There is nothing more disconcerting than driving along a Louisiana road as a large tractor-trailer comes speeding up next to your car. You grip the steering wheel just a little bit tighter as they pass by and move into your lane. When such an incident occurs, you have the right to be worried. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission has reported that there were 3,802 fatal accidents in the United States caused by large trucks in 2012, as well as 77,000 non-fatal injury crashes and 253,000 property damage crashes. The dangers of becoming involved in a truck accident are real, and this post includes what you need to know.
Who is liable in a truck accident can be a difficult issue to discern. The factors for the truck accident isn't so black and white where the driver in the truck will be held responsible. Since many drivers are hired by trucking fleets, and those trucking fleets are contracted by businesses, there are many people who can claim responsibility in case you are injured. Some of the parties who may be held liable for the accident include:
In addition, there could be other cars involved in the accident that caused the truck to crash into you. These vehicle owners can also be held liable, along with the manufacturers of their vehicles if there were any malfunctions caused by faulty parts or vehicle construction. Piecing together the accident facts to figure out who can be held liable and to what extent is usually beyond your personal investigative resources as you may have to deal with injuries, medical expenses, loss of income and other issues caused by the accident.
Hiring a professional truck accident attorney to handle your case can help you figure out who is responsible so you can seek out the right compensation. An experienced attorney versed in Louisiana accident laws can gather the facts, determine the true causes for the accident, and gather the witnesses you need to create a solid case against all the parties involved. The attorney can also protect your rights when you are pressed by trucking companies and manufacturers to agree to their settlement conditions.
Large companies will have a set of lawyers aimed at getting you to agree to less than what you deserve while signing away your rights to take legal action against them in the future. They will push and hound you at every opportunity, even when you are at the hospital or at home recovering from your injuries. The amount of money these companies give may not cover all of your expenses, and some injuries may not be apparent until a few months down the road. Never sign away your rights until you have talked with an attorney who can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action for you to take
Attorney J. Antonio Tramontana has over 25 years of experience helping victims get the compensation they deserve when sustaining injuries and car damage in a truck accident. As a personal injury attorney for people in the Monroe area and throughout Louisiana, he provides his experience and resources to evaluate your case, gather witnesses and talk with experts to determine who is liable for the accident and how much you deserve in compensation. J. Antonio Tramontana can settle your case for what you deserve, or represent your best interests in a court of law.
Contact us today for a free consultation as we can review your case and provide you the necessary insights on who is liable in the truck accident. Get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages caused by the fault of other drivers.