Help After A Truck Accident
Accidents involving commercial trucks are more dangerous than accidents between two passenger cars, simply because semitrailers and other trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. A loaded semitrailer can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while a typical passenger car weighs only about 4,000 pounds.
A collision that might be no more than a fender-bender if it involved two sedans can easily lead to fatal or catastrophic injury if one of the vehicles is a semitrailer. More likely than not in these cases, the person injured or killed was in the smaller vehicle, while the truck driver was unhurt.
A truck accident can be over in a moment, but for the injured or the families of people killed, the effects can carry on through the rest of their lives.
At the law office of The Marcus Bryant Law Firm APLC, in Lafayette, Louisiana, we help the injured and their families fight for justice and the compensation they need and deserve after suffering serious injury in a terrible accident.
We have experience with issues including:
- Back injury
- Distracted driving
- Faulty maintenance
- Truck driver error
- Truck driver fatigue
- Wrongful death
These are difficult cases legally, technically and emotionally, but for the injured and their families, they can be extremely important. It can be crucial to have help from a lawyer with experience in trucking accident litigation.
Truck Accident Liability
Trucking accident litigation is different from other types of personal injury lawsuits for two reasons: First, there is the seriousness of the injuries; second, there is the complexity of who can be held legally responsible.
In a typical personal injury suit involving a traffic accident between two cars, the driver who caused the accident can be held liable for the damages suffered by the injured party as a result of the accident. This means that the driver who was at fault can be forced to compensate the injured person for his or her hospital bills, lost wages and other damages.
However, in cases involving a commercial vehicle, not only the driver, but the driver’s employer may be held liable. In some cases, a maintenance company or other related party may be held liable as well. State and federal trucking regulations may come into play, too.
All these factors make trucking accident cases more complex, but they can also mean there are more available avenues for the injured and their families to recover the compensation they need.
To learn more about your legal options after a trucking accident, speak to an attorney with experience in trucking accident litigation. Call our office at 504-383-5966 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation at no cost to you.