Caddo Parish Truck Accident Lawyer
A collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle often ends in tragedy for the latter. There is no mystery as to why. Big rigs and 18-wheelers have an enormous size and weight advantage over the typical car. This means that when a truck accident occurs, the people in the car are more likely to be seriously injured or killed.
At the law firm of Rice & Kendig, LLC, we represent clients who live in Shreveport and throughout Caddo Parish who have been harmed due to the negligence of a truck driver or commercial trucking company. Our Caddo Parish truck accident lawyers understand the complex legal and factual questions involved in a truck accident lawsuit–and we will use every tool at our disposal to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How Truck Accidents Occur
Every truck accident is unique. But we know from experience that most of these collisions are caused by one or more of the following factors:
- Failure to follow trucking regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates interstate common carriers, which include commercial trucks used to haul cargo across state lines. These regulations dictate the hours a truck driver can work without taking a break, the maximum weight of a truck, and so forth. If a driver or company failed to follow these regulations and an accident ensued, this can be grounds for a successful personal injury claim.
- Failure to obey traffic laws. As with any accident, if a driver simply fails to follow the commonly understood rules of the road–do not travel above the posted speed limit, obey stop signals, et cetera–an accident is almost guaranteed to happen. Truck drivers need to be especially cognizant of basic traffic laws given the size and weight of their vehicles.
- Failure to properly maintain a truck. Not all truck accidents are the result of driver error. If the truck itself has not been properly maintained, either by the driver or the trucking company, that can lead to a critical failure when the vehicle is on the road, placing everyone else at risk.
How Victims Can Seek Compensation for a Truck Accident
Filing a personal injury lawsuit is often the only means for truck accident victims to receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. Under Louisiana law, accident victims are entitled to seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover direct financial losses, such as medical bills to treat accident-related injuries and lost wages if the victims have to miss time from their jobs. Non-economic damages are more difficult to precisely quantify, but generally speaking they compensate victims for intangible losses such as their pain and suffering and mental anguish.
The first step towards seeking compensation should always be to contact an experienced Caddo Parish truck accident lawyer. The attorneys at Rice & Kendig, LLC, can review your case and advise you of your legal options moving forward. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule a free initial consultation.