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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.