Louisiana Truck Accidents
We all know the feeling of looking in our rearview mirror and seeing an 18 wheeler right behind us. This feeling can be unnerving and can put your safety as well as those around you at great risk. The simple fact is that when 18 wheelers drive like they own the road, they can cause car accidents with devastating results. The magnitude of size and the weight of an 18 wheeler, combined with the driver's financial motivations to get their trailer as quickly as they can to its destination, may be a recipe for disaster. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler, you need proper legal representation to fully develop your case.
The biggest focus of a truck accident investigation is typically the truck driver. What caused the accident? Is negligence involved? Was the truck driver speeding, failing to yield, tired, or was there any influence of drugs or alcohol? Driver fatigue may also be an issue and causes many trucking accidents.
Louisiana Truck Accident Lawsuits and Claims
In order to complete a comprehensive investigation of the driver, you need an attorney who can quickly go to work on your case to obtain driving records, any accident records and or toxicology reports from a drug or alcohol test. Acting promptly to seek legal representation is also necessary to preserve evidence shortly after the accident which may help for a more detailed reconstruction of the events leading up to the collision.
Dealing with issues following an accident with an 18 wheeler is different from dealing with auto accidents where only passenger vehicles are involved. The trucking industry controls the roads, especially in and around areas that have big ports such as New Orleans.
Trucking companies often have teams of attorneys and insurance adjusters who may stand in the way of you receiving the compensation you deserve. It is important for you to talk to your own personal injury attorney before signing or agreeing to anything presented by the insurance adjusters for the trucking company.
Louisiana Truck Accident Liability
In addition, 18 wheeler accident issues are more complex because of the potential number of parties that may be involved. Parties may vary from the truck driver's insurance carrier to the truck manufacturer, if an investigation reveals that there was a product defect with the truck. Often, the truck may be leased by a company whose liability may be a component of your claim and thereby entitling you to compensation.
Although speeding and driver fatigue may seem to be the most common cause of accidents involving 18 wheelers, there may also be issues concerning mechanical repairs, tire blowouts or overloaded and improperly loaded trailers. Records that reflect maintenance performed on the truck are helpful in providing evidence of whether or not the truck was properly maintained and regularly serviced to best ensure safe operation on the road.
Overloaded and improperly loaded trailers could have severe consequences such as jack-knifing. This is when the 18 wheeler may slide off the road or block all lanes of traffic. Where a trailer is found to be loaded improperly and an accident results, the party responsible for the loading may be subject to liability to compensate you for the damages you have sustained. These claims can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or a variety of other claims that may be available to you on a case by case basis.
Due to the fact that 18 wheelers are subject to a variety of safety regulations such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and possibly other state regulations, you need a zealous and aggressive attorney who can help make a strong case against the trucking companies and insurance companies.
The Law Office of Bloom Legal is here to help you through this difficult time and can provide you with the representation you need to get the justice you deserve. If you or someone you know is in an accident with an 18-wheeler in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna, Harvey or surrounding areas, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your claim.
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