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Anyone who has driven near a large 18-wheeler knows they are intimidating for a good reason—they can leave devastation in their wake if they crash. Truck accidents can result in chaotic scenes, and it’s only natural that you’re not sure what to do next. First, make sure you go to the emergency room so a doctor can diagnose any possible injuries and you can start treatment right away. Then, call the New Orleans truck accident attorneys at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers for a FREE case evaluation.
We know 18-wheeler accident claims inside and out, and we can advise you of your legal rights. Someone is ready to hear your story 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, so don’t wait to call 800-898-4877 or CLICK HERE to contact us online TODAY!
National 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney Stewart J. Guss discusses trucking safety on national news with Mike Papantonio on America’s Lawyer
Negligent Truckers and Trucking Companies
People have to attend special training and pass both a written exam and a driving skills test to become a commercial driver. You might expect this would ensure that only the safest and most capable drivers would be behind the wheels of semi-trucks, right? In reality, 18-wheeler truck drivers make many mistakes and poor decisions on the road, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that many truck crashes happen due to truck driver errors.
Statistics show that about 104,000 commercial truck crashes caused injuries in the United States in one year—nearly 4,000 of which proved fatal.
Truck drivers often spend long hours on the highway, which can cause them to get restless AND feel overly confident behind the wheel, which can be a highly dangerous combination. Truckers may get careless or may fail to follow all traffic laws and federal trucking regulations. Some common examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Distracted driving, including texting, eating or drinking, grooming, reading, paying attention to passengers, or any other distracting activities
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is more common than you may think among the trucking community
- Fatigued driving, which may or may not involve violations of the FMCSA hours of service restrictions
- Failing to perform necessary inspections before each leg of a trip
- Speeding, including driving too fast for poor weather or traffic conditions
- Tailgating, offensive gesturing, excessive honking or flashing lights, or other aggressive driving behaviors that intimidate or threaten drivers
- Dangerous lane changes, which may involve not properly checking blind spots
- Any other violation of the law
When a truck driver causes a crash and you suffer serious injuries, you may not realize that you won’t only be dealing with the individual driver. In most cases, trucking companies are responsible for any harm caused by their drivers. Big trucking companies can also be negligent in many ways, including:
- Negligent hiring of drivers with a history of drunk driving, substance abuse, or dangerous driving violations
- Allowing unqualified or unlicensed drivers to operate their trucks
- Not performing drug and alcohol tests as required by the FMCSA
- Not taking disciplinary action when a driver fails a drug or alcohol test or violates another law
- Failing to adequately inspect and maintain 18-wheelers
- Encouraging drivers to violate hours of service restrictions or engage in other dangerous behaviors
Liability on the part of trucking companies can be good, as these companies must carry substantial insurance policies by law, which means there is a better chance the insurance policy will cover your medical bills and other losses, even if your injuries are severe. However, seeking compensation from trucking companies and their insurers is no simple feat. You need a big rig accident law firm on your side that understands the often complicated nature of these claims and who will NOT back down to insurance companies.
Standing up for Truck Accident Victims!
We know that life after a truck accident can be stressful. You may be dealing with intensive medical treatment, pain, emotional trauma, financial losses, and more. The LAST thing you need is the extra stress of an insurance claim that’s not going your way. You shouldn’t have to worry about what you say to adjusters or with their requests for documents upon documents. You don’t need them to challenge, delay, or deny your claim. You certainly don’t need to worry whether a settlement offer is enough to cover your losses. This is where our truck accident law firm comes in!
We handle every step of your claim from the very beginning. WE communicate with adjusters. WE review your settlement offers. WE provide additional evidence to support your claim when necessary. Furthermore, our law firm will determine when an insurance company is not going to make a fair offer, and we can put more pressure on them by filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. We have dealt with trucking companies and their insurers time and time again, and the tactics meant to wear you down will NOT intimidate our attorneys.
How Our New Orleans 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Law Firm Can Help YOU!
If you ever drive on the highway in New Orleans, you know that avoiding trucks is an impossible task—and that you are NEVER completely safe on the roads when you’re near a semi-truck!
If you sustained injuries in a semi truck accident in New Orleans—whether it is a broken bone or paralysis from a spinal injury—you can trust that the legal team at Stewart J. Guss Personal Injury Lawyers will go to bat for you. Our truck accident law firm represents clients in even the most complex situations and with the most catastrophic injuries—and we don’t stop until we get the results our clients deserve.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of truck accident victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a big rig accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case.
If you need an 18-wheeler accident lawyer near you and would like to discuss your situation without paying a DIME, please call 800-898-4877 or CLICK HERE to contact us online. We have someone available 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, to help you.
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“Mr. Guss was wonderful. He fought hard against the insurance company to get us what we deserved. I went from owing almost $5000 in medical bills to actually getting money in my pocket. Absolutely Amazing!!!!! A big thank you from me and my family!!!”