Have you ever had the life scared out of you by a large commercial truck
or semi-tractor trailer while you were trying to merge onto the highway?
Have you been so sure a big rig was going to rear end you that you braced
for impact? Or worse, have you or a loved one been the victim of a commercial
truck accident? Our Missouri
truck accident lawyers know all too well the how damaging tractor-trailer and commercial
truck accidents can be. What's more, many of these accidents are 100%
preventable: in fact, many are caused by irresponsible truck driving practices.
Key factors contributing to unsafe truck driving practices in Missouri:
Some trucking companies fail to utilize the pre-employment screening program
provided by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- Some employees do not receive adequate training.
- Logs and other programs for safe driving quality assurance are sometimes
not properly monitored.
- Some truck drivers avoid medical examinations, or provide false medical
documents, meaning unsafe drivers are still being hired.
- Some drivers who should be suspended are able to obtain special permits
or probationary licenses for drivers.
Unfortunately, many truck drivers are between a rock and a hard place at
present. As trucking companies work to make a profit, truckers feel more
pressure to drive longer hours at faster speeds, and to bend or even break
federal regulatory rules and state laws. If they don't, they may find
themselves jobless. This pressure creates the potential for reckless driving
behaviors, which can lead to devastating accidents involving Missouri
motorists who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What can Missouri truck accident lawyers do to hold the trucking industry
accountable for these unsafe practices?
Aggressive and unlawful truck drivers make it even harder for the responsible
truck drivers who follow the laws and drive safely. After a truck accident
has occurred and negligence or wrongdoing has been discovered, a personal
injury case or wrongful death suit can be an effective way to get a trucking
company or unsafe driver to address dangerous practices - and to ensure
accident victims are fairly compensated.
By presenting the evidence and serving as an advocate for truck accident
victims, experienced personal injury lawyers can work to hold the trucking
industry and unsafe truck drivers accountable for their safety standards.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an auto accident involving
a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle, our law firm may be able
to assist you. We maintain five offices statewide - Springfield, Joplin,
Columbia, Cape Girardeau and Kansas City - and we offer a
free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. An experienced attorney
can help protect your rights and help you determine the best way to proceed.
For more information, please call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO.
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