Like car accidents in Louisiana, a truck accident can be a devastating incident that often results in injury and financial loss for all parties involved. Although Truck drivers are professionals who often hold commercial driver’s licenses, accidents still occur.
The two main causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Louisiana are:
Truck Driver Fatigue
Many truckers navigate the highways and streets of Louisiana every single day with little or no sleep since they are often under immense pressure to reach their final destination as quickly as possible. This forces many truckers to work longer hours to meet their deliveries. Mental and physical fatigue often results from this type of grueling schedule which poses great risk to those on the road with these big rigs.
Further exacerbating the situation, trucks often weigh 20-30 times more than your typical passenger vehicle. This extra tonnage involved in a truck accident often results in a much more dangerous and expensive outcome. While truck drivers can be liable for damages, the responsibility usually falls to the transportation company who employs the driver. Typically, these large companies will have a very large commercial auto insurance policy covering their trucks in Louisiana.
Defective Truck Equipment
Driving a truck with defective equipment can have repercussions for professional truck drivers. The truck drivers and the companies that employ them may be liable for damages caused by driving a vehicle with malfunctioning equipment. The main way to prevent this is to have truck drivers conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections. They must refuse to drive a vehicle with defective equipment. If an accident happens, it is the commercial insurance company and the driver’s employer who ultimately are responsible for the damage caused. The safety of drivers on the road should be the top priority for all parties involved!
Darryl Breaux & Associates has handled hundreds of 18-wheeler accidents in Louisiana. Our law firm in New Orleans knows the complexities of the commercial trucking industry. With our experience and personal touch, we will do our best to get the compensation you deserve after being involved in a big rig accident in Louisiana.
If you have recently been involved in a big rig or truck accident and are looking to consult an attorney, call Darryl Breaux; Associates for a completely FREE consultation. We are available 24 hours a day at (504) 882-0551 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.