Truck Accident Injury
Protecting your rights after a truck accident
Columbia & Springfield Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents involving 18 wheeler tractor trailers can cause devastating injuries. In many areas of our country, including Missouri, our interstate highway system is overwhelmed by large commercial trucks hauling heavy cargo. Many of these cargo delivery trucks can weigh as much as 40 tons. Because of the inherent danger of these tractor trailer trucks sharing the road with much smaller passenger vehicles, semi truck drivers and companies are held to strict standards of conduct.
There are several aspects of semi truck accident cases that require special consideration. Depending on the nature of the crash there are several unique pieces of evidence in semi truck cases that should be collected and investigated at the earliest possible moment. There are a multitude of state and federal laws and regulations in place designed to regulate the actions of 18 wheeler semi truck drivers and companies. For example, semi truck drivers are required to keep a log book detailing their driving hours. This evidence should be collected and may shed light on whether the truck driver was driving too many hours, falsifying his or her hours, or was fatigued before the accident. Tractor trailer trucks are also equipped with technology that records useful information concerning the collision. In addition, evidence such as the truck’s maintenance records or previous violations by the trucking company or the driver may be useful in determining whether the trucking company or truck driver was negligent.
When these and other standards are violated, there are too often grave consequences to all involved. The evidence in semi truck or tractor trailer accident cases can be complex. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a large semi truck you need an attorney that knows how to handle these cases.