Kansas City, Jackson, Wyandotte & Johnson County Semi Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accident Law Firm
Most accidents involving 18-wheelers (semi trucks) and other commercial vehicles in the Kansas City area are extremely serious and often fatal. Make sure you hire an attorney experienced with heavy truck and commercial vehicle cases! Call us at 913-764-5010 today to speak to one of our personal injury attorneys
Accidents involving 18-wheelers, semis, commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers are almost always serious, and can involve legal complexities not present in accidents involving only cars and light trucks. Accidents with semis are 5 times as likely to involve a fatality than accidents between normal passenger vehicles, and over 80% of the time the person killed is the passenger or driver of a passenger vehicle, not the truck driver. Though large truck accidents are far less frequent than passenger car accidents, truck accidents are usually more catastrophic in terms of damage to property and life. One in eight traffic accidents involves a large commercial truck.
Kansas City area 18-wheeler accidents require attorneys/lawyers experienced in handling heavy vehicle & commercial vehicle litigation:
Auto accident cases involving 18-wheelers (semi-trailers) in the Kansas City area are extremely complicated for many reasons. First, the defendant truck driver (and the company he works for) can be difficult to identify and locate, and can located be many miles away or in another state. Jurisdiction can either be in one of several state courts or even Federal District Court. Insurance coverage can overlap and quickly become disputed among carriers. Additionally, the catastrophic damage often caused may make it difficult to reconstruct the accident for trial by jury.
Jackson, Wyandotte and Johnson Counties are criss-crossed by a number of highways which see a fair number of 18wheeler/semi trailer accidents. Highways such as 435, I70, I35, 71, K10, I29, 635 and 670 and the other highways in the KC metro area all see a very significant number 18 wheeler accidents on a fairly regular basis due to the amount of traffic and their layouts. This is partially due to the intersection of I70, a major east-Wet route for truck drivers and I35, a major route for north-south semi-trailer drivers.
The delivery industry thrives upon the fast shipment of products which can sometimes lead to accidents. Truck drivers work longer and sleep less than almost every other paid laborer in the country. Sometimes their work day can extend up to sixteen hours, leaving little time for their personal care. This results in decreased attention spans, lower reaction times and an increased number of semi truck accidents. Driver's are often paid "by the mile" rather than per hour which gives them an incentive to drive beyond their capabilities.
In addition to driver fatigue, the physical limitations of the semi truck can cause a heightened number of semi truck accidents. For instance, wide loads and chemical or toxic cargo can sometimes become loosened from the semi truck and spill onto the roadway, causing an immense amount of harm to surrounding motorists in the resulting semi truck accident. The semi truck driver is also tasked with keeping track of his or her “blind spot,” an area along the right or left side of the semi truck where the semi truck driver cannot see motorists.
Semi truck accidents can also be unique due to the special nature of the semi truck itself. “Jacknifing” involves the tractor trailer and rig of the semi truck turning at a right angle, usually as a result of the driver braking or turning incorrectly or slippery road conditions. The outstretched tractor trailer can collide into nearby vehicles, cause the rig to veer off course, or block incoming traffic for an extended period of time. All of which are potentially injurious, sometimes fatal, consequences and are a cause for semi truck accidents.
In some cases, the wide turns made by semi trucks can be legally used to establish fault in a semi truck accident. Semi trucks driving on small roads require two lanes of traffic to complete some turns. This is done so the semi truck does not collide with parked vehicles or overtake nearby curbs. In the event a wide turn causes a collision, the semi truck driver can sometimes be held liable for the semi truck accident.
Additionally, the braking abilities of large trucks are almost always much less than that of passenger cars. As a result, 18-wheeler drivers must follow carefully on the highway or they may not be able to stop their vehicles in time to avoid an accident. This is especially true on the highways in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Johnson, and Jackson Counties where traffic can go from free flowing to a dead stop extremely quickly. Local highways such as 435, I35, and I70 force truck drivers to use extra care to avoid an accident.
If you have been injured in a semi truck accident, or have lost a loved one to an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other large commercial vehicle, you need a law firm experienced in litigating against trucking companies, transportation corporations and other entities operating large vehicles and conducting business across state lines. You need the services of the trucking law and personal injury law firm of The Law Offices of Jeremiah L. Johnson, LLC.
Do not talk to the insurance company adjustor, attorney, or any other defense representative until you have retained a Kansas City/Johnson County/Wyandotte County personal injury attorney!
Insurance companies are in business to make money and do so by collecting premiums and not paying claims. If they don't collect enough premiums or pay out too many claims, then they will not make as much money or they will go out of business. As a result, they have hundreds of tactics to avoid paying out the true value of claims against their insureds. Insurance companies have hundreds of attorney and staff working on their side to protect their interests, you deserve to have an aggressive Kansas City personal injury attorney on your side. These folks make a career out of limiting the money paid out by their employer and rarely care about how their tactics will affect those who are the victims in the case. They will often attempt to settle Kansas City wrongful death or injury cases quickly, before all of the damages can be ascertained and while people are still emotionally affected. This is especially true in accidents involving 18-wheelers (semi-trucks) because the insurance companies know that the potential medical injuries could run into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
Insurance companies will also attempt to take statements before all of the facts and circumstances around a case are fully known in an attempt to commit you to their version of events. Do not allow them to deny you or your loved ones your rightful compensation, instead, contact the Kansas City and Johnson County personal injury firm of The Law Offices of Jeremiah L. Johnson, LLC, to get help on your side, at 1-913-764-5010. We deal with the insurance companies for our clients, saving them the hassle of talking/corresponding with them, and maximizing the recovery from these companies and those they insure.
Helping people injured in semi truck accidents in Kansas City, Johnson County and across Kansas and Missouri. Call Jeremiah L. Johnson, LLC, at 1-913-764-5010 to speak to a 18-wheeler accident attorney today.
Our contingency fees for Kansas City & Johnson County Semi-Trailer, heavy truck, and commercial vehicle accidents:
Most large vehicle (such as 18 wheelers, buses, and semi-trailers) accident cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning that we do collect an hourly fee, rather we take our fee as a percentage of the amount collected for our clients, after litigation expenses (such as expert fees or court reporter costs) are deducted. The advantage to clients is clear - you do not have to worry about paying an hourly fee for us to represent you and you may not have to come up with money for expenses which will total tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
For instance, if your total recovery was $1,000,000 after litigation expenses, and our percentage was 25%, then you would be entitled to $750,000 and our fee would be $250,000. While this office does not have a standard percentage, we typically structure our contingency fee agreements on a tiered basis with a relatively low percentage early in the litigation, with the fee percentage going up as litigation progresses. This office feels that this is an advantageous arrangement for our clients because our fees will vary based on the time elapsed and work put into the case - in other words, our agreements call for a relatively low fee percentage until we have put a significant amount of time and effort into the case.
When you hire attorney Jeremiah Johnson to handle your truck injury claim, you hire an aggressive attorney who will keep you updated on the progress of your case and who is willing to take your case to trial in front of a jury. Many lawyers are reluctant to go to trial. Many even refuse, and transfer cases to other firms when push comes to shove.
We are always willing to go to trial and we make this fact clear when negotiating with insurance companies. Our willingness to litigate cases in court has led to both increased settlement amounts and jury trials for five- and six-figure judgments.
If you were injured in a truck accident on I-35, 435, I-70, I-71, 291, K-10, 670, K-32 or anywhere else in Missouri or Kansas, call us for information and full legal representation.
Semi Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accident Facts and Statistics
• The percentage of fatal semi truck accidents in relation to the total number of semi truck accidents is much higher than the corresponding passenger motor vehicle ratio.
• Every 16 minutes, someone is killed or is injured in a semi truck accident.
• According to the FMCA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System, a semi truck is classified according to its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Any vehicle exceeding 10,000 pounds is considered a large truck.
• 64% of fatal semi truck accidents involve a semi truck carrying a single trailer. Only 4% of semi truck accidents involve a truck towing multiple trailers.
If you have questions regarding semi truck accidents, contact us. We work on a contingency basis, so that you pay nothing unless we recover damages. We are available for free initial consultations weekdays, evenings and weekends. To contact us, call 1-913-764-5010.