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 BWO 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 BWO if you or a loved one has been hurt. BWO 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 BWO 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. BWO 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 BWO today so we can start working to protect your rights. For over 35+ years, BWO 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.