St. Charles County Truck Accident Lawyers
Some of the most devastating car accidents involve large trucks. The size and weight difference between a big rig and a passenger car is so significant that it is usually the occupants of the passenger vehicle who suffer the most severe injuries in the event of a collision. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Side Underride Truck Accidents
Because of the height of trailers, cars sometimes can get caught underneath them. These fatal trucking collisions often occur because smaller vehicles can get crushed underneath the trailer. Truck drivers can help prevent these types of accidents by having reflectors and reflective tape on the side of the trailer and by making sure to never change lanes when there is a car alongside the trailer. Car drivers can help prevent these types of crashes by limiting the amount of time they are in the truck driver’s blind spot.
Rear Underride Truck Accidents
This is when a car gets crushed underneath the back of a trailer. Negligent truck drivers who make dangerous lane changes or who suddenly slam on their brakes can cause these types of accidents. Car drivers who tailgate or who drive at an unsafe rate of speed also run the risk of ending up under a tractor trailer. Underride accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities.
Runaway Trailer Accidents
Improperly loaded trailers, loads that are not properly hitched, and trailers with defective brakes may become dislodged and disconnect from the truck. There is little a car driver can do to avoid a runaway trailer beyond staying attentive and knowing when to get out of the way.
Truck Accidents Caused by Fatigued Driving
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces strict regulations about the number of hours a truck driver can work without ample rest. This is because fatigued driving can be as dangerous a drunk driving. An injury attorney can request to review driver logs to show a history of breaking regulations and potential fatigued driving.
Truck Accidents Caused by Speeding
Trucks that are weighed down with heavy cargo are hard to slow down. Inexperienced drivers may over apply the brakes and the vehicle may veer out of control. When a truck is speeding, there is a decreased chance the truck driver will be able to stop in time if the traffic ahead suddenly slows down. Speeding truck drivers may be held liable for the damages they cause.
Protecting St. Charles County Victims’ Rights
All negligent truck drivers may be held responsible for the accidents they cause. Injured victims may pursue compensation for losses such as hospital bills, time away from work, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The family of someone killed in a collision may also pursue compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. An experienced accident attorney in St. Charles County will protect the rights of the victims while holding the at-fault truck driver and the trucking firm liable for the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer accident in St. Charles, call (314) 322-8515 today.
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