St. Louis Missouri Truck Accident Attorneys
In addition to assisting the victims of auto accidents the attorneys at the Goldson Hoekel, LLC. represent clients who have suffered injuries in St. Louis truck accidents, St. Louis motorcycle accidents, and St. Louis pedestrian accidents. With offices located in St. Louis, we are able to help clients located throughout central eastern Missouri.
St Louis Truck Accidents
Of the 38,885 motor vehicle accidents that occurred in 2008, nearly 40 percent involved commercial vehicles like trucks, semis, 18-wheelers, or tractor-trailers. Truck drivers may be more likely to cause an accident because trucks have limited visibility and are difficult to maneuver. Common causes of accidents involving trucks include:
- Driver Fatigue
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Improperly Loaded or Oversized Vehicles
- Poor Maintenance, including Brakes or Headlights
- Drug Use or Intoxication
Truck Drivers Are Regulated By Missouri Law and Federal Statutes
Because of their immense size and weight, commercial trucks are likely to cause serious accidents or even the wrongful death of a loved one when involved in accidents with other vehicles. Serious injuries can have long-lasting effects on your ability to work or function in your daily life, which must be considered when arguing for an award of damages. In addition, truck accidents can be highly complex, involving both state and federal vehicle regulations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, in addition to personal injury and wrongful death statutes. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands the complex issues that may arise.
St. Louis Motorcycle Accidents
In 2008, there were 2,284 people injured and 108 killed in crashes involving motorcycles, according to the Missouri State High Patrol. Due to the unprotected nature of motorcycles, motorcyclists may suffer serious injuries in what would usually be a minor accident for a larger vehicle. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include the negligence of drivers of larger vehicles who do not see the motorcycle, defective motorcycle parts or mechanical failures, and hazardous road conditions, such as potholes, puddles, or debris.
St. Louis Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are commonly injured when drivers fail to yield to them in crosswalks, attempt to pass a vehicle which has stopped for a crossing pedestrian, roll through stop signs without stopping, or make illegal or unsafe u-turns. If a driver fails to follow traffic regulations and this negligence causes injuries to a pedestrian, then the driver may be held liable for the harm caused.
Pedestrians must also exercise a duty of care and may be partly at fault in causing an accident if they jaywalk, fail to obey traffic signs or crosswalk signals, or walk into traffic without warning. However, even if a pedestrian contributed to the accident by failing to exercise his or her duty of due care, he or she may still be able to recover, at least in part, for the resulting injuries.
St. Louis Vehicle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a St. Louis traffic accident that was caused in whole or part by the negligence of another person, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. Recoverable damages may include medical bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and much more. However, Missouri law limits the time you have to bring a St. Louis personal injury claim, so it is important to act quickly. Contact Goldson Hoekel, LLC today for a free consultation regarding your St. Louis personal injury claim.