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Speeding Louisiana Trucks Create Risks

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There are many reasons that commercial truck operators speed. They may be in a rush to deliver cargo or have a financial incentive for saving time. The problem is many of these drivers are not considering how risky their behavior is when they are on Louisiana roads and highways. If there is a sudden hazard, for instance, a speeding truck can cause catastrophic and disastrous results.

Were you driving a car that crashed because of the behavior of a speeding trucker? Discuss your recovery options with a Shreveport auto accident lawyer. An attorney who is experienced in commercial truck accidents can help you secure the compensation amount you and your family need to move forward after an injurious crash.

Commercial Truck Speed Limits Vary

While it may seem like trucks should have the same speed limit across the country that is not the case. Each state decides what the speed limits are within the borders of the state. In Louisiana, the speed limit for trucks on interstates is 70 miles per hour, the same as passenger cars according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Truck drivers who go beyond a posted speed limit are a hazard to themselves and others. After all, if a big rig operator loses control of his or her truck, they may flip over or spin out. This could result in collisions with other vehicles.

Speeding is one type of aggressive driving. To keep yourself safe on the roads, avoid speeding drivers and drivers who exhibit other aggressive driving behaviors, including the following:

  • Refusing to slow down when weather conditions become poor
  • Tailgating, driving too close to other vehicles
  • Flashing lights at others to try and clear driving paths
  • Laying on a horn or making lewd gestures

Trucking Companies Have Their Own Attorneys

After an accident, it is important you protect your rights and connect with a Shreveport auto accident lawyer. If a claim needs to be filed against the trucking company, there are likely already lawyers working on the case. You need a lawyer working for you. If a truck operator had a history of aggressive driving or reckless behavior, the company could be responsible. After all, it is their responsibility to keep dangerous operators off the roads.

If you were hurt in a Louisiana vehicular accident, compensation is possible for medical care, hospital tests, lost income, and more. Speaking to an experienced attorney will give you an idea of what the value of your claim might be. Take action today, before memories fade and evidence is misplaced or lost.

Did you sustain injuries because a truck operator was driving aggressively? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. We truly care about our clients and devote all our knowledge, skills and resources toward securing a great result every time. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.

Resource:

ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/nat_freight_stats/docs/11factsfigures/table3_11.htm

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