Lafayette Big Truck Accident Attorney
Big truck accidents can be devastating and usually cause far more damage than car accidents. In some cases, they can even result in death. Because of the size and mass of these big trucks, box trucks, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, flat beds, delivery trucks, tank trucks, dump trucks, and tractor trailers, the aftermath can be lasting. Big truck accidents can leave you with medical bills to pay, injuries to recover from, and lost wages.
In addition to recovering from the accident itself, you also have to go up against the trucking company. These companies have seemingly unlimited resources to strengthen their case and minimize their liability. Since most people do not have such resources, this can leave the victim with few options.
Once you have been involved in a big truck accident, call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette immediately for help. With years of experience and specialized skill in big truck cases, their lawyers have what it takes to help you fight your way to maximum compensation – the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been hit and injured by a big truck accident, can’t work, can’t pay your bills, or don’t have money for the necessary medical attention, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette can help. We understand that you might not have the funds required to build your case or obtain the medical care that you need. Here at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not get paid a dollar unless we recover money for you through a trial or settlement. All you have to do is call our Lafayette office for a Free Consultation: 337.999.9999. You need an attorney that is both skilled and experienced, specifically with big truck accidents. At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette, our professional team of personal injury lawyers will handle the entire legal process of your big truck accident, so you can focus on getting healthy again.
Truck Accident Cases are Complex
Truck Accident cases are nothing like your typical car crash. The stakes are significantly higher, and there are a variety of complicated issues that must be investigated. We handle a plethora of truck accident cases each year in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Alabama. In fact, over the years we have handled over 25 million dollar plus trucking cases. In addition, we routinely deal with cases less than $100,000 dollars. The following are just some of the issues we will investigate:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Falsified log books
- Overweight/improper loading
- Truck driver deadlines
- Truck Maintenance
Our investigators will arrive on the scene immediately after a big truck accident, which allows our firm to address the important issues and prepare a fantastic case that will win in court. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers will hold the insurance company, truck driver, trucking company and all other liable parties responsible for any losses you suffered from. Whether you have suffered from life-altering injuries, such as a spinal cord injury, brain injury, herniated disk, or lost a family member or friend to fatal injuries in a truck accident, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette are ready to help you. All you have to do is call one of our experienced attorneys prior to speaking with the insurance or trucking companies.
Truck Driver Deadlines
Often times, truck drivers are under significant pressure from their trucking companies to make unrealistic deadlines with long routes, making it nearly impossible to get the appropriate amount of rest between deliveries. When a tired driver gets behind the wheel of a giant forty ton rig, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Drivers may become increasingly stressed out when they feel that they need to comply with these nearly impossible deadlines, and as a result drivers often engage in risky behavior while driving such as speeding and driving longer amounts of time without taking a break. Drivers will often feel pressured to make delivers faster, especially when companies offer incentives to the drivers, like bonuses, if they deliver the most amount of goods in the shortest amount of time. Up to twenty-five percent of traffic fatalities in multi-vehicle accidents involve commercial trucks nationwide. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clear guidelines for truck drivers and trucking companies in order to prevent fatigue, and limits how long a driver can drive without taking a break. Truck drivers may sometimes not listen to these regulations, and in the end the driver is the one solely responsible for driving the truck responsibly and safely. If you were involved in an accident as complex as one that involved a big truck, you need a highly qualified team on your side to handle your case. The Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys have the resources necessary to handle your case and uncover the truth behind your accident.
Truck Driver Fatigue Related Accidents
Whenever a big truck accident occurs, there must be an in depth investigation immediately afterwards in order to figure out what exactly caused the accident to happen. The qualified attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette will look at every detail of a case to determine the true cause of the accident. Frequently big truck companies will try to cover up what truly happened at the time of the wreck. Truck driver fatigue is one of the main causes of truck accidents, despite strict regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety. There are laws stating how long a driver can drive consecutively, and although these laws do exist, truck driver companies frequently push the limits on the number of hours driven, resulting in fatigued and unfocused truck drivers. Truck drivers need to remain focused and awake during their drives, for they are operating huge 80,000 pound rigs at dangerous speeds on the highway. They must remain alert and aware of what is going on around them the whole time. There have been several studies that the experts at Gordon McKernan use during court that shows how fatigued drivers are not as alert and have slower reaction times in emergency situations. In the event that that a truck driver falls asleep while operating a rig, the driver may cross over the centerline, forcing cars to drive off of the road or even hit other cars from the rear.
According to Federal Regulations & Requirements, Federal law states that truckers care not allowed to drive more than 11 hours during one shift, and also requires that drivers must stop and rest for a minimum of 10 hours between each driving shift. A trucker’s logbook is a critical piece in solving truck driver related incidents, for the truck drives are required to keep an account of their hours in a logbook. As you can imagine, many of these logbooks are falsified–but thankfully, our legal team knows where to find the necessary information to prove that truck drivers ignored Hours of Service regulations. There are a plethora of ways to see if the information is incorrect, like in data from GPS tracking devices and on-board “black box,” and truck stop receipts and other pieces of information to prove your case. Each day, thousands of big trucks and 18-wheelers make their way through interstates I-10 and I-12, making it a prime location for accidents to occur. Sometimes drivers will sacrifice safety in order to meet strict deadlines and get the most profit. If you or a loved one has been involved in an wreck with a big truck, all you have to do is let the trained team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Lafayette help find the truth behind the accident and get you what you deserve.
Fraudulent or Falsified Log Books
Logbooks are records truck drivers are required to keep, and are essential for keeping accurate records about essential driving details, such as cargo weight, time spent driving, meals, rest breaks, and other crucial information for truck drivers. These logbooks are also required by law. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act) If a driver incorrectly records events or skips entering this information, they are violating federal regulations. Our team has handles a wide variety of truck accident cases, and we are fully aware of the ways in which truck drivers try to hide their violations. The most common violation that truck drivers frequently do is drive for too many hours without stopping to take a break. They would not write something like that in their logbooks, because they do not want to admit that they have blatantly broken the law. To determine if the logbook is accurate or not, and to uncover the truck driver’s behavior, you need a team of professionals on your side that know all the tricks in the book and can uncover the real truth behind the accident.
Did an Unsecured Load or Weight Violation Contribute to Your Accident with a Big Truck?
Trucking companies often will sacrifice safety in order to make greater profits. One of the ways they do this is by overloading a truck past its maximum load and ignoring cargo loading regulations. When our team investigates truck accidents, we will work next to experts that will be able to reconstruct the accident and determine potential causes of an accident involving a big truck, such as:
- Driver error (failure to judge stopping distance)
- Overloading which increased braking distance
- Worn or broken tarps and tie-downs
- Shifting freight that may have caused the truck to tip over or jackknife
- Unbalanced loads that reduced maneuverability
- Unsecured freight that has fallen from the truck
- Improperly secured hazardous cargo
- Cargo that broke free during a crash and caused injury
Driving a big truck is dangerous enough without improper loading practices, due to the size and nature of these big rigs. A substantial amount of investigation is necessary to uncover the true cause of a big truck accident. Thankfully, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys have over 250 years of combined legal experience when it comes to accidents like this. We will make sure to hold those accountable for their actions and uncover the truth behind the accident, so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Big Trucks pose enough danger alone without participating in dangerous loading practices. Sometimes it requires investigation and a great deal of determination to uncover the real reason the big truck accident occurred. We have over 250 years of combined legal experience in this endeavor. We will make sure we hold those accountable for your suffering.
Was Truck Maintenance a Factor in your Truck Crash?
There are federal regulations for big trucks, including 18-wheelers, that require them to keep up with regular maintenance as well as undergo inspections in order to meet specific requirements and standards. Unfortunately, maintaining a big rig is not cheap and maintenance requires that a truck cannot be on the road making money for a set period of time. Certain companies are only looking to make the most money they possibly can, and will sacrifice public safety in order to do so. Poor Truck Maintenance Is an Accident Waiting to Happen. Our hardworking team will work with experts who’s specialties are in truck maintenance and repair in order to prove that the trucking company was not keeping up with the maintenance of their trucks for deficiencies like:
- Cracked mirrors or glass
- Eroded reflective tape
- Bald tires and worn axles
- Broken trailer latches
- Brakes that are worn
- Mud flaps that are missing
- Broken headlights, trailer lights, or taillights
- Broken tie-downs and ripped tarps
The maintenance issues stated above may possbily cause an accident if the truck’s load drops freight, shifts, leaves shredded tire treats, parts or loose cargo on the highway. Not only can these maintenance faults initiate an accident by themselves, they can also cause an accident if the driver reacts negatively to one of one of those things happening, like stopping abruptly or swerving. The truck driver may also not be able to see clearly if his or her truck is not properly maintained, greatly increasing the chances of an accident to occur.