An accident involving a large commercial vehicle can leave behind extensive property damage and cause serious injuries to other motorists. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a collision with a tractor-trailer or another large truck, you may have legal options for seeking compensation for your damages.
A Kenner truck accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can build a case and fight for your financial recovery. We can speak with you during a free consultation today and go over legal options you could take. We offer this meeting so that Jefferson Parish truck accident victims know what to expect going forward.
You Could Recover Various Losses After a Kenner Truck Accident
If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation from those responsible. The types of damages available in a truck accident case may include:
Hospital bills can add up quickly after a car accident. Recovering your medical damages can help you pay off these bills. With support from experts, they can also account for the costs of treatment you may require in the future.
Lost Wages and Earning Potential
After a truck accident, your injuries may prevent you from working. If this happened to you, your lost wages may be a part of your compensation package. Your settlement may also consider your future ability to work and whether your injuries have compromised your earning potential.
Pain and Suffering
You can recover compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering you experienced because of your accident and injuries. We can put a value on these intangible losses and seek recovery for that value on your behalf. You should not have to suffer this type of stress and anguish without compensation.
Loss of Enjoyment
Your injuries may not just affect your ability to work. An injury could also prevent you from taking part in an activity you once enjoyed. If you find that your accident left you unable to play a sport or participate in a hobby you once loved, that loss of enjoyment may factor into your compensation. You could also recover damages for a decrease in quality of life.
If your loved one passed away due to injuries suffered in a Kenner truck accident, you may be eligible to pursue wrongful death damages. These damages may include:
- Funeral costs
- The loss of financial contribution from the deceased
- The services previously provided by the deceased
- Your family’s intangible losses
The Louisiana law limits who can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation. In general, only the immediate family can pursue damages. This includes:
- The spouse and children, if there are any
- Children, if no spouse
- Parents, if no spouse or children
Our Team will Help You Recover Damages Based on Your Case
Our team of attorneys knows how to navigate an insurance claim or traffic accident suit in Jefferson Parish and other nearby parishes. We can help with your Kenner crash case. When you hire our team, we will handle every aspect of your case, including:
- Filing your claim
- Gathering evidence
- Naming liable parties
- Calculating fair compensation
- Presenting your case at trial, if needed
- Handling all communications
No matter whether we can negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the trucking company and their insurer or if we need to go to trial, one of our lawyers will act as your advocate. We will develop strong support for your claim and seek fair financial recovery for your family. Our team will keep you updated on your case while you focus on your treatment and healing.
We represent clients based on contingency. We will not ask you for a retainer or other upfront fees. Our attorneys get paid from the compensation we secure for you.
Potentially Liable Parties in a Jefferson Parish Truck Accident Case
In a truck accident case, figuring out exactly who may be responsible for your damages can be complex. If we represent you in your case, we can handle this task. Liable parties could include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The owner of the cargo in the trailer
- The truck inspector
- The manufacturer of a faulty part
- Another passenger vehicle driver involved in the accident
There are many rules and regulations concerning large trucks. While a driver could be at fault for an accident, the company that owns the truck may also be liable. This is common in commercial vehicle accident cases because of a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior.
Our Kenner truck accident team from the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers New Orleans office can help you identify the potentially liable party or parties in your case. To learn more about our services in a free consultation with our truck accident team, reach out to us today.
Trucking Regulations Aim to Prevent Dangerous, Deadly Accidents
Because accidents involving trucks can be so dangerous, government agencies closely regulate these large and heavy vehicles. These agencies set rules about how much weight commercial trucks can carry, what they can carry, and how companies maintain their trucks.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) even sets hours-of-service rules on how long commercial truck drivers can drive and when they must stop for breaks. These regulations aim to ensure that drivers are not too tired to be on the road. Drowsy driving is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents, and the consequences may be deadly.
However, it is common for truck drivers and their employers to push beyond these rules or try to avoid rest and get a shipment delivered faster. This is illegal, and our team will uncover it if it occurred and contributed to your crash.
Louisiana Sets a Deadline for Personal Injury Lawsuits
You need to act quickly to start your action to recover payment for your Kenner truck accident. In Louisiana, CC Art. 3492 generally gives you only one year to file a personal injury lawsuit. CC Art. 2315.2 establishes the same deadline in wrongful death cases.
There are exceptions, but you cannot count on them. Missing a deadline could mean losing the right to sue in a Jefferson Parish civil court.
Get Your Free Case Review with Our New Orleans Team Today
Our team can discuss your case with you today at no cost to your family. If you want to learn more about your legal options and how you can pursue the compensation you may deserve, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (504) 777-7777.