Given its proximity to Interstate 44, Webster Groves sees plenty of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers pass through the area daily. Unfortunately, not all those trucks are operated as safely as they should be, which sometimes leads to traffic collisions with devastating results.

If you try to file a lawsuit by yourself against a trucker or trucking company after a wreck, you will likely have a hard time getting the compensation you need. On top of the legal difficulties, you may also have to deal with trucking insurance companies trying to settle your claim as cheaply as possible. Insurers think that they can take advantage of you not knowing your rights.

They won’t be able to do this if you have us on your side.

OnderLaw’s Webster Groves truck accident lawyers can help you get the most out of your lawsuit or settlement demand. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have been standing by our Webster Groves friends and neighbors for more than 20 years. We are your advocates, allies, and guiding hands in challenging times.

Holding Different Parties Accountable for a Truck Crash

Commercial truck drivers have the same obligations under state law as anyone else operating a motor vehicle in Missouri. Truckers and the companies that employ them must follow various federal regulations regarding the length of driving shifts and the amount of cargo transported across state lines. Any violation of these laws, or any other reckless or careless act that directly leads to a collision, could be considered negligence on their part. This is the legal basis for most personal injury lawsuits.

Often, it isn’t the drivers themselves who are at fault. Impossible demands on the part of contractors like Amazon or FedEx often contribute to drivers’ errors, as well as lax safety standards and violations of the law on the part of the trucking companies that employ them. Sometimes, too, cities, states, or counties may not have repaired damaged roadways or signage, leading to accidents.

Any of these parties, as well as the insurance companies that cover such accidents and other entities or individuals, can be held accountable, depending upon the individual facts of a case.

Trucking Company and Employee Negligence

Different types of evidence may be necessary to build your tractor-trailer collision claim. An individual driver might break a traffic law, fail to pay attention to their surroundings, or drive while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue.

As for their employers, negligence might look like a failure to maintain safe hiring practices, a lack of appropriate training for drivers, or violations of federal law to save time and money.

Third-Party Liability for Truck Crashes

Some semi-truck wrecks might result from negligence by third parties—for instance, a mechanic not replacing a truck component correctly or another driver acting negligently and forcing a trucker into a collision.

Our proactive Webster Groves attorneys employ all the resources needed, including private investigators, accident reconstructionists, and other experts to figure out how your truck crash occurred and taking legal action against the at-fault parties.

Damages for a Webster Groves Tractor-Trailer Crash

Both short-term and long-term damages can be included in your settlement demand or lawsuit following an 18-wheeler accident, including:

  • All medical expenses, including costs of future rehabilitative care
  • Vehicle repair/replacement costs, plus related expenses like rental car fees
  • Lost earning capacity and/or income
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Physical pain from injuries
  • Psychological/emotional trauma from the accident

The knowledgeable attorneys at OnderLaw understand that each truck wreck case is unique and can provide tailored support throughout the claims process. Working with a skilled Webster Groves lawyer can make a big difference in the aftermath of a trucking collision.

Get in Touch with a Webster Groves Truck Accident Attorney Today

Truck accidents can be traumatic experiences, even if you are fortunate enough to avoid any serious physical harm. After a particularly severe wreck, you may face life-changing and debilitating losses, all because someone else acted carelessly.

After a severe injury, the legal team at OnderLaw will be here with you every step of the way. Call today to learn how our Webster Groves truck accident lawyers can support and guide you through the recovery process.