Articles Posted in Truck Accidents

Legal News GavelWhen you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, it is undoubtedly a stressful time. You should not, however, lose sight of the fact that you and your family may have certain rights and that you’ll may encounter a business entity on the other side seeking to get you to sign away those rights. Commercial trucking and insurance companies have skilled lawyers looking out for their interests. Make sure you have a knowledgeable New Orleans truck accident attorney on your side to help you protect your rights and get the compensation you and your family deserve.

Central Louisiana was the site of a recent crash that illustrated just how serious these collisions can be. KALB-TV reported that a large box truck driven by a 30-year-old man was headed westbound on Highway 28 when the driver crossed the center line. The box truck driver was attempting to pass another westbound vehicle on the two-lane road.

The box truck slammed head-on into an eastbound pickup truck. The damage was extensive. The pickup truck’s 86-year-old driver died at the scene. The crash also impacted two other cars, with one of those drivers suffering minor injuries, according to KALB.

Legal News GavelA news story from late May, as reported by the New Orleans Advocate, described a tragic scene arising from a scenario that occurs all too often. Whether due to sleepiness, distractions, controlled substance use, or defective vehicles, too many truck drivers operate under less-than-ideal driving conditions, leading them to do things like failing to notice obviously slowed or stopped traffic ahead of them and crashing into those stopped or nearly stopped vehicles. Because of the sheer force that commercial trucks moving at 55, 65, or 70 mph have, their crash impacts are often massive. The harm inflicted can be life-altering or life-ending. If you have been injured (or a loved one killed) due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver, his employer, or both. It is important to reach out promptly to a knowledgeable New Orleans truck accident attorney to make sure that the proper steps are taken in a timely manner.

In the crash from May, the eastbound traffic on Interstate 12 was stopped or slowing to a stop near the La. 21 overpass due to congestion. According to the Advocate report, one semi truck (hauling a load of avocados) did not stop, however. The 18-wheeler proceeded ahead at full speed, crashing into the stopped traffic and triggering a chain-reaction accident that involved nine vehicles, in addition to the truck itself. The semi jackknifed and caught fire. Three other vehicles caught fire too.

In the first impact, the commercial truck slammed into a Lexus sedan. Both people inside the Lexus, a mother-and-son pair from Baton Rouge, died at the scene. The semi also went on to hit a Toyota SUV. The driver of the Toyota, a grandmother of six from Mandeville, died at a hospital. The truck driver was the fourth fatality in the crash. The accident also injured several other people.

Legal News GavelSometimes, an auto accident case may involve a driver who was clearly negligent in almost every meaningful way. Perhaps the driver was going 20 mph over the speed limit and ran a red light prior to the accident. In that scenario, establishing negligence might not necessarily be difficult. However, what if an accident occurred after a driver checked his mirrors, used his turn signal, and attempted to make a safe lane change? Even when all of these things are true, that driver may still be negligent, and you may still be entitled to compensation if you were hurt in such an accident. Regardless of the specifics of your auto accident case, make sure that you talk to a skilled Louisiana auto accident attorney promptly to protect your rights and maintain your options.

In some situations, even incidents and court cases that originate outside Louisiana can have very real significance for Louisianans. That was the case for one auto accident lawsuit that started with a San Antonio crash. The case, while starting in Texas, was eventually decided by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose rulings directly affect not only Texas federal courts but federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi as well.

The collision took place along a stretch of Interstate 410 in San Antonio. Elizabeth was driving in the left lane, while Darrell’s truck was in the right lane. At some point, Darrell decided to change lanes. He checked his mirrors. He put on his turn signal. He then began changing lanes and crashed into Elizabeth.

truck-brakes-accident-300x200When a 80,000-pound semi-truck comes barreling down the road, it is absolutely vital that their braking system is well taken care of and properly functioning. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case and a bad braking system can lead to a devastating crash – or even death – for those of us driving in traditionally sized vehicles. In 2015, over 3,800 people died in large truck accidents. This was 22 percent higher than 2009.

At the Cardone Law Firm in New Orleans, our truck accident attorney has over 40 years of litigation experience dealing with personal injury and car accident cases involving 18-wheelers. Our team of trustworthy lawyers understands that quickly acquiring evidence and investigating before the negligent party is able to make any changes to the scene is the key to developing a case. It is also worth noting that in cases involving semi-truck accidents and malfunctioning brakes, multiple parties may be held liable for the damage you have suffered.

What the Government Says

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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.

Consider the following information for obtaining your accident report. This is a vital document you will need if you want to have a chance of receiving the recovery you deserve.

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Video footage may seem like standard evidence only in criminal cases, but the truth is that video footage can also help you when an insurance company tries to call foul in your truck accident claim.

While dashboard cameras in passenger cars are technically illegal in the state of Louisiana because of windshield obstruction, that doesn’t mean that the potential to protect yourself is limited. There are still a number of viable legal options you may have regarding video footage and your New Orleans attorneys at the Cardone Law Firm can help you uncover exactly what these are.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you don’t have to fight alone. Trust in the dependable team at Cardone Law Firm to help you obtain the recovery that is rightfully yours. Below you’ll find information regarding video footage that can help you in your truck accident case.

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.

While it may be uncertain as to what exactly caused this particular 18-wheeler to tip, often times it can be attributed to a failure of some sort within these large trucks. At Cardone Law Firm, we have worked in a variety of 18-wheeler accident and personal injury cases. Our dedicated and trusted New Orleans attorneys recognize that a mechanical failure in these gigantic vehicles can quickly lead to tragedy.

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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.

In 2015 alone, there were over 32,000 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways, with nearly 4,000 (11.9%) involving at least one large truck or bus. That doesn’t account for an additional 476,000 nonfatal crashes. And the number of incidents involving these large truck is only increasing.

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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.

Statistics You Should Know

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Each year, thousands of people are injured, and more than 100 killed, in vehicle accidents involving semi trucks. A late December accident near Shreveport was just another example of this, with two people dying in a DeSoto Parish crash. Any accident involving a semi truck is potentially extremely dangerous or even catastrophic, given that a fully loaded semi truck can weigh 75,000 pounds or more, as compared to a 5,000-pound passenger vehicle. If you’ve been hit by a semi truck, you may have suffered serious and possibly life-altering injuries. It is important to act promptly to protect your rights, including retaining experienced Louisiana truck accident counsel to advocate for your rights and a proper recovery under the law.

The DeSoto Parish crash took place three days before Christmas. The 24-year-old Hudson was driving his pickup truck across Interstate 49 at around 7:00 pm when he encountered a semi truck driven by a 59-year-old Shreveport man named Charles. Hudson rear-ended Charles’ big rig. After those two vehicles collided, another semi truck, driven by a 34-year-old Texas man, rear-ended Hudson’s pickup, which caused those two vehicles to burst into flames. The accident killed Hudson and the second commercial truck driver, thetowntalk.com reported. Reports indicated that police did not know why Hudson rear-ended Charles’ truck, and the reports also did not indicate what exactly caused the pickup and second semi to burst into flames.

When you are injured, or a loved one is killed, in a crash involving a semi truck, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect your rights. When you are hurt by a driver of a passenger vehicle, you can seek recovery from that driver and his or her insurance company. When a crash involves a semi truck, the issues can be more complex. Depending on the facts of your case, the law may give you the opportunity to hold multiple commercial entities responsible for the harm you suffered. In addition to the driver, these commercial defendants may include the owner of the commercial truck and the business that employed the truck driver, among others. These issues can become even more complex and may involve claims against even more people and companies when, as was the case in this DeSoto Parish crash, multiple commercial trucks are involved.