KANSAS CITY TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
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- Recover Compensation With The Help Of A Truck Accident Attorney
- Client Testimonials For Our Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyers
- Kansas City Truck Accident Settlements And Verdicts
- Trucking Accident Claims & Legal Considerations
- Common Causes Of Truck Accidents In Kansas City
- Types Of Truck Accidents
- Determining Fault In A Truck Accident
- Request A Free Case Evaluation From A Kansas City Truck Accident Attorney
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Since 1979, our truck accident lawyers have helped our clients recover over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts. Due to the large size of trucks, these accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries or death. We help those who have been injured obtain compensation for pain and suffering from serious injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.
With a team of over 250 legal professionals and an extensive network of attorneys, we provide unparalleled legal representation for truck accident cases. We believe in compassionate support, frequent communication, and achieving the best results possible for our clients.
Call (816) 670-4701 to request a free case evaluation. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no upfront cost to you. We only get paid if you win.
RECOVER COMPENSATION WITH THE HELP OF A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Truck accidents occur frequently in both Kansas and Missouri, making them a common injury claim.
- Kansas – A total of 3,745 heavy/large truck crashes were reported in 2019, resulting in 87 deaths, according to the most recent report from ksdot.org.
- Missouri – Approximately 2,480 truck accident crashes resulting in personal injury (115 of which are fatal) occur each year, according to data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
At Brown & Crouppen, our lawyers help those who have suffered injuries from a truck accident hold truck drivers and trucking companies liable. Our truck accident attorneys can help you recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
Injuries from truck accidents can be severe, leading to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death lawsuits. Medical costs can be a large burden, and our attorneys can leverage supporting evidence and documentation to further support your claim and recover compensation.
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS FOR OUR KANSAS CITY TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Our truck accident lawyers have helped hundreds of individuals recover full and fair compensation after an accident.
“Brown & Crouppen has been wonderful, especially our senior paralegal, Diane. She sent presents for the birth of our grandchildren and sent presents to our eight grandchildren just because … she understands that the family was very affected when my husband had his accident. She has always been easy to get a hold of, always friendly, always courteous, and always professional. She consistently answered our questions and if she did not know, she found out ASAP. Our attorney, Mark, was attentive, professional, and friendly as well. If we ever have to endure such a life-changing event again (cross your fingers no one ever has to), I honestly would be knocking on Diana’s and Mark’s door before the day was through!” —Brenda H.
“I hired Brown & Crouppen to handle my son’s accident case. They were very professional, courteous, and worked very fast to get the case settled. Would recommend them to anyone.” —Gloria H.
“I was involved in a highway rear-end accident that caused a total loss on my van and some physical impairments to me personally. I hired Brown & Crouppen to handle my case and they took excellent care of me. I will definitely choose them again if I ever need legal representation.” —Melissa G.
Get started with a free consultation with one of our skilled Personal Injury Lawyers today.
KANSAS CITY TRUCK ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
$390,000 TRUCK ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT AFTER A COLLISION WITH A TRACTOR-TRAILER IN KANSAS CITY
Tom Davis, a personal injury lawyer at Brown & Crouppen, recently settled a trucking accident case for $390,000.
The truck accident attorneys at Brown & Crouppen can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your treatment and medical expenses. Our legal team can help you file a successful claim, negotiate with the insurance company or represent you at trial.
TRUCKING ACCIDENT CLAIMS & LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
Like car accident claims, truck accident claims are affected by governing state laws. If you’ve been involved in a Kansas City truck accident, one of the following auto insurance systems will apply:
- Kansas – The state of Kansas is a no-fault state, meaning that drivers are required to carry no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which can help cover medical bills, lost wages, and some other expenses up to a certain amount and regardless of who is at fault. If you are hit by a commercial vehicle, we will assist you with obtaining PIP benefits from your own insurance company or the insurance company for the driver of the vehicle you were in. PIP benefits would be separate from any amounts we would pursue against the at-fault driver as compensation for your injuries.
- Missouri – Missouri is an at-fault state, so the accident victim(s) receive compensation from the liable parties (or their insurance) involved in the accident.
Our Kansas City auto accident lawyers will help you properly file an injury claim, provide additional information about legal considerations that may be specific to your case, and build a strong case against the liable party.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS IN KANSAS CITY
Truck accidents occur for a number of different reasons and are often caused by multiple factors. Due to the majority of commercial trucks being large and heavyweight, fatal accidents are common. These are the common underlying causes of truck accidents we see:
- Truck driver negligence – Due to long hours and pressure from trucking companies, truck drivers may be tired, distracted, or speeding, any of which can result in a traffic collision.
- Manufacturing/maintenance errors – Commercial trucks must follow guidelines, which can vary by state. In Kansas, maintenance and inspection records must be kept on each commercial vehicle for one year plus six months after the vehicle leaves the carrier’s control, along with completion of a daily post-trip inspection and an annual inspection. Failure to properly maintain or repair is another common cause of truck crashes (see Kansas Corporation Commission for more information).
- Poor roads and work zones – Potholes, poorly designed work zones, and faulty traffic signs can contribute to traffic accidents.
- Cargo spills and shifts– Most commercial trucks transport materials and often carry heavy loads. Sudden shifts in weight caused by overcorrections when driving or other sudden changes result in dangerous situations. Shifts of cargo or spills can be extremely dangerous and lead to multi-vehicle accidents.
Commercial truck accidents can also stem from driving under the influence or other forms of negligence.
TYPES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Accidents that may result in mild injuries when they only involve passenger vehicles can be catastrophic when a commercial truck is involved. For example, if a passenger vehicle rear-ends another vehicle, it is possible to escape with minor injuries in some cases.
Being rear-ended by a commercial truck is almost always a serious accident. This type of accident is likely to happen at a higher speed due to a truck’s longer stopping distance. This alone is enough to significantly increase the impact, but a commercial truck’s massive size and weight increase it exponentially.
We have successfully represented clients who were involved in the following types of truck accidents:
DETERMINING FAULT IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT
Liability is established in personal injury cases when the following four elements can be proven:
- A party owed a duty of care.
- The party breached the duty of care.
- The breach of duty caused an injury that otherwise would not have occurred.
- The breach of duty is the proximate cause of the injury.
The following parties owe roadway users a duty of care and may be liable for injuries that stem from their failure to exercise reasonable care:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Cargo loaders
- Truck mechanics
- Manufacturers of trucks or truck components
The trucking industry is governed by state and federal laws, which are enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA enforces such safety standards as the length of time truckers may be on duty, truck weight limits, hiring policies, and training requirements. Trucking company negligence may include the following violations:
- Negligent hiring
- Overworked drivers
- Inadequate training
- Exceeded weight limits
Trucking companies may also be found liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior, also known as vicarious liability. Under this doctrine, an employer is responsible for the wrongful and negligent acts of employees, including truck drivers. In Missouri, vicarious liability may also apply to independent contractors.
REQUEST A FREE CASE EVALUATION FROM A KANSAS CITY TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident in the Kansas City area, our truck accident attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and suffering of severe injuries. Getting started is easy. Get help from our legal team by calling us at (816) 670-4701 or requesting a free case evaluation online.
Our Kansas City law office is located at 2345 Grand Boulevard #675, Kansas City, Missouri and serves the greater metro area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Below are answers to frequently asked questions we receive about truck accidents.
The average settlement amount for a truck accident case is $73,109.92. However, each case is unique, and settlement amounts are dependent on many factors involved in the case. Upon requesting a free case evaluation from one of our truck accident lawyers, we can begin to estimate the value of your case.
In Missouri, the statute of limitations for car and truck accidents is five years. In Kansas, individuals have two years from the date the accident occurred.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a semi-truck, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages. Call our Kansas City law office or request a free case evaluation online to speak with our legal team about your case.
Each truck accident case includes factors that affect its duration and timeline. Although it’s fair to say the average truck accident case reaches a settlement within a year and a half, some resolve within six months. Your attorney can give you more insight and an estimate of how long your case will take to settle.
It depends. Our Kansas City truck accident lawyers strive to reach a fair and reasonable settlement with the insurance company. Reaching a generous settlement is generally preferable to going to court. However, going to court may be a better option if the insurance company refuses to be reasonable.
Our attorneys are skilled litigators who know how to win at trial. We investigate every truck accident case thoroughly to ensure your case is as strong as it can be, and our talented attorneys are adept at presenting a compelling case in court. However, we cannot guarantee the result. For this reason, it is always the client’s decision whether to accept a settlement offer or go to trial.
Calculating your case value requires consultations with life planners, doctors, and other experts who can accurately project the lifelong impact of your injuries, including your medical care and projected wages. It is therefore imperative that you not accept any settlement offer or sign any documents without an experienced Kansas City truck accident attorney present.
If the insurance company contacts you, the best course of action is to refer the representative to your attorney without comment.
Truck accident cases are more complex because the injuries are often more severe than those caused by other crashes, and establishing liability involves a more detailed investigation. Trucking companies carry larger insurance policies than individuals, and this can result in higher compensation.
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2345 Grand Boulevard #675 Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 670-4701
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