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Commercial Vehicle Accidents: Who’s at fault?

Commercial vehicle accidents can result from a variety of factors, including the carelessness and recklessness of drivers. Louisiana trucking accident attorneys can work with you to understand the common reasons for trucking accidents, and the relationships among the persons and entities connected to the truck, the trailer, and the load.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess will help you determine whether you have a valid claim and how your case will be presented. We have 7 locations throughout Louisiana to serve you.  Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.  Call toll-free (877) 234-7573

Some causes of commercial vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanical Defect: This may include defective electrical systems, wheels and tires, brake systems, repair and upkeep neglect.
  • Human Error: Drivers are required to operate commercial vehicles with 100% of their ability at all times. Issues like intoxication, sleep deprivation and inadequate training often result in commercial vehicle accidents.
  • Environmental Issues: Road maintenance as well as upkeep and design can also be factors in a commercial vehicle accident. If this is the case, the government may also be liable.

.Liability issues can be evaluated and determined by an experienced attorney, but vehicle manufacturers, distributors, retailers, governmental entities and drivers are all parties that may be held liable for commercial vehicle accidents.

Laws Governing Truck Accidents

Federal and state regulations require that a certified truck inspector (usually a member of the reconstruction division of the state police) inspect any commercial truck and trailer involved in an accident before it is removed from the scene. This report reveals the condition of all of the important mechanical parts of the truck and trailer. These reports are not part of local police report. Instead, they must be obtained from the appropriate government agency.

The Louisiana attorneys at the law firm of L. Clayton Burgess have extensive knowledge of these laws and have the resources to expertly investigate your claim. Truck drivers, through driving logs and other records, are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles, and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures involving hiring practices, truck maintenance, recording keeping, and time on the job.

Our experienced trucking accident attorneys know how to find, collect, interpret, and present the evidence that you must have to prove your case and recover the monetary outcome you deserve.

We fight for justice against insurance companies, corporations, and government agencies that elevate their bottom-line over the needs of hard-working citizens.

If you are out of work due to your injuries, disability or illness you may be anxious about how you will pay your bills. On your own, you face difficulty getting compensated for your losses from powerful insurance companies whose policy is to delay and deny your claim. Contact the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to discuss your rights after a trucking accident in Louisiana. If our lawyers do not collect money damages for you, you don’t owe an attorney fee. We don’t get paid unless we successfully recover compensation for you and your family.

Those injured in trucking accidents may be entitled to recover compensation for damages suffered as a result of the accident, including, but not limited to, lost work wages, hospital bills, and physical/emotional trauma, but it often requires an experienced accident lawyer to fight for the compensation you deserve.  The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess respond by aggressively seeking restitution for victims who have been seriously damaged by the company’s’ negligence and disregard for safety. We have successfully represented numerous individuals in obtaining compensation after accidents involving commercial trucks.

In 2015, 96 injuries were reported, 8 fatalities, as a direct result of 164 trucking accidents. Compare to:

2014, 147 people were injured as a direct result of 176 trucking accidents in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. There were 4 fatalities involving commercial trucks.

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The Louisiana trucking accident attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have the refined skill and lengthy litigation experience necessary to handle many kinds of personal injury claims, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, toxic torts, products liability, birth injuries, and brain injuries, among many others. The circumstances surrounding any accident claim can oftentimes be complex, which leads to great difficulty determining who is liable for resulting damages.

Our personal injury attorneys handle many kinds of personal injury claims, including car accidents, trucking accidents, bus accidents, offshore accidents, brain injuries and wrongful death claims. It takes an experienced personal injury attorney to oversee your claim and fight for just compensation in a court of law.

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury in Mandeville, Louisiana, or have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Louisiana truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of L. Clayton Burgess today!  
Don’t Delay! Call Clay! Our Baton Rouge Office: (225) 922-4416 or Toll Free: (877) 234-7573.