Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Attorneys

We Fight for Victims of Truck Accidents in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, & Arkansas

The aftermath of a truck accident can leave you feeling lost, overwhelmed, and unsure of where to turn. You might be struggling with severe injuries, lost income, the complexities of insurance claims, and the emotional toll of a traumatic event. It doesn't have to be this way. At Bishop & Hayes, we're ready to stand by your side and fight for the justice you deserve.

Our attorneys have extensive experience guiding truck accident victims across Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas through the legal process. We understand the unique complexities of these cases, the tactics insurance companies might use to minimize your claim, and the strategies needed to secure the maximum compensation possible.

Call (417) 304-3228 or contact us online to schedule a free case consultation with a truck accident attorney today.

Understanding the Factors that Lead to Truck Accidents

For a comprehensive and robust legal case, it is imperative to thoroughly investigate and understand the underlying factors and circumstances that led to the accident. This detailed analysis of the root causes is fundamental in building a solid foundation for the case proceedings.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver error: Factors such as fatigue, distractions, substance use, and violations of traffic regulations significantly elevate the likelihood of accidents involving truck drivers.
  • Company negligence: Instances of companies exerting pressure to meet stringent deadlines, inadequate training provided to drivers, and manipulation of logbooks can all serve as indicators of potential company liability in accidents.
  • Road conditions: Challenges posed by severe weather conditions, substandard road maintenance, or ongoing construction activities can contribute to accidents, even when drivers exercise caution.
  • Vehicle-related issues: Problems like mechanical malfunctions, inadequate maintenance practices, or exceeding safe load limits can render a truck uncontrollable and unsafe to operate.

Holding All Responsible Parties Accountable

In the aftermath of a truck accident, identifying and holding all responsible parties accountable is a critical step toward achieving justice and securing the compensation you deserve.

Truck accidents can involve a multitude of liable parties, each with a role in the circumstances leading to the collision. We meticulously investigate every aspect of the accident to establish a clear picture of liability. 

Here's a breakdown of some potentially liable parties and their possible contributions to an accident:

  • Truck drivers: When negligence, such as distracted driving or substance abuse, is a factor, the driver can be held accountable for the damage caused.
  • Trucking companies: These entities can be liable if their policies, lack of proper training, or pressure on drivers contribute to an accident. 
  • Cargo loaders: Improperly secured or overloaded cargo is a hazard. Those responsible for loading the truck may be held liable if their negligence leads to an accident.
  • Truck manufacturers and parts suppliers: If a mechanical failure stemming from a defect in the truck or one of its components causes an accident, the manufacturer or supplier can be held responsible.
  • Maintenance companies: Regular and proper maintenance is crucial for truck safety. If inadequate maintenance is found to be a cause, the maintenance company may be liable. 

Understanding who to hold accountable and how can be complex, but it's essential for seeking justice and compensation. Our approach includes thorough investigation, leveraging legal insights, and a deep understanding of federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry to build a robust case on your behalf.


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Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Claims

Navigating the aftermath of a truck accident is overwhelming, and there's a crucial factor you must consider immediately: the statute of limitations. This deadline dictates how long you have to file a lawsuit. Deadlines vary by state, so don't delay – contact us right away.

Here's a general breakdown – but these timelines can be complex:

  • Missouri and Kansas: Generally, you have two years from the date of the accident.
  • Oklahoma: You may have up to three years.
  • Arkansas: You have three years for personal injury but only two years for wrongful death cases.

Circumstances Where the Statute of Limitations May Be Extended

While the statute of limitations seems like an unyielding deadline, there are situations where you might have more time to file your truck accident lawsuit than you initially thought. 

Some factors that can lead to an extension of the statute of limitations include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Hidden injuries: Some injuries, like internal damage or the long-term effects of head trauma, take time to appear. The "discovery rule" might apply, meaning the clock on your deadline starts when the injury is found, not the date of the accident.
  • Protecting children: If the victim is a minor, many states "toll" the statute of limitations. This means the countdown won't begin until the child reaches legal age, giving them years to file their case.
  • When the defendant disappears: If the person or company responsible leaves the state or tries to hide their assets, the limitations period might be paused until they're found. This prevents them from escaping accountability.
  • Mental incapacity: If the accident left you mentally incapacitated, time limits may be extended until you are able to make legal decisions again.

These exceptions are designed to protect victims and ensure everyone has a chance at justice. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case to determine if any of these apply, potentially giving you the time needed to build the strongest possible claim.

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Your Advocate, Your Guide, Your Path to Recovery

We're committed to shouldering the legal burdens of your truck accident claim for you. From the moment you contact us, we become your fierce advocates. 

With compassion and unwavering determination, we offer:

  • Personalized attention: Your case isn't just another file. We listen carefully to understand your story, the losses you've endured, and your goals for recovery.
  • Strategic legal counsel: We'll analyze the details of your accident, explain your options in clear terms, and develop a tailored plan to pursue the best outcome.
  • Thorough evidence gathering: Success in these cases often hinges on the evidence. We'll obtain critical records, consult experts, and build a powerful argument on your behalf.
  • Aggressive negotiation: Insurance companies are notorious for low-ball offers. We'll relentlessly fight to maximize your compensation.
  • Trial readiness: While many cases are settled out of court, we're prepared to take your case to trial. Our reputation for trial success strengthens our negotiating position.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, don't try to fight the legal battle alone. During a consultation with one of our partners at Bishop & Hayes, we can provide a clear assessment of your case, explain the process in detail, and answer all of your questions. 

Call us today at (417) 304-3228 or reach out through our online contact form. Take the first step toward the justice and compensation you deserve. We maintain offices in the cities of Joplin and Springfield, Missouri, plus Miami, Oklahoma.

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