Truck accidents can cause some of the most serious motor vehicle injuries. As you deal with your pain, suffering, and healing, you may not yet know whether this will end up as a permanent disability. All your life plans are put on hold as you cope with the aftermath, with little idea how you will pay your skyrocketing medical bills as well as the normal expenses to keep a roof over your head and food on the table.
A Natchitoches truck accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will determine which parties are responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
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Seek prompt legal help
Although truck accident victims must focus on healing, they also should not delay in seeking legal counsel. The statute of limitations in Louisiana for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a truck accident is just one year from the date of the crash. That means a thorough investigation into the causes of the accident must start as soon as possible.
Truck accident causes
Truck accidents occur for numerous reasons. When the driver is primarily liable, truck accidents may result from:
However, many truck accidents are not the fault of the driver. Tractor-trailers often jackknife or rollover if the cargo is loaded incorrectly or not properly secured. The vehicle may experience a mechanical failure, such as failed brakes or tire blowouts. Inclement weather and poorly maintained roads can also contribute to collisions between trucks and smaller vehicles.
Truck accident liability
When an 18-wheeler is involved in an accident, liability often goes beyond the driver. As noted, mechanical failure leading to a crash may involve the trucking company or its maintenance services or parts manufacturers. In addition, poorly secured freight causing destabilization of the truck often leads to dangerous situations, and the cargo company may prove liable.
Truck accident compensation
Compensation, also known as damages, for truck accident victims may include:
Contact Natchitoches truck accident lawyers
If you suffered serious injuries in a collision with a big rig, an experienced Louisiana truck accident lawyer from our firm could help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. After reviewing your case, we will let you know your options going forward. We are with you every step of the way and always keep you informed as to the status of your claim. While most cases are settled, we will head to trial if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement.
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