What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by many of the same things that cause “regular” car accidents, including speeding, , drunk driving, and failure to follow the rules of the road. There are, however, certain causes that are unique to commercial truck accidents. These include things like malfunctioning air brakes, improperly loaded or secured cargo, defective coupling devices, and violations.
Will I Be Able to Recover Compensation?
Whether you can recover compensation after a truck accident depends on whether you can establish the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence. Negligence refers to a person’s failure to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by someone in similar circumstances. Some ways truck drivers can be negligent include:
- Failing to obey traffic laws
- Driving without getting adequate rest
- Not conducting a safety inspection of the vehicle before starting a trip
- Driving after drinking or consuming drugs
- Talking on a cell phone
What Kinds of Losses are Recoverable?
Both Missouri and Illinois law allow people injured in truck accidents caused by others to recover for their economic and noneconomic losses. Some examples of the losses typically sought in a truck accident case include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Many truck accident victims justifiably want to know how much they can recover. There is no such thing as a “typical” truck accident case, and the amount you ultimately receive is based on many factors, including your occupation, your injuries, your prognosis, and whether punitive damages are available.
Call a St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a truck accident in the St. Louis area, call Page Law immediately. Our experienced team of attorneys know how to hold negligent truckers and trucking companies liable for the injuries they cause. For a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call our office today at 314-322-8515 or .