Joplin Truck Accident Attorneys
We’ve Recovered Millions for Past Clients
Truck accident cases cause big headaches, almost as big as the injuries suffered by the people hurt in the crashes. Trucking companies are infamous for fighting claims and trying to dodge any liability for what happened. Luckily, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. in Joplin is famous for fighting them head-on and finding clever ways to reach a successful verdict or settlement.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
The cause of many truck accidents is simple yet dangerous: truck driver negligence: When a trucker is not paying attention to the road or their own ability to drive safely, a catastrophic accident can follow.
Different forms of truck driver negligence can include:
- Driving while exhausted: It is not unusual for a truck driver to work a 14-hour shift with only 3 of those hours not spent behind the wheel. Exhaustion can make them drive as if they are drunk, which means they have horrible reaction times, poor vehicle control, etc.
- Driving while impaired: To fight exhaustion, some truckers take stimulants to keep themselves awake. While under the effects of a stimulant, a trucker will experience more unsafe symptoms, like an inability to focus. Once the stimulant wears off, the exhaustion can come back tenfold.
- Overloading a trailer: Placing too much product in a trailer will make it extremely difficult to control. The braking distance of an overloaded trailer will also increase, which makes it more likely that the trucker will cause a rear-end collision.
- Speeding: Breaking the speed limit is never safe, especially for truck drivers with multi-ton vehicles. The faster a truck travels, the more distance it will need to come to a complete stop.
Can You Sue the Trucking Company, Too?
Are you allowed to sue a trucking company for a truck accident? Maybe. It depends on the employment classification of the truck driver in many cases.
A truck driver who is an independent contractor usually cannot pass liability for a crash upward to their employer. But a trucker who is an employee can. If we find out that the truck driver who hit you is an employee or reasonably could be considered one, then we can talk about suing the trucking company for additional or uncovered damages.
Call Our Joplin Truck Accident Lawyers Now
Taking on trucking companies is second nature to our Joplin truck accident lawyers. We spend every day looking for new ways to take on big insurance companies and the corporations they represent. The objective is always the same, though: get as much money for our clients as possible.
“My experience as a client was no less than phenomenal. The attorney who handled my case was great. my biggest praise goes to the paralegal who was there for me every moment, Peggy Forest.”- Larry Ward
“Thank you all for everything. Dana Baker was great. She took over, lifting the burden of dealing with the insurance companies so we were able to focus on healing. She kept us informed every step of the way. I would recommend it to everyone. Again thank you”- Jaden Austin
“I was involved in an accident while on my motorcycle. It was a big relief that I could just focus on healing rather than dealing with insurance companies.”- Former Client