Large Truck and Bus Accidents
With nineteen highly traveled interstate highways crisscrossing the state, Missouri has seen many catastrophic and horrible highway accidents involving tractor trailers, semi-trucks and buses. Most truck and bus accidents are due to the bus or truck driver’s negligent conduct and failures to follow the rules of the road and standards of safe driving.
Types of trucks and buses involved in Missouri accidents are:
- 18 wheelers (big rigs, semi-trailers, semi-truck)
- Tandem trucks
- Farm or agricultural trucks
- Logging trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Moving van trucks
- Flatbed trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Dump trucks or other construction equipment trucks
- School buses with 16 or more occupant capacity
- Commercial buses with 16 or more occupant capacity
Large truck and bus accidents occurring in Missouri account for 9.0% of all traffic crashes. Ominously, of all fatal traffic crashes, 12.6% involve large trucks or buses. In 2010, a total of 105 persons were killed and 4,007 were injured in large truck or bus crashes. The number of crashes in 2010 was up from 2009 with an increase of 4.3% in fatal crashes. Alarmingly, one person was killed or injured in large truck or bus related crashes every 2.1 hours in the state of Missouri.
For more information see 2010 Missouri Traffic Safety Compendium, Missouri statistical analysis center, Missouri state highway patrol.
Common negligent acts and errors leads to Missouri truck and bus accidents and crashes:
- Speeding or excessive speed for the conditions
- Alcohol or drug involvement
- Sleep deprivation or fatigue
- Distractions from radio, cell phones, smart phones, or other electronic devices
- Faulty training
- Improper maintenance by driver and Truck Company
- Overloaded trucks
- Load not properly secured or balanced
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to signal
- Violations of truck drivers’ rules of the road under Missouri and Federal Law
- Failure to inspect truck before, during and after a route
- Driving in adverse weather conditions
How do we prove negligence? First thing to do is secure all available evidence. We need to obtain information and data from on-board recording devices (commonly known as black boxes), maintenance records, weight and inspection station reports, witnesses statements, police reports, driver duty status (log books) to determine of in violations of federal and state mandated driving and rest periods. Consultation with truck or bus driver experts to help put the crash scenario together and prove violations of driver standards of care.
Trucks and buses are dangerous on Missouri roads and highways. They are big, heavy and difficult to maneuver and stop. A truck or bus versus car collision is a catastrophic event in many cases. The Law Office of Philip C. Denton can help you and your family fight the trucking and bus company and make them accept responsibility and compensate you for your damages.