You know what happened. Whether you remember all of the details of your accident, or a subsequent accident investigation has helped you understand your crash, you know that you were not at fault. The trucker who hit you caused your truck accident and the resulting injuries. Yet, the trucker, the trucking company, and their insurers are not willing to accept responsibility, nor are they are willing to compensate you fairly for your injuries. Instead, they are trying to defend themselves and avoid liability.
You Can Anticipate Missouri Truck Accident Defenses
Some of the Missouri truck accident defenses that you may hear from truckers, trucking companies, or insurance companies include:
- Lack of causation. The defense may argue that the defendant did not cause the crash. They may try to place the blame on you, on the truck manufacturer, or on someone else. You will not be able to recover damages if the defendant is successful in proving a lack of causation.
- Comparative Fault. The defendant may argue that you were also at fault for the accident. Through negotiations or at trial, a percentage of fault will be assigned to you if the defendant is successful. Your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Thus, if it determined that your speed was 20% responsible for the accident, then your damage award will be reduced by 20%.
All of these arguments are made for the same reason. The defendant in your case wants to avoid liability. They do not want to pay you for your injuries.
Don’t Do it Alone – Call a Missouri Truck Accident Lawyer for Help
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, then one of the things that you need to do to protect your claim is to anticipate the defenses that will be raised in your case. An experienced Missouri truck accident attorney can help you do that and can help you protect your right to a fair recovery. For more information, we encourage you to call us today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670 to schedule an initial consultation and to read our FREE book, The Lies Smart People Believe About Missouri Insurance Claims.