New Orleans Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accident Attorney New Orleans

A fully loaded truck is up to 25 times heavier than an average car. When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, more often than not, it’s the occupants of the smaller vehicle who end up sustaining injuries.

In fact the size, weight, and speed at which large trucks travel make them deadly in a crash. In addition to causing damage to the car it collides with, those traveling in the car may also sustain serious injuries. Broken bones, paralysis, brain injuries, and severed limbs are common in trucking accidents. The victims in a truck accident deserve compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

Being a victim of any kind of an accident is bad enough but when you are involved in a mishap that involves gigantic wagons or other commercial vehicles, the repercussions can be devastating.

The striking difference in car accidents and truck accidents is the severity of the damage caused, especially when a fully loaded commercial truck hits a passenger vehicle. In truck collisions, medical bills, lost wages and property damage are much greater. The greater damage and the more serious injuries aside, even the lawsuits for truck accidents are more complicated due to:

 

  • Time sensitivity of the trucking cases
  • Different laws governing the trucking industry
  • Severity of the crash

The lawsuits to recover compensation for the injuries are largely based on the truck driver’s negligence. Some common indications of negligence include:

  • Lack of truck driving experience
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
  • Vehicles in the blind spot
  • Failure to obey traffic laws
  • Not stopping at weigh stations as required by law
  • Driving for too long without taking a break
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If you were hit in a trucking accident, the financial burden as a result of the medical bills, lost wages, and property damage can be devastating.

Trucking Accident Liability

 

If you become a victim of a trucking accident, the attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you as they will have the expertise you require. The team of legal experts here investigates all the possible avenues for a better outcome.

 

Proving negligence in a trucking accident is no different from any other accident. They use evidence from the scene, take the witnesses’ testimony, and go through copies of the police report. Identifying the guilty in any truck accident is the tricky part.

 

The truck may be owned by the driver or the driver’s employer. The company may be contracting the driver. Moreover, the trailer may also belong to a client shipping their goods or a transportation company.

 

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has hands-on experience in handling innumerable personal injury cases with ease. We review maintenance records, employment records, and weigh station check-ins. Moreover, drug tests can reveal whether there was a presence of illegal substances in the driver’s bloodstream.

 

It’s the job of your trucking accident lawyer to weigh each factor in your accident thoroughly. Each party in a trucking accident will be doing their absolute best to prove that they were not at fault.

 

Our team has seen it all. You can count on us that we’ll remain focused on the important things in your case.

 

Many factors help determine the guilty in the event of an accident.  There should be a full investigation of these factors to find out who exactly was responsible for your injuries.

Liability Factors

Drivers:

  • Adherence to safety protocol in transportation of hazardous materials
  • Adherence to hours of service
  • Maintenance of vehicle if owned
  • Care in operation
  • Inspection of vehicle, trailer, and cargo

 

For the employer:

  • Training practices
  • Maintenance of vehicle/trailer if owned
  • Hiring practices (background checks and drug screening)
  • Adherence to hours of service

 

Sleep is extremely important for a truck driver. The Hours of Service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration specifies the following:

  • The maximum driving time in a week is 70 hours.
  • A 30-minute break is a must during the first eight hours of driving.
  • A trucker can resume driving once they have completed 34 consecutive hours of rest.
  • There is an 11-hour daily drive limit and a 14-hour work day limit.

 

Additionally, the manufacturer of any parts of the vehicle or the trailer may be liable due to faults in the manufacturing process.

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Louisiana Laws and Regulations

There are traffic laws that everyone on the road has to follow. Specifically, the trucking industry has an extensive list of regulations and laws called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

The FMCSR has specific guidelines for all aspects of trucking, including:

  • Licensing requirements for truck drivers
  • Required documentation
  • Limits on consecutive work hours
  • Weight, size and route limitations
  • Trucking insurance minimums

The interpretation of these rules and regulations is vital while building a truck accident lawsuit. Not every personal injury lawyer has the expertise and training required for truck accident litigation. Trucking companies own teams of highly trained attorneys whose sole purpose is to minimize the financial payout to accident victims.

At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have successfully handled personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers. Our team is well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that may affect your claim.

Our Post-Accident Services

After your accident, give no information to anyone other than your insurance company, your doctor, and your attorney. Any information that you give will probably shift the blame to someone else.

If you suspect a long-term disability, having a dedicated team of legal professionals at your disposal can definitely be of immense help.

As medical bills pile up, you will not be able to return to work for some time. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess understand how crucial it is to maintain your family’s way of life. We will stop at nothing to see justice is done.

If you or someone you love sustains injuries due to a truck accident, our New Orleans, Louisiana lawyers are readily available for assistance. We can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for the ensuing expenses.

Collecting damages from the party at-fault for your accident can be complicated. Our lawyers have the required experience to skillfully manage these types of claims.

Call us or fill in our contact form. Talk to our New Orleans, Louisiana personal injury attorneys about your truck accident case.

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