In the early morning of Wednesday, January 9th, a negligent driver sideswiped a semi-truck pulling multiple trailers. The incident led to the commercial truck toppling over and one of its trailers catching ablaze.
The driver of the semi-truck suffered only minor injuries and is expected to recover. Law enforcement agents are still looking for the driver of the Mercury Grand Marquis which caused the accident.
Many times, fatal accidents that involve commercial trucks are of the tractor-trailer-versus-passenger-vehicle variety, but not always. Accidents that occur as a result of negligence committed by trucking companies and truck drivers can sometimes place other truckers in great, and even fatal, peril. Whether you are a commercial trucker or just a passenger in a car, you may suffer extensive or catastrophic damages as a result of a trucker’s negligence, so you need to have a skilled New Orleans injury attorney on your side to make sure you get all the compensation that the facts say you truly deserve.
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While no amount of money can replace the loss of a cherished family member, pursuing and winning a wrongful death and survival lawsuit may be essential for your family. The negligence-caused death of your loved one may have left your family with substantial expenses as well as with a massive loss of income that was previously provided by the deceased. All of these things indicate that an award of damages is appropriate to compensate for these losses, and help keep your family on more solid financial ground. To find out more about how to pursue a winning claim for wrongful death and survival, reach out to a knowledgeable New Orleans injury attorney.
The family of a Concordia Parish man found themselves in litigation due to such a tragic situation. R.S. was a father of four who, in the early fall of 2015, was traveling on U.S. Highway 84 northwest of Baton Rouge. On that trip, he encountered a 18-wheel log truck driven by M.G. The 18-wheeler and R.S.’s pickup crashed head on. The accident killed R.S, his 17-year-old daughter and his 15-year-old son. The driver of the 18-wheeler was later tried and convicted in criminal court for driving while under the influence of drugs.
After a serious or tragic event, it can be very important for the individual going through the ordeal to talk about it. When it comes to an accident with a commercial truck, it’s no different. But did you know that venting, especially on social media, can ruin your chances of winning your truck accident claim?
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with individual states, sets clear safety regulations for all commercial vehicles that must be followed in order for 18-wheelers to operate within each state. However, when commercial trucking companies choose to forgo proper protocols by ignoring or barely enforcing these safety regulations, the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents increases – meaning you may have to pay for it.
In 2015, accidents involving large trucks took 3,598 lives and injured 83,000 more, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
While it may seem that a driver of an 18-wheeler may have a significant sight advantage over other passenger cars because of its height, the opposite is actually true. Commercial trucks have big blind spots and if you’re driving right beside one, you could be seconds away from a serious accident.
In the early morning hours of December 18, 2017, an 18-wheeler flipped over on I-10 East in Louisiana, effectively bringing Gonzales traffic to a standstill. It took three hours to clear the scene which included a roadway drenched with diesel fuel leaking from the big rig.
At its worst, traffic delay reached 7 miles in length. Luckily, no one was killed as a result of this accident.
Few vehicles grab our attention like the 80,000-pound monsters known across the nation as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, or trailer tractors. We travel alongside these behemoths every day, watching their every move and doing our part to avoid an incident.
But sadly, we often see they are the cause of tragedy.