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How Can A Truck Accident Lawyer Help?
An experienced truck accident lawyer is non-negotiable if you’re involved in an accident. Because Missouri is the gateway to interstate commerce, drivers must share the road with trucks and tractor-trailers, putting smaller vehicle occupants at risk of severe injuries if an accident occurs. Hire a truck accident lawyer who understands Missouri truck safety laws and can help when you’ve been involved in a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle accident.
Statistics suggest that one in eight motor vehicle accidents in Missouri involves a large truck or tractor-trailer, and they almost always have catastrophic results, causing severe injuries and often fatalities. Even though state and federal truck safety laws are in place, these catastrophic accidents are far too common. The most severe hazards include distracted driving, the use of alcohol and controlled substances, and driver fatigue. If you or a family member are injured in a truck accident or if someone died in the crash, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer who can investigate the circumstances of the accident and, if warranted, pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. A Noland Law Firm, LLC, truck accident lawyer, fights for the rights of truck accident victims in Liberty, MO, and the rest of the Kansas City metro area. We believe that negligent trucking companies and truckers must be held accountable.
Truck accidents require a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and establish liability. When it can be shown that a trucking company or driver disregarded the laws and caused an accident, a truck accident lawyer can claim “negligence per se,” which can improve your chances of winning a lawsuit against the defendant. Specific requirements must be met to claim negligence per se in a lawsuit. For instance: the truck driver (or company) must have violated the law; the law must have been intended to protect people like you; the law must have been designed to protect against the type of harm you suffered; the violation must have caused your injuries, and the offense was unexcused or unjustified. Over our many years of practice, we have seen how truck companies put profits first, cut corners on maintenance, or send inexperienced, lower-paid drivers on the road in vehicles that are hard to maneuver.
The state of Missouri has rules and regulations that allow for the general safety of commercial truck drivers, the trucking industry, and citizens. Sadly, the lack of knowledge or concern by some individuals and companies regarding the laws which govern trucking is often the cause of car/truck accidents. Both state and federal safety laws governing commercial trucks are precise and complex. For example, some laws govern how often and how long a truck driver can be on the road and requirements for record-keeping, inspections, and maintenance checks before the trucks can be on the road. In addition, there are also size and weight restrictions to prevent overloading a truck. MoDOT works tirelessly to improve the safety of commercial trucks and to keep our highways and roads safe.
If you were injured in a truck accident, we have provided a printable list of general instructions on what to do while moving forward on our website. And if you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident and need to hire a truck accident lawyer to help negotiate your case, contact us at Noland Law Firm, LLC. Online today to schedule a free consultation, or contact us at (816) 781-5055 with any questions.