More than 10 percent of all vehicle accidents involve a commercial truck. Whether you call them big rig, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, or semi, few vehicles on the road pose more hazards to innocent drivers just because they’re so big (as much as 75,000 fully-loaded, almost 100,000 if it’s a fully-loaded tandem – or two trailers).
Out of control, they are deadly.
Causes of Truck Accidents
In an accident between a commercial truck and your car or SUV, you and your passengers run a huge risk of serious physical injury or even death from these behemoths. The reason for the high number of tragic 18-wheeler wrecks is mostly due to these primary causes:
The truck runs out of lane and must force its way into traffic. This often happens when it enters a highway or in construction zones.
The driver loses control because of speeding, a cargo shift, systems failure, or poor road conditions.
A truck rear-ends another vehicle.
Driver fatigue, distracted driving, or driving under the influence (drugs or alcohol)
Poor truck maintenance
Truck driver inexperience
Overloaded, improperly loaded, or unsecured loads that shift.
In 2016, according to Louisiana Crash Data Reports, 90 people died in wrecks involving large commercial trucks on the state’s highways and streets and 1,630 suffered serious injuries. Throughout the U.S., in 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes was approximately 87,000,
If you have been injured by any kind of large commercial truck, you must contact seasoned truck wreck lawyer Chris J. Roy, Jr. right away. Protect your full and complete compensation rights.
Truck Accidents Happen Anywhere, Anytime, and Take Loved Ones without Warning
Any type of vehicle can be involved in a truck accident; unfortunately, the smaller the vehicle, the greater the damage and the more serious injuries its occupants suffer. Many of these accidents on Interstate 49, U.S. 167 or the Old Marksville Highway have killed one or more people. A wrongful death from a wreck with a semi devastates the family, who must face life without their loved one. In addition to their loss of affection and comfort, they must also deal with the financial burdens arising from this untimely and tragic death, such as funeral and medical bills, plus the loss of income if the working husband or wife was killed.
Truck wreck cases are complex because more than one party may share responsibility. Depending on your accident, the driver, the driver’s employer, the company that maintains the truck, the manufacturer of a truck’s defective part, or others, could be liable.
During our full and complete investigation of the truck accident, we do the following to help identify the negligent culprits:
Investigate whether the vehicle was maintained properly
Review the truck driver’s credentials
Determine whether local traffic laws were followed
Review the trucking company’s log books to determine whether all regulations were properly followed
Analyze the accident scene, examine police reports and photographs, and interview witnesses
Identify any possible defects in the truck (or your vehicle if necessary)
Hire appropriate trucking, reconstruction and medical experts to help build your strongest case.
Commercial truck wrecks are usually much more expensive than auto-on-auto accidents just because of the property damage and greater physical injuries. This is why the operators of big rigs typically carry very large liability insurance coverage. And the more money involved, the harder the trucking company and their insurer will fight the rightful claims of injured victims or the grieving families who have suffered a wrongful death.
Sometimes, these victims must turn to their own insurers for a time to help pay the mountain of bills the wreck creates. And in the world of insurance, those who protect their policyholders do it aggressively and for keeps. Many insurers quickly offer the lowest settlement possible, one that would never fully compensate the injured victims or their families. That’s why it is important to contact an experienced tractor-trailer crash lawyer for help in receiving the maximum amount of legal damages you rightfully deserve.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you need to contact Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC today at 318-487-9537. Chris and his associates have decades of experience, as well as the resources needed to prove your case and win the compensation you deserve. As a former state legislator and a practicing attorney for almost 30 years, Chris continues to protect and fight for the rights of all victims of negligence in Alexandria, Pineville and all of Central Louisiana.
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