Missouri and Kansas Truck Wreck Lawyer
Online shopping is at an all-time high, which has created a drastic increase in shipping. Because of this, the trucking industry is on the rise. At the same time, government regulations in this industry have increased, placing tighter restrictions on those who earn their living through the trucking industry.
All of this has led to an increase in overworked truck drivers on the roads. Current statistics show that there are as many as 500,000 truck wrecks per year in the U.S., causing serious injuries and even wrongful death. Because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, these accidents result in more devastating damage and injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck wreck, contact our office for guidance. You need to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Common Causes of Truck Wrecks
Large trucks have limited visibility and are not as reactive as a regular vehicle. Causes for truck wrecks are many, but commonly seen causes include:
- Driver Inattention
- Driver Fatigue
- Tire Blow Out
- Mechanical Failure
- Driving Under the Influence
Commonly Injuries from Truck Wrecks
Semi-trucks can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Injuries that are sustained as a result of a truck wreck are generally more serious than with a car wreck. Injuries commonly seen in truck wreck accidents include:
- Broken Bones
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Wrongful Death
What to Do If You Have Been in a Truck Wreck
If you have been in a truck wreck, it is important to first assess if you or others are injured. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911 immediately. Even if you don’t think you are hurt, it is important to get checked out by a doctor. After a wreck, you may be in shock or you may have high amounts of adrenaline pumping through your system. You may not be fully aware of your injuries. Pain from an injury often arises hours or days later.
Exchange basic contact and insurance information with the other parties involved. It is important to be cooperative and polite, but it isn’t necessary to answer any questions about your injuries or discuss fault.
You will likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster, who may make you a settlement offer. It is important to not accept any offers prior to contacting our office for advice. Insurance companies are interested in settling the case as quickly and cheaply as possible. They don’t have your best interests at heart. Depending on your particular injuries, the offer they make could be inadequate to properly compensate you for your injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
It is important to note that if you have been injured in a truck wreck due to negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your losses which can include:
Medical Expenses: You could be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses including costs for doctor visits, hospital stays, diagnostic testing, therapy, medications and more.
Lost Income: If you have been unable to work, you can be reimbursed for your lost income.
Pain and Suffering: Being injured in a truck wreck is physically and emotionally devastating. You may be able to be reimbursed for the physical and mental/emotional pain and suffering the truck wreck has caused, including lost enjoyment of life and duties under duress.
Come Speak Us
If you have been injured in a truck wreck in Missouri or Kansas, contact us. You will have the opportunity to ask the many questions you may have, as well as get a chance to meet the attorneys and paralegals who will be working on your case. We have decades of experience in assisting our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 913-839-2808.