Kansas City Truck Accident Attorneys
Helping You Maximize Your Compensation
After a serious trucking accident, you need the right lawyer on your side. Recovering the compensation you need and deserve may not be easy. Trucking companies know exactly how expensive these claims can be, and do their best to fight them, often sending investigators to the scene of the accident as soon as they hear about a collision. Your lawyers must be prepared to match their investigative prowess and fight hard during negotiations.
At DiPasquale Moore, we are committed to helping our clients find justice, no matter who was at fault in the accident. We know how to handle complex cases against companies with enough resources to challenge your claim at every step.
Our job is to show them you will not give up on what you are owed. From medical costs to property damage and beyond, our attorneys will fight to have your damages realized and compensated by the at-fault party.
Start your claim by calling our Kansas City truck accident attorneys at (888) 743-1030. We offer free consultations and trustworthy guidance.
Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers have many responsibilities. They're responsible for transporting commercial goods and delivering them on time while following all the rules of the road. Anyone who drives an eighteen-wheeler or big rig has to undergo special training before they receive their driver’s license. However, this extra education does not protect drivers from making mistakes.
Common mistakes made by truck drivers include:
- Cell phone use
- Distractions on the road
- Driver fatigue
- Drug or alcohol use
More often than not, truck drivers must drive for long periods of time. This can lead to drowsiness or fatigue, which impairs their ability to properly operate their vehicle. While there are federal regulations that limit how long a trucker may drive in one 24-hour period and over the course of a 7- or 8-day work period, employers often pressure drivers to break these rules. These violations often lead to accidents, and when they do, the accountable parties must face consequences.
Accidents Caused By Trucking Company Negligence
Truck accident investigations often show an employer’s actions played a rather large role in the accident: Sometimes they scheduled a delivery so tight the driver had to work overtime to make it. Other times, they failed to monitor their drivers for unsafe cell phone use or do proper drug testing.
A trucking company may be liable for other types of negligence, such as:
- Improperly Loaded Trucks - If a truck was incorrectly loaded, a driver may lose control. In this case, the liability would rest with the company responsible for sending a driver out with an unbalanced load.
- Lack of Proper Maintenance - If a mechanic overlooks a warning sign in their pre-road check of the vehicle, the truck could break down mid-drive. Likewise, if they attempt to make a repair but do so poorly, their work could fail while the trucker is on the road.
- Negligent Hiring Practices - If a trucking company hires a driver with a history of drug or alcohol abuse or other infractions, or fails to monitor their driving habits, it could be argued that they failed in their duty of care.
These types of liability may not always be immediately obvious, but it is worth launching an investigation to ensure you know where to bring your suit. We do not want the legal process to take any longer than is necessary to secure the compensation you need.
Truck Accidents Caused By Defective Vehicle Parts
Some accidents happen when a truck’s parts fail because they were not designed or made well. Faulty brakes, tire blowouts, powertrain failure, and other major mechanical issues can leave a driver in a spot where their only hope is to mitigate the damage. In these cases, you can hold the truck or parts manufacturer responsible for selling defective goods.
These cases are especially important because they may have a ripple effect on the industry. A truck maker that has to face a lawsuit and pay a large settlement is more likely to QC its design and manufacturing process to ensure nothing of the sort happens again. A defective big rig is one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Anything that can be done to spur recalls or repair work can save many lives.
Hold Negligent Truck Drivers Accountable for Your Damages
If you were injured in a truck accident, it’s likely the trucking company’s insurer has already investigated the crash and made a settlement offer. However, based on our past experience, the amount they are currently proposing may not be sufficient to meet your needs. With a lawyer by your side, you can determine what a fair settlement looks like. Then, you can focus on your health with the knowledge you have a team negotiating to ensure the compensation you secure will meet your needs.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we understand how frightening a truck accident can be. We strive to make the legal process as easy and uncomplicated as possible. Our team is here for you any time, day or night, to answer your questions and update you on your case. With an impressive record of victories in past semi-truck and 18-wheeler accidents, our experience speaks for itself. Reach out today to enlist our qualified team on your side.
Call DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to speak to one of Kansas City truck accident lawyers. We offer free consultations to help you understand your rights and options.
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