Have You Been Injured in an 18-wheeler Trucking Accident?
Working a claim for trucking accidents can be complicated and handling a case on your own is tough. Evidence can vanish into thin air or get damaged. Witnesses can disappear. Preserve and invoke your rights by contacting our experienced trucking accident attorneys at Morrow, Gates & Morrow for a free consultation right away after any trucking accident.
Common Trucking Accident Injuries
Some of the most tragic accidents on Louisiana roadways involve big trucks, 18-wheelers or buses. They can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be 70-feet long. As per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2020, 12.8 percent of fatal crashes on the Nation’s roadways involved at least one large truck or bus. In addition, there were an estimated 5,215,000 nonfatal crashes, 8.4 percent of which involved at least one large truck or bus.
Given the size and weight of gigantic 18-wheelers, there are often catastrophic results. With severe injuries often resulting in a lifetime of disability or deaths, come overwhelming expenses and losses. Those injuries commonly include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe concussions
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Joint injuries
- Severe burns
Profits vs. Public Safety
There’s continual pressure on trucking companies and drivers to move and deliver products faster and cheaper, but the profit motive can override public safety. The FMCSA has concluded that about 87 percent of all large truck accidents are due to truck driver negligence.
In descending order, some of the top reasons that truck drivers negligently caused accidents were:
- Brake system issues
- Following too closely
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Poorly trained
When the Unexpected Happens, Call Morrow, Gates & Morrow
It’s not at all unusual for an insurance company to dispatch a team of investigators to the location of a truck accident before the wreckage is cleaned or removed. Don’t expect the insurance company’s investigation to reveal anything favorable to you. Investigators are there to try to shift all or some of the blame for the crash over onto you. You’ll want to contact a Louisiana trucking accident attorney at Morrow, Gates & Morrow immediately so we can start your investigation the right way. We will look into critical evidence like logbooks, GPS information and on-board computer records in order to help strengthen your case.
If you were injured in a trucking accident, contact us today at (337) 942-6529. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and have the experience to guide you through the entire legal process.