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Trucking accidents are among the most dangerous accidents on the road and there is a high possibility that serious injury or even death will result when an individual or vehicle becomes involved in an accident with a truck.

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  • IS AN ATTORNEY NEEDED TO LITIGATE

    A TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE?

    Trucking Accidents Are Among the Most Dangerous Accidents on the Road and There Is a High Probability that Serious

    Injury or Even Death Will Result When an Individual or Vehicle Becomes Involved In an Accident with a Truck

    CAREY, DANIS & LOWE

  • Is an Attorney Needed to Litigate a Trucking Accident Case? Carey, Danis and Lowe, Attorneys at Law 2

    Trucking accidents are among the most dangerous accidents on the road and

    there is a high probability that serious injury or even death will result when an

    individual or vehicle becomes involved in an accident with a truck. The maximum

    vehicle weight of a large truck can total as much as 80,000 pounds while the

    average passenger car weighs just 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. The trucks large size

    means that there is more momentum and force in the collision, which can have

    devastating consequences on motor vehicle occupants.

    The serious nature of truck accident injuries is just one of many reasons why it is

    important to have an attorney to litigate a truck accident case. St. Louis truck

    accident lawyers have advanced knowledge of how the legal system works for

    victims of collisions with big rigs and tractor-trailers. Attorneys can put their legal

    experience to work to help protect the rights of victims, so do not hesitate to

    speak with a lawyer if you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a

    truck accident.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ATTORNEY IN TRUCK

    ACCIDENT CASES

    There are several primary reasons why

    it is important to have an attorney

    litigate a truck accident case.

    The likelihood of severe injuries or

    wrongful death is one of those

    reasons. Having an attorney in cases

    where a serious injury or death occurs

  • Is an Attorney Needed to Litigate a Trucking Accident Case? Carey, Danis and Lowe, Attorneys at Law 3

    is important because the more serious the injuries are, the more compensation a

    victim should be entitled to.

    When a family member is killed in a truck collision, his loved ones are left

    without companionship and care. They are also left with medical bills and

    without the income that the deceased would have provided had he not suffered

    an untimely death. This can mean many thousands of dollars in lost income that

    family will never earn. Those responsible for

    the truck crash must pay full compensation for

    losses. The same is true when serious injuries

    leave victims with a lifetime of pain and unable

    to work because of the damage to their health.

    Obtaining full compensation for all losses can be

    difficult because insurance companies, trucking

    companies and other defendants frequently try to persuade accident victims to

    settle for less than they should receive or to resolve claims before the full extent

    of the injuries and permanent damage is known. A truck accident attorney helps

    to ensure that this does not occur. St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Carey

    Danis & Lowe understand what your case should be worth and can negotiate a

    settlement on your behalf or build a solid case to persuade a jury to provide full

    compensation.

    TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS HELP IN OTHER WAYS

    As part of efforts to ensure you get full and fair compensation, truck accident

    victims also help in many other ways in truck accident cases.

    There are several primary reasons why it is important to have an

    attorney litigate a truck accident case.

  • Is an Attorney Needed to Litigate a Trucking Accident Case? Carey, Danis and Lowe, Attorneys at Law 4

    One of the most important contributions a truck accident attorney makes in

    litigation is ensuring that you follow all rules of court procedure. There are

    deadlines that must be met, motions that must be responded to, requests that

    must be made to the court and rules of evidence that must be followed.

    A great deal of technical knowledge is required to successfully litigate a truck

    accident claim and when you are

    recovering from accident injuries or

    grieving the loss of a family member, it is

    not the time to learn the ins-and-outs of

    the legal system. You dont want to

    jeopardize your case because of a legal

    technicality and an attorney will make

    sure this does not happen to you.

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT DEFENDANTS IN TRUCK

    ACCIDENT CLAIMS

    Filing the lawsuit is one of the procedural steps you need to take when litigating

    a truck accident claim, and you must

    determine who the defendants are that you

    wish to file suit against. Even this step in the

    process requires an attorney since there are

    many potential individuals and companies that

    could be financially responsible for truck

    accident losses.

  • Is an Attorney Needed to Litigate a Trucking Accident Case? Carey, Danis and Lowe, Attorneys at Law 5

    For example, agency rules apply that make trucking companies vicariously liable

    for injuries suffered by victims of truck crashes. Essentially, these rules mandate

    that a truck driver acts on behalf of the truck company that employs him while

    the driver is on-duty. If a driver is negligent, this is the equivalent of the trucking

    company behaving in a negligent way. The trucking company may have more

    money and more insurance than the driver and should thus be named as a

    defendant to ensure there are funds available to compensate truck accident

    victims.

    In addition to trucking companies, other possible defendants include truck

    manufacturers; maintenance professionals and even shippers who ordered the

    goods moved by truck. A St. Louis truck accident lawyer will review the facts of

    the case and the cause of the crash and will help to determine who best to

    pursue a claim against to recover full compensation.

    CONTACT A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER AFTER YOUR ACCIDENT In addition to all of these different things that attorneys do to help after your

    collision, truck accident lawyers also conduct investigations into crashes;

    determine if any safety rules were broken; and assist plaintiffs in proving

    negligence in truck accident claims.

    To learn more about the specific ways that a truck accident lawyer can help after

    your collision, it is advisable to consult with a qualified and experienced truck

    accident lawyer.

  • Is an Attorney Needed to Litigate a Trucking Accident Case? Carey, Danis and Lowe, Attorneys at Law 6

    About Carey, Danis & Lowe, Attorneys at Law Carey, Danis & Lowe exclusively represents plaintiffs in litigation. The firm practices a wide area of personal injury law including trucking accidents, medical malpractice, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, product liability, burn injuries, defective prescription drugs, and defective medical devices. Currently approximately 50% of the practice is devoted to prescription drug litigation, including drugs such as Yaz, Pradaxa, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, and defective medical devices including Mirena, Transvaginal Mesh, Depuy ASR Hips, and Nextgen Knees. The remainder of the practice is devoted to trucking accidents, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, and other serious personal injuries. The firm is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, but practices throughout the nation. We have successfully handled cases from coast to coast. The law firm prides itself on personally handling all cases it takes in, and has the expertise to, if necessary, try the case to a jury no matter how complex or lengthy. The firm has a successful track record in obtaining large jury verdicts for their injured clients as well as substantial settlements. The firm has obtained multi million dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases, including a $105 million jury verdict involving the explosive separation of a multi-piece wheel against Firestone which was the largest verdict in Missouri that year, a $13 million verdict against a hotel where a boxing match was held for not having an ambulance on site, a $4.5 million jury verdict against medical Engineering Corporation for a defective breast implant, a $2 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case, a $2.1 million settlement involving a trucking accident, a $1.1 million verdict in a motorcycle accident case, a $1,050,000 verdict in a trucking accident case, a $1 million judgment in underinsured motorist case, and many others. The firm has also represented thousands of clients in pharmaceutical and medical device cases and recovered over a billion dollars. Some of the settlements and judgments involve Fen Phen, Baycol, Vioxx, Bextra, Avandia, Paxil, Smith & Nephew Macrotextured Knees, and Depuy ASR metal on metal hips. The firm is dedicated to providing excellent legal representation for people injured by defective products or in a variety of accidents. Carey, Danis & Lowe, Attorneys at Law 8235 Forsyth Blvd, Suite 1100 St. Louis, Missouri 63105 http://www.cdlinjurylaw.com Practice Areas Trucking Accidents / 18-Wheeler Crashes Pharmaceutical Liability Motor Vehicle Accidents Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defective Medical Devices Commercial Litigation