An accident with an 18-wheeler can leave you with significant physical injuries, severe property damage, and devastating financial consequences. Fortunately, if another party’s negligence caused your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages by filing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against them.
What you do at the scene of the accident and in the days immediately afterward can play an important role in your ability to collect compensation. When you file a personal injury lawsuit or instigate an insurance claim, you may be required to:
- Prove the at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- Prove that their actions breached the duty of care
- Prove that this negligence led to your injuries
- Prove the total cost of your injuries
You may also need to identify the right party to pursue, calculate your financial damage, assign a monetary value to your claim, and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If you qualify, an Andrew 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to handle all of these tasks, and more, on your behalf. For a free consultation on your case with our car accident team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777.
Factors that Can Contribute to Truck Accidents
Part of pursuing compensation for an accident with an 18-wheeler may be proving the cause of the collision. If you can prove that your accident was caused by some form of negligence, you may be able to collect compensation from the party responsible.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some causes and contributing factors large truck accidents may include:
- Poor brake maintenance
- Weather conditions that can increase stopping distance
- Truck driver fatigue that may occur if a truck driver exceeds the maximum number of allowable driving hours
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to investigate your accident and identify the responsible party when we represent you. Depending on the nature of your accident, the liable party may be:
- A truck driver
- A trucking or shipping company
- A mechanic
- A parts manufacturer
- A municipality
- Or another negligent party
For a free legal consultation with a 18-wheeler accident lawyer serving Andrew, call (337) 777-7777
Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
In general, the recoverable damages in a truck accident case may include:
- All injury-related health care expenses
- All injury-related loss of income
- Repair or replacement for damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- And more
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers might be able to file an insurance claim and negotiate for an out-of-court settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If they are unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer, we can take your case to trial instead.
For a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 today.
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Evidence in a Truck Accident Case
An Andrew 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can collect evidence of your damages and their value when we represent you. However, you may already have certain pieces of evidence in your possession.
A car accident can generate an enormous amount of paperwork. Your paperwork may start with discharge papers you might receive from an emergency room. Keep your discharge papers because they may contain important information about your injuries and physical condition in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
In addition to your full range of medical records, reports, and bills, your lawyer might also request the following paperwork and documents to help build your claim:
- Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:398 makes a crash report mandatory for certain accident types in Louisiana, including those that involve injury. Obtain a copy of your crash report as soon as possible. It may contain a wealth of information and details about the accident.
- Employment records and paycheck stubs to help prove the amount of employment income the accident forced you to miss. Tax records and other forms of proof of income may be used if you are self-employed or a business owner.
- Photos that depict the extent and severity of your injuries and photos of your damaged or destroyed vehicle. Take photos of your vehicle from various angles and include photos of your vehicle before the accident if you have them. Any photos you have from the scene of the accident may also be useful.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to collect additional evidence from witnesses, accident reconstruction experts, or the trucking company.
Take Action Soon After an Accident
According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you generally have only one year to file a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana. If you file a lawsuit after the one-year deadline has passed, your lawsuit may be dismissed, and you may be unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Contact a member of our personal injury team as soon as possible after your accident for information about which filing deadline applies to you. The sooner your call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, the sooner we can get started working on your case.
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An Andrew 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to handle all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery and treatment.
To learn more about our services in a free case review, contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today. We may be able to offer your representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required. There are no attorney fees due in this arrangement unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a court award or settlement offer.