Being involved in an accident is bad enough, but being in one of the many eighteen wheeler accidents that occur across the United States annually is perhaps one of the worst nightmares possible. These enormous trucks loom large on the highway and can be intimidating to drivers and passengers of regular sedans. Their size along with the speed at which they travel and their inability to stop abruptly make them something to watch out for when on the road.
If you have been hurt in any eighteen wheeler accidents, you may want to consider consulting with a good truck accident lawyer in Louisiana. Most such large trucks ply the roads for commercial purposes and there are specific regulations as to how these vehicles should be operated.
Figures indicate that eighteen wheeler accidents account for about 12-13 percent of all fatal road crashes in the U.S. each year. Data indicates that about 4,500 trucks are involved in fatal crashes while over a 100,000 large trucks are involved in injury crashes in any given year.
A vast majority of eighteen wheeler accidents take place because there has been a violation of one of the many rules that apply to the operation of trucks commercially. Error on part of the truck driver is often a cause for accident. If the truck driver fails to change lanes without signaling, is speeding, tailgating, or ignoring traffic rules in general then he’s more likely to cause an accident.
Yet another common reason for eighteen wheeler accidents is negligence on the part of the trucking company in providing adequate training to its drivers. An untrained driver is a hazard to himself as well as everybody else on the road. Also there are strict laws determining the number of hours a truck driver can legally drive in one day. For instance, truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than a total of 14 hours in a 24-hour period. However, a great many drivers ignore this rule and trucking companies choose to turn a blind eye in the greed for increased profits. In the process, they jeopardize the lives of many innocent travelers.
The truck companies are responsible for the proper maintenance and service of all the vehicles they own and operate. There are some standards to be met failing which the company may be held liable for any damages caused. If you have been injured as a result of negligence or fault on the part of a trucking company, a marvelous and dependable attorney will be able to help you claim damages from them. They can be made to foot the bill for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident. You can also seek compensation for property damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a dear one in such an accident, you can sue for wrongful death and seek punitive damages so that they do not repeat their negligence.
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