It’s important to stand up for yourself after a commercial carrier accident. However, that can be difficult when you’re injured and unable to work. You may be reluctant to contact an attorney. However, if you were seriously injured, you deserve to recover compensation that will cover the losses that were caused by someone else’s actions.
The Cagle Law Firm has extensive experience representing clients like you. Call us today at (314) 276-1681, or use our online contact form to obtain a free consultation of your case with a St. Louis personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial truck accidents are different than those involving personal vehicles. They often involve more severe injuries or devastating fatalities. The claims process and insurance policies involved are very different as well. When facing a trucking company and their insurance, you should have the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with state and federal trucking regulations and is experienced at negotiation with those companies.
You will face many challenges in a truck accident claim. A St. Louis truck accident lawyer can guide you through the process of dealing with a trucking company, driver, and insurance company. It’s important to work with someone who has extensive experience obtaining compensation from powerful organizations. They will likely deny your claim or make you a low-ball settlement offer that does not meet your needs. The Cagle Law Firm will not let these companies take advantage of you. We will stand by your side and guide you through the process from start to finish.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Illinois and Missouri tractor-trailer accidents may be caused by a variety of factors. Trucks are complex machines that are manufactured by skilled technicians and operated by experienced drivers. However, it is possible for an error to occur during manufacturing, maintenance, or operation that results in a dangerous situation.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are related to driver error. However, manufacturer mistakes or truck company negligence are also common. Common causes of truck accidents in Missouri and Illinois include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drugged truck driving accidents
- Negligent hiring
- Negligent maintenance
- Improperly trained drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Speeding and moving violations
- Distracted tuckers
- Failure to stop
- Failing to maintain proper lookout
- Truck equipment failure
- Improper cargo loading
- Runaway trailers
- Drugged driving
- Jackknifed trailers
- Blind spots
- Tire blowout
- Failure to stop
Truck Accident Compensation
When seeking compensation after a trucking accident, it’s important to remember that you are up against companies that want to minimize your claim. Trucking and insurance companies are only interested in the bottom line. They want to pay out as little as possible, even if you were severely injured.
You need someone by your side who can prove that your losses deserve total compensation. You should be fully reimbursed for your out-of-pocket expenses and compensated for all non-economic losses. The Cagle Law Firm can help you obtain the following compensation after a serious truck accident:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical limitations
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Punitive damages (when applicable)
Fatal Truck Accidents
Commercial truck crashes, such as those involving 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, tend to cause more severe injuries than those involving personal vehicles because of the size and weight of vehicles involved. Unfortunately, many truck accidents result in death. If your loved one was fatally injured or seriously injured in a St. Louis or Illinois truck accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The last thing on your mind is fighting a trucking company to recover compensation. However, it’s important to seek legal assistance right away if your loved one was severely injured or passed away. You will have substantial medical bills and other expenses that you will be expected to pay immediately. The Cagle Law Firm can start working with you right after the accident to help recover compensation to cover your needs.
You may be able to recover compensation to cover the following in a wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of care and support
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of inheritance that you would have received
Truck Accident Claims & Legal Process
Truck accident claims can be complicated. You will often face a large corporation and their insurance company, both of which may have teams of attorneys on their side. It’s important for you to have someone on your side who will fight for your rights throughout the legal process.
We can help with the following steps of the truck accident claims and legal process:
- Determining fault after a trucking accident
- Establishing liability of the driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer
- Proving negligence on the part of the trucker and others
- Demanding compensation from the insurance company
- Negotiating a fair settlement on your behalf
- Meeting deadlines and complying with statutes of limitation
- Filing a complaint in state or federal court
- Engaging in the discovery process
- Conducting an independent investigation
- Obtaining expert witnesses
- Reviewing thousands of company records and documents to find evidence
- Fighting for your rights in court
The legal process for truck accident claims is slightly different in Missouri and Illinois. The Cagle Law Firm has experience working with cases in both states. It’s important to be familiar with courts, judges, and juries in the jurisdiction in which you file a case. Our truck accident attorneys can help you in both Missouri and Illinois, wherever you have been injured.
Comparative Fault in Truck Accident Claims
When we evaluate your claim, we will likely determine a total amount of compensation that we will demand from the trucking company and their insurance. If you settle outside of court, you will not have to determine exactly how much each party is to blame. However, if we go to court, we will have to consider comparative fault. This is an evaluation of how much blame should be placed on each party in the accident.
In Missouri and Illinois, your recovery in court will be reduced based on the percentage you are found to be at fault. Thus, if the truck accident is determined to be 80 percent the trucker’s fault and 20 percent your fault, your final recovery will be reduced by 20 percent. If your total damages are determined to be $100,000, then you will only be awarded $80,000 from the other party.
It’s important to seek the legal assistance of a skilled attorney when dealing with comparative fault laws in Missouri and Illinois. The trucking company may try to blame you for the majority of the accident to reduce or eliminate the amount they have to pay. In this case, you will need to use evidence and expert witnesses to establish fault in your truck accident case. We will work diligently to prove that you deserve compensation.
A Skilled St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and devastating losses to you and your family. The trucker, trucking company, manufacturer, and their insurance may fight back and deny liability. It’s essential that you seek legal advice from a Missouri truck accident lawyer who has experience dealing with complex truck accident claims.
The Cagle Law Firm has education and experience related to big rig accidents. We stay updated on the latest laws and regulations, and we are on the forefront of knowledge regarding truck crash litigation. We have developed a successful Missouri trucking accident law firm that can fight for your rights after a wreck. Call a St. Louis truck accident attorney today at (314) 276-1681, or use our online form to request a free consultation of your case.