St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers
Representing Missouri Residents Injured in Big Rig Accidents
After suffering injuries in a truck accident due to the negligent actions of another party, many victims are at a loss for how to move forward. They may have a million questions running through their minds, from those concerning who is at fault/liable to how they will afford their medical bills and even how they can expect to keep themselves and their families afloat while they heal.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we understand how your life can take a turn for the worse after an accident involving a semi-truck or other large truck. That is why we are here to fight for you and maximize your recovery. We have a team of highly qualified lawyers with over 100 years of experience between them, each of whom will take a client-focused, results-oriented approach to litigating your case. At our firm, we won’t just talk about how much we care, we will actually show you by putting you first and consistently providing you with comprehensive legal services.
Let us go the extra mile for you. Contact our St. Louis office online today to speak with a trusted truck accident attorney.
The Benefits of Suing After a Truck Accident
In order to recover compensation for your truck accident injuries, you will either need to file an insurance claim or file suit against the liable party. For many cases, going through insurance may reap sufficient results and compensation. For cases involving severe injuries, however, legal action will likely be the only viable option for you to recover your full compensation.
Sadly, insurance companies are almost always going to either add on deductions to claims, pay out partial payments, offer lowball settlements, or deny claims altogether. What’s worse, an insurance company will often cap compensation at the claimant’s insurance policy limit. If your losses, or damages, exceed this fixed amount, filing suit will give you the opportunity to recover your full compensation--regardless of policy limits.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you could qualify to be compensated for the following economic and/or non-economic damages:
- Hospital bills;
- Medical treatment;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages and earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- And more.
There is a cap on non-economic damages that changes every year to reflect inflation. As of 2021, the non-economic damages cap is set at $460,499. This cap will only apply to your truck accident case if it is brought against a government entity.
To find out whether your case is affected by a damages cap or policy limit, contact our lawyers online or at (314) 701-7722 today for a free consultation.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
You likely have grounds to file a lawsuit if, because of another’s actions, you have suffered one or more of the following serious injuries in a truck accident:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Facial paralysis/disfiguration
- Partial or full amputation of a limb
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Do not wait to seek medical help after being involved in a truck accident. Even minor injuries may turn serious if left untreated.
Determining Who Is At-Fault for Your Injuries
Truck accident cases may seem simple on the surface, but they are among the most complex cases out there. This is because a few different parties could be responsible for a commercial truck accident: the truck driver, the truck driver’s employer/a trucking company, or a truck parts manufacturer, designer, or distributor.
An attorney can help you determine which of these parties is responsible for your injuries and bring a lawsuit against them.In doing so, a skilled attorney will consider the following:
- Was the driver acting negligently?
Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ignoring industry regulations, driving while fatigued, and other types of reckless driving would render the truck driver liable for any accidents.
- Was the employer/trucking company the real source of negligence?
This may mean that the truck driver was negligent but primarily because of the actions of their employer. For example, if a truck driver transports overloaded cargo without knowing, the trucking company could be held liable. This is because the trucking company has a duty to make sure that its employees are properly trained in how to do their jobs. If it failed to teach drivers how to check their cargo to ensure it is not overloaded, it has, therefore, failed to follow through on its duty.
- Was a defective truck part to blame?
If the true cause of the accident was a defective truck part, then the company responsible for allowing that truck part to go to market would be liable for the accident. For instance, the product designer or manufacturer would be liable if the defect occurred while designing or manufacturing the product, respectively. Likewise, a distributor can be held liable if it sold a product that it either knew or should have known was defective.
Through investigation and accident reconstruction, it is possible to identify the true source of negligence and file suit against that source. It is imperative that your case is brought against the correct party; bringing a case against the incorrect party will only waste your time. To get started on the right foot, consult a legal professional as early on as you can.
A Dedicated Legal Team with 25 Years of Experience
The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has remained committed to fighting for injured plaintiffs in St. Louis ever since we first opened our doors in 1996. We have dexterously brought truck accident cases to groundbreaking resolutions, a couple of which include:
- $2 million settlement for a plaintiff who suffered eye injuries when a pickup truck and delivery truck collided; and
- $600,000 settlement for a tractor-trailer case involving multiple plaintiffs.
Our trial lawyers will fight for you with unwavering dedication, as we have for each of our clients in the past. We are proud to provide support to truck accident victims with compassion and skill. When you retain our legal help, you are also retaining the help of our extensive network of top medical professionals, civil engineers, accident reconstructionists, and other industry experts. Find out why we are a top choice among clients and referring attorneys.
Call (314) 701-7722 to book your free, confidential consultation with a St. Louis truck accident lawyer today.