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18-Wheeler Accidents

 

 

 
 

18-Wheeler Truck Accidents

 

Louisiana 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers

Experienced Louisiana 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights as an Injured Motorist

Mansfield Melancon’s 18-Wheeler truck accident lawyers always urge the innocent victims of these wrecks to speak with us as soon as possible.  Due to the massive size and weight of tractor-trailers, anything they collide with does not stand much of a chance, if any, of being unharmed.  The size, weight, and momentum of a moving 18-Wheeler make big truck accidents almost always catastrophic, often times resulting in serious personal injury or death.  18-Wheeler accident cases are more complex than your typical motor vehicle accident case, and it is highly recommended that if you or a loved one is hurt or killed in an 18-Wheeler accident, you consult an experienced 18-Wheeler accident lawyer at Mansfield Melancon immediately.  The attorneys at Mansfield Melancon have both the knowledge and resources necessary to fight to get you or your loved one the compensation and justice you deserve.

18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers at Mansfield Melancon

It is imperative that you say nothing at the scene of the accident and agree to no settlements before consulting with the lawyers at Mansfield Melancon.  Anything you say after the accident can be documented and then used against you.  We will protect you from the insurance company adjustors who are trained to get you to say and do the very thing that will hurt you in the long run.  If you’ve been in an accident with an 18-Wheeler contact Mansfield Melancon before giving any statement.  

Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

An important part of any lawsuit is determining the at-fault party or parties.  To determine this you must first determine the cause of the accident.  The following list includes common causes of 18-Wheeler accidents:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Defective equipment
  • Defective roadways
  • Excessive speed
  • Unreasonable drivers’ schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Poorly maintained trucks
  • Intoxication, including, alcohol, narcotics, or any other intoxicant 
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Driver distractions including cell phone use 

Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is the most common cause of 18-Wheeler driver error, contributing to almost 40% of all 18-Wheeler accidents.  Fatigue alone can cause an accident, and when combined with other factors, the results are often deadly.  Studies have shown that driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as intoxication in some cases.

The Responsible Parties

Often times the parties responsible for the 18-Wheeler accident go far beyond just the driver of the 18-Wheeler.  This is one reason why 18-Wheeler accidents can be so complex.  These parties include:

  • 18-Wheeler Driver
  • 18-Wheeler Company
  • Equipment Manufacturers 
  • Other negligent drivers
  • 18-Wheeler Maintenance companies
  • Government entities 

Complex 18-Wheeler Laws

Successfully pursuing an 18-Wheeler accident lawsuit requires an in-depth understanding of both state and federal trucking regulations.  The lawyers at Mansfield Melancon are equipped to pursue your lawsuit.  Mansfield Melancon has the knowledge and resources to successfully investigate your claim.  18-Wheeler drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles.  Trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures involving hiring practices, truck maintenance, record keeping, and time on the job.  Only an experienced 18-Wheeler accident lawyer knows how to find, collect, interpret, and present the necessary evidence that you must have to prove your case.  

We understand how important the little details of these cases are. Significant verdicts turn on these details, and while no 18-Wheeler accident lawyer can promise you a specific result, we understand that a successful result in your case can make all the difference in your life as you recover from your injuries.

What Type of Damages can I Recover from my 18-Wheeler Accident?

Victims of 18-Wheeler accidents have the right to recover for their injuries that result from a 18-Wheeler driver’s negligence, recklessness, or inattention.  The injured victim may be able to recover the following types of damages from the wrongdoer: 

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Other types of recoverable damages 

 

When Should I Call a Lawyer?

If you are in need of reliable legal advice on how to proceed after an 18-Wheeler accident, contact Mansfield Melancon immediately to make sure your rights and interests are being protected.  It is important to receive compensation for your 18-Wheeler accident. It is equally important to have a team of skilled lawyers who will provide the personalized attention your case requires and deserves.  You can reach us at our New Orleans number at 504-500-1108, Baton Rouge number at 225-612-0800, Lafayette number at 337-409-0003, or you can contact us online.  You can also send us an email with questions about your claim at info@mansfieldmelancon.com.

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