Over the past several years, the number of trucking accidents in Louisiana has continued to increase. Some of the primary causes of these accidents include the following:
- Short delivery windows in which the goods must be delivered puts unreasonable demands on the driver
- Long-distance truck drivers sometimes suffer from exhaustion or lack of sleep
- Lack of driving lane space cushion can result in automobiles being wiped out
- Defective parts on the truck can lead to catastrophic loss
- Exceeding the maximum load allowed for the truck and the particular roadway
Truck drivers may be on the road for days or weeks, which means time away from their family. They will often use a cell phone to keep in contact with family members. Unfortunately, distracted driving has been the cause of many semi-truck accidents.
Common Types of Trucking Accidents
Many people are killed each year in trucking accidents in Louisiana that involve semi-trucks. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents in Louisiana include the following:
Underride Accident: An underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear end of a big rig and slides under the truck. This is one of the most fatal types of accidents involving 18-wheelers because the top of the car gets crushed or completely ripped off.
Jackknife or Rollover Accident: Semi-trucks are often known to jackknife when the steering axle brakes lock up and causes the big rig to move straight ahead, regardless of the angle of the wheel. When a jackknife occurs, there is a likelihood of the truck rolling over.
Swinging Turn Accident: When a tractor-trailer needs to make a right turn, they will swing the vehicle to the left in order to complete the turn. This is also referred to as “squeeze play” because another vehicle gets caught between the truck and the curb. Many truck drivers have blind spots, which make them unable to see other vehicles right next to them.
Rear End Collision Accidents: Most big rigs weigh approximately 80,000 pounds and they require a much longer stopping distance than other vehicles. A rear end collision can happen when the truck driver fails to understand how much distance is needed in order to come to a complete stop.
Brake Failure Accidents: A brake failure can occur when the driver fails to adhere to proper braking techniques, resulting in a dangerous runaway truck. In other cases, poor brake maintenance may be to blame.
Accidents can also occur when truck drivers speed excessively in order to make a tight delivery schedule.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Victims can obtain compensatory damages, which cover the following:
- All past, present, and future medical expenses, including rehabilitative treatment
- Lost income when they are unable to return to work because of their injury
- Permanent disfigurement or disabling condition
- Loss of consortium when they are unable to benefit from a relationship, such as having marital relations with their spouse
- Loss of enjoying life due to factors such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Pain and suffering, including mental anguish, panic or anxiety attacks
- The cost for lost property, such as vehicles, laptops and cell phones
In certain cases, the plaintiff may seek to recover punitive damages if the victim was injured by a drunk driver.
Legal Advice From a Truck Accident Lawyer
When a serious or fatal truck accident is caused by truck driver fatigue or truck driver error, the decedent’s family has the legal right to seek compensation for damages. These cases can be extremely complicated and involve intricacies of the law. An experienced truck accident injury attorney can help you put together a case that will increase your chances of being awarded a settlement. Contact the Cueria Law Firm today for a free consultation.