What Are Your Rights in Louisiana in an Accident with an 18-Wheeler?

Accidents involving an 18-wheeler usually result in catastrophic injuries and death. 18-wheelers are not the only large vehicles that can be dangerous to a smaller passenger car. There are numerous trucks on the roads of Louisiana that contribute to trucking accident statistics:

  • Cement Trucks
  • Construction Trucks
  • Delivery Trucks
  • Dump Trucks
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Tanker Trucks
  • Tow Trucks

These large vehicles are challenging to drive and require specialized training, medical/vision exams, and a commercial driver’s license. Even though these drivers have extensive training, accidents happen, especially on interstate highways.

Fatal 18-Wheeler Stats in Louisiana

According to the Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report 2019, produced by LSU, 15.9% of all fatal crashes in Louisiana involve an 18-wheeler. I-12 ranks routinely as one of the top ten deadliest interstates in the country. I-10, I-12, I-55, and I-20—-these four sections of Louisiana’s interstates average one fatality for every .83 miles of roadway.
I-10 and I-12 also rank as one of the busiest and most congested interstate highways in Louisiana. From Slidell to Covington to Baton Rouge to Lafayette to Lake Charles, 18 wheelers and big rigs can rule the road. When accidents occur with 18 wheelers and big trucks, the damages can be enormous.

Common truck accidents in Louisiana include:

  • Blind Spot Accidents
  • Head-on Collisions
  • Jackknife Crashes
  • Lost Load Accidents
  • Rear-end Collisions
  • T-bone Accidents
  • Tire Blowouts
  • Truck Rollovers
  • Underride Accidents
  • Wide-turn Collisions

Most Common Causes of Crashes with 18-Wheelers in Louisiana

It is common knowledge that large vehicles take longer to come to a complete stop; add to that fact, the faster an 18-wheeler is driving, the stopping time is compounded. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Rules
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired Driving
  • Inexperience
  • Poor Judgement
  • Speed

It is an unfortunate statistic that most 18-wheeler accidents result from truck driver error. However, there are things you can do as a driver to avoid an accident with an 18-wheeler.

  • Do not cut off a truck.
  • Do not drive distracted.
  • Do not drive in a truck driver’s blind spot.
  • Do not follow a truck too closely.
  • Do not text while driving.

The Most Prevalent Types of Injuries in 18-Wheeler Accidents

Accidents involving trucks cause severe damage because of their size and weight. These injuries are devastating, if not fatal. Trucking accidents are shattering not only to the drivers and passengers but also to the families and loved ones of those involved. The most common injuries include:

  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Internal Injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Rib and Torso Injuries
  • Seat Belt Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries or Paralysis
  • Wrongful Death

The impacts of these injuries are exacerbated, particularly when caused by the negligence of another. The stress and anxiety that caregivers often feel are overwhelming. Soaring medical expenses intensify that stress and anxiety.

Who Bears the Burden of Responsibility in Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers?

The burden of responsibility lies with who is at fault for the accident. In many cases, truck driver error or truck mechanical error causes most of the 18-wheeler accidents in Louisiana. The good news is that Federal and Louisiana laws have strict regulations that apply to trucking and logistics companies. These laws require companies to have higher levels of liability insurance and financial security.

If you have been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact us today; we can help investigate the situation to determine who is at fault. If the truck driver or trucking company is at fault, we will fight to help you recover physically and financially. We will prove liability and seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other economic hardships related to the truck accident.

How Does A Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney Prove Liability in Accidents Involving an 18-Wheeler?

If you have been injured on Louisiana’s interstate highways and need an 18-wheeler accident attorney, call Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys today. We will meet with you to discuss your case at absolutely no cost to you. Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities of trucking accidents and will look for evidence to prove that the truck driver is at fault.

Contact Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys Personal Injury Attorneys

As a personal injury firm, Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys works on a contingency fee basis, which means you will never pay attorney fees unless you receive compensation for your injuries. Ever! Please know, there are time limits for how long after an accident you can file a claim. Do not wait to get help.

If you cannot travel to our office because of the severity of your injuries, we will travel to your home or schedule a Zoom video meeting. Contact Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys at 985-807-1792 to schedule your consultation at no cost to you.

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Gordon T. Herrin
Herrin Kervin Injury Attorneys
1978 N Hwy 190, Suite A
Covington, LA 70433

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