Truck accidents can cause serious injuries or death. Trucks weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car is much smaller. The impact of a truck crash can cause spinal cord damage, brain injury and other major damage and a truck collision can change your life forever. You may be able to obtain compensation for your losses after a crash, and an attorney who specializes in truck accident cases can help.
Steve Broussard, partner at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C., talks about the difference between trucking accidents and a typical motor vehicle accident.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers
Broussard & Hart, L.L.C. is a personal injury law firm located in Lake Charles, LA specializing in tractor trailer and 18 wheeler accidents. Our firm has a strong reputation for representing clients in cases involving all types of commercial truck accidents. We provide free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis which means we don’t get paid unless money is recovered. Our truck accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for our clients who have been hurt in trucking accidents. See ourcase results and hear what our clients have to say. Contact us today to learn how we can put decades of collective legal experience to work on your case.
Your Rights After a Truck Accident
After a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or for the wrongful death of a family member. The circumstances of your case dictate who you can make a claim against. You may be able to file a lawsuit against:
- A negligent or careless truck driver
- A trucking company
- A truck manufacturer
- A mechanic responsible for truck maintenance
A federal agency called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires trucking companies have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance coverage. A trucking company responsible for transporting hazardous material must have between $1 million and $5 million in insurance. It often makes sense to sue the company that employs the driver because the company will have more insurance coverage. Our truck accident lawyers will help you identify defendants to take legal action against.
While you may need to go to court to obtain compensation, this is usually not the case. You can often negotiate a settlement with the trucking company or driver who hurt you. There is no guarantee that you will recover compensation in any truck accident claim, but an experienced truck accident law firm can vigorously represent you with the insurance company and work towards getting you a fair settlement offer.
Getting Compensation after a Trucking Accident
If you successfully settle or sue after a truck accident, you should receive damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death losses including lost companionship
You need to prove the defendant was responsible for harming you to be compensated. Proving your case may involve retaining experts like accident reconstruction specialists. Your attorney can also help you to interview witnesses, review driver logs and put together a good case.
If the truck driver or trucking company broke the law or did not follow federal regulations, making your claim may be easier. If you can show that a failure to follow safety rules caused your crash, this creates the presumption that the defendant is to blame. Semi-truck accident cases can be more complicated than car accident claims because of the special laws that apply to truck drivers. You need a Louisiana accident lawyer with experience representing clients in truck accident claims. Call us today to learn how Broussard & Hart can help you with your case.
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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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