Common Types of Commercial Truck Accidents

Common Types of Commercial Truck AccidentsThere are millions of commercial trucks currently in operation within the U.S., which means you are bound to end up next to one of them on the highway or freeway at some point. These commercial trucks play an important role in the economy by helping companies transport their goods from coast to coast. But unfortunately, the size and weight of commercial trucks make them incredibly dangerous to other drivers. Here’s a look at some of the most common types of commercial truck accidents:

Jack Knife Accidents

A jack knife accident typically occurs when the truck driver slams on his brakes. This can cause the trailer of the truck to rapidly shift outwards, forming a 90-degree angle with the truck’s cabin. The driver will completely lose control of the truck once the trailer starts to skid outwards, so there’s nothing that he can do to limit the damage.

Under Ride Accidents

Another accident that can occur when a truck driver slams on his brakes is an under ride accident. If a driver is following the truck too closely, he may not have enough time to stop his vehicle before it collides with the truck. Because the truck is so high off of the ground, the trailing car will not simply collide with the back of the truck in this scenario. Instead, the trailing car could become lodged underneath the truck and the passengers could suffer serious or fatal injuries.

Accidents Involving Cargo

The cargo must be securely loaded onto the back of the truck or it could cause serious accidents. If the cargo is not secure, it could fall off while the truck is in motion and land on another vehicle.

In addition to making sure the cargo is secure, the trucking company must also pay close attention to the distribution of the cargo’s weight. It’s much harder for a truck driver to control the truck when the cargo’s weight is not evenly distributed. The uneven weight distribution could cause the trailer to skid from side to side. Sometimes, an uneven weight distribution can even cause a rollover accident, which occurs when the truck driver loses steering control and the truck rolls onto its side.

These are just some of the many types of truck accidents that occur on the road everyday. Some types of truck accidents may occur more frequently than others, but they are all capable of causing life-threatening or fatal injuries.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, reach out to the attorneys at The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC right away. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping truck accident victims recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at info@benjaminlawkc.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.

How Much Will It Cost to Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

How Much Will It Cost to Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?Many people who have been injured assume that they will not be able to afford a personal injury attorney, so they never even attempt to seek legal representation. But, this is a huge mistake that could affect your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. The truth is that everyone can afford to hire a personal injury attorney. How is this possible? Here’s what you need to know about the cost of hiring a personal injury attorney:

What is a Contingency Fee?

Most attorneys charge their clients either a flat fee or an hourly rate, depending on the nature of the case. But, a personal injury attorney works on a contingency fee basis instead. A contingency fee arrangement simply means that the attorney’s fees will be taken from the money awarded to the client through a settlement or verdict. Most attorneys will take between 30-40% of the settlement or verdict.

Because the attorney’s fees are deducted from the settlement or verdict, the client will never have to pay the attorney upfront. Furthermore, clients will not have to pay their legal fees unless their attorney wins the case. If the client is not awarded compensation, an attorney working on a contingency fee arrangement is not paid for his or her legal services.

Other Expenses Associated With Personal Injury Cases

Your attorney may incur a number of expenses related to your personal injury case. For example, an attorney will typically need to pay for your medical records and a copy of the police report. Some attorneys will ask their clients to pay for these expenses as they are incurred, whereas others will deduct these expenses from your final settlement or verdict. It’s important to ask your attorney how he or she handles these expenses during the initial consultation so you know what to expect.

How Expenses Are Deducted

Let’s say you are awarded $100,000 in compensation for your injuries, and your attorney has covered $10,000 in expenses related to your case. According to your contract, your attorney will take 33% of your compensation. This means your attorney will take $33,000 from your settlement to cover his or her fees. Your attorney will take an additional $10,000 to cover the expenses related to your case, leaving you with a total of $57,000.

Contingency fee arrangements level the playing field and make it possible for all victims to secure the legal representation they need to seek justice. It doesn’t matter how much money you have–you can afford a personal injury attorney.

Have you been injured by the negligent acts of another person? If so, the attorneys at The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC can help. Trained at the nationally renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and mentored under award-winning trial attorney and firm founder Kim Benjamin, our attorneys are known for working tirelessly to recover compensation for victims. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at info@benjaminlawkc.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.

We’ve Moved to 8427 Clint Drive, Belton

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, thankfully no one was at the office when a pick-up truck lost control and ended up hitting our building at 8019 E. 171st Street on 58 highway in Belton, Missouri.

Thankfully many members in our community reached out to help and we were able to quickly secure the building and evacuate all of our belongings.

The building has been declared not safe and so we re-located to a move-in-ready office space not far from out old location. To find us you simply continue east on 58 highway from our old office and drive towards the Raymore Wal-Mart, then turn left at Kentucky Fried Chicken. We are in the Megan Place shopping area behind Valvoline and Advanced Auto Parts at 8427 Clint Drive, Belton, Mo 64012.

Our phone number 816-322-8008 is still our number and our website hasn’t changed. You can still book appointments by calling our number or visiting our website.

Thank you to all our wonderful clients, friends, and court personnel who have reached out to make sure we’re ok and to help us if we needed it. Also, thanks to all those  who were committed to finding us at our new location no matter what!