St. Louis Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer – Backover Fatalities
Car accidents involving tractor trailers often lead to catastrophic injuries. The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. has the resources to help victims of St. Louis truck accidents.
The American economy relies on trucks to deliver nearly 70% of all manufactured and retail goods. An estimated 3.5 million people rely on the trucking industry for a paycheck. While these statistics help us understand how important the trucking industry is, we also realize they often pose a threat to the drivers they share the roads and highways with.
Due to their size and weight, tractor trailers have the potential to cause serious damage in an accident, especially if they collide with a smaller vehicle. Many truck accident victims end up with serious injuries, and all too often the injuries end up being fatal. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you no doubt have many questions and concerns. You have bills to pay and your family to care for. Insurance companies will immediately have people on the scene of a truck accident to gather evidence to limit their liability. The sooner you hire a St. Louis car accident lawyer to protect your interests, the sooner we can have our investigators working to build your case.
Common Causes of a Tractor Trailer Accident
Each truck and car accident case is unique. However, there are several factors that commonly cause truck accidents. Unfortunately, truck drivers do things that endanger public safety in order to save money. There have been cases where they haven’t taken the required rest breaks, or have taken stimulants and illegal drugs in order to stay awake.
Some trucking companies have hired unqualified drivers or have failed to perform the required inspections or maintain their equipment properly. They also engage in unsafe practices like overloading the trailers causing tire or brake failure.
Some other common factors that contribute to a tractor trailer accident include:
- Backover fatalities – if a truck driver isn’t trained properly or is negligent, they may neglect to see someone while backing up
- Faulty breaks – if trucks are not properly maintained and inspected, or if they carry loads that are too heavy
- Reckless truck driver – truck drivers that drive too fast, try and intimidate other motorists, or drive impaired
- Negligent truck driver – drivers that operate their truck while tired or severely stressed, can have a lack in good judgment
- Jack-knifing – if control is lost, the cab and the trailer do not act in sync and tend to go in different directions
- Roll-overs – if the cargo is not evenly distributed, the stability of the truck will be severely affected and the truck can be highly susceptible to a roll-over
- Blind-spots – semi trucks have larger blind spots than regular vehicles, when a truck suddenly brakes or changes lanes they often cannot see other vehicles
In truck accident cases there could be multiple parties responsible for the accident.
Contact a St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. we focus our personal injury law practice on helping the victims of motor vehicle accidents achieve maximum financial recovery. Attorney Christopher Hoffmann has been tackling complicated interstate trucking accident cases for more than a decade. He understands how to investigate these cases and how to get results for injured people and families who have been injured or lost a loved one.
Call us today at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form to request a free consultation.