Living in Pineville is so pleasant because of our city’s connection to our national highway system. Most of us rarely stop to think about the many conveniences we enjoy, thanks to the trucks that bring goods from all over the country to our small community.
There’s a dark side to the trucking industry, however. Statistics show that large trucks are involved in more than 400,000 wrecks each year. Thousands of these accidents result in serious injuries to the victims– and billions of dollars in property damage and loss caused by these crashes.
If you’ve been involved in one of these collisions, then you should talk to a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you start the wheels rolling, the sooner you’ll receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the Bart Bernard team of Pineville Personal Injury Lawyers. We’re ready to fight for you.
Many causes, the same results
Large trucks are engineering marvels. They’re designed to run for up to a million miles without an overhaul. But to reach this goal, they require consistent maintenance along the way. Air brakes need adjusting, parts need lubricating, and safety devices need frequent checks to ensure they’re functioning properly.
The drivers themselves are a crucial part of this system. Unfortunately, many truckers work too many hours and receive too little rest. Combined with inattention and stress, this can limit their ability to safely handle these immense vehicles.
We should also mention the many other factors that can cause accidents. The trucking dispatcher must avoid overworking the drivers. The equipment manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe. Even the highway department plays a role, by staying on top of road maintenance. When any of these people fail to do their jobs, innocent people can suffer terrible injuries.
Dealing with the aftershocks of a trucking accident
The first thing you need to do after a truck-related accident is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. Seek medical help right away. If possible, you should also write down as many details about the wreck as you can. Get the names and contact information of witnesses, as well as the name of the truck driver and the transport company.
Note the time of day the wreck occurred, the exact location, the weather conditions, and any other details you think are important. Use your phone or another device to make a video record. Last but certainly not least, you should contact a truck accident attorney in your area. Our Pineville personal injury lawyers have the expertise and the experience to handle trucking-related cases.
How to choose the right law firm to handle your case
Look for an attorney with a client-centered focus. Bart Bernard has built his career helping people like you get their fair share of compensation. He’s tough yet professional—he opened his own personal injury law firm in his hometown in 1997 and has since won many millions of dollars in damages on behalf of his local clients. His many accolades include TWO “Best of 2017” awards from the Times of Acadiana.
Call our office today for a free consultation. Be Smart. Get Bart.™