Truck Accident Attorney Lake Charles

Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are up to 25x heavier than average cars on the road. When a semi-truck is in an accident, it’s the occupants of the smaller vehicles that most often sustain injuries.

 

An 18-wheeler’s speed, weight, and cargo can make it deadly. In a crash, not only will your vehicle be damaged, but you and your passengers will most likely suffer massive injuries.

 

Broken bones, brain damage, paralysis, and severed limbs are common in trucking accidents. No matter the injury you or your loved ones may have suffered in the collision, you deserve compensation for:

 

  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Medical Bills
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

 

Being in any type of accident is bad enough, but when you are in a crash that involves a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, the repercussions can be devastating.

The difference in car accidents and truck accidents is the extraordinary amount of damage caused when a fully loaded commercial truck hits a passenger vehicle.

 

The financial burden from medical bills, lost wages and property damage is much higher. Along with major damage and severe injuries, trucking crash lawsuits are more complex cases due to:

 

  • Numerous laws governing trucking industry
  • Time sensitivity of trucking cases
  • Dynamics of the crash

 

Most often, lawsuits to recover compensation for injuries involve the truck driver’s negligence. Some common indications of negligence include:

 

  • Overloaded trailers
  • Vehicles in the blind spot
  • Lack of truck driving experience
  • Not stopping at weigh stations, as required by law
  • Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Driving for too long without taking a break
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Trucking Accident Liability

 

The Lake Charles team of legal experts at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess investigates all possible avenues of evidence, combing through layers of liability.

 

Proving negligence in a trucking accident isn’t as easy as other types of accidents. Finding liability for an accident is also a bit more complicated.

 

There are several parties who’s negligence may have caused an accident. In most trucking accident cases the driver or the driver’s employer are found to be liable for damages. In some cases the trucking company hires a contracted driver. The trailer might belong to the client shipping their goods or the transportation company. There are also brokers used as middle men for shipping and trucking companies. Truck designers and manufacturers could be responsible if some part of the truck has flaws or defects. Even insurance companies can be partially responsible for an accident if they are used in the screening and hiring process of a negligent truck driver.

 

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess know where to look to find fault. We review maintenance records, employment records, and weigh station check-ins. Additionally, drug tests can reveal weather there was a presence of illegal substances in the driver’s bloodstream.

 

It is the job of your trucking accident lawyer to weigh each factor in your accident thoroughly. Each party in a trucking accident will be doing their absolute best to prove they were not at fault. The attorneys and staff at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess know how to handle insurance adjusters and teams of high priced lawyers. With over 20 years of experience, our team has recovered $millions for our clients in settlements and verdicts.

 

 

Liability Factors

Drivers:

  • Adherence to hours of service
  • Maintenance of vehicle if owned
  • Inspection of vehicle, trailer, and cargo
  • Adherence to safety protocol in transportation of hazardous materials
  • Presence of drugs or alcohol
  • Care in operation

 

Employers:

  • Maintenance of vehicle/trailer if owned
  • Adherence to hours of service
  • Training practices
  • Hiring practices (background checks and drug screening)

 

Fatigue is a common cause of accidents. Truckers have strict guidelines regarding the amount of time they are allowed to work. The Hours of Service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are:

  • A 30 minute break must occur during the first eight hours of driving
  • There is an 11 hour daily drive limit and 14 hour work day limit
  • The maximum drive time in a week is 70 hours
  • A trucker can resume driving after 34 consecutive hours of rest

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Louisiana Laws and Regulations

The trucking industry has extensive regulations and laws called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

The FMCSRs govern the trucking industry with regulations spanning all aspects of trucking, including:

  • Required documentation
  • Weight, size and route limitations
  • Licensing requirements for truck drivers
  • Limits on consecutive work hours by hours
  • Trucking insurance minimums

The understanding of these rules and regulations are vital when building a truck accident lawsuit. Trucking companies retain teams of highly trained attorneys whose sole purpose is to minimize the financial payout to accident victims. Not every personal injury lawyer has the expertise and training in the specialty of truck accident litigation.

At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have successfully handled claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers. Our team is well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations that may affect your claim.

After the Accident

After your accident, give no information to anyone other than your your doctor and your attorney. Any information that you give can be used to shift the blame to someone else.

Trucking accident victims face long-term disability as a real possibility. Having a dedicated team of legal professionals fighting for you is the best-case scenario.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess understand how crucial it is to maintain your family’s way of life. As medical bills pile up, you will not be able to return to work for some time. We will stop at nothing to see justice served and your family taken care of.

If you or some you love has injuries due to a truck accident, our Lake Charles, Louisiana lawyers can help you. Collecting damages from the party at fault for your accident can be complex. Our lawyers have the talent and experience needed to skillfully manage these types of claims.

Call us or fill in our contact form. Talk to our Lake Charles, Louisiana personal injury attorneys about your truck accident case.

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