If you or a family member was hurt or your family member died in a truck accident in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation for your monetary costs and injuries which may include head, back, neck, brain and spinal cord damage, paralysis, amputations, and broken bones.
At this difficult time, you do not have to pursue damages alone. A Cankton truck accident lawyer from the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers will negotiate with insurance companies and take care of all legal issues, so you can focus on your recovery.
We offer a free consultation, so contact us online or call (337) 777-7777 today to get started.
What Our Cankton Truck Lawyers May Be Able to Recover
Anyone involved in an accident with a big truck is likely to have suffered major injuries and damages to their vehicle.
Since Louisiana is a “fault” state, injured parties generally can choose to file a claim with an insurance company for their losses or file a lawsuit in court to seek compensation for losses, under Art. 2323 of the Louisiana Civil Code.
Insurance companies may contact you soon after the accident and make an offer to settle your claim quickly. Offers of this kind are often lower than what your damages are worth, and you should be aware that accepting them may prevent you from being able to pursue the full compensation to which you may be entitled. Since it often takes time to know just how extensive your injuries may be and how much treatment and medical care you may need over time, it makes sense to speak to a truck injury lawyer before speaking to insurance adjusters.
A Cankton truck accident lawyer from the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers know how insurance companies operate and how to negotiate with them. We can guide you through the process of pursuing compensation for your damages. We are prepared to:
- Handle all communication with relevant parties, including insurance companies
- Compile and analyze evidence
- Keep you updated at all stages of the case
- Represent you in court, if necessary
- Answer any questions you have and offer guidance pertaining to your options
- Valuate your damages
- Help you and your family in any way we can
In Louisiana, compensation in truck accident cases may include coverage for both monetary losses and your non-economic damages, intangible losses for which exact dollar values cannot be calculated.
In addition, Louisiana Civil Code Article 2315.4 allows punitive damages for extreme cases such as wanton recklessness or drunk driving to discourage such behavior from occurring in the future. A wrongful death lawsuit may also be possible for surviving family members if someone died in the crash.
Contact the truck lawyers at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 to learn more about what damages you may be entitled to.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accident lawyer serving Cankton, call (337) 777-7777
To get maximum compensation, your attorney will have to prove that another party or multiple parties were negligent, that this negligence contributed to the crash, and therefore bears liable. Liable parties may include the driver, the trucking company or truck owner, the truck maintenance company and its workers, the manufacturer of the truck or its parts, the cargo company, and the municipality or road maintenance company.
The trucking industry is governed by state and federal safety regulations, and failure to meet them creates liability. Regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rules for driver’s license standards, safety and fitness procedures, financial responsibility for motor carriers, maximum hours truckers can drive, and required types of inspection, repair and maintenance.
To prove liability, our attorneys will examine the crash scene and other evidence which may include:
- Accident scene photos and police reports that may provide information, such as damage, injuries, skid marks, road and weather conditions.
- Witness and first responder statements.
- “Black box” data from commercial trucks onboard data recording devices.
- Truck maintenance and inspection records.
- Truck driver’s activity logs to look for possible violations, such as driving too many hours.
- Truck maintenance and inspection records.
- Driver employment, history and training records.
We may seek other forms of evidence as well.
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Louisiana Laws That May Affect Your Case
Be aware that Louisiana has a statute of limitations, a time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Unless there is a rare exception, Louisiana Civil Code §3492 states you must file a lawsuit in court within one year from the date of the accident, or you will lose your right to do so. Do not wait to reach out to us. The sooner you call our team, the sooner we can start working on your case.
In addition, the state has a comparative fault rule under Louisiana Civil Code § 2323. If it can be proven that you were partially at fault for the accident, your settlement would be reduced your percentage of blame. Our attorneys will still be able to pursue an award for the percentage of the settlement that the other party was at fault
Contact Our Cankton Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was injured in a big truck accident, a truck accident lawyers at the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you get the compensation to which you may be entitled. We will take the burden off you by handling all aspects of your case. We will file papers in court in a timely manner, investigate the accident, interview witnesses and gather evidence, and take your case to trial if needed.
Our fees are paid only when and if we win for you. We offer a free consultation, so call us today at (337) 777-7777.