How to Determine Your Compensation After a Truck Wreck

Truck wrecks can result in life-altering consequences. When you’ve been injured in such an incident, it’s essential to understand how compensation is determined. Several factors come into play when assessing the amount of compensation you may receive The Extent of Your Injuries One of the most significant factors influencing the compensation you’ll receive after a…

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Helicopter Lodged Underneath I-12 Overpass in Denham Springs

helicopter lodged under interstate

Trucker ticketed after wedging helicopter beneath I-12 overpass in Denham Springs. In a recent incident that unfolded beneath the I-12 overpass in Denham Springs, a trucker found himself facing a daunting challenge, and the community watched as he grappled with an unfortunate situation. This event serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of life…

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Tragedy Strikes on I-10: 18-Wheeler Catches Fire Near Vinton

18 wheeler catches fire

In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded on September 17, 2023, tragedy struck on the I-10 West near Vinton, Louisiana, when an 18-wheeler caught fire, sending shockwaves through the community and leaving us all deeply moved. The Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys team extends our heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by this unfortunate event. Highway Havoc…

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18-Wheeler Fire Forces I-20 Shutdown

18-Wheeler Fire

In a harrowing incident, an 18-wheeler fire has brought Interstate 20 (I-20) to a standstill, leaving commuters and authorities grappling with the aftermath. This unexpected and tragic event has disrupted many lives, reminding us of the unpredictable nature of our daily routines. The Blaze on I-20 According to KTBS, the incident unfolded with a vehicular…

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Questions to Ask A Trucking Accident Lawyer

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When consulting with a trucking accident lawyer, there are several essential questions that you should ask to ensure they are the right fit for your case. Here are some important questions to ask a trucking accident lawyer: What Happens When a Truck Driver Has an Accident? What happens after a truck driver has an accident…

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Fiery Amazon Delivery Truck Causes Closure of I-110 in Downtown Baton Rouge

amazon truck fire

In a distressing incident that unfolded today, a blazing Amazon delivery truck brought traffic to a grinding halt on I-110 North in downtown Baton Rouge. The vehicle caught fire, causing a major disruption for commuters and passersby. As news of the incident spread, it became apparent that this was not just a traffic inconvenience but…

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Traffic Issues on I-49 in Lafayette Due to Flipped 18-Wheeler

traffic issues from flipped 18-wheeler in Lafayette

Drivers in Lafayette experienced slowdowns on I-49 Southbound last Thursday afternoon due to a major crash involving three vehicles: a tractor-trailer, an SUV, and a truck. According to reporting by Hot 107.9, the crash happened around 4:30 pm near Pont Des Mouton Road outside of Lafayette. All of the vehicles were significantly damaged, but luckily…

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Pointe Coupee Ambulance Crash

Pointe Coupee Ambulance Crash

Late Tuesday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish, two people were killed when the ambulance they were in collided head-on with a semi truck, WBRZ reports. The tragedy occurred on LA-1 at its intersection with Deaton Lane in Morganza. It’s currently unknown what caused the wreck between the Acadian ambulance and Coca-Cola delivery truck on June…

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Driver Arrested After Truck Plows into Crowd Outside Tiger Tavern Daiquiris

truck driver crashes into crowd breaking front door

Friday, the night of June 16th, chaos erupted outside Tiger Tavern Daiquiris on Highway 44 as a driver recklessly backed their truck into a crowd of individuals. Witnesses were left in a state of shock as the front of the bar suffered significant damage. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the suspect behind the…

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Trucks Ignoring Road Laws and Causing Atchafalaya Basin Bridge Accidents

birds eye view of speeding truck on bridge

The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge has a reputation for being one of the more dangerous bridges in Louisiana and given the amount of traffic that it sees every day, it’s no wonder why. The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, also called the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge, has been the site of over 1,000 incidents since 2014, and despite…

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Fatal Accident Involving 18-Wheeler Forces Closure of Northbound I-49

I-49 Closure for Fatal Truck Accident

A tragic truck accident unfolded on May 20th as an overturned 18-wheeler brought traffic to a standstill on I-49 Northbound near Pont Des Mouton. According to Lafayette Police, the catastrophic collision occurred when the massive commercial truck, traveling along I-49 N, struck an abandoned vehicle parked on the shoulder near East Butcher Switch Road. The…

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Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents

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Truck rollover accidents can be some of the most devastating and dangerous incidents on the road. These accidents can cause significant damage, not only to the truck but also to any other vehicles and people involved. Many individuals who have suffered a truck rollover accident count on our experienced Louisiana truck accident lawyers to help…

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Truck Accident Settlements and Verdicts

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If you’re suffering from losses caused by a Louisiana 18-wheeler accident or truck accident, you have the right to pursue a fair settlement for your damages. These settlements and verdicts vary based on a variety of factors, including the nature of the accident, state law, the number of parties involved, and others. If you or…

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18-Wheeler Truck Rollover on I-12 Near Hammond

18-Wheeler Truck Rollover on I-12 Near Hammond

WBRZ reports that mid-Sunday morning, April 30, 2023, a tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 12 near Hammond. While it’s currently unknown if the crash impacted traffic patterns on the highway, we do know that the driver was able to walk away, albeit with minor injuries. While we can’t be certain what caused the driver to…

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Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Truck Insurance Claim

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At , we understand that filing a truck insurance claim can be a daunting and stressful process. That’s why a truck accident lawyer from one of our many Louisiana offices is here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To help ease your mind, we’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to file a…

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Truck Carrying Heavy Equipment Flips Along I-10 West

workers on flipped truck

Around 6 p.m. on April 20th, 2023, a tractor-trailer hauling a bulldozer and other construction equipment flipped on its side off I-10. The crash happened near the LA 415 exit, backing up traffic to the Mississippi River bridge. As of this writing, no injuries have been reported, but the crash caused a major slowdown in…

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5 Delivery Truck Accident Statistics You Should Know

workers unloading boxes off delivery truck

Delivery trucks—those midsize box trucks you’re probably seeing more and more of lately—transport over 70% of the goods in the United States. Because they carry heavy or dangerous cargo and operate large, unwieldy vehicles, truck drivers and trucking companies are generally held to a higher standard of driving than other motorists. However, far too often…

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18-Wheeler Overturned on I-12 Near Hammond, Causing Delays

overturned truck on I-12 near hammond

On April 11, 2023, near Hammond, an 18-wheeler overturned on an exit ramp roundabout on Interstate 12. Cleanup took several hours at the site, on the northern end of U.S. Highway 51, during which time the southbound traffic on that highway was detoured on I-12 to the I-55 interchange to New Orleans. At the time…

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Trucking Regulations in Louisiana

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Louisiana is home to 3 of the top 10 U.S. ports and an extensive amount of interstates and highways, so it sees a lot of commercial truck activity. Since these types of trucks are way bigger than the average car, truck, and SUV, regulations must be in place to help ensure everyone’s safety on the…

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Trucking Companies in the US

A tractor trailer crash on highway with a skid mark of the swerve

Recent research has shown the importance of trucks to the American economy: over 70% of all goods shipped in the U.S. spend some of their time on a truck. Because they hold so much economic power, trucking companies must be held to certain standards, not only to ensure their workers are treated well but to…

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Louisiana Right of Way Rules: Explained

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Whether you’re driving to work, taking a day trip to one of Louisiana’s beautiful parks, or walking in one of our bustling towns, you are subject to Louisiana’s right of way laws. A right of way rule defines who must yield to whom at a given intersection, and applies to everyone using the road, whether…

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18-Wheeler Driving on I-10 Around Ascension-St. James Dives Into the Bayou Below

A tractor trailer crash on highway with a skid mark of the swerve

On Tuesday afternoon, traveling along I-10, an 18-wheeler was involved in an accident after veering off the road and being completely submerged underwater in the bayou near the Ascension-St. James Parish line. As reported by WBRZ, the incident temporarily shut down the westbound lane of the interstate, and authorities directed traffic into one lane on…

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Injuries Reported in a Big Truck Wreck on I-12

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Early Friday morning on October 21, multiple people were injured in an I-12 eastbound tractor-trailer crash, as reported by WWLTV. During the crash, one vehicle was overturned, which could have resulted in further injury and property damage. According to a Facebook post by the Tammany Parish Fire District, one person had to be airlifted to…

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Tanker Truck Crash on I-10 Westbound Temporarily Closes Two Lanes

A tractor trailer crash on highway with a skid mark of the swerve

On October 18th, Lafayette police reported an accident involving a tanker truck and a vehicle travelling westbound on I-10 temporarily closed two lanes around mile marker 104, according to The Advocate. While there have been reports of injuries, there has been no clarification on the state of the individuals involved in the crash.  Commercial or…

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Top 5 Companies Making Self-Driving Trucks in 2022

Fleet of autonomous hybrid trucks driving on highway. 3D rendering image.

While self-driving cars, like recent offerings from Tesla, GM, Waymo and the like, are getting all the headlines, the autonomous vehicles most likely to be ready for prime time soon are autonomous trucks. That’s right—within a few years, you could be driving down the highway next to a fully automated tractor-trailer, or one that’s part…

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I-55 shut down for nearly 12 hours after a chemical spill near Kentwood

Chemical Truck on Highway

Last Wednesday, September 7th, a commercial truck hauling hospital supplies was involved in a crash on I-55 between Kentwood and Osyka, Mississippi. Among the supplies on board, the truck was hauling 6,000 gallons of chemical cleaner that spilled onto the road after the truck collided with the back of a tanker. After the incident, two…

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United States Commercial Trucking Accident Statistics

truck and car accident on highway with front of car crushed

The United States economy depends on trucking to move its freight around. In fact, about 70% of everything you buy has reached the store where you bought it in a commercial truck. Trucking as an industry is not only foundational to American capitalism; it also provides thousands of well-paying jobs to American men and women…

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Celebrate National Traffic Awareness Month With Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys

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August is National Traffic Awareness Month and brings our focus to, you guessed it, traffic safety! Each day, both drivers and pedestrians become victims when they experience a car wreck that could have been avoided by the other party involved. Unfortunate events like this can turn out to be detrimental, physically and emotionally. It can…

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Train crashes into salt water truck and closes Highway 1

Train crashes into salt water truck and closes Highway 1

Last Friday, a KCS train heading south on Highway 1 crashed into the cab of a big rig traveling west, temporarily closing a section of Highway 1. The tank of the salt water truck ruptured at the moment of impact, and Life Air Rescue, North Caddo Medical, Caddo Fire District, and SWEPCO were then called…

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Plywood falls off of 18-wheeler on I-10 and crushes 2 cars

Plywood falls off of 18-wheeler on I-10 and crushes 2 cars

On Monday, a piece of plywood fell off an 18-wheeler crushing two cars on I-10 East. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the truck driver was ticketed for recklessly operating his vehicle.  Common causes of 18-wheeler accidents vary from distracted driving, improper cargo handling, and poor maintenance. No company was…

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Overturned 18-wheeler on Twin Span Bridge shuts down I-10

Overturned 18-wheeler on Twin Span Bridge shuts down I-10

On Sunday morning, July 10th, an overturned 18-wheeler closed I-10 West as it was coming from Slidell towards New Orleans. The cause of the initial crash remains unknown, but reports state that the trailer of a tanker truck detached and slid 20 feet down the bridge. While the cab went down into the lake, thankfully,…

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Who is Liable for My Louisiana Truck Accident?

If you’ve been in a big truck wreck, you could be dealing with serious injuries, property damage, and worse. You might be facing months, years, or even a lifetime of pain, mental anguish, an inability to work, or other problems. If you weren’t at-fault for the wreck, you deserve compensation to help pay for your…

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18-Wheeler Crash Slows Traffic on I-20 in West Monroe

Semi tractor trailer truck hauling a load of freight on a divided highway.

On Wednesday, an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 crashed, causing high traffic in West Monroe.  Truck accidents like these on I-20 are not uncommon. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ranks I-20 as number 4 out of the most dangerous interstates in the country. As they drive through the bustling city of…

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Accidents on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

Every day, over 30,000 people travel on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The bridge—also called the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge—was the longest bridge in the country when it was finished in 1973. Its 18 miles is now the 3rd longest in the country, and 14th longest in the world. Tragically, the…

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18-wheeler Carrying Hazardous Materials Overturns on I-10 in Iberville Parish

An 18-wheeler carrying the hazardous substance acrylic acid overturned in the median of I-10 in Iberville Parish around 6:30 am Wednesday morning.  By 11:00 am, police had shut down all traffic heading east from I-49 in Lafayette to LA 77 near Grand Tete, to facilitate what they referred to as “an extended recovery process.” It…

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Young Boy Suffers Brain Injury, Due to Commercial Big Truck Accident

It started out to be just another day for a boy living his life in Louisiana. However, the day quickly shifted when he was involved in a big truck accident, changing his life forever. At Gordon McKernan, our team of lawyers are committed and taking action to help the young boy who now has a…

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The Most Dangerous Highways in Louisiana

Louisiana is known for its beautiful bayous, thriving and unique culture, and for being the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Sadly, however, Louisiana is also known for containing some of the most dangerous highways in the country. Between 2016–2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 3,571 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana, or around…

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18-wheeler accident on I-12 results in the death of a child

A multi-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler stopped traffic and took the life of a young child early on Thursday morning. Police first reported the crash around 9 am, stating that the tractor-trailer had jackknifed on eastbound I-12 near Albany, causing multiple collisions with other vehicles.

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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving in Louisiana

In our increasingly-connected world, there’s more pressure than ever before to stay constantly in-touch with family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else in our lives. This can present certain dangers when combined with the amount most Americans drive—according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average American spent nearly an hour a…

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The Dangers of Louisiana Truck Driver Fatigue

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Truck driver fatigue is a serious problem on the roads, highways, and other freight corridors of the United States. Truck drivers are often pushed to their physical and mental limits as they haul their freight across the country, and many suffer chronic fatigue and drowsiness as a result. Even with hours-of-service regulations keeping drivers from…

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I-10 East Closed in WBR Following Deadly Truck Wreck

A devastating crash involving a commercial bus and an 18-wheeler was reported around 11AM on I-10 just past LA 415. This area is known as the “Devil’s Triangle” in Louisiana due to the high number of truck crashes and car accidents that happen there. After running into a cable barrier in the median, the bus…

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Pileup forced 6-hour closure on Basin Bridge

Around 1:30 in the morning on March 22, a seven-car pileup was reported on I-10 East between Atchafalaya and Ramah. State Police have reported that this wreck involved two 18-wheelers. The cleanup from the accident lasted until 7:30 in the morning, when law enforcement officers stated they had to wake up drivers who had fallen…

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Lafayette firefighter injured after fire truck was smashed by drunk driver

A Lafayette firefighter’s condition is critical but stable after diving off an I-10 overpass near the Louisiana Avenue exit on Wednesday, March 10. He had to jump off the overpass to avoid his fire truck, which was hit by an allegedly drunk 18-wheeler driver out of Mississippi. Though we don’t know who the firefighter was,…

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Truck Wreck on I-12 Kills Driver in Resulting Blaze

On Wednesday, February 24, near the Hammond exit of I-12, a semi-truck caught fire after striking the cable barrier at the side of the highway.  The driver was killed as a result of the blaze.  An investigation into the wreck’s cause is still ongoing, but this tragedy is a stark reminder of how important it…

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Head on Truck Collisions

Head-On Truck Collisions: When Your Travel Turns Tragic   Sharing the highway with a large truck is sometimes an intimidating experience. The sheer size and weight of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer is no match for a smaller truck, passenger car, or motorcycle. A head-on collision involving a large truck is especially tragic and, sometimes, deadly. If…

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Recovering Damages From Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving Car Accidents All drivers have a responsibility to obey the road rules and drive safely for the road conditions. Unfortunately, some drivers deliberately operate their vehicles in a way that endangers other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. We refer to all of these practices as reckless driving. Our experienced auto accident attorneys explains…

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Semi Truck Blind Spots

Injuries After Blind Spot Truck Accident Blind spots surround a tractor-trailer, preventing the driver from seeing your vehicle. Understanding where the blind spots are and how to avoid them may just save your life. Passing with a large truck with care is crucial to avoiding a serious crash. If you experienced injuries in a truck…

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Head-On Truck Collisions

When Your Travel Turns Tragic Sharing the highway with a large truck is sometimes an intimidating experience. The sheer size and weight of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer is no match for a smaller truck, passenger car, or motorcycle. A head-on collision involving a large truck is especially tragic and, sometimes, deadly. If you suffered serious injuries…

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Virtual Office Capabilities in a Law Firm

Gordon J. McKernan At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, the health and safety of our clients and staff are our most important priority. We have adapted our practices to ensure the health of our clients and staff during this COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. During this time, we are still available to help our existing and any new…

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What Can Cause a Big Truck Accident?

Big truck accidents happen often among drivers on major transportation hubs, and the results are usually no less than devastating. The effects of an accident with an 18-wheeler can be extreme when compared to a wreck involving another ordinary vehicle. In terms of a big truck or big rig, we mean 18-wheelers, dump trucks, chemical trucks, tractor-trailers, flatbeds,…

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Dangers of Holiday Drunk Driving

As the holiday season approaches, we await the rush of festivities and excitement that comes along with this cheery time of year. Holiday parties quickly book your calendar, where it’s almost expected to indulge in pumpkin pie and holiday cocktails. In the midst of all the fun spent with loved ones or baking your favorite…

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18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer in Lafayette Shares Safe Summer Travel Tips

Summer is here and that means more people hitting the highways for travel. Unfortunately, more volume and traffic congestion can also mean an increase in auto accidents involving big trucks and passenger cars. Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip with friends or taking the family on a beach vacation, stay safe this season…

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Get Compensation for Your Injuries With An Alexandria Personal Injury Lawyer

Crashes involving big trucks are all too common on highways around Alexandria, Louisiana. With its close proximity to several heavily traveled interstates, passenger automobile wrecks involving 18 wheelers or semi-trucks cause countless injuries every year. These accidents can result in some of the most severe and costly consequences of any type of motor vehicle collision,…

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Let An 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney Get You the Settlement You Deserve

At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we want to help ease the anxiety and burden for you and your family in the aftermath of an 18 wheeler accident injury. Without a lawyer who is well-versed in the law and accident victims’ rights, you may end up losing out on a significant amount of money that you…

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Let Our Trusted Lafayette Law Firm Help You

When you’ve been the victim of an accident that was the result of the negligence of another individual or party, trust your case to a Lafayette law firm that has helped innumerable people all over Louisiana recover compensation. At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys in Lafayette, our personal injury lawyers have expertise in various types of injury claims…

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Find an Experienced 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney in Lafayette

With approximately 2 million 18 wheelers on U.S. highways today, it’s no wonder that trucking accidents are common occurrences. It’s also startling to know that big trucks accounted for nearly 4,000 fatalities on the road in 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recent data. Additionally, the Institute for Highway Safety notes…

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Get Help from a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Baton Rouge

Fatal accidents are one of the most tragic events in life. But sometimes those accidents are avoidable. When an individual dies as a result of malpractice, negligence or inaction, the responsible party should be held accountable. If your loss of a loved one could have been prevented, it is important to know that you may…

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Expanding Options for Injury Attorneys in Ascension

From car wrecks to wrongful death incidents, accidents and injuries happen every day in communities across Louisiana. When you’ve been the victim of one of these tragic events, having a team of legal experts nearby who are on your side can make all the difference. That’s why Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys recently expanded to better…

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Get Lafayette Attorneys at the McKernan Law Firm!

Have you or someone you know been in a major accident recently and gotten an injury that may be expensive to deal with? Do you think you may have been mistreated or are you struggling to face a fight for things like workers’ compensation benefits? If so, it’s understandable if you feel helpless and even…

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18-Wheeler Attorney Baton Rouge

Big truck accidents like the ones dealing with 18-wheelers can be a terrifying event for your entire family. That’s why your friends at the Gordon McKernan Law Firm in Baton Rouge are those whom you need to help in this time of need during one of the many stages of grief while dealing with too…

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Find a reliable Alexandria attorney with Gordon McKernan Law Firm

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident recently, you are not alone. It is easy to feel overwhelmed after being involved in an accident; there are a ton of expenses to deal with, including lofty medical bills, loss of wages, and more. Not only do you have to deal with…

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Need a Car Wreck Lawyer near Denham Springs, Louisiana?

Life is known to give curve balls, especially when you don’t need them. Coming out of what you could consider nowhere, it could interrupt what you can consider feeling like you have everything covered and that you can make it. But, almost inevitabily, it will happen. A vehicular collision. No warnings or necessary preparations ready.…

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Get a Car Wreck Attorney in Alexandria

Life is known to give curve balls, and in the time least needed. It could come out of nowhere. You feel like you have everything covered and that you can make it. Then it will happen. A vehicular collision. No warnings or necessary preparations ready. Now, not only do you have to worry about fixing…

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The best truck accident lawyers in Baton Rouge

r evidence to back themselves up immediately after an accident occurs. For this reason and many more, you need an experienced attorney that will fight for what you deserve. While we may not be able to change the fact that you got into a truck accident, the Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys in Baton Rouge can help you…

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Get the best Personal Injury Attorney in Alexandria

Car wrecks will occur when you least expect them. You’ll feel like you have everything covered and that you can make it. Then, it will happen: you will get into a vehicular collision. Now, not only do you have to worry about fixing your car, but you now also have to deal with insurance companies,…

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Find a Fatal Accident Attorney in Lafayette

Fatal accidents are events that we never think would happen to us or to someone we know and love, but unfortunately, they can happen to anyone, and they do. These fatal accidents can be caused by several different things, but the most frequent are car accidents and big truck accidents. It’s not fair that people…

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Call McKernan Law Firm for a Baton Rouge Accident Attorney

Life is full of constant twists and turns. Sometimes we may feel like we have control of everything around us, like we have it all together. But unfortunately for us, we are only human and we are not capable of predicting the unexpected. Vehicular accidents happen every day, and the attorneys at McKernan Law Firm…

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Find A Truck Accident Lawyer In Lafayette

One of the most severe types of accidents any auto driver in Lafayette can have is with a truck or 18-wheeler. Once you recover from the shock of being involved in such an accident, the next wave of trauma hits, as you realize that you have to deal with extreme physical injuries, and somehow find…

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Car Accident Lawyer in Alexandria

When it comes to finding the right attorney, you want to find one that truly cares and values your personal health, safety, and well-being. The Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are there to help individuals recover maximum compensation for an accidental injury. The Attorneys at Gordon McKernan are also there to recover compensation for the sudden…

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Get the Best Truck Accident Attorneys in Lafayette

Throughout the schedules of our daily lives, humans never expect huge and unfortunate events to occur, especially at fifty miles an hour. When a car accident happens, you feel so hopeless and traumatized. When an accident happens with a big truck, the feelings can be that much more intensified. Busy streets in big cities of…

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Have You Been Injured by an Offshore Accident? | Call Gordon McKernan

If you live along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, chances are that you or someone you know works on an offshore oil rig or some other form of maritime work. This line of work is extremely dangerous, and unfortunately, accidents are all too common. Workers involved in accidents on the job often sustain…

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Hazmat Crashes Cause Devastating Consequences

Every day, hundreds to thousands of 18-wheelers and big trucks haul hazardous materials across our highways. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, there are “more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials (hazmat) in trucks-usually flammable liquids, such as gasoline, or flammable gas.” The dangers of getting involved in an accident with a big truck…

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Whether or Not to Drive in Bad Weather: Inclement Road Conditions and Big Truck Wrecks

The weather in Louisiana can be quite unpredictable and ever-changing. The recent freezing rain storms in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas caused a complete shutdown of Interstate 10 and 12 leaving many motorists stuck in stopped traffic for hours while vehicles were detoured to other routes. But these precautions were taken because inclement weather can…

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Big Truck Tire Blowouts Can Cause Big Problems

If you spend any amount of time driving on the highway, you will frequently notice signs of a big truck tire blowout. Generally, it looks like jagged shards of rubber debris strewn across the road and can dangerously block the path of oncoming traffic. Although these rubber pieces may seem insignificant, the reality is that…

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Avoiding Accidents with Big Trucks, Semi-Trucks, and 18-Wheelers

The best way to avoid vehicular injuries on the road is to avoid accidents at all costs. This means driving patiently and cautiously—especially around semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers. You should pay more attention and drive around these vehicles much differently than “regular” vehicles. Below are some guidelines for driving around large trucks and trailers. Keep a…

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Drowsy Driving and Other Major Causes of Big Truck Accidents

It’s no secret that a person’s performance and decision making capacity decreases significantly with sleep deprivation.  That’s why the U.S. is taking a closer look at addressing fatigue for commercial drivers by considering reasonable hours of service and other regulations in the trucking industry.  While fatigue is one factor that is listed as a top…

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Fatal Fiery Crash With Two 18 Wheelers Leaves One Dead

A major accident between two 18 wheelers forced the closure of a significant portion of I-10, westbound, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette Thursday night, causing westbound traffic heading toward Lafayette to be detoured north to US 190. According to reports, the big truck wreck occurred on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, when a semi-truck for some unknown reason crossed over the I-10…

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$117 Million Verdict For Pregnant Victim of Ambulance Crash in Louisiana

An inattentive ambulance driver in Louisiana caused a motor vehicle accident that had devastating consequences for his passengers. A young, pregnant woman was being transported to a Lafayette hospital after experiencing pregnancy-related pain. The driver of the ambulance admits he took his eyes off the road to retrieve an item he dropped on the floor…

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Big Truck Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel

We all know that driving and sleeping don’t mix. I was reading about a crash of two semi-tractor trailers recently near New Smyrna Beach that occurred at 3:25 a.m.  It was a result of one of the drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. The wreck occurred when Pierre McClain, 38, was driving a refrigerated semi-trailer…

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Drunk Truck Drivers, a Danger to Other Vehicles on the Road

Recently, a drunk truck driver was traveling the wrong way down I-10 in Louisiana. Before police were able the stop the 18-wheeler, the driver caused three hit-and-run accidents. Once the driver was forced off the interstate, he was charged with multiple offenses, including hit-and-run, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. Luckily, the passengers and drivers…

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Trucking Businesses Struggle To Develop Effective Distracted Driving Policies

Many businesses are aware of the risks posed by their drivers having an accident. A recent change to federal rules governing commercial drivers has increased that risk. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new regulation, which became effective on Jan. 3, banning commercial truck drivers from using handheld cell phones. The regulations…

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Will New Hours-of-Service Rules Reduce Trucking Accidents?

The Obama administration ruled that truck drivers cannot work more than 11 hours per day, among other hours-of-service (HOS) changes, in an attempt to improve safety and reduce 18-wheeler trucking accidents. But the revisions could have an adverse effect on truck drivers and passenger vehicles, a concerned American Trucking Association (ATA) reports. Under the new law,…

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Sleep Apnea May be Leading to Fatigued Truck Driving Accidents

In recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun to find ways to combat fatigued driving, including proposing changes to the hours of service (HOS) rules pertaining to the number of hours that truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. One of the causes of fatigued driving that is beginning to garner attention is sleep…

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Study Highlights Commercial Truck Accidents and Safety Risks

They are the ever-present goliaths hauling cargo and traversing America’s highways, semi trucks. While these large trucks play a nearly indispensable role in distributing products, they also pose a safety risk to other, smaller vehicles. And, when 18-wheeler accidents occur – because of the sheer size of the trucks – the consequences for the drivers and passengers…

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