You are not the only one who gets a bit nervous when driving around large trucks on the roadway. We think that is natural, even though the vast majority of these vehicles are safe. However, we know that truck crashes do happen and you need to know where to turn if they do.
At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, we will be by your side when you need a Kansas City truck accident attorney. We know how complicated these cases can be, but we will work with all parties involved in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
When we talk about truck crashes, we want you to understand that there are various types of trucks to consider:
Anything larger than a typical pickup truck can cause extreme damage in the event of a crash. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a truck accident:
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical care and some of them will require extensive and long-term care. In the worst-case scenario, a truck crash victim will be permanently disabled.
For the latest reporting year in Missouri, we know that there were thousands of injuries as a result of large truck accidents.
One of the main causes of truck crashes is vehicle failure. Truck companies and owners have a major responsibility to everyone on the roadway. They must regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle to ensure they are safe each time they go out. We commonly see crashes as a result of one of the following systems failing:
Truck drivers must all have their commercial driver’s licenses and should never:
Truck drivers must follow all state and federal laws and regulations regarding the safe operation of large trucks. This includes never carrying more weight than legally allowed and ensuring they never drive over the number of hours allowed in a 24-hour period.
Getting into a crash with a large commercial truck is scary and can leave you wondering where to turn if you have sustained injuries. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, we want you to know that we will be by your side every step of the way.
We will work tirelessly to investigate the incident and work to ensure you are compensated for all of your crash-related expenses, including:
Large commercial trucks can lead to serious accidents and cause severe injuries. If you or someone you care about has been in a truck crash that was caused by the negligence of a truck driver or company, the team at Peddicord & Townsend LLC is ready to help. We will investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you are entitled to. Call us when you need a Kansas City truck accident attorney.
When we turn to the data provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), we can see that there were approximately 148,000 people injured and 4,761 people killed due to large truck accidents during the latest reporting year.
In Missouri, for that same reporting year, there was a total of 13,685 commercial vehicle crashes (not all large trucks). Out of those, there were:
The FMCSA says that a fully-loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When compared to the average passenger vehicle that weighs only 4,000 pounds, you can see why these crashes can be so dangerous for passenger vehicle passengers. It is not uncommon for the Kansas City truck accident lawyers at Peddicord & Townsend LLC to see the following:
These injuries often lead to extensive medical care for victims. In many cases, a truck accident victim cannot work while they recover from their injuries. Victims and their families can face major medical expenses as well as an inability to pay for household expenses.
Determining liability in a truck accident can be complicated. In many cases, the truck driver is at fault. This can happen if the driver was:
These crashes can also happen when the trucking company fails to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. When any one of the following systems fail while the vehicle is moving, serious crashes can occur:
Truck manufacturers and part manufacturers can also be held accountable if they provided defective products to truck companies.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligence of a truck driver or company, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The team at Peddicord & Townsend LLC will work to secure both economic and non-economic damages, including: