Commercial Vehicle CrashesIncluding Semi-Truck Accidents, Tractor-Trailer Accidents and Bus Accidents
Commercial Vehicle Crashes
Commercial vehicles are larger and heavier than most cars and tend to cause catastrophic injuries during a crash. These cases are often more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents and require a high degree of experience, determination and innovation.
Bishop & Hayes, P.C. is exclusively dedicated to auto accident recovery. Our partners have over 45 years of combined experience and apply our efforts and resources to pursuing the best possible recovery in auto and commercial vehicle accidents.
Our partners personally handle every aspect of your case, from your free consultation to collection of your damages award. We personally engage in the discovery process, negotiate with the insurance companies and defendants, argue motions before the court and advocate for you in court, should your case go to trial.
Investigating a Tractor-Trailer Accident
The trucking corporation’s investigators descend onto the scene immediately after a tractor-trailer wreck. Their intention is to reduce liability and mitigate damages. In fact, the corporation’s investigators commonly begin speaking to injured victims amidst the chaos of the accident scene.
Our attorneys also visit the scene as soon as we are retained. Our investigators take photographs, measure skid marks and debris patterns and interview witnesses to the accident. We also protect victims from underhanded defense tactics.
Once, the accident debris has been cleared, evidence can get lost or destroyed. The trucking company may begin dismantling the tractor or trailer, for example, or alter logbooks. Our lawyers make sure that does not happen. If necessary, we file an immediate emergency motion that orders the defendant corporations to preserve evidence and to allow us access to investigate.
Layers of Liability in Commercial Traffic Accidents
A preliminary step in an 18-wheeler accident case is determining what parties are liable. Most commercial vehicle claims involve multiple parties, which might include:
- The owners of the tractor and the trailer
- The warehouse that might have incorrectly loaded the trailer
- The vendor whose products were being transported
- The driver’s employer, which might be vicariously liable
- The driver who made an error
Predictably, these defendants will point blame at each other. After all, a lot of money is at stake and, sometimes, the various parties face serious violations under federal or state regulations. Their insurance companies fight all claims aggressively, knowing that they may be responsible for a substantial payment should their policyholders be found liable.
Our lawyers assertively go after the corporate deep pockets. Even if the driver made a crucial error, such as speeding or driving while tired, texting, talking on the phone or otherwise distracted, multiple corporations are typically also legally liable for the damages caused by the driver.
Learn More About Recovering From Commercial Vehicle Corporations
Do not delay in seeking legal advice after your tractor-trailer accident. Schedule an appointment at one of Bishop & Hayes, P.C.’s three offices in Springfield, MO, Joplin, MO or Miami, OK. Your first consultation is free and your claim is handled on a contingency fee plan.