Experience Matters in Trucking Accidents
Approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in automotive accidents involving large commercial trucks. These accidents can get complicated quickly so experience really does matter. When you want to obtain the maximum compensation, put the Nash & Franciskato Law Firm attorneys in Kansas City to work for you.
Choosing Nash & Franciskato means you benefit from the insight attorney Dean Nash gained while representing a major trucking company, an advantage in your favor. Plus, our experienced legal team understands:
- The many complex regulations governing truckers and trucking companies, along with how to investigate and prove violations that may be critical to establishing liability in your truck accident case
- The best methods and resources for documenting serious injuries and projected long-term medical costs from a semi accident
Our legal team is dedicated to you and helping you put your life back together. With our truck accident attorneys, you will have:
- Over 80 years of combined experience
- Trusted legal advisor committed to your needs
- Super Lawyers for over 10 years
- The AV Preeminence Rating for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
- Compassionate advocacy for you and your family
- Free, no-obligation review of your case
When you have questions, our team is here to answer them for you.
Types of Truck Accidents
Since large trucks need more room to come to a complete stop, one of the most common types of truck accidents is when a large commercial truck rear-ends another vehicle. Other types of truck accidents include:
Rollover truck accidents result in a large commercial truck rolling over on its side. Once a big rig starts to topple, there is no way to control it. These types of accidents can occur when a driver is going too fast, tries to correct a trailer, or the load it is carrying shifts.
Jackknife truck accidents refer to a truck with two separate parts — the cab and a trailer — that fold in on itself at the point of separation, swiveling where they are linked together to form an L or V shape. As a large truck is jackknifing, it can collide with other vehicles or obstruct the road causing a multi-car pileup.
Underride and Override truck accidents occur when a vehicle is somehow forced underneath the trailer of an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer. Basically, an underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle slides underneath a truck; an override is when a large truck runs over a smaller vehicle.
Examples of what can cause large commercial truck accidents include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for the road and/or weather conditions
- Fatigued drivers, falling asleep at the wheel
- Distracted or inattentive drivers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Equipment failure which may be a result of poor maintenance, truck part failures, defective parts
- Improper loading and/or securement of the cargo
- Unsafe road conditions
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Large commercial trucks weigh on average 80,000 pounds. When a vehicle that size crashes into a standard-sized passenger vehicle weighing around 3,000 pounds, it typically results in life-altering injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Paralysis, full or partial
- Disfigurement and amputation
- Permanent disabilities
- Wrongful death
Who May be Held Liable?
This is where some of the complexity comes in and you benefit from an experienced truck accident attorney. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, responsible parties can be:
- The truck driver
- The company that employs the truck driver or owns the truck
- The person or company that leased the truck from the owner
- The manufacturer of the truck’s parts (if we find that the parts were a contributing factor to the accident
- The shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo
Kansas City Semi Accident Law Firm with Track Record Of Success
Our investigation of your injury-causing semi accident does not end with the information in a police report. Whenever appropriate our legal team enlist experts in relevant areas including accident reconstruction, fatigue analysis, and engineering to uncover factors that will strengthen your case.
Our successful track record means we have proven results for our clients.
- $2 million settlement in the wrongful death of a young mother hit by a truck while walking her bicycle in an intersection
- $1.1 million total settlement for a driver struck from behind by a tractor-trailer whose driver had violated federal regulations for driving and logging hours
- $500,000-plus settlements in cases involving inattention and fatigued truck drivers.
Questions? Contact our staff at (877) 284-6600.
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Resources for You
Blog articles related to Trucking Accidents and Safety.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and monitors trucking companies throughout the United States. The FMCSA website sets forth the regulations governing commercial motor vehicles and trucking companies and provides current safety data regarding trucking companies.
Human error is probably the most common cause of trucking accidents. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds making it very difficult to control in adverse conditions.
Causes that are specific to the trucking industry are things such as log book violations, weight and load violations, unsecured cargo shifting, drivers driving beyond the maximum hours allowed, poor maintenance on the truck, lack of pre-trip inspections, improper loading or overloading, and untrained drivers.