Tractor-trailer, semi and large truck drivers provide an invaluable service, transporting important cargo over many miles and through a variety of challenging circumstances, including bad weather and difficult terrain. The large majority of these drivers are well-trained, highly-professional and concerned about the safety of the drivers who travel the road with them.
Some trucking companies and large truck drivers are not safe, however, and are willing to put profit or convenience over the safety of others. When drivers are careless or when a poorly maintained or defective truck causes a crash involving a passenger vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. Because of high speeds and the huge difference in the size and weight of the vehicles, semi-truck crashes involving passenger cars often result in serious injury or death to drivers and/or passengers of those smaller vehicles.
With the trucking industry under pressure to lower costs and raise profits in a challenging economy, some companies and drivers are willing to cut corners on safety, leading to injuries and deaths that could be avoided. It is important for you to have the information you need to stay safe or to properly protect your rights if you or a loved one are injured.
Throughout this site, you’ll find important information on:
- Why Large Truck Accidents Happen
- How to Stay Safe with Semi-Trucks
- Legal Issues in a Tractor-Trailer Crash
- Missouri & Illinois Truck Crash Statistics
The attorneys at Langdon & Emison have a long history of representing clients who have been injured or had loved ones killed in catastrophic crashes involving tractor-trailers, semis, 18-wheelers, or other large commercial trucks.
Our investigations have uncovered many examples of trucking companies that are willing to put profits ahead of safety, including hiring untrained or inexperienced drivers, pressuring drivers to stay on the road even when it is unsafe or illegal to do so, or failing to properly maintain or inspect their vehicles.
Our cases have also exposed unsafe drivers who operate their trucks while fatigued or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and we have seen accidents caused by distracted truck drivers using their cell phones, texting and even watching pornographic videos while behind the wheel!
Because of our experience with defective product lawsuits, we have also revealed defects in trucks including faulty breaks, handling defects and defective underride bars.
Our firm believes that negligent trucking companies and unsafe truck drivers must be held legally and financially responsible when they put profits over safety and endanger the lives of other drivers while operating on our roads and interstate highways. We encourage you to learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your legal rights.
Let’s all do our part to keep our roadways safe!