Causes of Truck Accidents

Why did your truck accident happen?

When the attorneys of Meyerkord & Meyerkord represent a client in a truck accident claim, we conduct an exhaustive investigation of the accident in order to accurately determine the cause or causes of the incident. While some trucking accidents are unavoidable, many can be directly attributed to the careless or reckless actions of the truck driver. Some of the most common causes of this type of accident include:

Drunk Driving
Believe it or not, some truckers will take the enormous risk of drinking and driving. Nearly anyone will agree that driving under the influence of alcohol is an act of gross negligence, yet some truck drivers will commit this crime, thereby placing the lives of everyone on the road in danger.

Employer / Driver Negligence
A large percentage of truck accidents are caused by the truck driver, but some are found to be the result of negligence on the part of the trucking company. In either case, a Missouri truck accident attorney from our team can help you take appropriate legal action to recover fair compensation for your injuries.

Failure to Maintain
Was your truck accident caused by a sudden, catastrophic mechanical breakdown in the truck? The trucking company may be responsible for a failure to properly maintain the vehicle, while the trucker also has a duty to inspect the truck during use and ensure that the truck receives any repairs that may be necessary.

Tired Drivers
A careful investigation of a truck accident will frequently reveal that the driver was fatigued at the time of the accident. Truckers are often under considerable pressure to meet demanding delivery deadlines, which often compels them to stay on the road for hours after they have become too tired to drive safely.

Truck Driver Negligence
Any driver has an enormous responsibility to take precautions to avoid causing accidents, but this is especially true in the case of commercial truck drivers. If the trucker was texting or talking on a cell phone, was driving recklessly, or was negligent in any other way, then we can help you file an injury claim to recover monetary damages.

Unsafe Lane Changes
Semi-trucks have several large blind spots that are commonly referred to as "no-zones" because other drivers are cautioned against driving in these areas of no visibility on the part of the trucker. Regardless, the trucker should be sure to check these spots in the mirrors before making lane changes to avoid a collision with a vehicle travelling alongside the trailer.

Unsecure Cargo
There are many cases on record of a truck accident that has been caused through no fault of the driver but because of an unsecured cargo load. The heavy loads carried by 18-wheelers can cause catastrophic damage if they spill off the trailer, with consequences such as property damage, serious injury, and death.

Whatever the cause of your accident, we are prepared to fight aggressively to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, your lost income, and pain and suffering. Contact us now to speak with a Missouri truck accident lawyer and determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.