St. Louis Big Rig Collision Lawyers
A big rig is a two-part truck consisting of a tractor and a trailer. The driver sits in the tractor or cab and a trailer is hooked up to the tractor. Freight or cargo is transported in the trailer portion of the truck. Big rigs have three axles and ten to eighteen wheels. They can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. An average passenger vehicle sedan weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Big rigs are also referred to as 18 wheelers, semi trucks, or tractor trailers. Mack trucks, diesel trucks, flat beds, tanker trucks, freight liners, pipe haulers, oilfield trucks, chemical and hazardous material haulers, cement trucks, log trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, gravel trucks, construction zone trucks, wide load trucks, bulldozers, farm equipment trucks, are all commercial trucks.
When a regular passenger vehicle collides with one of these types of big rig commercial trucks, the results are often catastrophic for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. Physical injuries can range from broken bones to spinal cord injury and brain trauma, even death. A 3,000 pound car is simply no match for an 80,000 pound truck. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash, you will need an aggressive and experienced truck accident attorney to work with you and make sure that if the truck driver or the trucking company is found to be negligent, you are fully compensated for your losses. Not only do these big rigs cause physical injuries, but the trauma and emotional stress is often irreversible. Additionally, you are entitled to be compensated for all of your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and future lost wages, and in the event of a death, you would have even more losses - loss of companionship, loss of quality of life and even higher levels of emotional trauma.
Most big rig collisions are caused by driver negligence. Our expert investigators will immediately begin an investigation into your accident. Our experienced attorneys will uncover not only the cause of the crash, but will carefully preserve all of the evidence from the scene to ensure that nothing is missed. We make sure that the trucker and trucking company preserve driver log books, any precious reports or violations, all inspection/maintenance and repair records, black box records, and any other necessary paperwork. You will need an experienced legal team to assist you in this complex process. If you or a loved one is involved in an incident with any type of commercial truck or big rig, call for immediate assistance.