At the Carter Law Offices, we understand that trucking accidents can be truly life-changing events. One minute, folks are driving down the road and the next minute their lives are turned upside down. If you or someone you love has been through a truck wreck, you don't need to be told how scary it can be. But you should know that you aren't alone.
The trial lawyers, legal and medical staff at our Kansas City, Missouri, law firm are genuinely empathetic and compassionate to the folks we meet, partly because many of us have gone through similar experiences ourselves.
Our Kansas City truck accident attorneys know how hard it is to suffer an injury and how challenging it can be to take legal action. Our entire staff stands by you throughout your truck accident lawsuit. We focus on sharing our strength with you so that we can truly make a difference. Call 816-283-3500 now or reach us online to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Kansas City.
We can answer your questions about truck accidents. We will help you understand what to do, what to expect and how long the process may take. We will talk straight with you about things — like how important it is to keep getting medical treatment until you are well.
Conducting A Thorough Investigation
We will then learn more about your accident. We often send investigators to the scene and work with well-qualified experts. They will be able to tell us about the different factors involved in your truck wreck and how they may affect your case, such as:
- Equipment design and failure
- Truck driver employer negligence
- Negligent hiring of truck drivers
- Commercial vehicle negligence
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Delivery truck accidents
- Truck crash statistics
The Importance of Having Expert Witnesses in Truck Accident Cases
In truck accident cases, like other serious personal injury cases, the appropriate use of expert witnesses is important. Experts can help effectively investigate the true causes of truck accidents, the seriousness of personal injuries or the likely impact of injuries on quality of life. Their testimony about these things can make or break a case.
That's why, at the Carter Law Offices, we draw upon a network of highly regarded experts. These include accident reconstruction experts, health care providers who have taken care of the victims and additional health care providers who can describe the future.
We can also involve expert economists who can describe the economic effect of a personal injury — making sure that the jury knows about the lost income, medical expenses and future medical bills involved. We can also involve life care planners whose job it is to pull relevant data together and estimate the costs of a lifetime of appropriate care.
When our clients hear what our experts have to say, they are often shocked. Many had no idea how much treating their injuries will actually cost. When they begin thinking in terms of a lifetime of care, they see just how valuable an attorney's help can be in obtaining the best possible settlement or verdict.
Causes Of Truck Accidents
Our legal team takes an active approach to truck accident cases. We talk with witnesses, visit the accident scene and can consult with highly qualified experts to determine the true causes of a truck accident. When conducting thorough investigations, we may discover that different things were to blame:
- Overloaded trucks and unsecured loads: The load carried by a truck seriously affects the way the truck handles. When trucks are improperly loaded, drivers may have trouble stopping them. Unsecured loads can also be a problem when they fly off of a truck and into traffic.
- Truck driver fatigue: It's no secret that truckers have strict schedules to keep. In order to be in the right place at the right time, many drivers cut corners. They fail to take rest breaks and they drive when they are too tired to operate their vehicles safely.
- Truck drivers with sleep apnea: Truckers with sleep apnea or other impairments must meet specific requirements in order to be safe on the road. If they don't, they can put other drivers at risk.
- Driving while impaired: Drug and alcohol use by truckers is the cause of many serious accidents. And a trucker does not have to get a DUI in order to be considered negligent. If you believe that a driver who injured you or your family was drinking, it is critical that you contact a lawyer.
- Texting and trucking: Distracted driving has become an increasing problem on roads throughout the United States. Drivers text while driving. They also adjust their onboard computers or participate in other dangerous behaviors.
- Unsafe highway conditions and maintenance: When roads are too steep or when construction areas are improperly marked, even the safest driver may cause an accident. We investigate road conditions as well as driver behavior after an accident.
- Road rage or aggressive driving: Aggressive truck drivers might face criminal penalties, but should still be held accountable to their victims. By filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, accident victims can get the medical care and support needed to move forward with their lives.
- Equipment problems and tire blowouts: When equipment malfunctions, it can be difficult for truckers to keep their trucks under control. Brake or tire problems have led to many serious accidents.
Ready To Assist With Any Type Of Truck Accident
Our lawyers, medical and legal staff, handle many different types of truck accidents throughout Missouri and Kansas:
- Jackknife accidents: Jackknife accidents happen when a semitruck skids, causing the trailer to swing out at a 90-degree angle to the cab or the truck. When it is jackknifing, the truck is completely out of control. It may skid across several lanes of traffic and cause accidents involving multiple cars and multiple fatalities.
- Rollover accidents: When trucks move too fast around tight curves, they are likely to roll over. This often happens at exit or entrance ramps of expressways, where the road makes a tight curve.
- Semitrailer decoupling: Mechanical problems can lead to a semitrailer becoming detached from the cab of the truck. This is often called "semitrailer decoupling."
- Underride accidents: When a truck stops suddenly and without warning, a car following behind it is small enough to become lodged underneath the trailer during a rear-end accident. This can happen — especially if the right guards aren't in place.
- Accidents involving falling debris: Unsecured loads can cause a great deal of damage if they blow off into traffic. They can hit other vehicles or land in the road, causing other vehicles to swerve into traffic.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Just because trucks are big doesn't mean that they don't have to follow the rules of the road. When trucks fail to yield to other vehicles, they can cause serious accidents.
- No-zone accidents: These side collisions occur when cars move into trucks' "blind spots." Generally, the larger the truck, the larger the blind spot — and the larger the risk to other cars and trucks on the road.
- Swinging-turn accidents: Trucks should carry warnings that indicate they make "wide right turns." When they don't, and when they swing left to navigate a right turn, they put other cars in danger.
Contact Our Law Firm to Discuss Your Truck Accident Claim
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. To get started, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Carter Law Offices. We are here to make a difference.
To schedule a free initial consultation at our Kansas City law office, give us a call at 816-283-3500.