Thousands of tractor trailers travel across Missouri on a daily basis. Most semi-truck drivers are professionals who take pride in their job, follow the law, and do their best to avoid injuring others on the road. However, even the best driver can negligently cause an accident. Studies have shown that a substantial number of truck drivers negligently operate their tractor trailers with too little sleep or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A negligent driver can cause you or a loved one physical injury, pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, and significant medical bills. If you or someone you know has been in a serious semi-truck accident, you can speak with an truck accident attorney at Preston Law for free to get advice about your rights with no obligation. We are Springfield semi-truck accident lawyers.
How are Semi-Truck Accidents Different than Auto Accidents?
Semi-Trucks drivers are governed by a myriad of Federal and State regulations. Many lawyers who handle just auto accidents may not be familiar with all of the rules and regulations that affect your lawsuit. You need truck accident lawyers who have experience with commercial truck litigation, and who can give you the best chance to win your case. Our truck accident lawyers at Preston Law, who have been successfully handling semi-truck accidents for almost twenty years, will speak to you about your rights for free in a no obligation consultation.
What should I do immediately after a Semi-Truck Accident?
First of all, you should concentrate on taking care of yourself medically by getting whatever medical care is appropriate with respect to your injuries. You should obtain the police report if officers were called to the scene, and you should immediately notify your own insurance company of the accident. Also be sure to document your injuries and the damage to your vehicle by taking photographs and preserving any other evidence from the semi-truck accident. Often the negligent truck driver’s insurance company will attempt to get you to settle your claim for significantly less than what you are entitled to. Knowing your rights before you talk with the other driver’s insurance company is extremely important, and you should contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your rights and any early settlement offers you receive from the insurance company.
What should I provide to the insurance company for the other driver?
Other than contact information, you should not speak with the other driver’s insurance company until you have talked with your own semi-truck accident lawyer. Additionally, you should not sign any statements or medical authorizations until you have spoken with your attorney.
Do I need a lawyer for my Semi-Truck Accident?
When you get into an truck accident, the insurance companies will immediately assign adjusters and lawyers to your claim. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice your own truck accident lawyer in order to ensure that you are properly prepared to deal with those lawyers and adjusters so that you are not bullied in the early stages of your claim. We offer free consultations to our auto accident clients so that you know your rights and are prepared to discuss your case.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
You should immediately contact a lawyer after your semi-truck accident in order to know your rights and get your case filed quickly and correctly. For semi-truck accidents where no death is involved, Missouri law allows five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. For more information regarding your statute of limitations in cases involving auto accidents, see the Revised Statutes of Missouri, §516.120, or contact a lawyer immediately. Even if you have plenty of time left to file your lawsuit, the sooner you get in touch with a lawyer and get your case going, the sooner you may recover compensation to cover you medical bills and other expenses related to the accident.
Does it cost anything for me to speak with your firm?
At Preston Law, we only get paid if you get paid. We work on a contingent fee basis that explicitly states that you owe us nothing for attorney’s fees if we don’t collect for you. Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision, but at Preston Law we have a team of four lawyers and a large office staff of experienced legal professionals, all armed with expert knowledge of semi-truck accident litigation. Our goal is always to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries through trial or the settlement process. Unlike some semi-truck accident firms, if the insurance company will not offer you a reasonable settlement, we will take them to court and have a jury decide your case. We practice throughout all of Missouri, but our office is located in Springfield, Missouri. We regularly handle cases in the surrounding areas including: Ozark, Nixa, Branson, Joplin, Monett, Neosho, Bolivar, Camdenton, Nevada, Lamar, and Mount Vernon. We are Springfield Missouri truck accident attorneys.
We only get paid if you get paid and we charge nothing to meet with you to discuss your case. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact Preston Law for a no obligation appointment with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers. Our office phone number is (417) 616-5000 or toll free at (866) 953-6736. You can also contact us online with the form provided on the sidebar of this page.