Articles Posted in 18-Wheelers

Avoid-Truck-AccidentAfter 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?

At the Cardone Law Firm, we understand that these types of events are traumatic, and sometimes speaking to someone can make you feel better. That’s what our New Orleans truck accident attorneys are here for. We will gladly lend an ear for a free legal consultation to determine if you’ve got a case. It could be the first step you need to get the recovery you deserve.

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We understand that a commercial truck accident can be a frightening and chaotic experience to endure. What matters most, however, is that you seek the medical attention you need following an accident.

After you’ve obtained the care that you need, it’s time to gather up all the facts. That includes the accident report. Your New Orleans truck accident attorneys at the Cardone Law Firm want to help you by giving you the lowdown on how to get one.

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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people perished in large truck crashes in 2016. Out of that total, 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger-type vehicles.

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.

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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.

18-Wheeler-FailureIn 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.

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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.

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Few things are as intimidating as a large semi-truck pulling a trailer and speeding down the highway. Most of us will hold our breath and grip the steering wheel in anticipation of the 18-wheeler passing us.

Because of the added weight on tractor-trailers, they can take much longer to come to a complete stop and generally require 20% to 40% longer following distances between vehicles than cars traveling at the same speed. If the driving conditions are unfavorable, then these large vehicles are even more challenging to control in moments of emergency.

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In the immediate aftermath of a collision with a large truck, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler, time is a factor. These types of collisions often have devastating consequences for those involved including serious injuries and potential fatalities. If you were involved in an accident involving a large truck, you need to seek medical attention first, and afterward, it is important that you speak to an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you seek fair and reasonable recovery for your injuries. You’ll be fighting against the statute of limitations, the decay of evidence, and the trucking company and their dedicated team of lawyers, so act quickly after your accident to protect your rights.

When accidents happen, the pain and stress of being injured or losing a loved one can quickly become overwhelming for victims and their families. Cardone Law Firm understands the tragedy surrounding accidents involving large trucks and we have made it our mission to help families like yours. We have secured over $31 million in settlements and judgments for individuals after reckless drivers got behind the wheel of large trucks and changed their lives forever. Contact our firm for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you fight for what you deserve. Phone Cardone at (888)-892-2736 or (504)-522-3333 today.

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In 2015 alone, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8 percent increase from statistics collected in 2014.

At Cardone Law Firm, we firmly believe in fighting for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a wrongful death caused by an accident with a semi-truck. If you have lost a loved one because of a large truck accident, know that even as you read about this sensitive subject, you have our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

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Tragedy befell commuters in DeSoto Parish that ultimately changed many lives in Bunkie, LA.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on December 22, 2017, 24-year-old Bunkie native Hudson Lyles Bain, traveling in his 2011 GMC pickup, rear-ended the back of an 18-wheeler on I-49 for reasons yet to be determined.