Truck Accident Lawyers in Shreveport

Truck accidents are some of the most serious vehicle accidents that occur. When a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle collides with a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle can suffer great harm. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal truck accidents happen almost a dozen times a day, killing thousands of people. Another 100,000 people are injured annually in truck crashes. If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered a loss as a result of a collision with a truck, a Shreveport personal injury attorney can provide you with critical legal advice during this difficult time.

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Truck Accident Lawsuits

Several steps are involved in filing a lawsuit. During your no-obligation consultation, we will explain the process and what you can expect. A skilled Shreveport personal injury attorney can help you decide whether a lawsuit is appropriate for your case.

A lawsuit can be the right choice if you:

  • Suffered lost wages, medical expenses or other financial damages
  • Suffered as a result of another party’s negligence
  • Can demonstrate that the other party is responsible

Our team will investigate your case, gathering evidence and preserving information that could be critical to proving your side. Next, we begin the process of discovery, during which we will take depositions, consult experts and gather any other necessary information.

Many companies and insurers agree to mediation. During mediation, all parties and their attorneys will meet along with a neutral third party. The goal is to agree on a fair and appropriate settlement. If the parties cannot agree on a settlement, then a trial date will be set so that the case can be presented to a judge and jury.

No two cases are the same, but the advice of an experienced attorney can be invaluable during the lawsuit process.

Types of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are required to complete extensive training courses to earn their commercial truck driver’s credentials. Even after they are licensed, they are still required to follow specific laws and safety regulations to protect not only their cargo but also the other drivers on the road. This is not a fail-safe system, however, and when anything goes wrong, accidents can happen, including rollovers, jackknife accidents, rear-end collisions, underride accidents, no-zone accidents and wide turn accidents.

Some common causes of these accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
    While commercial drivers are limited by law to the amount of time they can drive, they can still log hundreds and thousands of miles over the course of scheduled routes, which can be exhausting and increase the risk of driver error or accident.
  • Maintenance Issues and Equipment Failure
    Trucks are maintained by the companies, which must regularly perform and document a variety of safety checks. Unfortunately, blown tires, faulty brakes, and other mechanical failures still occur and can lead to accidents.
  • Distracted Driving
    Many drivers today are guilty of multitasking behind the wheel. When truck drivers multitask, it can become especially deadly. Regardless of whether they are entering a location into their GPS or checking a text, their distraction can put every driver near them in danger.
  • Unsafe Driving
    Careful driving is especially important for truck drivers, who could be carrying loads 20 times heavier than the weight of the average passenger car. Unsafe driving practices by truck drivers put everyone on the road at risk. These can include:

Speeding
Road rage
Tailgating
Changing lanes frequently
Failing to check blind spots or use turn signals
DUI or DWI
Improper lane changes
Overloaded vehicles
Road construction
Weather or poor road conditions

Truck Accident Claims

Injuries associated with tractor trailer collisions can range from minor to catastrophic and can include:

  • Back, rib, torso and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries and TBIs
  • Encourage witnesses to provide you or the police with their contact information. The police may ask witnesses to make a statement for the accident report
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Death

You may be able to file a claim against not just the truck driver who was responsible for the accident but also the trucking company and others who might ultimately bear responsibility for the collision.

What to Expect from Compensation

Compensation is designed to restore what you lost as much as possible and help you recover. The amount of compensation you receive can vary based on the damages you suffered. Damages can include:

  • Past and future medical bills associated with the accident
  • Reduced or lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Punitive damages

Just as we cannot put a price tag on a life, it can be equally difficult to put a price tag on the losses a person has suffered as a result of a collision with an 18-wheeler. Many factors will play a role in your final compensation. Severe injuries, long-term medical needs, permanent injuries, emotional distress and disruptions to your daily life can increase the amount of your compensation.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney in Shreveport Today

A collision with a truck can be traumatic and leave lasting emotional and physical scars. There are many precautions you can take while driving that can help avoid any accident, but sharing the road with a negligent truck driver working for a company with dishonest practices can result in disaster. If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident, don’t hesitate to call Broussard & Hart, LLC. Our aggressive truck accident lawyers will gather and analyze the necessary pieces of information to help get you the compensation you deserve. Call now: (866) 281-4774.

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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your trucking accident claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a trucking accident settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.

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