St. Louis Truck
Helping Missouri Truck Accident Victims for 25+ Years
Due to the immense size and weight of commercial trucks, truck accident victims are often left with life-altering injuries. If you have been involved in a truck accident in St. Louis or the surrounding area, you need to protect yourself and your family.
It’s important to retain legal counsel who can represent you and seek the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. And you should do this immediately, because the trucking company may have already started defending the case. With the help of a St. Louis truck accident lawyer from Cantor Injury Law, LLC, we can help you preserve evidence, including black box data that records speeds and braking, air bag deployment, and other data, along with any video and phone records.
Trucking accidents often result
in serious injuries, including:
Let Us Guide You Through the Difficult Road Ahead
Although you may think that filing a truck accident claim is simple, the process can be quite time-consuming and complex. At Cantor Injury Law, we are here to help you understand every step of this process so you know what to expect. We are known for our dedication to our clients and for our compassionate representation.
Our founder, Mark Cantor, is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest level possible for ethics and ability, and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has a perfect 10 Rating on Avvo. When you choose Cantor Injury Law, Mark Cantor will personally meet and represent you.
Why should you work with Cantor Injury Law?
- We have been serving the local community since 1993
- We have represented thousands of accident victims in St. Louis
- We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients
- You won’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case
Helping You Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
At Cantor Injury Law, we believe that accident victims have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills, missed wages, hospitalization, and pain and suffering. When you work with our St. Louis truck accident lawyers, you can rest assured that a high-quality legal representative will be by your side through every step of the process.
Common Causes of Trucking
Accidents in St. Louis
Trucking accident cases tend to be more complex than ordinary automobile accidents because of the many federal laws governing trucking, and the fact that each state has its own trucking laws. Many of these large tractor-trailers travel through every state. Therefore, different laws may apply, depending on exactly where the accident occurred.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Tired, distracted, or unskilled drivers – Often, the negligence of a truck driver is to blame for a collision. Truck drivers will travel for hours at a time, contributing to potentially dangerous fatigue. Driving a semi-truck requires a great deal of skill, and an inexperienced driver can make mistakes that endanger others. Distracted driving is just as hazardous in a truck as it is behind the wheel of any vehicle.
- Speeding – Since large large commercial motor vehicles are not as nimble as small passenger cars and require much longer distances to safely stop, trucks are subject to strict speed limits to protect other motorists and pedestrians from harm. In Missouri, commercial trucks may not exceed 70 mph on rural interstate roads, 60 mph on urban interstates, or 65 mph on any other limited access roads.
- Alcohol or drug intoxication – Driving a commercial truck is a dangerous task even under perfect conditions; adding alcohol or drugs into the mix can be a recipe for disaster. Truck drivers are subject to strict government regulations regarding drinking and driving. While the standard blood alcohol limit for motorists is 0.08%, the limit for commercial drivers is cut in half at 0.04%.
- The condition of the truck – If a semi-truck is not properly maintained, this can directly contribute to an accident. Like any vehicle, a malfunction with the engine, brakes, or other important system can cause the driver to lose control. This is particularly dangerous when dealing with a vehicle so large.
- Weight that is not properly distributed – An important component of proper truck handling is loading cargo in a way that evenly distributes the weight of the items. If a truck is not properly loaded, the uneven weight can cause issues for the driver, or cause the truck to jackknife. Jackknifing is when an unevenly weighted trailer bends, which can, in some cases, propel the truck to spin around.
What to Do After a Trucking Accident
If you have been involved in a trucking accident:
- Stop and attend to anyone who is injured. Call for an ambulance if anyone is seriously injured and needs immediate medical attention.
- Call the police and report the crash. The responding police officer will help get the situation under control and inform you of your immediate next steps. They will also create an accident report will be important evidence later on when building your case. Tell them your account of what happened, speak truthfully, but do not admit fault in any way.
- Exchange information with all involved parties. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, insurance policy numbers, vehicle registration information, and driver’s license numbers with the truck driver and all other involved motorists. If you can, get the name and badge number of any responding police officers. Get the contact information of any witnesses to the crash as well.
- Collect as much evidence as you can. Take photographs of all damage to your vehicle, the truck, the positioning of the vehicles, weather conditions, traffic patterns, and any injuries you may have suffered.
- Seek medical attention, even if you feel fine. The adrenaline rush of the crash may be delaying your injuries symptoms. If you do not receive treatment at the scene of the crash or are not immediately taken to a hospital, seek a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible. Tell the doctor you were involved in a truck accident and inform them of any and all pain you may be experiencing.
- Inform your insurance company of the crash. You generally must report the crash to your insurance company within a few days of the collision. Report the crash but do not admit fault or make any statements without first speaking to an attorney.
- Contact an attorney. Due to the immense damage and financial liability associated with trucking accidents, these cases are often heavily scrutinized by insurance companies and require the skills of a seasoned attorney. Having a knowledgeable legal advocate by your side can help ensure your rights are protected during this time and maximize your chances of securing the compensation you need.
Statute of Limitations for Trucking Accident Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits in Missouri related to trucking accidents are subject to a five-year statute of limitations, meaning that truck accident victims typically have up to the fifth anniversary of the date of their crash to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties in pursuit of compensation. If you try to file a lawsuit after this time period has passed, unless a rare exception applies that grants you more time, the courts will almost certainly dismiss your case.
While five years may seem like a lengthy amount of time, trucking accident cases can be extremely complex and involve long investigation periods which can take months or even years to complete. Even if you believe that your case will be resolved through an out-of-court insurance settlement, it is important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after a trucking accident to keep your options open and give yourself enough time to meet all deadlines that may apply to your case.
Holding the Responsible Parties Accountable
Regardless of the cause of your accident, we believe that the driver who behaved negligently should be held accountable for their actions. A trucking company must be extra careful about which drivers they hire, especially considering the grave consequences of a truck driver’s negligence. When trucking companies fail to properly screen their employees, they can be held liable alongside their drivers using the legal theories of negligent hiring.