Proving liability after a truck accident can be more complicated than after most passenger-vehicle collisions because several parties often share a percentage of fault. Depending on the cause of your crash, you may have grounds for a claim against the truck driver, trucking company, vehicle manufacturer, and/or another party. If you were injured in a big-rig collision, the Missouri truck accident attorneys at Gump & Faiella can evaluate your case for free and help you identify all potentially liable parties.
Our personal injury lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and courtroom experience to help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled, and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. Call us today at 800-264-3455 to arrange a free consultation.
Determining Liability After a Truck Accident in Missouri
Courts in Missouri use the “pure comparative negligence” rule when awarding damages. That means each liable party will have to pay the percentage of damages that corresponds to their percentage of fault. For instance, if the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the crash but the truck driver was 80% at fault and you incurred $100,000 in damages, you would be awarded $80,000.
Liability can also be shared by multiple defendants. For instance, the truck driver’s liability may be reduced if the trucking company negligently loaded the vehicle or incentivized the trucker to violate the Hours of Service Regulations. A mechanic may be liable if negligent repairs contributed to the crash, and the manufacturer of the truck or its parts could be liable if a design defect was a contributing factor.
There are several other parties who may share a percentage of liability depending on the specific cause of your accident. The best way to identify all potentially liable parties is to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.
How Will My Missouri Injury Lawyer Determine Liability?
To determine liability, the injury attorneys at Gump & Faiella will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident. This may involve:
- Evaluating the truck driver’s Hours of Service log;
- Analyzing the truck’s black box data;
- Interviewing eyewitnesses;
- Reviewing any surveillance or dashcam footage;
- Evaluating the police report and toxicity report;
- Consulting an accident reconstruction expert;
- Searching for information on other accidents involving the same trucking company, vehicle, or vehicle parts;
- Assessing photos of the crash scene; and
- Reviewing weigh station records.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Missouri!
The insurance company will look for any possible excuse to dispute liability, but the Missouri injury attorneys at Gump & Faiella can help you gather the evidence needed to strengthen your claim. We have more than 90 years of combined experience in legal practice, and we have recovered more than $250 million for our clients.
Your case is just as important to us as it is to you. Call 800-264-3455 today to schedule a free initial consultation.