Commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers can be seen on the interstates and rural roads all over Louisiana. Because trucks are so common, people often forget the dangers they pose. However, commercial truck collisions with passenger vehicles happen frequently and cause truly serious injuries.
There are many causes of commercial truck accidents. Drivers may be overworked and too tired to drive. Companies may fail to properly train their drivers on how to safely operate big trucks, or trucks may not be properly maintained. These and many other reasons can cause tragic truck accidents that require a New Orleans truck accident lawyer.
Truck accidents actually may increase in the near future because of a recent change in federal law. The recently passed bill suspends some of the rules about the rest periods that truck drivers must take and will allow truckers to be on the road for up to 82 hours per week. This is an increase from the previous maximum of 70 hours per week. Being on the road that much is exhausting for drivers and increases the chances for additional accidents, which is especially troubling given that truck accidents already claim thousands of lives.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, commercial truck collisions can lead to some of the most devastating injuries. The size and weight differences alone between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks make the potential for a serious accident that much greater. Also, commercial trucks tend to sit higher than passenger vehicles, which can lead to more significant collision damage.
Truck accident victims frequently need immediate medical attention and may suffer broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, and even death.
Call a Louisiana Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Louisiana, The Mahone Firm is here to help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Call a New Orleans truck accident attorney at (504) 564-7342 so we can talk about your case and start working to get you compensated for your losses.