck driver. It may be necessary to hire an accident reconstructionist or trucking industry expert to help prove your case. The large majority of truck accident cases end in settlement and a truck accident attorney can take steps to ensure that you end up with the full compensation to which you’re entitled. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, St. Louis personal injury attorney Christopher Dixon may be able to help. Call 314.409.7060 or toll-free at 855-402-7274 to schedule a free consultation.