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Posted on March 29, 2021 by

Truck Crashes: Getting the Help You Deserve

Truck Crashes: Getting the Help You Deserve

Commercial trucks carry loads of up to 80,000 pounds. Crashes involving them often lead to serious injuries and fatalities in some instances. With the gradual increase of vaccinations and people returning to the office in different states including Missouri, more motorists will hit the road. This raises the risk of accidents involving trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) points out that the main causes of truck crashes are:

  • Brake problems
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under influence
  • Unfamiliarity with the road
  • Over speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic rules
  • Traffic flow interruption
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inadequate surveillance by relevant agencies

What Should You Do After Getting Involved in a Truck Accident?

When truckers fail to drive safely or adhere to traffic rules, the results can be catastrophic. In the aftermath of a truck accident, your wellbeing is paramount. It’s best to remain calm, and if possible, stay in your car. Call 911 and turn on the vehicle’s hazard lights to warn other drivers. In case you’re injured, seek immediate medical attention.

If possible, collect evidence from the scene, including the insurance information and name of the truck driver, and contact addresses of accident witnesses. Photographs can also play a role in proving that the truck driver is the at-fault party.

Contacting a Truck Accident Attorney

If you’re the victim in a truck accident, a lawyer will play a significant role in proving that the trucker’s negligence resulted in your injuries and losses. Truck companies and their insurers always have attorneys on their side, and you can get bullied into accepting a lopsided compensation. This is why you should contact a truck accident attorney immediately.

The experienced auto and truck accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman have what it takes to win the case in your favor. Contact us online or call us at (314) 241-1020 for a free consultation or more information about our services.

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