It is hard to say how many truck drivers get into accidents on 1-10, as some accidents always go unreported and the data that is readily available is usually most locally-collected at the parish or state level.
However, we can share that Louisiana State University (LSU)’s Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety stated in their Interstate Fatal Crashes report that there were 94 total fatalities in the state in 2019. It is safe to assume that some of those accidents may have unfortunately involved truck drivers on I-10.
According to 2017 data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for the year, roughly 5,000 people were killed that year in accidents involving large trucks and buses throughout the country. According to LSU’s Vehicles Involved in Crashes by Vehicle Type report, over 300,000 crashes occurred in the state in 2019.
When you consider that there are nearly 10 million large trucks on America’s roads and highways (according to the FMCSA’s Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics), it is not a leap in logic to state that commercial trucks represent a legitimate hazard to I-10 drivers in Louisiana.
How the Facts Affect I-10 in Louisiana
Although it is difficult to find specific data showing the rate at which truck drivers get into accidents just on Interstate 10—and even more difficult when looking just at the section of Interstate 10 running through Louisiana—it is reasonable to infer from the broader data that the same trends hold true locally. Large trucks pose a real threat to Louisianan drivers and every person should be aware of the road around them to avoid an accident with a large truck.
Trucks May Pose a Threat to Other Vehicles on the Road
The idea of a truck accident is one of the scariest things to picture on the road. 18-wheelers dwarf even big SUVs. Large trucks of this kind are bigger, heavier, and more powerful than any passenger vehicle on the road. Therefore, it is natural to get nervous around them.
The high number of fatalities is due to the fact that, due to their size and power, when they do get in accidents, they tend to be really bad. Larger and heavier vehicles are harder to stop and will do more damage than the average passenger car could in the event of an accident.
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Determining Liability in Your Accident
A lawyer can help you determine liability in your accident. You may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for their action or inaction that caused or contributed to your injuries and losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable for your damages, as well. The trucking company may have encouraged the driver to violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service Regulations by driving in long shifts with no breaks or encouraging reckless driving behaviors like speeding.
If a part of the truck caused or contributed to your injuries, you may be able to hold a manufacturer liable in a secondary product liability lawsuit. A lawyer can help you understand your options.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers for a Free Truck Accident Case Evaluation
If you were involved in a truck accident, you may be eligible for substantial compensation, and a truck accident lawyer can help. We fight for injured victims and help them pursue the compensation they deserve. We are prepared to:
- Gather and analyze evidence to support your case
- Represent you in court, if necessary
- Keep you updated at every stage of your case
- Answer any questions you may have
- Educate you about your options and offer legal guidance
- File all paperwork within relevant timelines and statutes of limitations
- Work with accident reconstructionists and expert witnesses
For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call the team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. Do not wait to reach out. The statute of limitations on taking legal action after a car accident is generally one year under Art. 3492 of the Louisiana Civil Code. There may be exceptions that could apply to your case. Speak to our team today for more information. We are ready to offer our services.