Trucking Accident Cases

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys: Trucking Accidents

Statistics show that each year there are hundreds of thousands of large trucks involved in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are also hundreds of thousands of people injured in those tractor trailer accidents and thousands killed as a result. At Stueve Siegel Hanson, we represent individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside down after a serious truck accident in Missouri or nationwide.

Immediately after any truck accident, the trucking company or its insurance company will have an investigator, claims adjustor, and "crash team" on the scene. These individuals are trained to preserve all evidence that might favor the driver and trucking company — and minimize or explain away any evidence that might favor you. Such evidence often includes driver's logs and the truck's electronic control module. This evidence is important in preparing your case and must be timely preserved and reviewed by capable counsel and experts. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, contact our experienced nationwide truck accident attorneys immediately to make sure that you get the timely legal representation you deserve.

Representing Clients in Kansas City and Nationwide

While the causes of trucking accidents vary greatly, our trial lawyers represent victims of trucking accident cases involving death and injury as the result of failure to follow truck accident regulations and other serious negligence, including:

  • Truck and trailer defects
  • Poor truck and trailer maintenance or repair
  • Inadequate or improper truck and trailer reflector markings
  • Truck driver fatigue or illness
  • Truck driver hours of service violations
  • Truck driver driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Truck driver speeding accident
  • Inadequate or improper truck driver pre-trip and periodic inspections
  • Inadequate truck driver training or supervision

Because of the serious nature of injuries related to trucking accidents, our lawyers handle each case with utmost attention to detail. We start by doing a thorough investigation of the facts, the vehicles, the scene of the accident and the laws. We often consult with accident reconstruction experts and utilize our contacts with the nation's leading trucking and trailer experts in order to properly evaluate and prosecute your case.

Case Results (Click here for more results)

$8,000,000 Jury Verdict
Semi-Truck Wrongful Death
Michelle Taliaferro, et al. v. Green Valley Transportation,

Christopher Taliaferro was traveling westbound on US Hwy 50 in Jackson County on a John Deere tractor when he was struck from behind by a semi-truck operated by Carol Klaudt and owned by Green Valley Transportation. Carol Klaudt took no measures to avoid striking Chris Taliaferro and the tractor he was driving. Chris Taliaferro died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the wreck.

The driver, Carol Klaudt, had only a few months of experience as a truck driver. She had worked as a waitress and in an office prior to becoming a co-driver with her husband. Green Valley Transportation violated its hiring requirement of two years of experience for drivers when it hired Carol Klaudt. The case was tried to a jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri. In the first phase of the trial, the jury awarded $8,000,000 of actual damages and found that punitive damages had been proved. After the second phase of the trial in which evidence to support punitive damages was introduced, the case settled before the jury returned with the punitive damages award. Plaintiffs were Chris' wife and parents.

$2,375,000 Settlement
Semi-Truck Wrongful Death
Terri Starbuck, et al. v. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., et al.,

Terri Starbuck's daughter, Shyla Brannan, was a team semi-truck driver with her husband, Zach Brannan. While Zach was driving their semi-truck along Interstate 44, Shyla was sleeping in the sleeper birth of the truck. At the same time, a semi-truck operated by John E. Richardson and owned by Gilster-Mary Lee merged onto Interstate 44, failed to yield and collided into the passenger side of the Brannan's semi-truck. The violent collision ripped the Brannan's truck to shreds and threw Shyla from the truck. Shyla died that evening shortly after the collision.

Contact Our Kansas City Semi Truck Collision Injury Attorneys

To talk with us about your trucking accident injury or the injury of a loved one, contact Stueve Siegel Hanson by calling 1-800-714-0360. We offer free initial consultations about trucking accidents and accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no fees unless you win.

Click here to view results from previous cases. We have successfully represented individuals and families who were injured by tractor-trailer accidents, highway defects, or a truck driver's / trucking company's negligent behavior.

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