Helping Victims of Commercial Truck Crashes Navigate the Claims Process
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), in 2009 there were approximately 296,000 traffic crashes in which large commercial vehicles and 18-wheeler trucks were involved across the country. In 2009, in Louisiana alone, there were over 3,500 truck accidents of which 100 were fatal and caused over 3,000 injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident that involved a large truck or commercial vehicle, then Peirce Hammond and his team of truck accident lawyers at the Hammond Law Firm, LLC in New Orleans can help you determine if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Due to the enormous size and tremendous weight of these vehicles, the injuries that result from collisions with large trucks and commercial vehicles can often be very serious and can easily result in death. Spinal cord and brain damage, paralysis, amputation, broken bones, and neck and back injuries are just some of the life-altering injuries that can occur in a large truck accident.
While it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint the exact cause(s) of accidents involving large trucks and commercial vehicles, there are several factors that these types of accidents can be attributed to including:
- Excessive speed
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Blind spots
- Insufficient training or experience
- Catastrophic equipment failure
- Tire blow-out and loss of control
- Jackknifing of the attached trailer
- Under-ride impacts
- Unbalanced cargo loads
- Driving under the influence or while intoxicated
Although these are just some of the possible causes for truck accidents, there are myriad more reasons that trucks could become involved in an injurious or fatal accident in Louisiana. What is important to understand is that when it is time for insurance companies to get involved, you need to have an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer protecting your best interests.
At the Hammond Law Firm, LLC in New Orleans, LA, our personal injury attorneys have the legal knowledge and courtroom experience to help you seek the compensation that you may be entitled to if you or a loved one were injured or killed in a large truck or commercial vehicle accident in the state of Louisiana.
How We Proceed after Your Accident
After an accident, the truck’s insurance company immediately leaps into action, sending experienced attorneys and investigators to the scene within minutes. These “crash teams” collect all the physical evidence at the scene. This means the trucking company and their insurer are collecting—and often taking exclusive control of—the evidence in your case.
To fight back, you must match this sense of urgency and level of effort. Evidence in your case can be legally disposed of or destroyed in the days and months following the accident if you or your attorney fails to secure it. Preserving, collecting, and managing the information in your case requires sincere focus and commitment.
At Hammond Law Firm, LLC, we believe that victory demands preparation. Successful representation must maintain constant pressure and match the effort and resources of the truck’s insurance company.
With over 35 years of experience, the Hammond Law Firm legal team can investigate and understand:
- The laws and regulations that govern commercial motor vehicles
- The operation, maintenance, and safety of large commercial vehicles
- The crash dynamics, forces, damages, and injuries that large vehicles are capable of creating and causing
- The technology and equipment in commercial vehicles today
- Each and every party involved in moving freight and people over the road
- The complex insurance issues that arise from multi-party, multi-policy vehicles and collisions
- The training, qualifications, and obligations placed upon the drivers of these vehicles
- The methods, tactics, and experience of the attorneys and insurance companies who defend them
Contact the Hammond Law Firm, LLC in New Orleans, LA
Our personal injury attorneys know what it takes to recover damages from truck accidents in Louisiana. We can handle all of the aspects of your personal injury case so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries without having to experience undue stress and anxiety about your legal case. We will carefully collect the information regarding your case, the accident, police reports, and witness statements when preparing your case. Peirce Hammond and the legal professionals at Hammond Law Firm, LLC can help you!
If you would like to schedule your free consultation and review of your truck accident injury case, then contact Hammond Law Firm, LLC, in New Orleans, LA today!