St. Tammany and the Northshore Parishes 18-wheeler Accident Attorneys
Herrin Kervin holds truckers and trucking companies accountable for 18-wheeler accidents.
Louisiana 18-wheeler Accident Attorneys
High traffic volumes and deteriorating roads make Louisiana’s highways and interstates among the most dangerous in the country. The danger increases when large numbers of 18-wheelers are out on I-10, I-12, I-55, and I-20. With deadlines to meet, it’s not unusual to see an 18-wheeler flying around traffic, attempting to make it to its destination on time. Sadly, this can lead to severe and even fatal accidents on Louisiana’s roads.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, Herrin Kervin is here to help. We will investigate your case and hold all at-fault parties responsible. Due to the devastating injuries caused by 18-wheeler accidents, you might need long-term treatment and financial help. We will fight for your rights so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of 18-wheeler Accidents
Herrin Kervin investigates 18-wheeler accidents to determine the cause. These accidents are often caused by:
- Truck driver negligence
- Trucking company negligence
- Poor road and weather conditions
- Truck defects
- Maintenance problems
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DETERMINING FAULT IN AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT
Establishing fault is an important step in making a claim after an 18-wheeler accident. Often, the truck driver only shares some of the blame for the accident. The trucking company, manufacturer, mechanic, body shop, or loader might also share some of the responsibility for the accident. You can file a claim against each responsible party to recover damages.
When investigating the case, it might become clear that you are also partially responsible. However, Louisiana is a comparative negligence state. This means you can still file a claim and recover damages as long as your degree of fault is less than 100 percent. However, your degree of fault will impact the amount of damages you’ll recover. For instance, if you’re awarded $500,000 but determined to share 50 percent of the responsibility, you will recover $250,000.
Different variables go into establishing fault, so never admit that you were in the wrong, even if you think you were. Instead, have your 18-wheeler accident attorney investigate the case and determine fault. Your attorney will use the evidence as a guide when establishing the degree of responsibility for each party.
STEPS OF AN 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT CLAIM
While each case is different, most claims follow the same format. Your 18-wheeler accident attorney will investigate the claim. The attorney will also contact experts to find out about the long-term effects of your injuries. Then, your attorney will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If your lawyer cannot reach a settlement with the insurance company, the case will go to court. Herrin Kervin has ample experience in both settling 18-wheeler accident cases and taking them to trial. In both instances, you can rest assured that your attorney will fight to protect your rights.
Herrin Kervin helps clients recover economic and non-economic damages from Louisiana 18-wheeler accidents. The amount you’re eligible to recover depends on the severity of your injuries, the medical treatment you require, and your long-term needs. Examples of recoverable damages include property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If applicable, you can recover future medical expenses and lost income as well. Herrin Kervin will evaluate your situation to determine what your future needs will be. Then, our Louisiana 18-wheeler accident attorneys will fight for you to ensure that you have the financial resources necessary if you require long-term care or will experience diminished earning capacity due to your injuries.
Large trucks pose a serious threat to Louisiana motorists. Common injuries include traumatic brain injury, severe burns, multiple fractures, and internal injuries. Amputations and spinal cord injuries are also common with these accidents, and many people suffer permanent scarring and disfigurement. Sadly, death is also far too common with 18-wheeler accidents. Because these injuries are so significant, many people require long-term medical care and face diminished earning capacity for the remainder of their lives. While filing a claim against the guilty parties can’t undo the damage, it can help people receive the compensation necessary for their long-term needs.