Every injury suffered in an accident creates challenges for victims and every life lost on the road is a tragedy for the family mourning the sudden death of a loved one. But accidents involving large trucks are particularly catastrophic. These enormous vehicles, speeding down the highway laden with cargo, cause horrific scenes when they collide with much smaller passenger vehicles.
Those who are suffering and struggling in the aftermath of a truck accident need an ally and an advocate who can help them through a difficult time. They need an attorney who understands the complexities of truck accident cases, but they also need a lawyer who understands what they are going through. I do. I’m Parker Layrisson, and my mother was hurt in a truck accident. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a Louisiana truck accident, I would bring the same care, compassion, and commitment to obtaining compensation to your case that I provided my mom.
Catastrophic injuries and deaths in tractor-trailer accidents destroy thousands of American lives every year. In 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,317 Americans died in crashes involving large trucks, 5.4 percent more deaths than in 2015 and the highest number of big rig accident fatalities since 2007. That same year, 89 Louisianans were killed in 18-wheeler accidents. In addition to these lost lives, over 88,000 other people across the country suffered injuries in truck accidents in 2016.
Many of the causes of tractor-trailer accidents are the same as those for car accidents. But the pressures on truck drivers and trucking companies to carry as much as possible as quickly as possible can cause them to cut corners and ignore federal safety regulations established to prevent or reduce the chances of such accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Overloaded tractor-trailers
- Hours of service violations
- Driver distraction
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Defective equipment, such as brakes and tires
- Unlicensed and untrained drivers
- Falsified log records
- Failure to inspect and maintain
- Cargo shifting
- Road rage
Truck accidents are often more catastrophic than car accidents, and truck accident lawsuits are usually much more complicated than cases involving passenger vehicles. A complex web of safety rules and regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs the conduct of truck drivers and carriers, and whether these regulations were followed or disregarded can play a crucial role in establishing liability and obtaining compensation.
Additionally, multiple defendants may be responsible for the accident and injuries that result, including the driver, the trucking company, and the company’s insurance company. Injury victims may also be able to seek compensation from equipment manufacturers, loading companies, and other third parties who may be at fault.
Speak With an Experienced Louisiana Truck Accident Lawyer Today
At the Parker Layrisson Law Firm, we have the knowledge, legal skill, and resources to cut through dodges and denials by trucking companies and their insurers when they try to avoid responsibility for the harm and havoc their negligence causes. We are passionate about taking care of our clients and are relentless in our efforts to get them the compensation and resources that can help them recover and move forward after a trucking accident upends their lives.
You don’t have to worry about paying upfront legal costs or attorney’s fees. In fact, you won’t get a bill from us unless and until we win money for you. Call the Parker Layrisson Law Firm now at 985-467-9525.