Tractor Trailer/18 Wheeler Accidents




We have decades of experience in handling cases for our clients who were involved in accidents with the commercial trucking industry (common carriers).  We have represented families who have lost loved ones to the negligence of commercial drivers.  Some commercial vehicles are know as 18 wheelers or tractor trailers.  Large commercial trucks, trash haulers, and bobtailing tractors( when not pulling a trailer under lease) are all very large and very heavy vehicles.  A tractor trailer can weigh 40 tons or 80,000 pound while a typical passenger weighs 3,000 to 5,000 pounds.  When speeds are considered the physics of an impact creates massive sheering forces that will be applied to the passengers of the vehicle causing massive and catastrophic injuries or death.  We have handled many cases where total payouts are over a million dollars.  We have a record verdict against a commercial truck in the City of St. Louis.  The verdict involved the commercial driver, his company and the City of St. Louis for maintaining a dangerous intersection and crosswalk.  It was the largest reported verdict for the wrongful death of a person over the age of 70.  We have claims pending relating to multiple vehicle pile ups caused by a jackknifed tractor trailer.  We have handled cases involving the improper placement of emergency reflectors, and stalled units among other collisions involving lane changes.



It is of utmost importance to obtain a consultation as soon as possible.  We will immediately commence an investigation that will likely include expert consultation, a forensic scene inspection and witness interviews.  Based upon years of experience, I can safely say that the trucking company and their insurer will launch the investigation within hours of the accident.  We have seen pictures taken by investigators prior to the vehicles being moved. If you are involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler or other commercial truck, contact us immediately as time is critical for a good investigation. Remember, the trucking industry reacts instantly to a serious accident with investigators and industry friendly accident reconstructionists.  Our investigators will search for eyewitnesses who can confirm your version of how the accident happened. Skid marks, yaw marks, accident debris, and gouge marks, as well as oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains can disappear quickly after an accident.  Don’t rely upon the good intentions of others or that the official investigators will do a proper investigation.  Don’t let favorable evidence wash away or disappear.  You must protect your interests and the interests of your family.

We will seek discovery of black box and log data.  We have trucking experts available for immediate consultation.We are familiar with the industry standards, the new trucking location technology and the United States Department of Transportation rules and regulations controlling the industry. In the cases we handle, we examine issues relating to driver’s logs, truck maintenance records, safety inspections, drug and alcohol use, cell phone use, and computer speed records. We will investigate the driver’s commercial driver’s license record, training, prior employers, prior infractions and prior incidents.  We have access to industry expert witnesses and accident reconstruction engineers where these services are needed to present the case.

Commercial vehicle collisions can be a life altering due to the relative massive weights of the vehicle and the velocities involved.  We have decades of experience and several results well in excess of a million dollars including lifetime payouts.  Call us immediately for a free consultation.

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