In 2017, fatalities resulting from accidents with large trucks accounted for nearly 10 percent of all traffic deaths in Louisiana, higher than the national average. Not surprisingly, almost 75 percent of those fatalities were occupants of the smaller vehicles. Those who survive truck accidents are lucky to have survived but may face extraordinary physical and mental challenges for the rest of their lives.
When two cars collide, it is likely that fault lies with one or both drivers. When a big rig crashes into a smaller vehicle, the driver as well as other entities can be held liable– including the company who owns or leases the truck, the personnel loading the freight, providing service supplies, and possibly the manufacturer.
The Bart Bernard team of Alexandria personal injury lawyers will determine who is responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable. While most cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial, when necessary. Hit Hard. Get Bart Bernard. ™
Statute of Limitations
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident injury lawsuit is very brief– just one year from the date of the crash. That is why it is critical to consult an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner an investigation begins, the less likely evidence will disappear. Since the trucking company’s lawyers will also launch an investigation, you need someone working on your behalf.
Unfortunately, those seriously injured in truck accidents may succumb to their injuries. The spouse or other close family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit within one year of their loved one’s death date.
Truck Accident Damages
Economic damages, or compensation, in a truck accident may include:
Qualifying the economic damages is relatively straightforward, as it is a matter of adding the relevant numbers. Non-economic damages are not as easily quantified, but may include:
In some cases, the jury may award punitive damages, meant specifically to punish the defendant because their behavior was particularly egregious. For example, if a truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident and plowed a rig into other vehicles, punitive damages may apply.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, economic damages paid to family members may include burial and funeral expenses, and lost future wages. Non-economic damages may include emotional distress and loss of companionship.
Contact Alexandria Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a truck accident– you are suffering physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. You need the services of an experienced truck accident lawyer. Call us today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Our compassionate attorneys fight hard so that you can receive the maximum compensation. There is never a fee unless we win: I’ll be you with every step of the way.™