Shocking news reached our office this week. A Kansas woman, traveling on Interstate 435, was killed while driving her car. This accident happened in southeast Kansas City, Kansas. According to reports, she was struck by a semi-truck, pulling a trailer. Her car was then slammed into a guardrail, flung back onto the highway, and then she was struck by a dump truck. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Each of the three insurance companies (the deceased driver's, the semi-truck driver's and the dump truck driver's) will likely attempt to shift the fault to the other. To complicate things further, each insurance company will have attorneys fighting to protect their money. In these traggic cases, of wrongful death, it is very possible that they even may try to place 100% of the blame on the, now deceased, driver of the car; therefore, stripping her family of deserving compensation. Trucking accidents are unique, in a number of ways. This family, and you (should you be involved in a similar occurrance) should act quickly and know the following:
FAULT - Truck Accidents
Those using public and private roads owe a duty of care to those sharing the road with them. This duty extends to pedestrians and cyclists too. Some ways that a driver can violate this duty by acting negligently. Examples of negligent acts include:
Negligence is defined as the failure of a person, company, government agency or other entity to operate or function with the same level of care that another responsible party would use in the same circumstances.
Like most accidents, the injuries can range from minor to major. There is a great possibility of serious injury, even catastrophic injury, where large truck are involved (i.e. semi-trucks, 16 wheelers, trailer trucks, moving trucks, construction/cargo trucks, commercial trucks, etc...). The size, speed, weight and other conditions combined often result in many of the following injuries:
What are the damages you may be entitled to compensation for?
If you, or your loved one, suffered from an truck-related injury, you may be entitled to the following:
How long will your case take to be resolved?
Resolving a personal injury case can be as short as several days, or as long as several years. There are many factors that go into determining how long a personal injury claim can take to resolve, and Attorney T.Morton can adequately explain these factors to you. Contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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