Baton Rouge Truck Accident Lawyer

Our 18-Wheeler truck accident attorneys recommend seeking help when it comes to truck accidents. 18-Wheelers are large and heavy. As a result, anything they run into stands little chance. Due to their size, weight, and momentum big truck accidents are catastrophic. Often, they result in serious personal injury or death.

18-Wheeler accident cases are more complex than your typical motor vehicle accident case. Because of this, it's recommended that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney. When you or a loved one get hurt in a truck accident, you're entitled to compensation. Call us at (225) 263-4787 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney.

The attorneys at Mansfield Melancon have the knowledge and resources necessary to fight. We work to get you or your loved one the compensation and justice you deserve.

18-Wheeler Truck Accident Attorneys at Mansfield Melancon

It's important not to talk at the scene of the accident. Instead, contact a truck accident attorney before accepting a settlement. Anything you say after the accident may get used against you. Insurance adjusters are experts in manipulation for their clients. As a result, your attorney's job is to protect you from insurance company adjusters. If you’ve been in an accident with an 18-Wheeler, contact us before making any statements.

Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

An essential part of any lawsuit is determining the at-fault party or parties. To resolve this, you must first determine the cause of the accident. The following list includes common causes of 18-Wheeler accidents:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Defective equipment
  • Defective roadways
  • Excessive speed
  • Unreasonable drivers’ schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Poorly maintained trucks
  • Intoxication, including alcohol, narcotics, or any other intoxicant
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Driver distractions including cell phone use

Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

Fatigue is the most common cause of 18-Wheeler driver error. It contributes to almost 40% of all 18-Wheeler accidents. Fatigue alone can cause an accident. When combined with other factors, the results are often deadly. Studies have shown that driver fatigue can be as dangerous as intoxication in some cases.

The Responsible Parties

Often, the parties responsible for the 18-Wheeler accident go beyond the truck driver. This is one reason why 18-Wheeler accidents can be so complex. These parties include:

  • 18-Wheeler Driver
  • 18-Wheeler Company
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Other negligent drivers
  • 18-Wheeler Maintenance companies
  • Government entities
  • Complex 18-Wheeler Laws

Pursuing a truck accident case requires knowledge of trucking regulations, Federal laws, and Louisiana laws. The attorneys at Mansfield Melancon have the expertise to pursue your lawsuit. Mansfield Melancon has the expertise and resources to investigate your claim. 18-Wheeler drivers must maintain a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles.

Trucking companies must follow strict procedures involving hiring practices. They also must adhere to strict truck maintenance, record keeping, and time-keeping rules. Only an 18-Wheeler truck accident attorney can get to the bottom of these cases. They know how to find, collect, interpret, and present the evidence that you must have to prove your case.

We understand how important the little details of these cases are. Significant verdicts occur based on these details. But, no 18-Wheeler accident attorney can promise you a specific result. We understand that a successful case makes a difference in your life as you recover.

What Type of Damages Can I Recover from my 18-Wheeler Accident?

Victims of 18-Wheeler accidents have the right to recover from their injuries. Whether they're a result of an 18-Wheeler driver’s negligence, recklessness, or inattention, the injured victim may be able to recover the following types of damages from the wrongdoer:

  • Medical costs (past and future)
  • Lost income (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement 
  • Other types of recoverable damages

Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with a Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have injuries from an 18-Wheeler truck accident, we can help. The Baton Rouge truck accident attorneys at Mansfield Melancon work to guide our clients. We help you through the legal process with experience and personal attention.

Our firm also has a strong track record of getting optimal results for our clients.

Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette