As the third largest city in Missouri and home to many manufacturers, Springfield has a bustling flow of large commercial trucks on the highways in and around it. Operated by men and women who drive for a living, you would expect an increased level of safety.
“Truckers are supposed to be professional drivers,” Scott Mann, a truck accident attorney at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley, said. “They can and should be held to a higher standard.”
In spite of that, accidents between passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks happen fairly often. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Impaired driving due to sleep deprivation or overwork.
- Inattentive driving due to the frequency with which a truck driver travels.
- Inattentive driving due to cell phone use, including talking on the phone, text messaging, or even utilizing social media.
- An improperly maintained truck.
Additionally, Mann believes it’s important to investigate what the trucking company might have done that could have contributed to the accident. They may be asking drivers to drive more hours than they should and modify their logs to show fewer hours. They may neglect required maintenance on their trucks. Ultimately, these questions determine the trucking company’s comparative fault in the accident, meaning their level of fault compared to yours or anyone else involved.
Contact a Springfield Truck Accident Attorney Immediately
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck in the Springfield, Missouri area, we recommend contacting Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys for a free consultation as soon as possible. We will visit you at the hospital or at home if you are unable to travel and we don’t get a fee until we reach a settlement or verdict.