Metairie Truck & Auto Accident Attorneys
Contact Our Louisiana and Mississippi Truck and Auto Accident Attorneys Regarding Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck, car, motorcycle or other motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
A traffic accident involving a commercial truck such as an eighteen-wheeler or other large truck can often result in more serious physical injury and property damage than an accident between two autos. For one reason, the mere size and weight of the truck itself can intensify the damage. For another, the nature, size and weight of the freight the truck is carrying can add to the danger.
Truck accidents can be caused in the same way as car accidents: for example, reckless driving, speeding, disobeying traffic signals and signs, driver fatigue, drunk driving and mechanical failure. Another danger of truck accidents can be the cargo itself. Many trucks carry large amounts of cargo and sometimes that cargo is hazardous and can cause health risks to those involved in the accident as well as others in the area. Other times, the cargo shifts, causing the driver to overcorrect his vehicle.
If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking or other motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the parties responsible for the accident. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, permanent disabilities and financial losses that resulted from the accident.
In order to maximize your recovery from the accident, it is important to figure out who was at fault and all others who may be liable to you. In many cases, the driver of the truck may not be the only person legally responsible for the accident. The trucking company, employer and/or more than one insurance company, for example, may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries. Or the accident may have also been partially or totally attributable to a man-made, hazardous condition or obstruction on the roadway.
In many cases, motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver who consciously chooses to disobey driving safety rules, such as drunk driving and reckless behavior that unreasonably endangers the public. In other situations, accidents are caused by factors unrelated to the conduct of any particular driver, such as a defect in someone’s automobile, poorly maintained roads and malfunctioning traffic control signals. Improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting or other highway defects, including poorly placed trees, utility poles and other obstructions, can cause serious accidents.
How We Can Help
It is important that you hire an attorney who has the skill and experience with truck and auto accident cases to identify all the causes of your accident and the people and companies who should be held responsible for your damages, including those whom you might not have considered.
We have more than 30 years of experience representing people for injuries they received in truck, auto and other motor vehicle accidents. To protect your rights and help you with your potential legal claim in commercial truck or “big rig” accidents and other motor vehicle accidents, contact us immediately.
For a free initial case evaluation with one of our accident attorneys, please call 504-828-1224 or contact us online. We can visit you in the hospital or at your home if injuries prevent you from traveling to our office.