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Our truck accident lawyers make sure trucking companies and their insurers do not get away with neglecting the rules that are supposed to keep us safe. With more than two decades of litigation and trial experience, Burger Law's truck accident lawyers will fight to get you the largest possible compensation for your injuries and damages.

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Truck Accident Lawyers St. Louis, MO

Truck Accident Lawyers St. Louis, MO. When truck drivers break the rules of the road and injure or kill fellow motorists, Gary Burger and the Burger Law team hold them accountable for their actions. If you or a relative have been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, it is important to get immediate help from experienced truck accident lawyers like us right away. Burger Law's experienced and fierce Missouri and Illinois truck accident lawyers will stand up for you and fight the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve after a devastating accident. We will begin fighting for you immediately; call us today at (314) 500-HURT or send us a message right now.

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The commercial trucking accident lawyers at Burger Law have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of truck accidents. Our attorneys aggressively push to secure the best possible outcome and full compensation for our clients, and are the highest reviewed and rated accident law firm in the Midwest. To speak with an accident lawyer today and receive a free consultation, call us now at (314) 500-HURT.


Time is of the essence. If you are hurt and need help, it is important to call our St. Louis trucking accidents lawyers as soon as possible. In a Missouri truck accident case (or any case that involves an injury from an accident), every second counts. The quicker our lawyers can fight for your rights and better understand the details of your case, the better and faster your financial recovery.

Our truck accident lawyers set themselves apart by protecting St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois motorists and their families, getting a full recovery for their injuries and helping them achieve financial recovery and security. We are very familiar with the tactics insurance companies and trucking corporations use to attempt to take advantage of victims and get out of paying what they owe. We take your fight to court - and trial if need be - to get all the money you deserve. Do not settle for anything less than your damages are worth -- medical care, wage loss, disability and pain and suffering. Our St. Louis truck accident attorneys will answer your questions and guide you through your claim and personally handle your case.

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What Damages Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Claim?

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What Damages Can I Recover in a St. Louis, Missouri Truck Accident Claim?

When you hire a truck accident injury attorneys at Burger Law, you will get the compensation you deserve. We know how to fight against resistant insurance companies and defendants who refuse to take accountability for their negligence. Our firm has the expertise and winning track record necessary to provide the best possible legal representation in your truck accident case or any other type of accident case. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT or reach us online to speak with an attorney today.

A St. Louis truck accident lawyer will help you pursue the liable parties for complete damages. Truck accident victims may recover costs for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, disabilities, pain and suffering, and court costs. The St. Louis Burger Law truck accident lawyers in Missouri can help you recover the following:

  • Medical expenses – You could be reimbursed for the cost of your past and current medical expenses such as the ambulance ride, emergency room visit, hospital bills, doctors’ bills, and medications.
  • Future medical expenses – If your accident has left you suffering from injuries that require long-term care or therapy, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your recovery treatment. That could include physical therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and even assistive devices, for example, like a wheelchair.
  • Loss of income – For many people involved in serious accidents, they need to take time away from work to recover. You need to be reimbursed for those lost wages.
  • Loss of future earning capacity – If you have suffered injuries from the accident that make it impossible to continue working to your full capacity, you may also be entitled to compensation for a loss of future income.
  • Pain and suffering – An experienced attorney can also help you recover compensation for the physical pain and emotional hardships your injuries have caused for you.
  • Mental anguish – Mental and emotional trauma experienced from the crash, such as anxiety, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and distress.
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement – Permanent scarring, disfigurement, or loss of use of a body part.
  • Loss of consortium – Intangible injuries suffered by the victim’s spouse from being deprived of comfort, affection, companionship, assistance, society or sexual relations.
  • Wrongful Death – If, unfortunately, a family member is killed in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for their final expenses, medical costs, and loss of your support. It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one, and we can’t make that pain go away, but we can help make sure that you are left with some financial stability.

Our truck accidents injury lawyers are not intimidated by the trucking companies' large insurance corporations. We fight until the insurance company in your claim agrees to pay you in full for the losses you have sustained. We will not stop until you win a great settlement.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, the average costs associated with a non-fatal truck accident total $195,258. If there was a fatality associated with a truck accident, the cost jumps to over $3.5 million. This is one of the main reasons that semi truck drivers must carry more insurance than other drivers.

You are entitled to every dollar your injuries have cost you, and that includes all of the items stated above. You never asked to be out of work, to be traumatically injured, or to have to deal with the intense pain you are now struggling to manage. You shouldn't have to fight to get the recovery you are owed, it should be given to you. Our St. Louis, MO truck accident lawyers will see that you get every dime that you deserve.

What is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?

What is my St. Louis, Missouri Truck Accident Claim Worth?

It is very difficult to know what kind of settlement you should receive after being injured in a truck accident unless you have an experienced advocate on your side. The St. Louis, MO truck accident lawyers of Burger Law have decades of experience representing St. Louis truck accident victims and getting them full recoveries by understanding how to value their claim. How much a truck accident claim is worth varies, but the list below identifies some of the biggest factors in the value of your St. Louis truck accident settlement.

  • Insurance Policy - Insurance Policies will often have maximum limits that are set in accordance with the policy, accident or the severity of the accident. These limits are often in the ten's of thousands, but can be upwards of a million dollars in accidents involving a fatality.
  • Medical Bills - If you incurred medical bills from an accident and the accident was not your fault, you are not liable for the payment of those bills. Either the others party's insurance or your insurance can be held liable for the medical bills. Often, they will tell you that they will only pay "X" amount of the bills and that you will have to cover the rest, but this is not correct and is false. You can sue the other insurance company or even your own if they are refusing to cooperate, and guess what, when you take an insurance company to court they are almost always willing to pay more than they initially offered.
  • Disability Claims and Loss of Use of Limbs - Hopefully you'll never need to use these amounts, but here is how much your limbs are worth if they are lost in an accident.
    • Arm - $115,000
    • Leg - $102,697
    • Hand - $86,812
    • Thumb - $29,767
    • Index Finger - $22,325
    • Foot - $74,418
    • Big Toe - $19,845
    • Eye - $69,457
    • Ear - $24,310
    • Testicle - $27,678
    Disability, or the inability to return to work can also determine how much your claim is worth. Remember, you didn't ask to be injured, to be out of work, or to have medical bills. None of these things were part of your life plan. You can sue for loss of work, wages, and loss of the ability to work. These factors, as well as the numbers listed above, can either increase or decrease the recovery you may be owed in a claim.
  • Reaccuring Medical Bills and Fees - Sometimes injuries have lasting damages and require months if not years of medical attention. The costs of either the medicine, the rehab, or the multiple surgeries can be astronomical and often far beyond the means of anyone to pay alone. These costs can further what your truck accident claim may be worth, and remember, you are owed these amounts. You didn't cause your accident, so you shouldn't have to pay for it.
  • Death - No amount of money will ever equal the worth of someone's life. When death is involved, any claim, whether it's a car accident, truck accident, or a workers' compensation claim will almost always be near the $1,000,000 range. Insurance companies carry policy maximums for death that typically are around the million dollar mark. If your claim involves a death, it is possible that your family could recover this amount.
  • Damages to Vehicle - Any damages to your vehicle can be recovered, this includes if your vehicle was totaled. Insurance policies will typically dictate what a vehicle is worth and what you can recover for the vehicle.

Ultimately, the settlement you receive depends not only on the extent of the damages or losses you faced, but also in the skill of your St. Louis truck accident lawyer. The insurance company works hard to avoid paying people like you who have been unquestionably damaged by the negligent behavior of their trucking company client. In an accident as destructive as a truck accident and one that involves a commercial vehicle, you must have a skilled St. Louis truck accident attorney fighting for you. Burger Law's St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers have the talent and resources to win you maximum compensation, whether we settle successfully through negotiations or have to argue your case in trial to a jury of your peers. Our St. Louis truck accident lawyers get you the full recovery you deserve.

How Are Truck Accident Claims Different?

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How are St. Louis, MO Truck Accident Claims Different from Other Traffic Accidents?

Why do you need a Missouri personal injury lawyer that specializes in truck accident cases in St. Louis? What makes a St. Louis truck accident different from typical auto crashes in Missouri? Force is what separates truck accidents from car accidents, along with the possibly liable parties and the regulations that govern commercial truck driving behavior.

  • There are multiple parties involved.

    There are multiple parties involved in the operation of commercial vehicles like big rigs and other trucks. When a trucking accident happens in St. Louis, more than one party may bear responsibility for your damages. With the help of your Burger Law truck accident injury lawyer in St. Louis, you may be able to hold any of the responsible parties accountable for your losses, including the:

    • Trucking company that hired the driver
    • Truck driver
    • Owner of the truck
    • A company that manufactured any freight being hauled
    • Loading company that packed cargo into the truck
    • The truck manufacturer that built the truck
    • Auto parts manufacturers that built the parts installed in the truck
    • Mechanics who were responsible for truck maintenance
  • They have the force of a large corporation behind them.

    Understanding liability in trucking accidents with several parties involved is difficult and communicating and negotiating with one or more defendants and their insurance companies, even more so. It is stressful, confusing. The trucking company has an entire team at its disposal. Do not attempt to go against them on your own. Our trucking accidents lawyers in St. Louis know how to put large insurance companies and trucking corporations in their place and make them pay for the harm they have done.

    Unfortunately, our trucking accidents lawyers have worked on enough truck accident claims to know that the insurance companies will not go quietly when we demand your full compensation. Do not expect a quick and fair settlement, and make sure you speak to a trucking accidents lawyer in St. Louis, MO before accepting any kind of deal from the insurance adjuster. All of these parties and their insurance carriers have an interest in denying responsibility to minimize the financial fallout following a truck accident. You can expect the trucking companies to quickly deploy representatives from their insurance companies and aggressive attorneys to the scene of the accident and to mount various defenses as to why they should not have to pay you what is fair.

  • Truck crashes are more dangerous and destructive.

    The sheer size and weight of big rigs put truck accidents in a distinct category when it comes to the physical, emotional, and financial devastation. Trucks can weigh as much as twenty to thirty times more than a standard car. Missouri Annotated Statute §304.170 to §304.260 provides that trucks can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That makes for a tremendous amount of force against a much, much smaller object like a regular sedan.

    To understand how extreme and completely devastating the injuries and other damages from a truck accident can be, consider that:

    • every year, around 130,000 people are injured in trucking accidents.
    • trucks weight 20 to 30 times the average passenger vehicle.
    • in fatal crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle, 97% of those killed are occupants of the passenger vehicle, not the truck.
    • large trucks make up 4% of all registered vehicles in the United States but account for 9% of all vehicles in fatal accidents.
    • nearly 70% of injury victims in trucking accidents are occupants of the other vehicle, not the truck.
  • Truck drivers and companies have to follow specific regulations.

    There are strict rules of the road for truckers, and trucking companies are legally obligated to comply with strict trucking regulations. Interstate truck drivers are governed by the rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including extensive rules and regulations including those regarding:

    • Driver qualifications
    • Truck operations
    • Vehicle maintenance requirements
    • Insurance coverage requirements
    • Inspections
    • Accident investigations
    • Vehicle repairs
    • Weight distribution
    • Drug and alcohol prohibition

It is critical to your recovery that you hire an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer to represent you — one who is not intimidated by large trucking companies and their corporate insurance providers and who knows their way around commercial truck driving laws and regulations. Burger Law has helped many individuals and families hurt by truck accidents collect multi-million dollar settlements for their damages. With the help of Burger Law's expert St. Louis truck accident lawyers, you can hold the truck driver or trucking company accountable and collect the full recovery you deserve for your St. Louis truck accident case in Missouri. Call us at (314) 500-HURT now.

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What Regulations Must Commercial Truck Drivers Follow?

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What Regulations Must St. Louis and Missouri Truck Drivers Follow?

Commercial truck accidents in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois differ from typical passenger accidents because drivers and owners of semi trucks and other large commercial vehicles must follow certain rules. Federal and State Regulations dictate the rules that truck drivers must follow. Semi truck drivers have the same duties and obligations as other drivers—namely, to operate their vehicles as a reasonable person would and to exercise the highest degree of care towards other drivers. However, truck drivers have additional requirements and duties they must follow such as licensure, training, and hours of service. Truck Drivers must log their miles, drive only a certain amount of time, and must thoroughly maintain their vehicles. Here are several regulations every truck driver has to follow:

Regulations such as these were enacted to reduce the number of accidents caused by truck drivers. Your accident was caused by a negligent driver who broke one of these rules, and we can prove that they acted negligently. Our truck accident lawyers in St. Louis use proven and effective methods to fight for our clients' rights, and we never settle for less than what our clients deserve. Legally, truck accidents are similar to other accidents on the road when it comes to negligence, as they generally fall under the comparative negligence rule. This means an injured party and their St. Louis truck accident lawyer will generally need to establish the defendant’s duty to care for their well-being, a breach of that duty, and that this breach caused an accident and resulting injuries.

Burger Law's Missouri truck accident lawyers in St. Louis are here to get you the best possible settlement in your commercial truck accident case and make the negligent parties pay for the harm they have inflicted upon you. Take the first step toward justice and a full recovery by calling a St. Louis, Missouri trucking accidents attorney today at (314) 500-HURT.

Liability in Truck Accidents

Liability in St. Louis and Missouri Truck Accidents

Additional requirements for truck drivers complicate liability issues in truck accidents. In addition, accidents often involve multiple parties that may share liability, including the truck driver, other motorists, the trucking company, the truck’s owner, the truck’s manufacturer, and the cargo loading company.

Establishing the degree of liability for all involved parties is often critical after a truck accident in Missouri. St. Louis courts apply a philosophy of pure comparative fault to semi truck accidents, which means that anyone considered liable for any percentage of an accident must compensate the other drivers. Trucking and insurance companies use Missouri’ liability laws to their advantage and attempt to shift liability from their drivers onto other drivers. Commercial truck accidents are challenging, but the commercial truck accident attorneys of Burger Law know how to argue your case and hold all responsible parties accountable.

Who Can I Sue for my Truck Accident Injuries

Who Can I Sue for my St. Louis, Missouri Truck Accident Injuries?

Determining liability in St. Louis and Missouri truck accidents is complicated because there are so many parties responsible for a truck's performance, but holding the right parties accountable is critical to your full recovery. Who you can sue after a truck accident depends on the actions different parties took. You may be able to make a claim against:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The truck owner
  • The manufacturers of the truck or parts used on the truck
  • The truck's cargo loader

To make matters more complicated, the parties that can be responsible in an accident depend on how the truck in question is owned and how the driver of the truck is employed. For example, some drivers are independent contractors who own and operate their own vehicles and are not actually employed by a company. Many truck drivers work for trucking companies, which other businesses hire to ship their goods, but the trucks that trucking companies use are often owned by someone else. Sometimes the driver is directly employed by the company for which they are delivering goods. The truck drivers who drive for Walmart are employees of Walmart. In the case of Walmart, the company that employs the driver of the truck also happens to own the truck itself.

Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies There are many possible combinations of organizations and individuals involved in truck accidents. Truck drivers and trucking companies are liable when there is evidence of the improper operation of the vehicle. If the driver fails to obey a traffic law or is driving while distracted or drowsy, he could be faulted for making such mistakes. The company that employs him could be faulted as well for improper training, hiring someone who is unqualified, or enforcing unrealistic deadlines or expectations that push the driver beyond a reasonable limit.

Truck Owner The person or organization that owns the truck is responsible for the maintenance and inspections of their vehicles. They must schedule regular inspections in accordance with federal guidelines and make sure that the truck is always in good working order. This means making sure the engine is healthy, fluids are at the proper levels, and things like lights, turn signals, windshield wipers, brakes, tires, and other components are functioning properly. If the truck's tail lights weren't working and an accident happened because another driver could not see the truck in the dark, or if a truck wasn't able to stop in time due to its bald tires or malfunctioning brakes, the truck owner is, at least in part, responsible for the accident.

Manufacturers and Cargo Companies While maintenance of the truck and all its components is the responsibility of the owner of the truck, the manufacturer can hold blame if the part is faulty or does not perform as promised as long as proper maintenance has been practiced. Some common component failures are tire blowouts, brake failures, steering mechanism defects, and fuel tank fires. In addition, improper loading of cargo on the truck can also contribute to an accident. Loaders who do not properly secure items or put too much weight on a vehicle can be liable, as it is more likely that the truck will roll over or that the goods will spill into traffic. It is especially important with hazardous materials that the people who load the truck take extra care and follow regulations.

The potential at-fault parties in a truck accident can vary greatly depending on the conditions that contributed to the accident as well as the ownership and operating status of the truck involved. It takes someone with experience in truck accidents to successfully navigate a truck accident case. You should always consult an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer after being in a truck accident. The St. Louis truck accident attorneys of Burger Law have fought against insurance companies in the name of justice for the injured and vulnerable, and we have helped our St. Louis and Missouri truck accident clients recover the full compensation they deserve. Call (314) 500-HURT to speak to a St. Louis, MO truck accident lawyer about your case for free today.

Types of Truck Accident Cases

Types of Truck Crash Cases in St. Louis and Missouri

As experienced truck accident lawyers in Missouri, we have seen truck accident cases resulting from many different negligent behaviors and leading to a wide variety of serious and life-threatening injuries. We are committed to helping truck accident victims like you hold the trucking company, insurance company and other negligent parties accountable for the harm they have caused and we have the experience to do just that. View some of the types of truck accident cases we have seen in Missouri and Illinois.



What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

What are the Most Common Causes of St. Louis and Missouri Truck Accidents?

As with most accidents, the common causes of truck accidents are almost always avoidable. Whether it's driver fatigue, texting and driving, the truck is in poor condition, speeding, or another reason, these causes are avoidable. Listed below are some of the most common causes of truck accidents:

  • Truck Driver Fatigue - Drivers, by law, are only supposed to operate a set number of hours per day. This law was created to keep tired drivers from getting behind the wheel of their truck and causing accidents. When a truck driver operates their truck while tired, they are maneuvering an 80,000lb vehicle, not a small passenger car that maybe weighs 3,000lb. There is a massive difference between the two, and if a truck causes an accident, the injuries are more likely to be fatal, and horrific.
  • Texting and Driving - Texting and driving is dangerous regardless of the circumstances. Whether you are behind the wheel of a truck or car doesn't matter, it's dangerous and is just as deadly if not more so than drinking and driving or smoking and driving.
  • Truck Equipment Failure - Tractor trailers are massive vehicles with large parts that need to be inspect routinely. They carry thousands of pounds of cargo, and when one of their parts fails it can lead to the failure of the vehicle and even an accident. Brake and tire failure in trucks is especially common. Truck drivers must routinely inspect their vehicles to make sure all of their parts are in a safe working order, and ensure that any parts that are not up to code are replaced or repaired.
  • Speeding - By law, truck drivers are required to go no faster than certain speeds while operating their vehicles. This seems simple enough, as you have to abide by traffic laws when you drive your car, however, your vehicle does not weigh 10,000lbs + and is not carrying extremely heavy cargo that can make it even more dangerous to operate. Truck drivers absolutely have to follow speed laws because when they don't they can lose control of their vehicles and cause catastrophic damage to others as a result.
  • Overloaded Truck - This is yet another law that is designed to make trucking safer in the US, and yet not all truckers follow the law. When a truck is overweight, it can fishtail easily, or the driver can lose control of the truck when driving through tight corners. Overweight trucks are also more prone to flipping and other accidents that arise from overweight trucks. To prevent this, weigh stations are implemented on interstates to make sure truck drivers are following the law.

If a truck driver or trucking company's negligence led to a St. Louis or Missouri truck accident that injured you, you can recover damages in a Missouri truck accident claim. Contact a reputable and fierce St. Louis truck accident lawyer with Burger Law now so you can make a full recovery and be made whole again. It is free to speak to our St. Louis, Missouri truck accident attorneys. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT.

How Will My Truck Accident Lawyer Investigate My Claim?

How Will My St. Louis, MO Truck Accident Lawyer Investigate My Claim?

To build a strong case and firmly demand your complete recovery for your St. Louis, Missouri truck accident damages, your St. Louis truck accident lawyer will turn to the evidence. In a truck accident or any other kind of motor vehicle accident in Missouri, there will be direct physical evidence such as tire marks and traffic camera footage of the accident and logged or notated evidence which, in a St. Louis, Missouri truck accident case will include records about the driver's hours and miles, the weight of the vehicle, etc.

As your St. Louis truck accident attorney, our job is to track down and comprehend all available evidence to identify what factors contributed to your MO truck accident. Burger Law St. Louis, Missouri truck accident lawyers use the following kinds of evidence in truck accident cases to hold the right people accountable and demand full compensation for our clients.

  1. Log books from the defendant driver - The log books are going to directly detail how many hours the driver had been logging, where they had been driving, and any other events that occurred along their route.
  2. Hours of Service of when they were allowed to drive and when they were not - Truck drivers have certain hours they are allowed to drive, and when they go over those hours they run a risk of driving fatigued or tired, which can increase the chances of an accident happening.
  3. Vehicle inspection records and requirements - Commercial Trucks have to undergo several inspections throughout the year. These inspections guarantee that the truck is safe to operate on the highway. If a truck driver hasn't had their truck inspected it's either because they forgot, or because they are trying to skip the costs that can come with the inspection.
  4. Weigh-in records along the driver's route - If the driver claimed to weigh in at certain weigh stations, those logs can be checked to make sure that they either did weigh in there, or that the driver lied on their logs and did not weigh in.
  5. Cargo records - Was the truck driver deadheading at any point? Deadheading — driving a truck with an empty trailer — is quite dangerous and can significantly increase the chances of an accident. Empty trailers are prone to rolling over, so if the driver was deadheading during the accident this definitely places more blame on their actions.
  6. Black box - One of the most important pieces of evidence is the data from the truck's black box. These black boxes perform the same functions as the ones in planes. It lets us now how fast the driver was driving, what the state of the vehicle was, and any other pieces of data that only a computer can log.
  7. Inspections of the vehicle post-crash - Knowing the state of the vehicle after the accident helps determine how the accident happened, how severe the accident was, and the actions the driver took before, during, and after the accident.
  8. Evidence from the scene, such as photos, witness statements and skid marks on the road - Every other piece of possible information is also collected. Were there any witnesses? If so, we get their statements. Are there any other photos? We get those photos. We collect everything piece of information and evidence that we can.

You need the expertise of a seasoned St. Louis truck accident lawyer on your side — one who has the knowledge and experience to build an impenetrable case and demand nothing less than full compensation for your damages. Review your Missouri truck accident case with a Burger Law truck accident lawyer in St. Louis now at (314) 500-HURT. We answer your questions for free and lead the way in your full recovery.

What to Do After a Truck Accident

What to Do After a St. Louis Truck Accident

Being in a truck accident can be jarring, but it is important to try and stay calm, both for your safety and the success of the claim. We recommend taking the following steps:

  1. Get to safety

    Stay at the scene of the accident so it can be properly documented, but do what you can to keep yourself, your passengers, and other roadway users safe.

  2. Call 911

    Get first responders to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. Stay in a safe spot and wait for medical responders to examine you. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, make sure to get emergency medical attention because you could be in shock or have injuries that are not readily visible, like whiplash or a concussion.

    You also want to give an accident report by speaking to the police right away.

  3. Collect evidence

    If you require serious medical attention right away, disregard these next steps. Allow the ambulance to take you to the hospital to receive the necessary medical care. But if you're physically able to, take pictures of the road and traffic conditions, the damage to your vehicle, and your injuries. This evidence could be vital in your truck accident claim.

  4. Exchange information

    Get information from the driver of the truck as well as any available witnesses. Do not rely on the police to collect witness accounts and contact information for every witness. When you speak to the truck driver, be polite but be careful what you say. Get their:

    • Name, address, phone number, and email address
    • Driver's license number
    • Insurance card information
    • Name and contact information for the trucking company and truck driver's employer
    • License plate number of the truck and any other identifying information
  5. Contact a truck accident lawyer

    As soon as possible after the accident and once you have left the scene and returned to safety, you need to contact a qualified truck accident lawyer. With a free initial consultation, a lawyer like Gary Burger of Burger Law can get a sense of your situation to determine whether you have a truck accident case and whether you need a lawyer. In most cases, because of how destructive large trucks are and the parties involved in commercial vehicles, you will need legal representation to successfully settle your case. Once you have hired a lawyer, they will advise you on additional steps to take during your case and will help take care of the intricacies of filing an auto accident case for you.

  6. Receive medical treatment

    Once you have hired a lawyer and filed your accident claim, follow your lawyer's advice. One important thing to do is to continue to get medical treatment for your injuries. The medical files and documentation will help you prove your case. Plus, you want to get the prompt medical treatment that will help you make as full a recovery as possible.

Follow these steps any time you get in an accident with a commercial vehicle like a semi truck, delivery van, or bus. If you are injured in a truck accident, get the medical treatment you need and make sure to contact a reputable St. Louis truck accident lawyer like Gary Burger and the attorneys of Burger Law right away.


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Our experienced truck accident and commercial motor vehicle accident attorneys in St. Louis, MO serving all of Missouri and Illinois have decades years of experience representing truck accident injury victims and securing full and fair compensation for them. We stand up to the large trucking companies and their insurance companies; they do not intimidate us. Our role is to hold reckless and negligent drivers accountable for breaking the safety rules and regulations for operating trucks and other commercial vehicles and making their scheming, irresponsible insurance companies pay for the damages their client has caused. When you are hurt in a truck accident in Missouri or Illinois, our St. Louis truck accident lawyers work on your behalf with unwavering commitment, never resting until you have full compensation for your injuries and other damages in hand. We have dedicated our lives toward honing our litigation and trial skills and cultivating advanced knowledge of the Missouri personal injury legal system so that we can be effective in negotiating for you and demanding a great recovery. Hire Burger Law's capable truck accident lawyers to represent you and handle all responsibilities related to your claim while you work at your physical and emotional recovery.

Our truck accident attorneys and paralegals have a true and deep understanding of Missouri truck accident and other personal injury laws and statutes and we are available to answer your truck accident injury questions for free at (314) 500-HURT. However, when going through a truck accident claim in St. Louis, it can put your mind at ease and help you prepare for the outcome of your case by taking the time to education yourself and learn more about the civil court process. In addition to our expensive library of answers to frequently asked questions and videos addressing common questions and topics, we offer a number of other blog posts and resources to help you in your truck accident injury suit. Check out additional truck accident resources below.

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Due to the number of parties involved in commercial truck operation, the laws that regulate commercial vehicles, and the massive potential for destruction, you need a specialized and skilled St. Louis, Missouri truck accident lawyer for your claim. If you or someone you love was injured in a semi truck accident in St. Louis or anywhere in Missouri, you have no time to waste. You must contact an experienced truck accident lawyer in St. Louis today. Your very life and future well-being depend on it.

Protect your rights and the trajectory of your life by hiring a St. Louis truck accident law firm that will advocate for your rights. Our compassionate semi-truck and other commercial vehicle accident lawyers demand compensation for your injuries and losses and will not back down when the trucking companies and insurance providers resist accountability. The St. Louis truck accident lawyers do not rest until you are paid in full for your truck accident injuries and other losses. Contact or call us today at (314) 500-HURT so we can start fighting for you.

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Our truck accident law firm in St. Louis is dedicated to recovering complete compensation for our clients who have been injured by truckers or trucking companies that failed to adhere to the simple regulations that are designed to protect us on the road. We are tough on all parties involved in the truck accident that left you or a loved one severely injured. We will not back down until we recover the compensation you deserve, as we have done for many truck accident victims before.

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Our Practice Areas

Burger Law's attorneys are proven experts in all types of truck accidents and all other personal injury claims. We will handle all aspects of your case from start to finish so that you can focus on your recovery. If you or someone you know have been severely injured in a truck accident or another type of accident, count on Burger Law to successfully represent your interests and fight for your future.

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Car Accidents

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Car Accidents

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Dog Bite

Dog Bite

Truck Accident Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know

Common Missouri Truck Accident Questions

As seasoned truck accident lawyers, we know that part of your claim's success comes from being well-informed as a victim. That is why we have provided many free resources for all truck accident and personal injury victims, including answers to many commonly asked truck accident questions here. Our lawyers are also available to answer questions for free at (314) 500-HURT.

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How To Choose The Right Personal Injury Lawyer For Me

How do you determine which personal injury lawyer is right for you? As you've undoubtedly heard the disclaimer at the end of TV and radio commercials for law firms: the choice of a lawyer is important and should not be based solely upon advertisements. The key is to speak with the lawyer and de …

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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

Do you know how long you have to file a personal injury claim? Or when the best time is to file one? Is it better to do it immediately after your accident or to wait until you know how significantly your injuries have affected your life? These are just the beginning of the string of questions t …

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When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

When To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer. Accidents and injuries are always unexpected, and it can be hard to know what to do in the aftermath, and how to go about getting compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Burger Law knows how to handle cases and …

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