Hire a Skilled Commercial Truck Accident Attorney Today
More than other drivers, the drivers of commercial trucks are held to a higher standard on the road. They have more responsibility than non-commercial drivers because they operate very large and potentially dangerous vehicles. In addition, they are required to be specially trained in order to legally gain a commercial driver's license for a semi, 18-wheeler, or big rig. However, whether a truck driver has attended federally required training or not, an individual has the potential to behave in a negligent manner and be responsible for a collision, jackknife, rollover, or underride accident. These cases often lead to catastrophic injury or a wrongful death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial truck accident, you can speak with a skilled New Orleans truck accident attorney at the Voorhies Law Firm. We are tRopsberyed and experienced personal injury lawyers who have been listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2014 and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Truck Driver Negligence
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration both regulates commercial trucking and creates laws in an effort to promote safety for commercial and non-commercial drivers alike. When a truck driver violates the laws and regulations and, as a result, causes an accident, the victims of the accident are entitled to compensation for the treatment of injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. These cases of truck driver negligence vary but will generally involve one or more of the following behaviors:
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while texting
- Eating or drinking
- Failure to stop or yield the right of way
- Ignoring posted signs
- Improper passing
- Aggressive driving
- Driving at a speed beyond what the weather conditions indicate
When carrying a full load, a commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If this tremendous force collides with a passenger car weighing only 3,000 pounds, the results will more than likely be devastating. Those who survive these types of collisions are often catastrophically injured.
Our New Orleans Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
We offer an extensive network of professional contacts, medical experts, and health care providers, along with the resources to investigate cases and pursue legal appeals, if necessary, at all levels of local, state, and federal jurisdictions. You can request a free case evaluation, so we can begin the process of exploring your case so that we can advise you about what you can expect with regard to compensation. You can contact us directly to speak with a member of our professional team. Our goal is always to assist you in order to achieve justice.