Kansas Truck Accident Lawyer
Take on trucking companies after your tractor-trailer accident. We fight for victims' rights.
Tractor-trailer accidents in Kansas often result in serious injuries or the loss of life. Whether you're dealing with a collision caused by a speeding 18-wheeler on Interstate 70 in Topeka or a truck driver asleep at the wheel on I-35 near Wichita, you need an experienced attorney on your side, fighting for your rights. You need Bretz & Young.
Accidents involving heavy trucks are especially deadly because commercial vehicles are so much larger than passenger cars. With the amount of force involved in a collision, catastrophic injuries are common. Hundreds of people in Kansas are injured or killed every year in truck accidents.
Located in Hutchinson, Salina and Wichita, and serving truck accident victims throughout Kansas, our law firm has a well-earned reputation for delivering exceptional service and top-notch results. We have recovered more than $230 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $2 million truck accident settlement for an injury victim.
Truck accidents generally are more complicated than car accidents. In crashes involving large commercial vehicles, it's critical to examine whether regulations were followed. There also may be multiple layers of liability. The driver and his or her employer may be responsible. It is also possible that a third party, such as a company that loaded the trailer, may have been negligent. Don't try to handle your accident on your own. Seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Talk to us today in our Hutchinson, Salina and Wichita offices, to find out about your legal options.
Legal issues related to truck accidents in Kansas
Accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles often raise a wide range of legal questions. Our experienced attorneys know how to deal with such issues based on our years of work on such cases. Click on the following to learn more about the complexity of truck accidents:
- Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?
- The Danger of Overloaded Tractor Trailers
- The Danger of Fatigued Drivers
- What Are Top Causes of Truck Accidents?
What are common types of truck accidents?
There are many different kinds of truck accidents. Some of the most common truck accidents we deal with at our firm include:
- Head-on - Many serious and fatal truck accidents involve a truck driver crashing head on into another vehicle. Our experienced truck accident lawyers can work with you and make sure your family receives the compensation you rightfully deserve.
- Jackknife - This type of tractor-trailer accident involves the trailer of a truck swinging around and folding toward the truck. Cars trapped in between the truck and truck cab often sustain serious damage.
- Rear-end - Many motorists sustain serious neck and head injuries due to large commercial trucks driving into the rear end of their vehicles.
- Rollover - Large commercial trucks often roll over and cause serious accidents involving other vehicles. These accidents often happen when truck drivers drive around a corner too fast or slow down too quickly.
- Tire blowout - Even the most experienced truck drivers have a difficult time controlling a truck when a tire blows out, especially on the highway. The result can be a serious accident often involving multiple cars.
- Under Ride - These accidents often involve a truck driver stopping quickly, resulting in another driver traveling underneath the tractor-trailer and sustaining serious damage.
Why contact Bretz & Young?
When you have an experienced truck accident lawyer at our law firm working with you, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. You'll notice the difference the first time you meet with us, whether it is in our Hutchinson, Salina or Wichita office.
When you decide to hire us, we will get straight down to business and work with you to develop the best legal strategy for obtaining the compensation you rightfully deserve. We'll also keep you informed throughout the legal process and actively seek your input.
We treat our clients like equals. We're on the same team and eager to fight for your rights. For a free case review, contact us now. You can meet us at our Hutchinson or Salina, KS office or we can meet you wherever you are. Call (866) 881-0103.
Wrecks involving commercial vehicles cannot be handled the same way as a generic car wreck, due to factors such as complex federal regulations and insurance questions which are unique to commercial motor vehicles.
Commercial truck wrecks may also have many more liable parties. In addition to the driver of the commercial vehicle, the driver's employer, the vehicle's owner, the maintenance company, the shipper, and the parties who loaded the trailer may all be liable.
This area of law is a minefield, and a person injured in a commercial vehicle wreck will need an attorney who is experienced in commercial carrier litigation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a semi or large truck accident, call Bretz & Young to schedule your free initial consultation. We look forward to assisting you in every way we can.
Strict weight limits exist for 18-wheelers and their trailers. In general, most fully-loaded trucks weigh no more than 80,000 pounds. The limits are in place to keep the roads safe. Overloaded trucks are more difficult to control on highways such as Interstate 70 and Interstate 35 in Kansas. The driver may not be able to safely stop or turn the big rig. Due to the added weight, such commercial trucks are more prone to rolling over or experiencing tire blowouts.
In addition, the contents of overloaded 18-wheelers can shift and cause the truck to become unstable and tip over. Trucking companies often deny overloading a truck. The driver and his or her employer may blame a separate company that loaded the trailer. There may be a lot of finger pointing, but we can help you find the truth and determine liability.
The federal government has strict laws limiting the number of hours commercial truck drivers can operate a truck within a 24 hour period. These "hours-of-service rules" put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are designed to prevent accidents by overly fatigued drivers.
Unfortunately, some truck drivers ignore such rules and cause serious - sometimes even fatal - truck accidents while asleep at the wheel. These accidents are often especially severe because the truck does not slow down - or may even accelerate - before crashing into another vehicle.
Some truck drivers personally decide to continue driving even when they know they should pull over and take a break. But in some cases, trucking companies force drivers to work longer hours and drive tired, putting everyone on the road at risk. Other times, truck companies actually create incentive for drivers to drive when tired by compensating their drivers by the number of miles driven. We know the regulations. We know the law. Drivers are limited to 70 hours per week on the road. They must rest for a minimum of 34 consecutive hours or get at least two nights' sleep before getting back on the road. If they cause a crash, we can examine log books, interview witnesses, and turn over every stone to determine which rules were broken.
Commercial truck accidents in Kansas happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Inexperienced truck drivers - Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire experienced drivers with safe driving records and a clear understanding of the rules of the road.
- Speeding drivers - Far too many truck drivers exceed the speed limit, especially long-haul truckers driving across the country. Unfortunately, many speeding truckers cause serious truck accidents.
- Overloaded trucks - Overloaded 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks often cause serious accidents.
- Distracted drivers - Whether it's talking or texting on a cellphone, eating food or looking for directions, distracted truck drivers create an unnecessary risk of accidents.
- Texting truck drivers - Texting while driving is against the law for commercial truck drivers nationwide. Even so, some drivers ignore such rules and put other motorists at risk on the road.
- Tired truck drivers - Truck drivers who fall asleep at the wheel often cause serious - or even fatal - truck accidents.