Most of us know just how dangerous it can be when driving in icy conditions. That was proven last month when one woman was killed in what became a chain-reaction incident on I-70 near Kansas City.
The crash happened when a tractor-trailer lost control on the snow-covered interstate. The large truck traveled to the left side of the road, with its rear-end still blocking the road. A Ford Escape, being driven by James Henderson, struck the end of the truck and the impact killed his wife, Linda Henderson. This crash caused a chain-reaction of crashes that caused other injuries as well.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that crashes involving large trucks can be deadly. If you need a Kansas City truck accident attorney, you can count on our knowledgeable and experienced team to secure the compensation you deserve.
The Danger Of Large Trucks
In the incident above, we know that the icy roads played a part, but it does show just how deadly crashes with large trucks can be. When it comes to a regular passenger vehicle, there is no way for them to stand up an impact with a large truck. It is not uncommon for us to represent victims of large truck crashes who have sustained the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
- Severe lacerations
- Broken and dislocated bones
Medical care for these injuries can quickly reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs, and that does not count the other hidden expenses of crashes (lost income, home and vehicle accommodations, long-term care, etc.).
Do you know if the insurance companies will take all of that into account?
In many cases, accidents involving large trucks happen due to driver error or vehicle failure. It is vital that truck companies and owner regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. Some of the common failures that cause accidents to happen to the following systems:
We also know that all truck drivers must operate responsibly. This includes driving at or below the posted speed limits and being aware of adverse weather conditions. Drivers must obey all laws regarding how much weight they can carry as well as how many hours they can drive a day. Under no circumstances should a driver ever operate while impaired or while distracted.
What Happens Now?
Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you or a loved one has been involved in a crash with a large commercial truck. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that these incidents present challenges not present in regular vehicle crashes. When we get involved in your case, you can count on a knowledgeable and experienced team to investigate everything that happened so we can secure compensation. We know you need:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages