Lawyers for Truckers
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 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, he or she 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.
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.
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: