When fully loaded, most large trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds. For the most part, vehicle restraint and safety systems were designed to withstand vehicle-on-vehicle accidents. Truck crashes produce so much force that these systems cannot possibly absorb it all.
Truck accidents do not just cause catastrophic injuries. These claims are quite complex. Insurance company lawyers often take advantage of this complexity to drag things out. So, you need an aggressive St. Louis truck accident lawyer to handle your claim. Otherwise, the insurance company might run roughshod over your legal and financial rights.
Truck Driver Duty of Care
All negligence claims begin with a legal duty. Truck drivers have a much higher duty of care than noncommercial motorists. Therefore, it is easier to prove negligence or a lack of care.
Following distance is a good example. Noncommercial operators fulfill their duty of care in this area if they keep two seconds between their vehicles and the ones in front of them. But, mostly due to the aforementioned size of these vehicles, truckers must stay at least four seconds behind the vehicle in front of them.
Truckers who follow too closely do not have enough time to react to changing situations, like a car that makes an unsafe lane change. Distraction and fatigue also cause a number of truck accidents in Missouri. The same higher duty of care applies in these situations.
Truck Accident Liability Issues
Legal duty is not the only major feature of truck crash claims. These accidents usually involve vicarious liability. According to the respondeat superior rule, employers are financially responsible for damages if their employees are negligent.
Most truck drivers are owner-operators or independent contractors for most purposes. But since the trucking company controls these drivers, they are employees for negligence purposes.
Damages in a truck accident claim usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Truck accidents often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer in St. Louis, contact Schultz & Myers, Personal Injury Lawyers. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.
Truck Accident Lawsuit FAQs
Why are there so many trucks in Missouri?
Every item available for sale in St. Louis probably spent some time on a large truck.
How much money can I get after a truck accident?
A lawsuit’s “sticker price” is usually the economic losses multiplied by two or three. The subsequent settlement negotiations always involve some give and take.
Why does it take so long to settle a truck accident case?
Because of the serious injuries these wrecks cause, it is difficult to determine a reasonable amount of money for future medical expenses.