Millions of big trucks share our nation’s roadways with passenger vehicles and motorcycles, often driving great distances for hours at a time which can increase the likelihood of truck accidents. Although 18-wheeler companies are expected to follow safety regulations, factors such as vehicle wear and tear and strict transport deadlines can increase the risk of serious accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, trucks frequently weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles.
Serious accidents come with significant costs—medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When you need help after an accident, our truck accident lawyers are committed to providing unparalleled client service and legal representation, so you can concentrate on getting better.
If you’ve been in an accident with an 18 wheeler or another type of big truck, there is a limited window in which an injury attorney can file a claim on your behalf. If you are unsure about your next step, please fill out a free initial consultation form or call us at 866-897-8495. Our personal injury firm will review your claim for free and will determine if we’re able to help.
You can count on the experienced legal team at Dudley DeBosier to build a strong case on your behalf.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
We thoroughly investigate the details of your accident to prove if:
Trucking industry regulations were broken. Trucking companies are required to keep extensive driving logs and records. If the driver who caused the accident was not following procedure, he or she could be held accountable for causing the accident.
The truck was not maintained properly. In the event that the driver or trucking company failed to make necessary repairs to the truck that led to the accident, one or both parties may be held responsible for the accident.
The truck driver failed to obey traffic laws. A truck driver can be held responsible if he or she was speeding, failed to obey posted signs, or was driving carelessly at the time of the accident.
A thorough understanding of your accident provides our truck accident lawyers with the knowledge and resources it takes to stand up to insurance companies and get you the compensation you’re owed. As Louisiana personal injury attorneys, we have offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, and we help client across our state.
The Importance of the Right Injury Attorney
If you were injured in a truck accident or lost someone you love due to another party's negligence, the right attorney can help you recoup your losses. However, in many claims, the guilty party denies responsibility, leaving you in a frustrating stalemate. As such, an accident attorney with experience in the laws regarding 18-wheelers can be a significant asset, working with you to build a claim demonstrating the culpability of the party at fault in the wreck.
Building Your Personal Injury Case
As the victim in a trucking accident, demonstrating the guilt of the responsible party will be one of your lawyer's most significant tasks. Even when the evidence is clear, the responsible party, be it the truck driver, truck owner, employer, or truck manufacturer, may still deny your personal injury claims. When this happens, your truck accident attorney will get to work collecting support that can be used to irrefutably demonstrate your position, including:
Available camera footage
Police and accident reports
Medical reports and doctor testimonies
With a combination of evidence and legal knowledge, your truck accident attorney will build a case in your favor, arguing that your accident was not your fault to get you the best possible settlement.
Truck Accident Lawsuits
When you are in a wreck involving a big truck, it can feel like your entire world has changed forever. Many victims suffer serious injuries, both permanent and life threatening, like head trauma, spinal damage, broken bones, burns, and even paralysis. With a lawsuit prepared by our qualified truck accident attorneys, you can seek restitution for your injuries, recouping the necessary expenses for medical care, lost wages, and more. Depending on your circumstances, there are three major forms of lawsuits your attorney will consider: negligence, product liability, and wrongful death.
If your accident was caused by a truck driver's behavior, your lawyer may sue for negligence. In order to make this kind of suit successful, your lawyer will have to demonstrate that through negligent actions, the driver in question failed to act appropriately on the road, leading to injury. Common cases of negligence include:
Lack of experience
Overloaded or oversized trucks
Ignorance of traffic laws
If the driving habits of the driver of the 18-wheeler were in line with industry expectations, the truck itself may be at fault. If the truck or one of its components was found to be a contributing factor in your accident, your attorney may choose to file a product liability suit. In these kinds of cases, your attorney will need to demonstrate evidence, including:
A defective part deemed unreasonably dangerous with no change in performance since the truck's initial purchase
No operational deficiencies on behalf of the driver
Due to the severity of truck accidents, many victims sadly do not survive. When this happens, some families may attempt to file claims on behalf of their loved ones in order to recover compensation. In order for a wrongful death suit to be viable, a family must demonstrate appropriate evidence related to negligence or product failure, similar to a victim who survived an accident. A truck accident attorney can make this process easier, working with families to recover compensation and, in some claims, punitive damages.
Compensation for Accidents In virtually all cases, compensation is the driving force in truck accident lawsuits, both economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are intended to compensate victims and their families for monetary losses related to the accident, including:
Medical expenses, both current and future
Loss of earning ability
Non-economic damages are less clear-cut, attempting to win additional funds for non-financial, intangible losses, including:
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Although less common, punitive damages may be applicable if the driver of the truck was found to be acting maliciously or willfully. This may involve a fine paid by the guilty party, probation, or a jail sentence.
Stay a Step Ahead of the Insurance Company
Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier will work hard to stay a step ahead of trucking industry lawyers throughout the claims process. From the minute you contact any one of our Louisiana offices, whether located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Shreveport, we’ll begin to work every angle of your case to try to help you get the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call us at (866) 897-8495 or fill out the free initial consultation form below and get the legal help you need, today.