Missouri 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney for Trailer Coupling Failure
When a semi trailer becomes unhooked, the damage done can be serious. Semi-trailer decoupling leads to numerous catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful deaths each year.
At the Carter Law Offices, our Kansas City semi truck accident lawyers conduct a thorough investigation into the true causes of a decoupling accident. Often there is more going on than accident victims originally believe:
- Maintenance issues: When a decoupling accident occurs, the truck may not have been maintained correctly, in violation of standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has strict standards about how often the big rig is inspected and by whom.
- Mechanical defects: Air lines and coupling devices link the cab to the trailer. When these break down, mechanical defects may be to blame. It may be possible to take legal action against the truck part manufacturer as well as the trucking company and driver.
- Driver negligence: There are many ways that driver mistakes lead to decoupling accidents. Drivers may fail to properly inspect their trucks before driving away. They may operate their vehicles while drunk or intoxicated by drugs, which prevents them from being as observant as they ordinarily would be.
Determining the True Cause of Your Truck Accident
It can be difficult to understand all the factors that may have contributed to your decoupling accident, but don't worry: Discovering those factors is our job. At the Carter Law Offices, in Kansas City, Missouri, we are dedicated to discovering the true causes of trucking accidents.
When we take your case, we conduct an in-depth investigation. Much more than just reading the police report, we explore all the evidence available. Our work often includes talking with witnesses, visiting the scene of the accident and working with highly-qualified experts to determine the true causes of a truck accident and who was to blame.
If you or a loved one have been hurt, we urge you to contact us. Give us a call at 816-283-3500 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney about your 18-wheeler accident.