Truck Accident Attorneys
Standing Up for Victims Across Joplin and Springfield
Trucks pose a danger to other drivers and pedestrians on the road due to their enormous size and weight. When a truck collides with a car or pedestrian, life-altering injuries and even fatalities can result. Consult one of our truck accident lawyers to learn more about seeking compensation after a truck accident. We can help you file a claim and seek the maximum amount you are entitled to by law.
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Why do clients trust Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci?
- More than 140 years’ collective legal experience
- Millions of dollars recovered for our clients
- Selected for U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016
- Contingency fees: No upfront or out-of-pocket fees
We can help you file a claim for any truck accident, whether it was caused by fatigued truck drivers, untrained truck drivers, speeding, failure to check blind spots, excessive cargo weight, unsecured cargo, or any other form of negligence. From our offices in Springfield and Joplin, we are ready to serve you anywhere in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas.
Why Truck Accident Cases Are Complex
Truck accidents are different from car accidents because the trucking industry is highly regulated by the government. Federal and state rules require that trucking companies follow strict guidelines regarding the hiring/training of drivers, a driver’s hours of service, and more. If a truck driver, trucking company, or a third-party violated any of these regulations, then they can be held liable for any injuries.
Unlike a car accident, where the negligent driver is held liable for an accident, truck accidents can have several potentially liable parties. Liability for truck accidents can fall on one or more of the following:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Trucking parts manufacturer for defective parts
- Cargo loading company for improper loading/overloading
Since employers are responsible for their employees while they are at work, a trucking company is often held liable for their employee’s negligence. It is, however, not uncommon for a trucking company to push their employees to break FMCSA regulations in order to help their bottom line. In some instances, a truck driver is not an employee of a company but an independent contractor, as such the truck driver would almost always be held liable for an accident.
It takes a team with extensive resources and experience to investigate the details of a truck accident and to determine liability. At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, we enlist the services of top experts and investigators who can help you identify and prove liability in your personal injury claim.
What Are Hours of Service Regulations?
Hours of service regulations are the laws The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put into to place to regulate truck drivers hours on the road. They state that a driver is only allowed to work no more than 14 hours a day before resting for 10 consecutive hours. Within this 14 hours period, a trucker may only drive for up to 11 hours, the remaining time must be used as rest and meal breaks.
Additionally, FMCSA rules that drivers must take 34 consecutive hours off if they work 70 hours in an eight-day period or 60 hours in a seven-day period depending on how many days a week the trucking company they work for is normally open. This is often referred to as the 60/70 hour rule.
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We know that many victims simply do not have the means or resources to pay for legal fees upfront. This is why we only accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t accept legal fees unless we win – and only after we win.