Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Lawyers. Eason Law represents personal injury victims in the greater St. Louis area. Our attorneys fight to win. Contact a truck accident lawyer now for legal representation and more information about our services.
The average commercial truck weighs up to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. Between longer stop times, negligent driving, and other factors, 18-wheeler trucks are dangerous. It's important for drivers to stay aware and protect themselves on the road. These types of accidents are not a joke. Most settlements range from $1-5 million because of wrongful deaths and medical bills. These are not just commercial semi-trucks we're talking about. This includes fire and garbage trucks, school busses, tankers, forklifts, and other heavy machinery.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
With nearly 4,000 truck accident fatalities each year, drivers need to be careful. Most of these incidents are avoidable. There are any number of ways you or a family member can be involved in a truck accident. You can view more information at FMCSA or give us a call. Below are a few of the leading causes of truck accidents:
- Brake problems
- Traffic congestion
- Construction zones
- Icy roads
- Improper turning
- Speeding and overcorrecting
- Prescription drug use
- Distracted driving
- Mechanical issues
- Medical conditions
- Blind spots
There are any number of causes behind a truck accident. Drive safe and don't be a statistic.
Common Damages After Truck Accidents
As truck crash attorneys that serve St. Louis, MO, and Southern Illinois clients, we understand that compensation is a major concern and likely on your mind. How much compensation do you get if a family member is killed in a truck accident? Who pays for repairs? What about medical bills? How much is my case worth?
Special damages include any financial consequences caused by a negligent party.
Here is a list of some of the most common financial damages paid out after a semi-truck accident:
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- The cost of any damaged property and repairs
- Direct (and future) medical expenses, ambulance fees, etc.
- Ongoing therapy, treatments, and prescriptions
- Childcare, home care, and travel expenses
Any "out of pocket" costs can be considered special damages. Eason Law's truck accident lawyers will identify the compensation you can get.
General damages aren't as easy to define. These can include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, a lower quality of life, loss of companionship, and others. A serious truck accident has lasting implications and general damages are meant to compensate them. Calculating compensation for things like embarrassment and lack of partnership is difficult, which is why it's essential to contact a truck accident lawyer right away.
What To Do If I'm in a Truck Accident?
Your priority should be getting medical treatment. Get well, be safe. As mentioned above, damages are largely reliant on documentation and tracking expenses. If you are a victim (or a family member was), and have even minor injuries, having that documentation is crucial.
It's important to prove liability and negligence. How did it happen? Was someone at fault? Autopsies, death certificates, and medical reports are extremely important. It's useful to file a claim as soon as you can while witness testimonies and evidence are still available. Some states have set statutes of limitations on how long you can wait before pursuing a claim.
The next thing you need to do is contact a lawyer. The quicker you take action, the quicker you're going to solve the problem at hand. It is important to collect any and all information you can. Witness testimonies, the at-fault party's insurance information, and other documents help. Keep a journal about any treatments or pain and suffering. All things considered, a truck accident will likely have a large impact on your life.
No matter what the cause, a qualified lawyer can help you win the compensation you deserve. Eason Law's Truck Accident Lawyers fight to win for every one of our clients. Contact our firm now for a case review or if you have any questions about winning a semi-truck accident case.
Fight To Win
James Eason has been in law since 2003. He specializes in vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases, and consumer protection. He's a former Golden Gloves Boxer and knows what it takes. If you have been injured or lost a family member because of a truck or large vehicle, contact us today at (314) 932-1066. Our truck accident lawyers are here to win.