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.
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.
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.
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 specializes in 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.