3 Ways Negligence Causes Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2018

Big trucks are an essential part of the nation’s economy, and they represent a sizeable number of vehicles on Missouri’s highways and interstates at any given time. But because of their weight and size—especially in comparison to passenger vehicles—they can pose serious risks to drivers and passengers during crashes.

At Cofman Townsley, our St. Louis truck accident attorneys help injured victims like you by investigating crashes and finding out who or what caused them. If we determine that negligence played a role, we’ll hold the liable party accountable for your accident-related expenses, including your medical bills and lost wages.

Three common forms of negligence that lead to truck crashes include:

  1. Driver error—Whether it’s speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or failing to abide by government-mandated rest periods, truck drivers can make mistakes that put other people’s lives in danger.
  2. Improper loading—All trucks have maximum weight limits, and their trailers must be loaded properly and evenly. When any of those requirements are violated, trucks can be more difficult to maneuver, stop, or slow down, and that can lead to serious accidents.
  3. Negligent maintenance—Like all vehicles, trucks require frequent maintenance to run and perform at their best and safest. When semi-trucks don’t get the maintenance and repairs they need, critical parts can fail when they’re in motion, putting their drivers and other motorists at risk.

If you were hurt in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to investigate and pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.