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Big Truck Accident Lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana

When you are injured in a traffic accident involving a large truck, you need to ensure that an experienced truck accident lawyer handles your claim. Accident claims involving commercial trucks are much more complex compared to claims involving passenger vehicles only. You don’t only deal with the truck driver, but you must also go up against the trucking company and its massive insurance provider.

Insurance companies for trucking businesses have huge teams of professionals that are dispatched as soon as a truck accident is reported. These teams have one purpose — to mitigate the damages to the company and protect the company’s best interest. Therefore, you are competing with adjusters, investigators, accident scene specialists, and insurance attorneys who are not interested in paying full compensation for your injury claim.

The truck accident lawyers of The Law Offices of Blaine J. Barrilleaux represent all victims of tractor trailer accidents, including drivers, passengers, truckers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. You can trust that your truck accident claim will be handled by a legal professional with 20 years of experience representing accident victims.

Contact our office for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you seek justice and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. We will not stop fighting for your rights until every avenue of potential compensation is thoroughly exhausted.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Large truck accidents are very dangerous for the occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. However, the risk of severe injury is also higher for these individuals. The massive size and weight of a commercial truck provide the truck driver with protection that a passenger vehicle cannot provide when it is struck by a large truck. Therefore, common injuries sustained by accident victims in crashes involving semi-trucks include:

  • Severe head trauma, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other severe brain injuries
  • Amputations and severe burns
  • Multiple fractures and broken bones, including crushed bones
  • Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Disfigurement and scarring

In many cases, a truck accident victim sustains permanent disabilities and impairments. When a person requires extensive medical treatment and ongoing personal care, the medical expenses and lost income can be substantial. It is very important to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Lafayette and Metairie who routinely handles these complex, high-dollar accident claims.

For more information and a free case review, call 337-989-1212.

Truck Accident FAQs

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck accident, you will most likely have numerous questions. From the moment the accident occurred, it can be scary and overwhelming about what to do next. 

Our team understands the stress and worry that you’re going through after a sudden accident. For this reason, we’ve provided a list of the most commonly asked questions after a truck accident, with answers provided below.

No two truck accidents are the same, which is why we highly recommend that you contact an experienced attorney after the accident. Furthermore, truck accident cases are often complex and involve multiple parties such as the trucking company and the insurance company. This can make it difficult to determine who is legally responsible for damages.

After an accident, don’t wait to seek legal guidance as this could potentially impact your claim. In some cases, some injured victims wait to seek legal guidance and end up with little to no compensation.

Immediately following a truck accident, safety should be your number one priority. This means you should contact emergency responders to receive medical attention, and report the accident.

If possible, while you’re waiting for emergency responders to arrive, make sure to collect evidence. Evidence is crucial and can help support your claim against the responsible party. This can include taking photos of both your injuries and the accident scene, creating a video that shows the accident scene, collecting witness statements, and exchanging contact information.

Lastly, contact an attorney for legal guidance. It can be difficult to file a potential lawsuit without legal help.

According to the Federal Register, a commercial motor vehicle is considered, “as one having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more; designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver; or transporting hazardous materials in quantities requiring the vehicle to be placarded.”

If you’re unsure as to whether or not the truck involved in the accident is a commercial vehicle, contact an attorney. Your lawyer can investigate the vehicle and determine the type of truck, and assist you with your claim, if applicable.

Even if you don’t appear to be injured, it’s in your best interest to have an evaluation by a medical professional. In some cases, you may not feel pain from an injury until days or even weeks later.

Once you have been evaluated by a doctor, our team can determine if you’re entitled to compensation for damages. Truck accident cases are complicated and often involve multiple parties, which can make it difficult to file a lawsuit for damages.

Injuries after an accident can result in high medical expenses and lost wages, especially if you’re unable to work due to your injury. Our goal is to help injured victims receive the compensation they deserve to pay for their medical bills, lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident so they can move on with their lives.

The length of time you have to file a truck accident lawsuit depends on the statute of limitations laws within your state. These laws determine how long an injured victim has to file a lawsuit against the responsible party for damages.

In the state of Louisiana, an injured victim has one-year following the accident to file a lawsuit. Failing to file during the one-year time limit may result in little or no compensation. That’s why it’s in your best interest to file before the deadline.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “In 2017 there were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks.” Truck accidents happen more often than most people realize. 

Due to their massive size and weight, truck accidents can cause significant damage to those involved in the accident. This can lead to serious and/or life-altering injuries, property damage, and even emotional damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since trucking accidents can lead to serious damages, higher financial compensation may be available.

Determining liability after a truck accident is not always simple. There are multiple potential parties that may be liable for this type of accident. Those who may be held responsible for a trucking accident include:

  • The truck driver – A truck driver may be held accountable for breaking laws such as distracted driving, running a red light, or failing to yield the right-of-way. 
  • The manufacturing company – The manufacturing company that built the truck could be liable if a defective part resulted in the collision. 
  • Cargo loaders – Occasionally cargo loaders fail to securely fasten the materials on the cargo bed; if the materials come loose, they can result in a serious accident.
  • The trucking company –  A trucking company may be held responsible if they fail to follow safety procedures or inspections.

 

 

 

It depends. After a truck accident, determining who is liable for the property damage and your injuries can be a challenge. In some cases, trucking companies hire contractors that are not direct employees of the company. In this case, you would be unable to file a lawsuit against the company and would have to file a lawsuit against the driver.

Filing a lawsuit is time-consuming and navigating the legal system without proper representation can make seeking compensation much more difficult. For this reason, hiring a truck accident lawyer would be in your best interest.

Many times, people are uncertain about hiring legal guidance due to costs. The cost of hiring an attorney often depends on a variety of factors such as research, time, and court fees. But you don’t need to worry, because at The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, we work on a contingency-fee only basis.

This means you will not be required to pay any upfront costs, and your payment for our representation will depend on the overall success of your case. Keep in mind that every case is unique, and the result of your case will depend on a variety of factors.

If you want to learn more about your legal options and if you’re entitled to any compensation for damages, please contact our team. We’re dedicated to helping truck accident victims who suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Don’t hesitate to contact our team and let us review your case today.

Large Truck Accidents Are Dangerous for Others on the Road

Regardless of whether you refer to the vehicle as a large truck, commercial truck, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, or tractor-trailer, the fact remains the same for victims of truck accidents. Most victims of commercial truck accidents are individuals who were not in the commercial truck at the time of the crash.

The NHTSA released the 2016 data from large truck accidents in February 2018. Truck accident fatalities increased by a little over five percent from 2015 to 2016. During 2016, 4,317 people were killed in large truck accidents. Eighty-three percent (83%) of the people who died in truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles or non-occupants (i.e. bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.). Eighty-nine (89) people died in Louisiana in tractor-trailer accidents in 2016. In addition, over a hundred thousand people each year are injured in crashes involving large trucks.

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What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?

In most cases, accident victims are transported directly to the emergency room with serious injuries. However, if you did not go directly to the emergency room, you need to see your physician as quickly as possible after the crash. The insurance company will attempt to use any delay in treatment or failure to follow your doctor’s treatment plan to deny or undervalue your claim.

Once your medical needs are met, contact The Law Offices of Blaine J. Barrilleaux to hire a truck accident lawyer to handle your case. Our team of legal professionals will begin investigating the cause of the truck accident to identify liable parties and preserve key evidence that will be crucial to proving liability and recovering maximum compensation for damages.

Evidence in a truck accident case can be lost or destroyed, such as the evidence from the crash scene or the information on the truck’s black box. It is imperative that our lawyers take steps quickly to ensure this valuable evidence is not lost.

How Can Our Truck Accident Lawyer Help You?

When you hire our law firm, you receive the full benefit of our experience for the past two decades handling injury claims, including large truck accidents. Our attorneys have established a large network of industry experts, investigators, and accident reconstructionists we can utilize to build a persuasive case against the liable parties. We handle all aspects of your injury claim so that you do not have to deal with the stress of filing a claim and fighting for the compensation you deserve.

In addition to being skilled negotiators, our lawyers are also highly trained and experienced litigation attorneys. Therefore, you can trust that your case will be handled with the care and dedication it deserves.

The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is a personal injury law firm in Louisiana with offices in both Lafayette and Metairie. Our law firm welcomes a wide range of personal injury cases including auto accidents, truck accidents, workers compensation and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 337-989-1212 or complete our inquiry contact form.

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