Crash Fatalities Involving Commercial Vehicles are On the Rise in Missouri

At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis personal injury attorney knows commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, play a vital role in our nation’s economy by transporting the products we need.

Commercial vehicles transport all types of goods across Missouri, as Interstates 29, I-35, I-44, I-49, I-55, I-66, and I-70 provide both long-haul truckers and delivery vehicles easy access to nearby states and local businesses.

Since commercial vehicles are defined as having a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more, accidents involving these large trucks are often catastrophic or even fatal. Unfortunately, fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles are on the rise in Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, last year alone there were 156 fatalities in crashes involving commercial vehicles — up from 130 the previous year.

Even when crashes with semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles are not fatal, the survivors often face a long and difficult road to recovery. That is why we are here. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash with a commercial vehicle in Missouri, contact our St. Louis truck accident attorneys today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

What is Considered a Commercial Vehicle in Missouri?

A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is one that operates for commercial or business purposes and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.

Common commercial vehicles that frequent our Missouri interstates, city streets, and rural roads include, but are not limited to:

  • Box Trucks
  • Bucket Trucks
  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Concrete Trucks
  • Corporate Cars, Trucks, And SUVs
  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Dump Trucks
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Grapple Trucks
  • Heavy Equipment Used for Mining, Construction, and Farming Machinery
  • Mini Trucks
  • Pickup Trucks
  • Refrigerator Trucks
  • Semi-Trailer Trucks
  • Snowplows
  • Tow Trucks
  • Trailers
  • Trash Trucks
  • Vans

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Missouri commercial vehicle accident caused by negligence, the truck driver, trucking company, another third party — or a combination of parties — may be liable for your damages.

To ensure you understand your legal rights and options to pursue each liable party for your full financial recovery, contact our skilled truck accident attorneys in St. Louis to discuss your case today by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.

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