As most Louisiana drivers suspect, a large commercial truck can create incredible damage to other motor vehicles if it is involved in an accident. Every year around the state, in fact, hundreds of people are injured and dozens killed from accidents involving a wide variety of trucks-delivery vans, box trucks, fuel tankers and 18-wheelers. So what happens if you are injured in a truck accident or are a surviving relative of someone who died in such an accident? Under the law, you have the right to seek compensation from anyone who was at fault for the accident.
Truck accidents can happen because of driver negligence or equipment failure. In both cases, the party determined to be at fault is liable for the consequences. If a driver speeds, changes lanes recklessly or drives while impaired or distracted, he or she can be held negligent. If a truck or its equipment has not been maintained properly and suffers mechanical failure that causes an accident, then its owner can likewise be determined responsible.
Compensation can be claimed for the direct financial losses suffered by a victim or surviving family members from unanticipated medical expenses and loss of income. This is common when someone loses time from work or the victim was a family income provider. In addition, damages can be awarded for the physical pain and suffering and mental trauma the victim, or his or her family, endured as a result of the accident.
If you are the victim of a truck accident or are related to someone who was killed, then contacting an attorney is the first step in filing a claim for compensation. Our team of lawyers is well versed in personal injury cases and can present the best legal case possible that supports your claim for compensation.