A negligent truck driver can change your life forever. If you experienced serious injuries or you lost a close loved one due to a reckless truck driver, our firm can help you.
You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. No one should suffer physically, financially, and emotionally due to the negligent actions of another person.
Speak with an Avery Island truck accident lawyer at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now for a free case evaluation: (337) 777-7777.
Common Causes of Truck Accident Injuries
Truck drivers have a responsibility to share the road in a manner that keeps everyone safe. Their commercial driver’s license (CDL) is what allows them to travel throughout Louisiana and alongside other vehicles.
Some truck drivers engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel due to their long hours on the road. Examples of these behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Road rage
When a truck driver takes careless risks behind the wheel, they place those around them at risk for serious harm. A report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding inspection violations centered on two common findings: log violations and speeding.
Log Violations and Your Injuries
A congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule requires trucking companies and drivers to use an ELD to record important data. The device synchronizes with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record a driver’s on-duty and off-duty time. The data is then securely transferred to safety officials.
The FMCSA report found that more than 170,000 drivers had either no log or their log was not current. An additional 71,000 did not have a current record of duty status.
A truck driver’s failure to abide by the federally-mandated regulations like this places other drivers at risk for serious injuries or death.
Large Trucks and Speed Violations
Truck drivers want to reach their destination quickly in order to either pick up another load or to return home to their families. The FMSCA report also found that within one year, more 66,000 truck drivers received speeding citations for traveling 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. More than 30,000 truck drivers were cited for driving 11-14 miles per hour over the speed limit. A truck driver may speed under improper weather or road conditions as well.
You may have been injured under these circumstances. Your injuries are not your fault and you should not pay out-of-pocket for your injuries. If you suffered life-changing injuries due to a negligent truck driver, we can help. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777 to speak with an Avery Island truck accident lawyer.
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Filing a Wrongful Death Action
Losing a close loved one due to a preventable accident is especially difficult. If your close loved one died from injuries caused by a reckless truck driver, contact us. Upon a free case evaluation, our legal team can determine if you qualify for filing a wrongful death claim.
Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and more.
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We Want to Handle Insurance Companies for You
The sudden and unexpected event of a serious truck accident can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious about your future. You are especially vulnerable immediately following the crash as you learn to deal with your injuries.
Insurance companies tend to approach accident victims with a settlement offer soon after the accident. Their primary goal for doing so is typically to settle the case quickly and for the least amount of money possible.
An insurance company representative may offer you a sum that seems like a large amount to you and your family. Chances are, their initial offer is not enough for your future financial needs.
Your injuries may prevent you from returning to a career you once loved. Your medical condition may take months or years to improve—or your injuries may be permanent.
Accepting an initial settlement offer is dangerous for your financial future. By doing so, you forfeit your right to pursue future civil action should your condition worsen.
You have enough to deal with during this difficult time. Let our legal team handle insurance companies so that you can focus on your health and your family.
The Statute of Limitations May Affect Your Claim
If we are unable to reach a fair settlement out-of-court, we are ready and willing to go to trial. Time is of the essence, however, due to the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim imposed by Art. 3492 of the Louisiana Civil Code.
The law allows one year from the date of injury for you to file your personal injury lawsuit. Twelve months can pass quickly and before you know it, you may miss your deadline—and opportunity—for pursuing compensation.
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Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Now
Trying to negotiate a settlement on your own places you at risk to miss out on compensation. At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we work hard to secure fair compensation for our clients. Time is of the essence, so do not delay. The sooner we review your case, the sooner we can get to work for you.
You do not need to bear this burden alone. The negligent parties should be held accountable for your injuries. By pursuing civil litigation against the responsible parties, you may just prevent the same tragedy from befalling another family.
If you were seriously injured due to a negligent truck driver or you lost a close loved one, call an Avery Island truck accident lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now: (337) 777-7777.