EXPERIENCED ST. LOUIS TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Missouri truck accident lawyer John M. Cichelero is well aware of the dangers of traveling the roads and highways next to an increasing number of tractor-trailer trucks. Missouri highways are full of these huge vehicles. All of us, as drivers or passengers, can feel intimidated by these big rigs passing at high speeds on either side of your vehicle. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact us today for a free consultation. Mr. Cichelero represents on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. You may reach him via e-mail or call 314-205-2886.
It is not uncommon that these tractor-trailer drivers, in an effort to maintain their schedule, will drive perilously close to the rear of our cars or trucks. These actions can lead to devastating truck accidents. In most cases, passenger vehicles do not stand a chance against these huge, loaded 18-wheel trucks. When a Missouri truck accident occurs, the injuries suffered by occupants of the smaller car, truck, or motorcycle can be serious and even life-threatening. These injuries can change the lives of their victims and their victims’ families.
Truck and bus accidents account for many serious collisions on Missouri’s highways. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the year 2007, large trucks, like tractor-trailers, accounted for 4% of all registered vehicles. However, large trucks accounted for 8% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes in the year 2008. In fact, in 2008, 380,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes in the United States. A total of 4,229 people died and an additional 90,000 were injured in these crashes and accidents. For more information related to these figures, see this document.
FEDERAL SAFETY RULE PUT IN PLACE
In order to ensure the safety of motor vehicle operators on our highways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Department of Transportation have put in place several rules designed to reduce the chances of having an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other large truck. For example, there are Hours of Service rules that govern the amount of time a tractor-trailer driver may drive before being required to rest; there are rules prohibiting a sick driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle; there are requirements for drug and alcohol tests for tractor-trailer drivers, and; there are rules governing the use of safety warning devices a driver must use when his tractor-trailer is disabled. Many of these rules can be viewed in detail at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Despite the rules in place to make the operation of commercial trucks like tractor-trailers safer, collisions involving these vehicles are all too common. Anyone who has driven Highway 70, I-44, or Highway 55 in Missouri is all too familiar with the overuse of tractor-trailer activity. The statistics do not lie. In 2004, the National Center for Statistics & Analysis performed a Large Truck and Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study. The data showed that in two-vehicle crashes, the action of the truck driver was the cause in 29% of the cases. The Study found that the reasons for these accidents included truck driver fatigue, drug use, poor driver decision (such as traveling too fast), and poor driver recognition.
EXPERIENCED INJURY LAWYER
When an accident involving a tractor-trailer or truck leads to serious bodily injury or death, the victim or victim’s family needs an experienced Missouri injury attorney to go up against the trucking company. Missouri semi truck accident lawyer John M. Cichelero is familiar with the various federal and state regulations governing motor carriers like tractor-trailers. Was the collision due to basic driver negligence such as speeding, driving too fast for conditions, or the failure to yield? Or was the Missouri 18-wheeler crash due to a violation of the applicable safety regulations governing the operation or maintenance of the truck? Sometimes the driver’s employer may be held liable for the actions of the driver and violations of these safety rules. Under certain circumstances, a motor carrier and its driver may be liable for punitive damages. It takes an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer to identify when these rules may come into play and when they most benefit you as a victim of a Missouri truck crash.
NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Cichelero, please contact him by e-mail, or call 314-205-2886. He handles cases in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County, Kansas City, Jackson County, Greene County and any other county or city within Missouri. He also represents clients in some parts of metro east Illinois, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Alton, Wood River, Edwardsville, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, Belleville, and O’Fallon.