According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a large truck such as a big rig can be as much as 30 times the weight of a passenger car. That can mean disaster when a big rig driver’s negligence causes a collision. The difference in size and required stopping distance can make accidents with large trucks deadlier for the occupants of smaller vehicles they collide with.
Were you injured in an accident with a big rig in New Orleans, or did your loved one pass away in this type of collision? If so, a New Orleans big rig accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your accident-related damages. Our firm helps our clients file insurance claims and lawsuits in both personal injury and wrongful death cases.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777. We represent qualifying clients on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
How Our Team Can Build Your Personal Injury Claim
When you have been injured in a big rig accident, your physical recovery can be costly and extensive. It might require the majority of your time and attention. While you focus on healing, our team can focus on your compensation claim.
When you work with a New Orleans big rig accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers on your case, we may be able to:
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Listen to your recollection of the circumstances of the accident
- Examine the evidence and conduct our own investigation
- Read and review your crash report and medical records
- Review medical bills and salary history to assign a value to your claim
- Locate and interview witnesses to the accident
- Determine the role of negligence in the accident
- Obtain and complete insurance forms and negotiate for a settlement
- Take your case to trial if the responsible party’s insurance company is unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer
For a free legal consultation with a big rig accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
Wrongful Death Cases
Tragically, big rig accidents can sometimes be fatal. According to the IIHS, crashes with large trucks cause a disproportionate number of fatalities for drivers of the smaller vehicles. Of the 4,136 people whose lives were lost in large truck crashes in 2018, the IIHS reports that 67% were the drivers and passengers of the smaller passenger cars, while 15% were on motorcycles, bicycles, or on foot.
If your loved one lost their life in a big rig accident caused by a negligent party, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you file a wrongful death insurance claim and/or lawsuit. Call us today to learn more about the rules of filing this type of lawsuit in Louisiana.
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Do Not Wait to Take Legal Action
Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, Louisiana imposes a general one-year statute of limitations for both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Not filing your claim on time can be risky. It may mean you inadvertently surrender your ability to hold the at-fault driver responsible for their actions via a lawsuit.
In most cases, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers attempt to resolve a case by negotiating for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company. However, if this is not possible, it is important to retain your right to sue so that we can take your case to trial and present our evidence to a judge or a jury.
Because of Louisiana’s deadline to sue, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers encourages all prospective clients to contact us as soon as possible after their accident. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777.
Common Big Rig Accident Causes
Uncovering the cause of the accident that led to your injuries may help us prove the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness your personal injury claim may require. Our team can work hard to get to the root of the accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that the following factors may cause or contribute to large truck collisions:
- Brake issues
- Unfamiliar roads
- Road conditions
- Drug and alcohol use
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inattention
- Distracted driving
Other possible truck accident causes include tailgating, mechanical failures, shifting cargo, and more.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can investigate your accident and identify the liable party when we represent you.
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Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Big Rig Accident
A big rig accident can result in short-term and long-term financial expenses and losses. In general, the potentially recoverable damages in a personal injury case may include:
- Past and future medical care
- Past and future lost wages
- Property damage or destruction
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
For a wrongful death claim, the potentially recoverable damages may include:
- Accident-related medical care your loved one received before death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship
Get Responsive Legal Care After a Big Rig Accident
If you were hurt in a big rig accident in New Orleans, you might have a claim against the at-fault driver, their employer, or another liable party. While you recuperate from your injuries, a New Orleans big rig accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
You do not have to pursue financial recovery without help. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 today. We offer a free, no-obligation case review to New Orleans truck accident victims.
If you qualify, we may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee-basis, where we do not collect payment for our labor unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.