While large trucks only account for three percent of vehicles on our roadways, the fatality percentage in trucking accidents is disproportionately high. Large trucks present a significant danger to smaller motor vehicles across Louisiana and throughout the United States. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, an experienced New Orleans truck accident lawyer at The Lambert Firm can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Trucking Accident Injuries
Drivers and passengers involved in trucking accidents can sustain a variety of injuries. Due to the size and force of most commercial vehicles, many truck accident injury victims sadly become wrongful death victims.
Commercial vehicle injury survivors typically suffer the following injury types:
- Brain and head trauma
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Cervical (neck) fractures and other injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
However, many passenger vehicle occupants or motorcyclists do not survive a big rig impact. Truck accidents are so often catastrophic, and they account for over one-fourth of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States.
While a passenger vehicle weighs around 3,000 pounds, a tractor trailer or 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, making truck accidents lethal. The weight, force, and speed of an 18-wheeler or other large commercial truck can cause extremely serious personal injuries and wrongful death.
Truck Accident Causes
Trucking accident causes can include negligent truck driver hiring, improper vehicle maintenance, truck overloading, incorrectly securing the truck’s load, a truck driver operating the commercial rig under the influence of drugs or alcohol, on too little sleep, or while distracted driving, and more.
Contact a New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyer Now
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed, in one of the thousands of big truck accidents that occur in the United States every year, you should speak with a personal injury trial lawyer at The Lambert Firm to discuss your legal rights. You can contact us today online.