Any collision with a tractor-trailer—or big rig—puts accident victims at risk of serious and costly injuries. If you suffered injuries in a big rig accident, you should strongly consider seeking compensation from the responsible individual or entity in Alexandria. Compensation from an insurance settlement or court award could cover your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Calculating Your Past and Future Damages for Compensation
It is important to recognize the full extent of your damages after a collision. Your losses amount to more than your medical bills to date. Quite possibly, your injuries will require treatment, medication, and therapy that lasts for years—if not a lifetime.
Your injuries could prevent you from returning to work for months, years, or even permanently. If you can go back to work, it might not be at the same job you worked before your injury—and it might pay substantially less. There are many ways in which a serious injury can diminish your potential future earnings.
Many other damages might not even occur to you. For example, if you can no longer mow the lawn, cook meals, or clean the house, you may need to hire someone to handle these tasks for you. The pain and suffering you have endured—and will continue to endure—can also warrant compensation.
Types of Recoverable Damages After an 18-Wheeler Accident
The damages you can recover will depend on the specifics of your case. The following represents just some types of recoverable damages our lawyers seek in big rig accidents:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Household or caretaker services
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
Big Rig Accident Lawyers Can Bring Crucial Knowledge to Your Case that Can Give You a Better Chance of Success
The complexity of the trucking industry makes this type of personal injury case much more complicated than a typical car accident. When you look for someone to represent your best interests in the pursuit of compensation, make sure you look into the law firm’s experience handling this type of case.
Consider that you will be entrusting the lawyers you hire to:
- Investigate your semi-truck accident using their knowledge of the transportation industry
- Identify the at-fault party or parties
- Establish negligence within the scope of Louisiana’s personal injury laws
- Negotiate with insurers
- Fight in court on your behalf if the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement
Your future lies in your lawyers’ hands. Our team is ready to take care of your legal needs and advocate for your financial recovery after a big rig collision.
We will Conduct a Thorough Investigation
Our lawyers understand how the transportation industry—and their insurers—work. We will use this knowledge to launch a deep investigation of your big rig accident—from the cause to the outcomes. In this investigation, we will:
- Travel to the accident scene in search of evidence when possible
- Obtain and review footage from surveillance and traffic signal cameras
- Interview witnesses
- Analyze black box data from the semi-truck
- Collect and study photos from the scene
- Evaluate the truck driver’s driving log
- Gather safety records from the trucking company
- Review service maintenance records
- Request and review police accident reports
- Gather all medical records related to your accident injuries
- Obtain wage statements from your employer
We Know How to Gather the Right Evidence to Support Your Case
Laying the groundwork for your case requires knowledge of personal injury law. This area of law demands proof of the following before an injured party can collect compensation:
- Someone (the truck operator, their employer, or another party) was duty-bound to act in a way that would keep you safe and free from injury.
- This party failed to fulfill their duty of care.
- This violation of duty caused your big rig accident.
- You sustained financial, physical, and emotional damages because of the accident.
We Can Help You Prove Who is Liable for Your Damages
An investigation into a big rig collision can reveal several potentially liable parties—any of whom you may be able to sue for your injuries. It is not uncommon for more than one individual or party to be legally responsible for your damages in these cases. Possible liable parties include:
- Truck manufacturers that produce defective vehicles
- Parts manufacturers that produce and sell faulty parts for the trucks
- Maintenance providers that fail to service a truck properly
- Trucking companies that refuse to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, such as those that limit the number of hours a truck operator may drive in a single day
- Employers who fail to train their truck drivers or who hire drivers with bad driving records or a history of alcohol or substance abuse
- Big rig operators who speed, drive aggressively, drive while distracted, or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Delivery companies that improperly load trucks, causing balance problems for the rig
- Municipalities that fail to maintain roads
- Construction companies that leave debris on the road
You should know something else about the transportation industry: They are well insured. Unfortunately, a trucking company’s insurance provider will go to great lengths to justify undervaluing or denying your claim.
Insurance Companies do Not Have Your Best Interests at Heart
It is not uncommon for trucking companies’ insurance providers to contact victims of big rig accidents and offer false sympathy. Avoid saying anything to these people about your case. As genuine and caring as they might sound, they have one purpose: to get information that they can use against you.
You should not sign anything given to you by a representative from the insurance company. As tempting as it might be to accept whatever amount the insurer offers you—for the sake of having the whole matter settled—know that any check they give you may be a fraction of what your case is worth.
The insurer knows this, and they are testing how much they can lowball their offer and avoid paying you the value of your case.
Your Time to File a Claim is Limited
Investigating and building a case against big rig companies requires time. However, accident victims in Alexandria must abide by the deadlines set in Louisiana’s statute of limitations, CC §3492.
The sooner you hire a lawyer from our team, the more time you give us to build your case, calculate your damages, and negotiate with insurers. If they do not agree to a fair settlement, you have only one year from the date of your big rig accident to file a lawsuit.
Call the Attorneys at Our Firm Today if You Want Someone to Fight for Your Right to Compensation
Our lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of Alexandria’s injured.
Call our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation about your big rig accident and your options for recovering compensation.