Kansas City Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer
Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys Serving Kansas City
Tractor-trailers serve a vital role in our communities. Despite our advances in technology, there are often no other methods to send and receive goods from around the world. Tractor-trailers also provide options for chemical and manufacturing companies to safely transport dangerous chemicals throughout the states. However, while drivers may be trained on the best driving techniques to avoid serious accidents, tractor-trailer accidents still continue to occur on our roadways, often with devastating results. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries through our Kansas City tractor-trailer accident lawyer.
Experiencing a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Tractor-trailers hauling dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment have the most potential risk to drivers on the road. If a driver neglects to stop at a stop light, or overcorrects on a highway, the tractor may easily flip, causing dangerous contents to impact any vehicles around the truck.
In Kansas City alone, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported 12 fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles (including tractor-trailers) during 2017, and 25 serious injuries. The number of fatalities was a substantial increase from 2016, during which 5 fatalities were reported. These numbers don’t always seem alarming, but they represent nearly 40 families which have had to contend with serious injuries and wrongful deaths caused by tractor-trailer accidents.
Personal Injury Claims
The injuries involved in tractor-trailer accidents are often very severe, requiring months of medical care, including ongoing rehabilitation efforts. The victims of tractor-trailer accidents are entitled to seek compensation from the responsible party, often the tractor-trailer driver or the company. Whether it was caused by a car accident or other vehicle, you deserve the best representation available.
As a victim of a tractor-trailer accident, you are entitled to receive damages covering the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
It is important to speak with an experienced attorney shortly after the accident to discuss your options for settlement, to ensure you receive the best compensation settlement. Shortly after an accident, the responsible party’s insurance company may contact you in an attempt to settle with an amount that covers your hospital stay, or any easily accessible expenses. However, these settlements often do not take into consideration ongoing medical treatment for extensive injuries, lost wages, and other impacts to daily life.
Missouri is a comparative negligence state, and therefore the responsible party to an accident may be held responsible for any resulting damages. However, if the court determines that your actions partially caused the accident or resulting injuries, the court may reduce your damages by the percentage your actions were determined to be at fault. It is therefore important to discuss all options with your attorney, and most importantly the details of the accident.
Request Compensation From A Kansas City Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer
The attorneys of Smith Mohlman Injury Law, LLC have years of experience in handling personal injury claims, and understand the devastation that tractor-trailer accidents can have on your family. Contact our office today for your initial free consultation.