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High-Impact Personal Injury: Louisiana Trucking Accidents

With the importance of trucks in Louisiana and the US economy, it is no surprise that there are millions of them on the road each year. Unfortunately, that means thousands of accidents and dozens of deaths.

This article includes everything you need to know about recovering damages with a personal injury claim after an accident with a truck or other commercial vehicle in Louisiana, including:

  • Where truck-related accidents are most likely to occur and why.
  • The serious injuries caused by accidents with trucks and other commercial vehicles.
  • What will influence your personal injury claim, and how to pick an attorney to help.

Where Do Most Commercial Vehicle And Trucking Accidents Occur In Louisiana?

Trucks and other commercial vehicles are so prevalent on Louisiana roads, that it’s no surprise to learn that accidents occur nearly everywhere in the state.

While the primary transportation lanes and the most prominent cities remain the sites of the most frequent accidents, it is essential to remember that no roadways are free of danger. An accident involving an 18-wheeler or a vehicle whose weight is measured in tons is likely to leave anyone unhurt.

However, if you do get in an accident with a big rig or 18-wheeler, be prepared for a fight to claim damages. Their insurance companies are big, tough, and resourceful; they will do everything possible to diminish the value of your claim. Fortunately, you don’t have to face them alone, by working with our firm, you’ll have a dedicated personal injury attorney on your side through every step of the way.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Truck Or 18-Wheeler Accidents In Louisiana?

Truckers drive a lot. They are on the road for long hours over long hauls and given the sheer number of vehicles on the road, even in the best of conditions, accidents are inevitable.

Nevertheless, cell phones have probably become the single most significant cause of trucking and car accidents. Looking at your phone while driving or even speaking over the phone is extremely dangerous and is driving up the number of accidents we see daily.

How Will Cell Phone Usage And Data Impact My Personal Injury Case In Louisiana?

Nowadays, in addition to all the information insurance companies and attorneys get to pour over to determine fault, cell phone data has become a crucial element of discovery.

These records from cell phones and providers can show who may or may not have been using their phone at the time of the accident – and if someone lies about being on their phone, only to have the truth emerge later, it can undermine their entire case.

It is far better to be honest from the start, especially since comparative fault rules in Louisiana allow you to still recover some compensation, even if you bear some responsibility for what happened.

What Severe Injuries Do Semi-Trucks Or Large Commercial Vehicles Often Cause?

While almost any part of the body can be hurt in an accident, the most frequently serious and deadly injuries tend to occur in the spine, back, and head.

  • Spinal injuries are a unique combination of severe and debilitating, often leaving victims paralyzed.
  • Neck whiplash is probably the most common injury, and while less serious at low speeds, it can be exceptionally serious during high-speed impacts.
  • Head injuries include concussions, post-concussion syndrome, and trauma, which can have serious long-term effects on their cognitive ability. Sometimes, people never fully recover or return to their previous normal state.
  • A myriad of other injuries can occur, including broken bones, torn rotator cuffs, internal organ damage, bruising and internal bleeding, and more.

What Factors Determine The Compensation I Can Receive In My Louisiana Trucking Accident Case?

Whenever you are harmed in an accident and file a personal injury claim, you are essentially asking the responsible party (often the truck driver and company) to pay for all the harm caused to you by their negligence. In personal injury law, these harms are divided into two types of damages: special and general.

  • Special damages are those you can calculate with mathematical certainty. Medical bills and property damage to your car are examples of special damages. The category can also include approximate but easy-to-calculate damages such as lost wages from when you could not work due to the injury.
  • General damages, on the other hand, are much less clear or easy to calculate, which often means lawyers fight extensively over them. The category includes more vague (but still vital) aspects such as pain and suffering or the loss of enjoyment of life.

For example, sometimes injuries are so severe that a spouse cannot do everything they once did for the family and household. This requires the other spouse, in turn, to take time off work and energy to do those things. In these cases, the family can and should include this claim to general damages.

What Should I Be Looking For When Hiring A Louisiana Trucking Accident Personal Injury Attorney?

In your fight against the trucking company, or more likely, their insurance company, your attorney is your biggest and most important ally. Ideally, you should look for someone who is local, understanding, and experienced in such accidents.

Someone like James Broussard, born and raised in the community he works in, with connections to the local court system. James is a trusted source of dedicated and effective representation – and he is prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve.

An initial consultation is your best step for starting a Trucking-Accident Personal Injury Claim In Louisiana. Book yours to discuss your injuries, accident, case, and compensation by calling (337) 324-9293 today.

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