Decades Of Experience With Semi-Truck And Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Every day, thousands of trucks travel along Illinois and Missouri highways, coming and going from Bellville. Given the significant size of these semitrailers and the speeds at which they travel, these commercial vehicles pose a serious risk to other motor vehicles around them. Strict laws and safety guidelines are in place to prevent semi-truck crashes and tractor-trailer accidents. At Bonifield & Rosenstengel, P.C., our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience. They will thoroughly investigate the causes of a crash and fight aggressively for compensation and recovery. If you or someone you love was seriously injured or even killed in a truck accident, we can help.
Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys has extensive experience with all kinds of motor vehicle accidents, including commercial truck accidents. We know that after any crash there will be questions, and this is especially true after an accident with a commercial vehicle. Here, our attorneys answer some of the most common of these questions. But each case and car crash is different. For answers to your specific questions, we offer free, initial consultations.
What should I do after I get in a crash with a commercial vehicle?
After any motor vehicle accident, the adrenaline is pumping, and it can be hard to think straight, especially if a truck was involved in the accident. But there are a few steps you can take immediately.
- Get help: Emergency response teams can help immediately with injuries and police officers can help with accident reports
- Gather information: Beyond insurance information, take photos if possible, get witness names and contact information from the accident scene, and soon after, write a detailed description of what happened while the incident is still fresh in your memory
- Don’t volunteer excess information: Provide your contact information as necessary, but do not admit fault and be careful about what you say
- Seek medical attention if necessary: Sometimes internal and soft-tissue injuries take a few days to present themselves, if you start to feel any pain in the days following the crash, seek medical assistance
Finally, one of the most important steps to take is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you. In the moments and days following a serious accident, it can be overwhelming to pick up the pieces and try to put everything back together. Hiring an attorney will help ensure that you don’t miss any important steps or chances for recovering damages for your injuries.
Why are truck accidents more complicated than other motor vehicle crashes?
When a commercial vehicle or semi truck is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it can be difficult to determine what happened and who is responsible for the crash. This makes investigating the accident to get to the root of the issues more complicated, and even more important, than other accidents. At Attorney Rosenstengel, both of our founding partners were private investigators for personal injury law firms before becoming lawyers. Our legal team is fully equipped with the knowledge, resources and experience to get to the bottom of every case we take.
Who is at fault in my commercial vehicle crash?
Every case is different with its own unique set of facts. In a semi-truck or tractor-trailer crash, there are a lot of things that could have gone wrong. Likewise, there are a lot of potential people or commercial entities who could ultimately be responsible for the accident. From the negligent driver who fell asleep, to the irresponsible trucking company who failed to follow scheduling laws, multiple parties could be at fault. There could even be malfunctioning equipment that was defective or not maintained properly. As a firm founded by partners who were former investigators, our legal team will leave no stone unturned as they figure out what happened in your case.
The Results Can Be Devastating
Given the enormous size of these vehicles, accidents involving semitrailers are almost always devastating. Trucks carrying heavy loads can collide with other drivers or fail to look for other cars when changing lanes. The truck driver may walk away without a scratch while the drivers of other vehicles are left with life-altering injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Multiple bone breaks or fractures
- Internal bleedings
In the worst situations, the driver of the other vehicle is killed, leaving loved ones to mourn a death that should have been prevented by greater care and by the driver abiding by safety guidelines.
At Bonifield & Rosenstengel, P.C., our attorneys fight aggressively for justice for those have lost a loved one in a trucking accident. While monetary rewards cannot bring back your loved one, they can help to provide a sense of justice and closure for those who remain. When the death of your loved one should have been prevented, we hold the responsible parties accountable.
Holding Negligent Truckers And Companies Accountable
When a truck driver makes a mistake or falls asleep at the wheel, the result is almost always devastating to others on the road. Trucking companies and the drivers of commercial vehicles are required by law to follow strict protocols for operating large tractor-trailers and semi trucks. These rules regulate how long they can drive, the types of loads they can carry and how those loads should be balanced in the truck. Following a tractor-trailer crash, our legal team works to hold drivers and their companies accountable for the pain that they have caused and help you recover compensation and the damages you deserve.
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If you or someone you love has been injured or even killed in an accident with a commercial vehicle, call us today at 618-215-2412 or send us an email through our online form. We handle all truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay no attorneys fees until we successfully resolve your legal claims and obtain financial compensation for you.