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18-Wheeler & Commercial Accidents

As the United States grows, so do businesses. Now that global market accessibility has improved with technology and more manufactured goods are available, companies promise faster delivery times. This means hundreds of thousands of commercial vehicles are constantly on the road. Shorter deadlines mean long work hours and overworked drivers, which can lead to an increased amount of truck accidents. 

When you think of a commercial vehicle, you may think of an 18-wheeler or “big rig,” but commercial vehicles also include: buses, vans, smaller trucks, and multi-axle vehicles. According to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Office of Motor Vehicles, a commercial vehicle is a vehicle used on the public highway for business use or functionality. There are also legal specifications for commercial vehicles regarding weight limit, how many passengers can be transported in the vehicle at the same time, and what types of material can be transported by commercial vehicles. This is important to know because in the event of an accident, understanding what kind of vehicles are involved will have an impact on how your accident is handled. 

Why You Need A Lawyer

If you’re the victim of a trucking accident, you need to have someone in your corner fighting for you because insurance companies and trucking companies will not give you the support you need. Insurance companies and trucking companies are prepared for accidents to happen, and they want to settle quickly. They’re prepared for these situations because accidents with commercial vehicles happen often. Insurance companies and trucking companies often push for the claimant to walk away with as little as possible. We want to fight for you and equip you with the tools and knowledge to win your case.

If You’ve Been In A Trucking Accident

  • First, if you’ve been in a trucking accident, it’s likely that an injury will result, as well as a significant amount of vehicle or property damage. Call the police to report the accident. 
  • Once you can safely do so, assess the damage to the vehicles and understand the circumstances of the accident to the best of your ability. Sometimes, accidents are not necessarily the truck driver’s fault but, instead, the accident could have been caused by the trucking company’s independent negligence. 
  • You must exchange contact information and insurance information with all the parties involved. It is also important to get a police report.
  • Take as many pictures as you can of the property damage to the involved vehicles and of the scene of the accident itself; make sure to take pictures of where exactly the vehicles were situated at the point of impact.
  • Make sure you’re calm and that you cooperate with the investigating police officer. Investigators will probably check the black box on the truck and the truck driver’s mobile phone records to determine the speed and maneuvers of the commercial vehicle at the time of impact. 
  • Finally, call Breaux Law Firm and let us know all the details of your commercial accident in Louisiana so we can fight for you.

Breaux Law Firm can contact the responsible party’s insurers to negotiate on your behalf after an accident, especially when the other driver has been negligent and caused the accident. If the insurance company complies and you’re compensated for what you’re entitled to, then that’s a successful case. However, if an insurance company doesn’t comply, Breaux Law Firm can take further legal action for you. Additionally, if you’ve lost a loved one in a trucking or commercial accident, Breaux Law Firm can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to by proving negligence and the reason for the death. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to serve you and protect your rights. 

Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents

Not only is the size of a “big rig” commercial vehicle dangerous, but it’s difficult to maneuver, especially when other motorists are on the road. The most common causes of trucking accidents are:

  • Truck driver negligence
  • Not following commercial trucking rules
  • An insecure connection or improperly secured load
  • Malfunction of trucking system
  • Dangerous road or conditions on the road

The world of trucking and commercial accidents can be complicated to understand, but we’re here to help you. Breaux Law Firm has been in business for over thirty years, and we know how trucking accidents are investigated and how to ensure you receive the maximum compensation. Tell us the details of your commercial or trucking accident in New Orleans or Louisiana and we can consult with you to determine the very best strategy for your case and we’ll file your claim together. 

Hiring An Attorney

With over 35 years of experience, we at Breaux Law Firm understand how to navigate the world of claims in New Orleans and Louisiana. You can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost respect and priority to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to as quickly as possible. Our job is to get you the maximum payout you are due. We’re here to protect your rights. 

By hiring a trusted law firm to represent you and your case, you can put your mind at ease; this will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us do the paperwork, deal with the insurance adjusters, and get you the compensation you deserve. 

Why Choose Breaux Law Firm?

If you or someone you know has been injured in an 18-wheeler or commercial accident, the attorneys at Breaux Law Firm are the best option for you, and here’s why: 

  • Having been in business for over three decades, we’re highly experienced and well versed in personal injury law, no matter how complicated the case may be. 
  • We’re a family-run business dedicated to our clients, their well-being, and their cases. We believe in holding responsible parties accountable and getting the compensation our clients deserve.
  • Our firm has a policy of open communication and responsiveness. We’re always available to discuss your case when you need to, and we can explain any detail you want to know. 
  • Our reputation as a trustworthy personal injury law firm speaks for itself. We fight for you as if we were fighting for one of our own family members. 

Being in an accident is scary enough, and dealing with the aftermath can be exhausting. Getting back on your feet should be hassle-free. If you call us and we determine, together, that you have a case, we’ll immediately begin fighting on your behalf to make the responsible parties do what is right. We do not stop fighting for you until you receive all you’re owed.

By hiring Breaux Law Firm to represent you for your 18-wheeler or commercial accident, you can expect a clear legal explanation of your case and an honest assessment of the case’s merits. We can help you get through this difficult time and ensure you’re taken care of emotionally, physically, and financially.

Next Steps

In Louisiana, the statute of limitations applicable to motor vehicle claims is one year from the date of the accident, so don’t wait! If the suit is filed after the deadline, it can be dismissed. However, it’s always a good idea to seek legal advice, as there are exceptions in which the statute of limitations may be halted and the deadline for filing a claim extended. 

We’ve won numerous truck and commercial vehicle court cases for our clients. No stone is left unturned in fighting for your case and obtaining the compensation you deserve. You’re not alone in this fight. The qualified attorneys of Breaux Law Firm are just a phone call away. Let us handle your case and get you what you deserve.

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