How Our New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Truck accidents are among the most deadly collisions that occur on the roads of Louisiana because trucks are much larger than passenger cars. While most vehicles weigh an average of 3,000 to 5,000 pounds, the law allows trucks and tractor trailers to weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Trucks have more momentum and strike with more force, leaving victims of truck collisions with serious and often fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, it is wise to speak with a New Orleans truck accident attorney about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death compensation. An experienced and compassionate attorney at Bloom Legal can evaluate your case and help you to get the money you deserve.
Your Rights After a Truck Accident
After a truck accident, you can pursue a claim for compensation if you can prove that the trucker was negligent or violated safety laws. Particular rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) apply only to truckers. For example, the law imposes limits on how many hours a trucker can drive per day and per week in order to prevent drowsy driving collisions. If the trucker has violated any FMCSA regulations, you can use these violations to create the presumption he was negligent, making it easier for you to make a successful car accident claim.
You have the option to sue the driver and you may also pursue a claim against a defendant with deeper pockets such as the driver’s employer. Trucking companies can be liable if the company is negligent in any way, such as failing to properly screen drivers. Truckers also act on behalf of their employers, which means a trucking company can be held responsible for the negligent or careless actions of its employee on the job.
At Bloom Legal, an experienced attorney can review the circumstances of your truck accident and help you determine the parties to pursue a claim against to maximize your chances of full compensation for losses and damages.
Procuring Legal Assistance After a Truck Accident
Truck accident claims may settle outside of court if the driver and trucking company accept fault and make a reasonable settlement offer. Do not sign any settlement documents or paperwork until you have called our New Orleans law firm and spoken to a truck accident attorney about whether the settlement is fair and reasonable under the circumstances.
If your case does not settle, you must convince a jury that the trucker and/or trucking company was at fault for your losses and damages. Your accident may have occurred in a different state than where they trucking company is headquartered. This can complicate your case, as you and your attorney must determine which court to pursue your claim in. Your attorney can advise you and help you file suit by persuading a judge or jury that you are entitled to full monetary compensation for losses the collision caused.
At Bloom Legal, we have extensive experience with truck accident claims and are ready to put our legal knowledge to work for you. Call us today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help.