Alarming Stats Behind Big Truck Related Traffic Accidents

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in Personal Injury, Traffic

If you were traveling I-10 West anywhere near New Orleans East on Monday, you likely found yourself sitting in traffic. A cement truck crash led to a total shutdown of the westbound interstate. Traffic was diverted near Crowder Boulevard as police and EMS responded to the scene of the accident.

According to NOLA.com, the accident occurred when a cement truck lost control and rolled several times. No other vehicles were apparently involved in the accident. The driver of the cement truck emerged from the vehicle shortly after the crash, and was taken by EMS to a nearby hospital. NOPD indicated that the driver had sustained “minor to moderate injuries.”

Truck-related Traffic Accidents

Fortunately, the accident on Monday did not result in any serious injuries or damages. However, this is often not the case. All too often large truck related accidents can be devastating, life-altering, and even deadly.

A report accessed via the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that large truck related accidents accounted for 4,440 deaths in 2016 and almost 120,000 injuries. Another report suggests that of those deaths, more than 70% of the victims were occupants of other vehicles, while occupants of the large trucks accounted for less than 20%.

Those are scary numbers. When driving with or around big trucks, especially on the interstate, always remain alert and attentive. Do not drive too close to big trucks or tailgate. Especially for trucks with open or uncovered cargo, always keep a safe distance. Be aware of the size of a big truck’s blind spot and try not to linger in it when passing.  It can be tempting to look at your phone while driving, especially on long road trips, but it can wait! The most effective way to prevent traffic accidents is to drive with focus and intent.

We wish the driver of the vehicle on Monday a speedy recovery, and are thankful that the consequences of the accident were, at worst, some inconvenient traffic.

Personal Injury

Those that have been the victim of a big truck related accident have likely experienced bodily, psychological, and/or property damages, or even death. In many cases, these individuals—or their surviving family members—may be entitled to compensation for their distress.

Victims of negligence or wrongdoing have legal rights to compensation under Louisiana law.  Personal injury claims may be leveraged against any person, business, or government entity that can be show to have caused injury to an individual.

Personal injury claims break compensation down into two categories: special and general damages, also known as economic and noneconomic damages respectively.

Special damages refer to those losses and expenses that are directly quantifiable, such as damage to property, medical expenses, and lost wages if one had to miss time at work.

General damages, on the other hand, seek compensation for suffering due to physical disfigurement, mental anguish, diminished quality of life, etc. Due to the nature of these non-economic damages, it can be more difficult to measure due compensation in monetary terms. A professional personal injury attorney can help quantify the damages and losses, and make sure you get the full compensation due to you.

Contact a Professional New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney

Were you the victim of a large truck related accident, or another incident which caused you pain and suffering? You may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury case. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Bloom LLC will represent and fight for you to make sure that you are compensated for your losses and suffering.

Our lawyers will investigate your case, gather evidence, and interact with the insurance companies on your behalf. They will be with you every step of the way, from building your case, to settlement or representation in court.

In personal injury cases, time is of the essence, since there is a limited window during which you can pursue a claim for compensation following your injury. Contact us today to set up a consultation and learn more about the personalized representation we can provide in your case.

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