Accidents Don’t Just ‘happen’ – Someone Is At Fault
No matter how safe a driver you may be, the odds are good that you’ll be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. As a Kansas City car accident lawyer I’ve helped thousands of injured people, both locally and across the country, reach settlements in their cases. When it comes to litigation experience is crucial. Since I deal with auto accident lawsuits every day I know exactly what to do to quickly and effectively begin your litigation. As your Kansas City auto accident lawyer I’ll address the liability, or negligence, issues in the accident. I know exactly what it takes to prove who was at fault for the accident. Most importantly, you’ll be able to focus on your physical and emotional recovery. There are dozens of causes for auto accidents. But by and large, car accidents are caused by drivers who were:
Have Kansas City Auto Accident Lawyer Experience On Your Side
When someone comes in to my office to talk about a trucking accident, I know what to do.
- I address the liability, or negligence, issues in the accident. I know what it takes to prove who was at fault for the accident. The evidence in accidents involving semis can be very different than in an accident between two passenger vehicles.
- I know what evidence to collect.
- I know how to show the types and extent of the injuries that the victims of accidents suffer. Injuries aren’t just physical. They can be emotional, mental and economic injuries, as well. Lost wages, medical expenses and the loss of a loved one’s companionship can all be injuries, too.
- I’m familiar with which documentation to gather, which experts to consult and which evidence needs to present to a jury.
- I know how to fight the insurance companies. It is not unusual for more than one insurance company to be involved in a claim after a trucking accident.
- I have the experience to handle the complicated claims process.
- There are often health insurance claims and medical bills to be addressed. I have the experience to handle those complicated claims processes.
Semi Truck V. Auto Accident
It should come as no surprise that, when a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck, the results are virtually always catastrophic resulting in injuries ranging from whiplash, to broken bones, and even death. Even at slow speeds a semi truck can cause serious injury.
It is widely known that many truck drivers drive long hours, leading to exhaustion and negligent operation. Missouri State law regarding maximum driving time allows truckers to drive up to eleven consecutive hours.
Trucking accidents involve large, over-the-road tractor-trailers, or “semis.” They are generally the most deadly accidents that happen. Large trucks can be fatally dangerous. There is an evident different in the size and weight between trucks and their roadside counterparts. This can cause catastrophic injuries for anyone involved in a truck collision. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer.
I have represented drivers of automobiles injured by negligent commercial truck drivers throughout the Kansas City area, and across the nation since 2005, providing the representation and legal guidance clients need. Do not allow the insurance company to tell you how to value your injury. Please give me a call.
- The statistics are frightening: Every year in the United States, trucking accidents cause over 5,000 deaths and 80,000 injuries.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation defines a “large truck” as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.
- A fully loaded, over-the-road semi can weigh up to 80,000 pounds without needing any extra permits.
- The average passenger car only weighs about 4,000 pounds.
- The majority of the injuries and fatalities in trucking accidents are the passengers in the car, not the truck drivers themselves.
- Trucks can legally drive as fast as 70 miles per hour in many places. And many truckers speed in order to deliver their trailers on time.
- The federal limit on driving commercial trucks is 11 hours in a 14 hour period, followed by at least 10 hours off… – HOWEVER – …drivers are only able to sleep 5 hours at a time before starting their next shift behind the wheel. Truckers face tremendous pressure to deliver their cargo on time.
Missouri Truck Accidents Caused By Improper Maintenance
Semi trucks and other commercial vehicles need to be properly and frequently maintained in order to keep them safe. The negligent failure to maintain these vehicles can often result in truck accidents, many of which have serious and fatal consequences for others on the road. It is the responsibility of the trucking company, the maintenance contractor, the driver or all three to properly maintain semi trucks, and the failure to do so may be considered negligence.
Attorney Dodrill provides experienced representation for people who have been injured in 18-wheeler accidents. I know how to recognize and understand inadequate or negligent maintenance procedures. I can also obtain all federal and state records, as well as company documents and records that trucking companies and drivers are required to maintain.
- Did you know? The cab, trailer, hydraulic brakes, air brakes and tires on semi trucks must all be inspected on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are working properly.
- In cases involving inadequate maintenance of semi trucks and other large vehicles, there are often many liable parties who are responsible for the oversight. Attorney Dodrill will thoroughly review all company records, maintenance records and other records to determine who is at fault. I know that our clients are often overwhelmed and devastated by the financial and emotional aftermath of a serious accident.
- Semi trucks are designed to carry large amounts of cargo at a time, but even these vehicles have their limits. An overloaded or oversized truck is dangerous and can present serious hazards for other vehicles on the road. Sometimes, overloading is the result of a trucking company putting profits over safety. Other times, it is the result of a driver’s haste and negligence in the loading process.
- Did you know? Falling debris from an overloaded semi truck can do significant damage to you and your vehicle, often as much as would be caused by another vehicle.
- Even driving a properly loaded semi truck can be challenging enough. When a load is not secure, or there is too much cargo loaded onto a flatbed truck, that cargo may fall off and present obstacles for other vehicles that are driving at high speeds.
- In other cases, an improperly loaded truck may have a load shift during travel, upsetting the center of gravity and tipping the truck over. Drivers and passengers who are in the way of these vehicles may face serious injuries or death.
Motorcycle V. Automobile Accident
Motorcycle accidents frequently result in serious injuries due to the limited protection that is available to riders. When other drivers fail to notice motorcycles, when weather conditions are poor, when motorcycle defects occur and when other driver negligence results in an accident, it is important that injured riders take the right steps to protect themselves.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycles also have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance traveled when compared with automobiles. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car.
A national study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATS) found that:
- Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000.
- Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles.
- Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
- Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.
- Did you know? According to the Hurt Report, approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collisions with another vehicle, which were most often passenger automobiles.
Additional data from the United States reveals that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent just two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. For example, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.
I have represented motor cycle riders injured in auto accidents, throughout the Kansas City area, and across the nation since 2005, providing the representation and legal guidance clients need. Do not allow the insurance company to tell you how to value your injury. Please give me a call.
Attorney Dodrill can help you make the right decisions about your case and help you avoid potentially limiting your possible benefits. You may have a lot to think about after an accident regarding medical treatment, motorcycle insurance and what the law says about your rights to compensation.
If motorcycle riders do not garner appropriate attention and respect on the roadways, similar things may be said about how they are treated by insurance companies and their attorneys. Given the perception of bikers that speed, weave in and out of traffic and otherwise take risks with their driving, some insurance companies may try to mitigate damages against innocent bikers who have been seriously injured in accidents.
I will provide the respect that you deserve. I will look at the short-term and long-term medical and financial consequences of the accident, as well as all possible sources of compensation.
School Bus Accidents
School buses – necessary transportation for so many, yet the accidents they cause result in emergency room visits by 17,000 children each year in the United States. On average, 19 children die each year as a result of school bus-related accidents. While school buses travel at low speeds, their large size poses a threat to other cars that share the road – and to their precious passengers. Seat belts are not required in school buses in either Missouri or Kansas.
Sometimes the driver of the school bus is at fault for the accident. Sometimes the driver of another vehicle is responsible. I will gather and investigate the evidence to determine who is liable for your child’s injuries.
School Bus Accidents Can Be Caused By Factors Such As:
- Driver negligence
- Dangerous roadways
- Weather conditions
- Defective products
- Improper maintenance
These Accidents May Lead To Death Or Serious Physical Injury, Including:
- Head injuries
- Burn injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Cuts and bruising
- Internal injuries
Charter & Public Bus Accidents
As a result of the high price of gas, more people are turning to buses as affordable transportation. When a bus accident occurs, every single passenger on board, as well as any nearby vehicle on the road, is put in danger and risks injury. If you have been involved in a bus accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer.