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With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and important ports, Louisiana plays a vital role in commerce in the South. Products can easily be transported from Louisiana to other parts of the country – or the world – by sea, but they are just as often transported by land in tractor-trailers, big rigs, and other commercial trucks. These large trucks must share highways and roads with other private vehicles, however, which means that you and your family are at risk of being involved in a collision with one of these large vehicles if you travel within or through Louisiana.
A Louisiana trucking crash can cause you to suffer such severe injuries as traumatic brain injuries, spine and neck injuries, broken bones, and other similar injuries. In some cases, collisions between a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle can prove to be fatal to the occupants of the passenger vehicle. These injuries can, in turn, cause you and your family to experience financial strain and turmoil as you struggle to pay medical bills and other expenses at a time when you may not be able to work.
A successful Louisiana truck accident lawsuit, brought with the assistance of Zinda Law Group, can help you address the financial impact of your truck accident and enable you to focus on regaining your physical health and control over your life.
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION
If you are the victim in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, you may find yourself scared and confused about what to do next. These larger vehicles come with additional concerns, and your safety should be your top priority. Below are just a few things you should consider doing after a truck accident in Louisiana.
1. Seek Medical Attention
The very first thing you should do if you are in an accident with a truck is to check for injuries. No matter how minor these injuries may seem, take them seriously. When in doubt, call an ambulance. When it comes to your health and safety, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
2. Report the Accident
Even if the accident is minor call the police. If you choose to pursue options further down the line, a police report will be invaluable. The police report will give you an unbiased viewpoint from a police officer who is likely to be experienced in examining the scene of an accident.
3. Document the Accident
If you choose to try and achieve compensation for the injuries or damage you sustained in an accident with a truck thoroughly documenting the accident will increase your chances of success. If you are unable to document the scene of the accident yourself request someone else to do this for you. When documenting the scene, there are several important pieces of information you should consider gathering, including:
- names and contact information of drivers and passengers,
- driver’s license numbers,
- vehicle descriptions,
- license plate numbers,
- insurance information, names
- contact information of eyewitnesses, the exact location of the accident,
- the names and contact information of any police officers involved.
- photos of the scene, including photos of the vehicles, the scene itself, and the area around the accident. Photographs can be the most vital piece of evidence as it is very difficult to argue about what’s in a picture.
4. Contact a Louisiana Truck Accident Attorney
Being the victim in a truck accident can lead to a great amount of confusion as to what your options are. For this reason, contacting a Louisiana truck accident attorney should also be on your list of what to do after a truck accident. Experienced truck accident attorneys can tell you what your options are and explain to you the possible outcomes if you choose to pursue those different options. Experienced attorneys can explain to you the process and help you understand what to expect.
Types of Truck Accident Claims
Although every truck accident is different, there still may be some common factors among them. Below are just a few common types of truck accidents that occur when a large commercial vehicle collides with another motorist.
- Head-on collision
- Rear-end collision
- Side impact
- Unsafe cargo
Common Causes of Louisiana Truck Accidents
Every truck accident that occurs usually results from different causes, but below are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents in Louisiana.
If you ever find yourself driving on Interstate 10 through Louisiana chances are you’ll come across a large commercial vehicle. There’s even a chance that when you pass these vehicles on the road, the driver may be on their cell phone. Drivers may become bored over the course of their travels, and they may succumb to the temptation of checking their text messages or their favorite social media sites. Although these may seem like innocent actions, they can lead to fatal consequences. Truck drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times as glancing off the road for just a second can cause serious accidents.
Most truck drivers are usually directed to drive long distances to make sure their cargo reaches its destination on time. Because of this, I-49 is a common place to see large trucks traveling from Arkansas through Louisiana. Truck drivers may choose to drive through the night and avoid the necessary amount of rest to meet their deadlines. This can be a dangerous decision as fatigue can greatly affect concentration and coordination, both of which are extremely important when driving large vehicles.
Poor Training and Maintenance
Although trucks and their drivers are subject to extreme scrutiny before they are allowed on the roads, it is possible them some skip through the process and get on the road before they’re ready. This decision can lead to devastating questions that may even cost people their lives.
How to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit
If you find yourself to be the victim in a truck accident, it is important to remember that you may have the option to file a truck accident lawsuit. By filing a truck accident lawsuit, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries you sustained and any damage to your property. Below are some important steps you should consider taking if you choose to file a truck accident lawsuit.
1. Call a Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident lawyer can walk you through the lawsuit process and explain to you your options and the possibility of success with the specific facts of your case. They can prepare your case in a way that a non-lawyer would not be able to in an effort to increase your chances of success. Speaking with an experienced truck accident lawyer should be one of the first steps you take when considering whether or not to file a truck accident lawsuit.
acquiring evidence is extremely important when you choose to file a truck accident lawsuit. Your lawyer will investigate your claim. To do so, they will ask for evidence that you may have collected at the scene of the accident itself, including pictures, statements, and police reports. For any evidence that you do not have, your attorney will attempt to acquire it for you. The stronger the evidence in your favor, the more likely it is that you will be successful in your claim.
3. Case Settlement
One of the final steps in the process is the settlement. This is where both parties agree to a certain conclusion of the case. This is where the experience of a truck accident lawyer proves invaluable. Your attorney can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation you deserve so that you’re able to continue living your life without the fear of financial insecurity caused by the accident.
Who is Liable?
Liability in a truck accident is one of the main concerns when filing a truck accident lawsuit. Holding the correct party responsible or liable, is extremely important in such claims. Although one may think that the only person that is responsible for a truck accident is the truck driver, that is not always the case. If you can get enough information, you may also be able to bring a claim against the truck company itself or, in some cases, even manufacturers of specific parts of the truck that may have caused the accident. Through a thorough investigation, your lawyer can help you determine who is likely to be found liable for the accident to help you seek maximum compensation.
Proving Truck Driver Negligence
When bringing a truck accident claim to court what you must prove is negligence. Negligence is a legal term that carries with it four elements:
1. Duty – the defendant owed a legal duty to you
2. Breach of Duty – the truck driver breached that duty
3. Causation – the truck driver caused the injury to the you
4. Damages – you were harmed by the actions of the truck driver
Each one of these elements must be proven to be successful in a negligence claim against a truck driver. Your attorney will work to prove these elements as they build your case for you.
‘Damages’ is the term used to describe the elements of compensation that you see and they are divided into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include areas such as medical expenses, lost wages, and any property damage. Non-economic damages, however, is a more complicated area. They include areas such as mental anguish, distress, and other psychological harm that may have been caused by the truck accident. Below are possible areas of compensation that you may be able to seek:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses and rehabilitation
- Lost income and future income
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Louisiana Legal Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)
Every state across the US has a different legal time limit, or statute of limitations, in which personal injury cases may be brought. This legal time limit is strictly enforced, and it is important to remember throughout your claim so that you don’t miss out on seeking the compensation you deserve. In Louisiana, the legal time limit for a personal injury claim is one year. With such a small window to file a claim, it is important to consider consulting with an experienced 18 wheeler accident lawyer so that no important legal deadlines are missed.
How Can Zinda Law Group Help?
Zinda Law Group is your truck accident law firm. We are dedicated to helping you seek financial compensation from a truck driver who fails to exercise due care in operating their vehicle and, in so doing, causes a truck crash that seriously injures you.
You should not be left to bear the costs and burden of your truck accident-related injuries yourself. You will have only one opportunity to file and pursue compensation through a Louisiana truck accident lawsuit, make sure you don’t miss any vital steps by allowing our attorneys to help you. Call us at 800-863-5312 today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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