New Orleans Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-Truck & Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Louisiana
After an accident with a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or similar commercial vehicle, you are likely to face numerous physical, emotional, and financial challenges. These accidents often result in catastrophic injury, permanent disability, and significant impairments that are expensive to treat, painful to live with, and even debilitating for some.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we want to help you fight for the fair compensation you are owed. Our New Orleans truck accident attorneys have represented countless accident victims, as well as the families of those wrongfully killed in fatal commercial vehicle collisions. To date, our firm has recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you build your case and work to recover every penny you deserve.
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Who Is at Fault for a Large Truck Accident?
Because Louisiana follows a fault-based car accident system, you must prove that another person or party was at fault to have grounds for a truck accident claim. But determining who was at fault can be complicated. To make matters worse, the at-fault party may not be the same one that is liable for your damages. For example, a truck driver may be at fault for a collision, but the trucking company could be legally responsible for the truck driver’s conduct. Instead of suing the driver, you could file a claim with the trucking company’s insurance provider.
The first step in determining who was at fault for an accident involves identifying the cause of the crash. Some of the most common causes of large truck accidents in Louisiana include:
- Truck driver error and negligence, such as speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, unsafe or illegal driving maneuvers, and other traffic violations
- State and federal hours-of-service violations, often due to pressure from the trucking company, leading to fatigued driving
- Trucking company negligence, including improper hiring practices, lack of adequate training, and failing to discipline drivers who violate company policies and/or legal duties
- Improper or inadequate inspections, maintenance, and/or repairs of tractors, trailers, and truck parts/components
- Unevenly loaded cargo/freight and overloaded trucks, leading to shifting cargo/freight during transit and loss of vehicle control
- Truck defects, including poor tractor or trailer design, faulty tires, and defective braking systems, transmissions, accelerators, and engine components
- Poorly designed or constructed roadways, as well as improper or inadequate roadway maintenance and/or repairs
By working with a team of accident reconstruction experts and other professionals, our firm is able to pinpoint the exact cause of an accident. We review electronic data found in trucks’ black box recorders, as well as hours-of-service logs and other critical evidence to determine whether the truck driver, the trucking company, or another party was negligent.
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It is not possible to accurately estimate the exact value of your truck accident claim without first reviewing the various details involved. Many factors influence the overall value of your claim, including the severity of your injuries and the cost of medical care, your projected future care costs, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the accident.
That being said, our New Orleans truck accident attorneys are often able to recover compensation for specific damages for their clients. These damages include:
- Past, current, and future medical care
- Past, current, and future lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of earning capacity and future income
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and distress related to the incident
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses, such as in-home assistance and care, home modifications to accommodate a disability, and counseling or therapy expenses
In some cases, we may also be able to recover punitive, or “exemplary,” damages. Such damages are generally only available in cases involving gross negligence or wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct meant to cause injury or harm to another. The purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the victim for specific losses but, rather, to punish the defendant and send a clear message that this type of conduct will not be tolerated.
The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a lawsuit, in truck accident cases in Louisiana is the same as the state’s general personal injury statute of limitations: three years from the date of the accident or injury. In other words, you have three years after the accident to sue the liable party for damages. If you wait too long, and the statute of limitations expires, your case will most likely be dismissed.
Whether you were just recently involved in a large truck accident, or you believe the statute of limitations may have already expired, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Although exceptions to the statute of limitations are rare, one may apply in your case. It is always in your best interests to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced attorney, like those at our firm. We can answer your questions and provide everything you need to make an informed decision about your recovery and your future.
For a free consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers in New Orleans, call (504) 226-6777 or contact us online today. Hablamos español.