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Competent truckers move equipment and products every day across the country. A truck driver usually spends many hours and even weeks driving, which increases the potential of exhaustion as well as distraction. Accidents and traffic infractions can happen even to the most experienced trucker. But, if you are a commercial driver, you have to respect a higher standard of safety.

While on the road, you are also representing your company. In addition, if you break any traffic law, your job is on the line, and you risk losing your CDL. Whether you drive a package car, a semi, a bus, or any other commercial vehicle, if you need a CDL attorney, you have to choose the one who knows your business and understands what issues you may face.

A tired truck driver on a tight deadline is often something that leads to catastrophic accidents. Besides, truckers drive larger and more dangerous vehicles that can inflict more damage and more severe injuries than most other vehicles. Other than exhaustion and careless driving, even an unbalanced load can be the cause of the accident.

Accidents involving trucks often result in high medical bills, loss of property, and, in some cases, wrongful death. Due to Missouri’s relative negligence law, accident liability can be challenging. It’s entirely possible that anyone involved in a highway vehicle accident is going to be deemed partly responsible. Although the truck driver is often liable for the accident, only a thorough investigation can determine precisely what happened.

Hiring a truck driver attorney who has experience in dealing with these cases and the trucking industry is crucial since there are several potential parties at fault in accidents that involve trucks. Your lawyer should also have experience in handling wrongful death cases in order to get proper compensation for the family.

Attorneys at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien law firm will give their best to provide legal help to any trucker that needs it. We have the experience you need to get the results you want.


We have the resources and expertise to help injured truck drivers in any type of case.

Our law firm dates back over 40 years to 1975 when attorney Charles Buchanan began his personal injury and workers’ compensation practice. Since that time, we have been helping injured truckers recover the personal injury and Workers’ Compensation benefits they are owed. Our legal practice is built on the twin pillars of (1) superior legal representation and (2) exceptional personal service. Over the years, our law firm has earned a reputation for excellence for helping truckers and drivers in Missouri, Illinois, and throughout the United States recover the personal injury and workers’ compensation benefits they are owed.


Truck Driver Rights and Responsibilities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set of commercial vehicle regulations that enable the safe operating of big trucks in the U.S. Under these regulations, the truck driver is required to examine back, front, and undercarriage, door locks, cab, and engine areas, fluids, turn and brake signals, etc. since a vehicle malfunction causes some truck accidents. If there is something wrong with the vehicle, the truck driver should report that before going on the road.

The truck driver also has to make sure that the truck, the trailer as well as the container, are in good working conditions. While on the road, the trucker has the responsibility to stop at every open weigh station. There, the truck can be weighed and examined. The State of Missouri has particular truck weight limits for industrial trucks. The amount of weight, as well as how that weight is arranged is something companies, as well as truckers, have to be aware of.


Submitting a Claim after a Truck Accident

After being involved in a truck accident, many drivers forget or avoid submitting a claim. It’s often complicated or hard for an injured trucker to navigate these laws and legal regulations. However, filing a claim can help to provide closure, as well as to recuperate damages.

Under Missouri laws, you are entitled to recover your lost salaries and expenses. But, in order to be sure you get the full amount of damages that can include damages for court costs, loss of abilities, and PTSD, it’s best if you hire a professional truck driver lawyer.

Truckers’ errors are among the leading causes of trucking accidents. Commercial drivers are often dealing with tight schedules which makes them tired and fatigued. A tired driver can fall asleep, misjudge driving conditions or be inattentive.

However, there are also other causes of truck accidents, including mechanical or equipment failure, weather conditions, or even faulty road designs.

If the commercial driver of a truck was involved in a truck accident, and she or he has failed to comply with the federal motor carrier safety regulations, that can be a basis for an injury claim.

In addition to all the regulations mentioned above, truck drivers have can work only for a certain number of hours. For example, drivers of commercial trucks can work a maximum of 14 consecutive hours, but can’t drive over 11 straight hours. They also have to be off-duty for at least 10 consecutive hours before their next shift. Also, every state has its own trucking regulations and laws.

If you are a commercial truck driver you need a CDL attorney, who understands state and Federal transportation laws and who can help if you were involved in a truck accident.

How Can Our Top Attorneys for Truck Drivers Help

In a large number of truck accidents where the truck driver is at fault, chances are regulation or a statute was violated. Commercial drivers’ traffic violations increase the chance of the plaintiff winning the trial. Any traffic violations or traffic tickets can impact negatively on a driving record of a commercial driver.

Serious commercial driving license (CDL) violations include texting or using a handheld mobile phone, speeding off at least 15 MPH, reckless driving, DUI, and other traffic violations. A truck driver can expect their commercial driver’s license to be suspended after just a few traffic violations. They can also suffer severe injuries in an accident, and even face lifelong problems, along with financial and emotional trauma.

Our lawyers for truckers can help to protect the rights of injured truck drivers and help them obtain the maximum possible compensation. Reach out to us, schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your particular case and possible strategies.

Our injured truck driver attorneys handle all types of trucking cases and injuries for clients located in Missouri, including the Joplin/Springfield and St. Louis areas, Illinois, and throughout the United States, including:

  • Personal Injury Lawsuits
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Wrongful Death Actions
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ankle and Foot Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Elbow and Wrist Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Loss of Sight
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Muscle Tears
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Repetitive Stress Disorders
  • Neck Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Heart Attacks
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Amputations
  • Burns

Missouri and Illinois attorneys for truck drivers who provide personal attention to hurt truckers

Our truck driver attorneys have been helping injured truckers with personal injury and workers’ compensation claims for 40+ years. Our law firm has offices in St. Louis (conveniently close to Illinois) and Southwest Missouri (offices in Joplin and Carthage that are conveniently close to Springfield).

Our attorneys at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien have experience with the trucking industry and can help you obtain compensation for your family. If you need legal help, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Injured truckers deserve respect and legal support, so we offer all injured truck operators a free consultation to discuss their rights. We provide free trucker injury resources, and we invite all injured truckers to contact us with any questions. We are proud to represent the hard-working men and women in the trucking industry as their attorney.

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