While the damage and injuries that result from some of them may not be as severe, there is no such thing as a happy car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks. Automobile accidents can range from minor annoyances to devastating disasters. Unfortunately, accidents involving semi trucks typically fall on the most devastating end of the spectrum.
If you live in the Lake of the Ozarks area or Lebanon MO, it’s likely that you travel frequently on Interstate 44. As you’ve surely noticed, I-44 is frequented by a huge number of tractor trailers. If you or a loved one has been injured in an a truck accident in Lebanon MO or any of the surrounding areas, securing quality representation from an experienced personal injury attorney in Lebanon, MO, is critical.
Injured In A Trucking Accident
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS – HLDI) indicates several factors that can put tractor trailers at an increased risk for accidents:
- Semi trucks carrying full loads travel 20-40% farther than cars before coming to a stop. (This percentage can increase depending on road and brake conditions.)
- Driver fatigue significantly increases the risk of an accident. While regulations do not permit truckers to drive more than 11 hours at time, surveys indicate that many drivers work longer hours than permitted.
- Semi trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars, which can result in serious damages and injuries for the passenger car in the event of an accident.
The IIHS – HLDI also states that approximately one in ten highway deaths occur in a crash involving a large truck. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal semi truck/car collision, you may be entitled to significant compensation through a wrongful death claim. Our wrongful death attorneys in Camdenton and Lebanon, MO, can help you seek compensation for medical costs and hospitalization (if applicable), funeral expenses, loss of income, and other damages associated with your loss.
If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in mid-Missouri, we urge you to schedule your free consultation with Deputy & Mizell, LLC by calling 1-877-532-2191. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and fully explain your legal options. We look forward to talking with you.
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