18-wheelers are some of the largest vehicles on the road. They are commonly seen all along the interstate, delivering goods from one side of the country to the other. They are a vital part of our economy. However, when an 18-wheeler is in an accident, the damage caused can be severe. In 2018 alone, 4,862 large trucks were involved in deadly accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
If you were involved in an 18-wheeler accident, a New Orleans 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you prove fault and get compensation for your damages. This compensation may include damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers provides free, no-obligation consultations to truck accident victims in New Orleans. Call our team today at (504) 777-7777.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
18-wheelers are extremely large and heavy vehicles that are difficult to maneuver. It takes skill and training to be able to safely operate these vehicles. If the driver is not completely focused on their driving, it can result in disaster. In addition, if a vehicle is not properly maintained, it can result in a vehicle failure at the worst possible time.
18-wheeler accidents can be caused by:
Speeding is especially dangerous for large vehicles. When a large vehicle is going faster than it should be, it can easily lose control. Speeding can also make the force of impact stronger, causing worse injuries.
Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. Glancing at a text message, operating a GPS device, or eating a sandwich while driving can be enough of a distraction to cause an accident.
Driving while intoxicated is illegal and dangerous. For commercial motor vehicle operators, the FMCSA imposes a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.04%, less than the general BAC limit of 0.08% for operators of non-commercial vehicles.
Large vehicles require regular maintenance. If a vehicle is not properly maintained, it can fail on the road and cause an accident. For example, if an 18-wheeler is driving along the road and the brakes fail, the vehicle has no way of quickly and safely stopping.
Truck drivers often work long and hard days on the road. The days can become exhausting. If a truck driver dozes off while operating an 18-wheeler, it can result in deadly consequences.
18-wheelers carry large amounts of cargo. If this cargo is not properly loaded, it can create an accident. The weight should not only be secure, but it should be evenly distributed to support the vehicle’s handling.
If another party’s negligence caused your 18-wheeler accident, they might be liable for your damages.
For a free legal consultation with a 18-wheeler accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (337) 777-7777
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Investigate Your Case
When you work with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, a New Orleans 18-wheeler accident lawyer from our firm can investigate your accident to identify the liable party. The liable party may be:
- A truck driver
- A trucking company
- A truck mechanic
- The manufacturer of a defective component
- Another negligent party
Once we have identified the liable party, we can collect evidence of their negligence to use in your insurance claim or lawsuit. This evidence may include:
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Video surveillance or dashcam footage
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
To learn more about working with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers on your case, call our client intake team today at (504) 777-7777 We offer free, no-obligation case reviews.
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Potentially Recoverable Damages
If you can establish the responsible party’s liability for your accident, they may owe you compensation for your damages. Depending on the specifics of your case, this compensation may include:
All current and future accident-related medical expenses may be covered. These expenses may include emergency treatment, doctor’s appointments, medication, therapy, rehabilitation, and more.
If your vehicle was involved in an 18-wheeler accident, it might have a significant amount of damage. Your vehicle repair or replacement costs may be covered, as well as any other property damage expenses you sustained.
Loss of Income
You could be entitled to compensation for your lost wages for the time when your injuries forced you to miss work. If you had to switch careers due to your injury, you might be able to recover compensation for your reduced earning capacity as well.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is the mental and physical damage done to you because of your accident. Pain and suffering is not labeled with a dollar amount, but this does not mean it should go unaccounted for.
How Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help
A New Orleans 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to coordinate all aspects of your case while you prioritize your recovery.
Our services include:
- Managing all communications, deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf
- Collecting evidence of liability
- Estimating the value of your damages
- Filing your personal injury insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiating for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking your case to trial
Keep in mind that there is a limited amount of time you have to sue. Louisiana Civil Code (CC) § 3492 imposes there is a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. If you wait too long and allow the statute of limitations to expire in your case, your lawsuit may be dismissed.
Because of this deadline, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers encourages you to call us as soon as possible. For your free case review with a member of our team, call us today at (504) 777-7777.
If you qualify, we may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required. In this arrangement, we do not charge you for our labor unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.