• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for 40 years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.


    Personal
    Injury
  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BW's wrongful death practice.


    Wrongful
    Death
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BW's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.


    Medical
    Malpractice
  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BW today! We have 40 years of experience to help you get the best result possible.


    Automobile &
    Trucking Accidents
  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading Workers' Compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 40 years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.


    Work Place
    Injuries
  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BW because we can help. We have 40 years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BW now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.


    Family Law
    & Divorce
  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan & Williams has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys who are former prosecutors that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BW's criminal law practice.


    Criminal
    Law
  • "I think the first duty of society is justice. "- Alexander Hamilton

Truck, Tractor-Trailer, 18-Wheeler, Semi-Truck, and Transportation Accidents

Car and truck crashes cause serious injuries and death. Car and truck vehicular accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States and Missouri. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a car crash, visit our practices area page on automobile accidents. If you or a loved one have suffered from a trucking accident, contact us today and read more below. Truck accident cases are unique and BW has the specialized experience you need. If you have been injured in a crash involving a truck, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, or semi-truck, your legal case may be significantly different than someone injured in a typical automobile accident. The injuries suffered in these crashes are more severe because these trucks are very big and very heavy as compared to normal cars and trucks. Trucking cases also involve specialized regulations. The highly complex Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to interstate trucking. 18-wheeler cases may raise issues involving technology, business practices, insurance, and the discovery of documents and electronic information that are unfamiliar to lawyers not seasoned in handling these types of cases. You need experienced trucking trial lawyers like BW if you or a loved one has been hurt. BW knows the ins and outs of trucking crashes to assist you. We can handle semi-truck cases anywhere, anytime, including in Kansas City, St. Louis, Joplin, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, or anywhere else in Missouri. The types of cases we can handle include the following:

  • Tired, fatigued, or sleeping drivers who are driving too long and too many hours without rest.
  • Improperly loaded and overloaded trucks.
  • Improper or inadequate training of drivers.
  • Inexperienced drivers.
  • Injuries caused by semi-trucks driving in conditions of poor/low visibility or bad weather, including snow, rain, smoke, and fog.
  • Injuries caused by truck brakes not properly maintained or defective brakes.
  • Speeding drivers and driving at high and dangerous speeds.
  • Unsafe or dangerous safety systems, lights, reflectors, mud flaps, and other warning devices.
  • Failure to yield the right of way.
  • Running off the road.
  • Truck drivers driving while drunk, intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Reckless and dangerous tractor-trailer drivers with past history of wrecks, tickets, and traffic accidents.
  • Aggressive driving by truck drivers.
  • Failure to install under-ride protection or under-guard protection causing catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Act quickly to protect your rights: hire BW today at no cost unless we recover money for you! If you have been hurt in a trucking accident, you can bet that the trucking company and its insurance agents will react immediately to protect their interests. BW is here to protect your interests. Many trucking companies and insurance agents have a “crash response team” that immediately takes action when it learns of a crash. The insurance company deploys its agents to investigate the scene and the vehicles to find any evidence possible favorable to their side and harmful to you. Frequently, evidence “disappears” as well. Insurance companies also try to take advantage of hurt victims who are still in shock. Before an injured victim even has time to hire an attorney, insurance agents frequently call to make empty promises and offer a settlement to tempt a severely injured victim to settle at a price the company knows is not fair based on the information it has discovered. While the trucking company has a whole team of attorneys and insurance agents working to protect their interests, victims are often told they do not need an attorney and the trucking company will “make it right.” The bottom line is that you must act quickly to make sure your interests are protected. Evidence critical to the legal case may be lost forever if hurt victims do not have an experienced lawyer on their side. Many semi-trucks and 18-wheelers have satellite communication systems, GPS monitoring, and on-board computers that create huge amounts of data and information that may be invaluable to the legal case. These services are often provided to the trucking companies by an outside provider who may have policies that destroy the information every 14 to 30 days. Plus, the trucking companies themselves may have policies that destroy the information in very short periods of time. “Black box” information is also created by engine control modules on many tractor-trailer engines. This data is extremely important in establishing the truck’s performance and its drive. This data must be downloaded according to specific protocols established by the manufacturer. If it is not downloaded properly or promptly, the information may be lost forever. Contact BW today so we can start working to protect your rights. For over 40 years, BW has been representing injured victims. With somewhere between 2 to 3 million tractor-trailers on the road causing around 500,000 accidents every year. It has been estimated that one person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. Don’t wait another minute, contact us today! We can meet you at a time and place convenient to you. We provide outstanding service to you. And you will not owe use one penny until we get money for you.