Shreveport Truck/18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents happen every day and account for thousands of deaths annually. Most truck accidents involve a tractor-trailer as opposed to a single-unit truck. About half of these catastrophic accidents occur on major roads, with around one-third happening on freeways and interstate highways. They occur at all hours of the day and every day of the week.
18-wheelers weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, and the damage they can wreak on the smaller and lighter cars is enormous. 18-wheeler truck wrecks often result in catastrophic injuries that permanently affect the lives of the injured persons and their families. At Rice & Kendig, our Shreveport-Bossier City truck accident lawyers have handled many cases involving the collision of big rig trucks or tractor-trailers with small or mid-sized vehicles, which resulted in the death or significant injury of one or more occupants of the smaller vehicle. We take over 40 years of experience as a Shreveport-Bossier City injury law firm and dedicate ourselves to helping truck accident victims and their families hold trucking companies accountable for their negligence and recover significant compensation to deal with the damage and disruption a truck crash has imposed on their lives.
- Truck Accident Causes
- Tractor-Trailer Jackknife Accidents
- Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules
- T-Bone Accidents
Truck Driver Fatigue Is a Leading Cause of Shreveport-Bossier City Truck Accidents.
Often truckers are under the pressure of deadlines to make deliveries on time. Many times truckers are fatigued from running late with inadequate sleep. Some of the symptoms of fatigue are loss of attention, slower reactions, poor judgment and slow response time. Tired 18-wheeler truck drivers cause wrecks.
Certain truck crashes cause the semi-truck to jackknife or rollover, which is extremely dangerous to all parties involved. Rollover truck accidents are responsible for 45% of the deaths to the truck occupant. Collisions can be just as deadly when the trailer remains upright, due to the danger of a fatal truck underride accident occurring at the rear or side of the trailer.
The Trucking Company’s Insurance Carrier Is not on Your Side. We Are.
When someone is killed as the result of a senseless incident, often times the emotional toll makes it difficult to think about pursuing a claim for wrongful death. The surviving spouse or parent is naturally overcome with grief, making the process of dealing with the insurance adjuster even more stressful. Initially, insurance adjusters will act as though they care. They will tell you that they are trying to help you with medical expenses and losses caused by their insured. What they are really doing is seeking information about you and your loved one in hopes of minimizing the amount they pay for your losses. They are trained to reduce the amount the company has to pay, and they do it every day, which places you at a disadvantage.
It is important to call an experienced attorney before giving the insurance company any information. The lawyers at Rice & Kendig will lead you through the process so you can focus on medical treatment and recovery from your injuries, or putting your life back together after the loss of a loved one. Our firm, in most cases, will advance the medical cost of your treatment, such as doctor visits, prescription medication, physical therapy, medical procedures, and surgeries. This will give you the peace of mind and assurance that no matter what injury is discovered, you will have the resources to make a full recovery.
In a wrongful death case, we are here to guide you through the process and help you pick up the pieces. We have successfully handled many wrongful death cases resulting in significant recoveries that helped families get back on their feet. Although we know the money can never replace the loss of a loved one, a successful claim oftentimes provides resources to replace the financial loss for loved ones left behind.
Help Is Available After an 18-Wheeler Truck Accident in Shreveport-Bossier City
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler truck accident in Shreveport-Bossier City or North Louisiana, call Rice & Kendig for a free consultation and immediate assistance with your truck accident claim. We can help you get quality healthcare for your injuries while pursuing maximum compensation to help you and your family going forward.