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Semi Truck Accidents

EXPERIENCED MISSOURI SEMI TRUCK LAYWER

Injuries sustained in an accident in which a semi or 18–wheeler truck is involved can be much more serious than those only involving smaller non-commercial vehicles. Impacts from these large trucks often are worse due to their enormous weight and size as compared to ordinary cars, motorcycles, or pickup trucks. Because many of these collisions tend to be more serious, you or your injured loved one will want to consult with an experienced Missouri semi truck accident attorney to handle your claim.

All semi truck accident claims handled by Attorney John M. Cichelero are handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. For a free consultation, please contact Mr. Cichelero directly by e-mail or call 314-205-2886.

WHY DO SEMI TRUCKS CRASH SO OFTEN?

There are many reasons why there are so many Missouri semi truck accidents. One, as mentioned above, is the substantial weight difference between these vehicles and non–commercial vehicles. It is not uncommon for these semi trucks to weigh up to 80,000 pounds. As a result, these 40 ton vehicles cannot always slow down in time or stop before a collision takes place.

At the same time, it is not uncommon for these semi truck drivers to travel well in excess of the speed limit despite their increased weight and size. The problem is that when the truck driver decides to travel in excess of the legal speed limit, they often invite disaster.

Additionally, it is not uncommon for these drivers to continue to operate their rigs despite the fact that they are overly tired or even exhausted. Instead of pulling off the roadway to rest, they continue to drive and push themselves beyond safe limits. At best, this can cause inattention or somewhat erratic movements by the driver. At worst, these exhausted individuals have been known to fall asleep at the wheel and cause tragedies.

TYPES OF SEMI TRUCK CLAIMS

Because of the low costs to companies to transport their products by semi trucks, all kinds of different types of accidents take place. St. Louis tractor trailer accident lawyer John M. Cichelero handles the following type of semi truck claims:

  • Wrongful death claims
  • Tanker truck accidents
  • Tired or sleeping driver accidents
  • Impaired driver accidents
  • Speeding semi accidents
  • Courier truck accidents
  • Construction zone accidents
  • Rear-end collisions

IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION IS NECESSARY

With semi truck accidents, it is crucial that a complete and thorough investigation be done immediately following the crash. Your Missouri 18–wheeler crash attorney should arrange for a qualified investigator to take numerous photographs or measurements of the scene of the accident as soon as possible. In almost every case of this sort, there will be tire skid marks on the highway or roadway of the scene. Photographing and documenting this marking immediately is critical. Often times, what takes place after the accident will wash the skid marks away without quick action to photograph them.

Your St. Louis semi truck crash lawyer should also research the driving record of the driver that caused your accident. It may be necessary to investigate the maintenance records for the truck and the company that owns the semi. Photographs should always be taken of the damage to all of the vehicles involved before any repairs are made following the incident. Photographs of any physical injuries sustained by you or your loved ones should also be taken soon after the crash.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

Because of the serious nature of these types of accidents and because your claim will normally be against a company and not an individual, semi truck accident cases require the right experience. You or your injured loved one will want to pursue the full and fair compensation that you deserve for this difficult or even tragic incident. For over two decades, John M. Cichelero has been handling truck accident cases arising on our Missouri roadways. You should know what your rights are, and those rights will be carefully explained to you so that you know what to expect.

NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY

If you have been injured in a semi 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 e-mail or call 314-205-2886.

Mr. Cichelero serves clients in many metropolitan areas within Missouri, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Festus, Hillsboro, Farmington, Potosi, Fredericktown and other cities and counties within the state of Missouri. He also represents clients in part of the metro east area, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Alton, Wood River, Fairmont City, Edwardsville, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, Belleville, and O’Fallon.

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