When a huge tractor-trailer collides with your passenger vehicle, it can leave you with injuries that change your physical ability and appearance. It can also leave you with healthcare expenses, property damage, and productivity loss that might create financial hardship for you and your family.
Our personal injury team may be able to help you assign financial liability to the party who caused the accident. That could mean you can compel payment for your injuries and their related expenses from the tractor-trailer driver, their employer, or their truck’s manufacturer.
You do not have to fight for compensation on your own when negligence entitles you to recoup the cost of your injuries. If you or someone you love was injured in a negligence-based collision, an Abbeville tractor-trailer accident lawyer is on your side. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today.
How Negligence Leads to Large Truck Accidents
If you or someone you love was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you might have the basis of a personal injury claim for financial compensation. To hold the at-fault party liable for your injuries and receive financial compensation, you and your legal team must prove the at-fault party’s negligence.
Negligence is the other party’s breach of their responsibility to exercise reasonable care. If the at-fault driver did not adhere to their responsibility to maintain your safety, you might be eligible for financial recovery. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites a study that identified these three critical events that commonly occur in large truck accidents:
- 32% of large trucks involved in accidents veered out of their lane of travel
- 29% of large truck drivers lost control of their vehicle because of speeding, cargo shifts, or another cause
- 22% of large trucks struck the back of a vehicle in front of them, which may be the result of following too closely
Our team might be able to investigate the causes and contributing factors in your tractor-trailer accident to determine the role negligence played in your injuries. Call (337) 777-7777 today for your free consultation.
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Determine the Cause of Your Tractor-Trailer Accident
Understanding what caused your tractor-trailer accident can help support your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Knowing what caused the accident can help uncover the negligence that entitles you to financial recovery from the at-fault party. According to the FMCSA, commonly reported causes of large truck accidents include:
- Driver training
- Driver inexperience
- Vehicle design defects
- Vehicle manufacturing flaws
- Road and weather conditions
- Brake and tire issues
- Driver fatigue
- Alcohol consumption
Our team will use your crash report and other evidence to determine whether the driver, the vehicle, or other environmental factors caused the accident. We will also read and review witness statements, available photos and video footage, and your recollections of the accident as we aim to prove negligence, assign liability, and fight for financial recovery.
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Recover from the Financial Impact of a Tractor-Trailer Accident
Between medical bills, income loss, and property damage, the financial aftermath of an accident between a tractor-trailer and your passenger car can have devastating financial consequences. If you can prove the at-fault party was negligent, Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2315 may entitle you to compensation for the following recoverable damages:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
- Physical disfigurement
Our team will carefully review your tractor-trailer accident claim to ensure you do not inadvertently omit any awards you might be entitled to. Keep track of all records, receipts, bills, and estimates to ensure you are not left with out-of-pocket expenses for an accident that was not your fault.
Obtain Your Abbeville Crash Report
As soon as it becomes available, obtain a copy of your crash report. It will ensure our team has access to contact information for:
- The tractor-trailer driver
- Their insurance company
- Their employer
- Their truck’s manufacturer
- Accident witnesses
- The investigating officer
The crash report will also note each vehicle’s estimated speed, the direction of travel, areas of damage, and where each vehicle landed after the collision. It will show the impact point for each vehicle and indicate whether alcohol, driver distraction, or other driver behavior on the part of the tractor-trailer driver contributed to the accident.
Do not underestimate your crash report’s value in proving your right to compensation. Review your crash report and other causal indicators with the Abbeville tractor-trailer accident lawyer who represents you. Our goal is to prove your right to financial recovery and ensure we file your claim in accordance with the statute of limitations.
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Time Is of the Essence in Your Personal Injury Claim
According to CC §3492, Louisiana’s statute of limitations generally allows just one year for you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party after an accident. Very few circumstances can alter the filing deadline. Our team will let you know if any of the circumstances of your case might extend the timeline.
Misinterpreting or missing the statute of limitations could mean the court will dismiss your case without it being heard. We will aim to remove this risk by using official documents like your crash report and medical records to make sure we meet the filing deadline. Given sufficient notice, our team can ensure timely filing and compliance with the statute of limitations.
We Help Injury Victims Recover
You should not suffer financially because of injuries you endured through no fault of your own. Our personal injury team may be able to prove that negligence led to your injuries, calculate your total financial damages, and negotiate a monetary settlement that fully covers the financial impact of the accident. An Abbeville tractor-trailer accident lawyer might be able to help ensure your right to compensation due to negligence. Contact the client intake team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today.