Any motor vehicle accident can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries to the occupants of the involved vehicles. Some types of accidents, however, are more likely to cause serious injuries. Trucking accidents, for example, frequently result in catastrophic injuries to the occupants of a passenger vehicle that collided with the truck. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Baton Rouge, you may have considered whether or not you need an attorney to litigate a trucking accident case. Only you can decide whether or not you need the services of an attorney to help you with your trucking accident case; however, there are some common reasons why most people do use an attorney for a trucking accident lawsuit.
Although we depend heavily in tractor-trailers and other large trucks in the United States, these behemoths of the roadways also create a significant risk to everyone with whom they share the roadways by virtue of their sheer size and weight. That same size and weight is what is so dangerous when a truck collides with a passenger vehicle. While there is no legal requirement that you hire an attorney to represent you in a trucking accident lawsuit, or in any other lawsuit for that matter, several factors common to trucking accident cases make hiring an attorney a wise choice, including:
- Severity of injuries – while it is certainly possible to walk away from a collision with a tractor-trailer unscathed, it is unlikely. As a general rule, victims in a trucking accident suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and often leave lifelong disabilities. As a general rule, the more serious the injuries are the more complicated the litigation.
- Need for resources – for a victim to recover compensation the victim must first prove that the defendant was negligent, or at fault, in the collision. That often requires resources, such as expert analysis of the accident scene, to which only an attorney has access.
- Multiple defendants – when a truck is involved in an accident it is common for multiple defendants to be involved because there are so many parties that could share in the legal responsibility for the victim’s injuries, including, but not limited to: the driver; company the driver works for; owner of the truck; owner of the cargo; third party maintenance company; and the manufacturer of the truck. Litigating a case with multiple defendants is not something you likely want to do without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
If you have been injured in a Louisiana trucking accident, or you have additional questions or concerns regarding a trucking accident, contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C., by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.