Litigators Committed to Improving the Safety of Our Highways
Semi-trucks, sometimes called tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers, have become a dominant force on our roads and highways.
Because of their size, speed, weight, and propensity to cause catastrophic crashes, it is critical that semi-trucks be operated by responsible drivers and companies in accordance with the special rules that apply to these large commercial vehicles. If companies and drivers act negligently and disregard the established safety rules–something that happens every day on America’s highways–people can get hurt, or worse.
Trucking accident cases differ from regular car accident cases due to the unique rules and regulations for semi-truck drivers and trucking companies. If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash involving a semi-truck, you need a law firm experienced in handling trucking cases. Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader P.C. is that law firm. Contact our firm today for a free consolation.
Trust One of the Midwest’s Leading Trucking Accident Law Firms
For over forty years, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has been one of country’s premier law firms representing people who have been catastrophically injured in trucking accidents caused by the wrongful conduct of others.
Our team has a proven track record of success in representing people and their families who have suffered harm due to the negligent or reckless operation of a semi-truck, tractor trailer or eighteen-wheeler. We have specialized knowledge in this unique area of the law and the network of trucking industry and accident reconstruction experts necessary to build the strongest possible case. Our reputation and results speak for themselves.
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What To Expect With Your Truck Accident Case
Each Truck accident case starts with us getting to know you, your family and what you have lost as a result of the crash. This happens at an initial free consultation.
Time is also of the essence when it comes to trucking cases. Physical evidence from the scene of the crash, the involved vehicles, and evidence in the trucking company’s possession must be preserved and evaluated to ensure you can make the strongest possible case. Experts may be required to reconstruct the accident, download and interpret any electronic control module (black box) information, comment on the standard of care for a commercial vehicle driver, or evaluate you or your injured loved one for future medical care needs. Our team will handle putting the right team of experts in place and taking the steps necessary to preserve evidence.
Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader will also investigate the existence of the insurance coverage that may be available to compensate you and your family for the personal, emotional, and financial harm sustained. Depending upon the strength of the liability and the injuries sustained, preliminary negotiations with the at-fault driver’s company may occur. Negotiations may also begin with your insurance company if the other drivers were underinsured or uninsured. Our team will handle dealing with the insurance companies so you can focus on recovery.
Our team will prepare and file the lawsuit if a pre-suit settlement cannot be reached to your satisfaction. We will work with you and the experts to develop a compelling and persuasive case.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Winning Your Truck Accident Case
To win your truck accident case you will need to prove that the truck driver and any other parties, like their employers, are liable or responsible for you or your loved ones’ injuries. The trucking company can be liable for your damages through the legal theory of “vicarious liability.” This simply means that employers are responsible for accidents their employees get into during the regular course and scope of their employment.
One way to prove liability is to show that the driver or trucking company broke the law, as this can automatically prove negligence. This is the legal concept of “negligence per se.” An example is when the truck driver is under the influence or runs a red light, which are both against the law.
Another way to show the truck company was negligent is to show it negligently hired, trained, supervised, or retained a driver. State and federal laws require trucking companies to practice due diligence when hiring, training and supervising commercial drivers.
The law further requires that truck drivers receive extensive training and obtain special licensing to operate commercial trucks, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Accordingly, trucking companies must ensure that their drivers have a history of safe driving and are medically able to operate these massive vehicles.
However, many businesses in the trucking industry hire unqualified and untrained drivers to improve their bottom lines. For example, a trucking company may fail to conduct background checks or drug tests on drivers, or worse, they may ignore a history of previous accidents, violations, substance use, or a known medical condition. Fortunately, for victims of truck accidents caused by these dangerous practices, there is often a paper trial, as the law requires trucking companies to maintain detailed driver qualification files and other records. Obtaining and preserving these records and files is vitally important to your case. The trucking accident lawyers at Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader can help expose the dangerous practices of trucking companies and help obtain and preserve the most crucial evidence of your trucking case.