Large trucks, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and commercial motor vehicles (CMV) weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle, which is why accidents involving these vehicles often result in serious injury and sometimes death.
In 2016, there were 4,365 total injuries relating to large truck accidents in Louisiana; there were 100 truck-related fatalities reported the same year.
If you or a loved one was injured by a large truck or commercial motor vehicle, the truck accident attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson want to help.
Aggressive Representation for Louisiana Truck Accident Victims
Unlike passenger vehicle crashes, large truck accidents usually involve more property damage, extensive injuries, and complicated legal disputes. This is because large truck accidents frequently include multiple vehicles, drivers, and several insurance companies.
If you’ve been injured by a large truck in Louisiana, don’t let insurance companies push you around. The truck accident lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson will handle each insurance company directly to maximize available compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
Another driver’s personal insurance coverage may not be enough to cover total losses from a crash involving a large truck, semi, or other CMV.
At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we understand how truck accidents are different and work meticulously to expedite an investigation into what went wrong. This includes gathering critical information from onboard computer systems inside commercial vehicles; contacting eyewitnesses for testimony, and making sure victims receive professional medical care.
If you’ve been injured, don’t gamble you or your family’s financial future. With aggressive representation and compassionate advocacy, you can focus on recovery and leave the rest to us.
Compensation for Louisiana Crash Victims
The truck accident attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson have the experience it takes to maximize compensation for victims of truck accidents. Our Louisiana injury attorneys can pursue compensation for:
- Emergency services
- Medical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and/or earning potential
- Mental health
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful death
It’s common to have multiple insurance companies negotiating settlements after a large truck accident. In addition to a driver’s personal or commercial insurance, a driver’s employer may also have insurance available to cover damages.
Furthermore, large trucks have unique features that require regular maintenance to ensure safe operation. Tires, air brakes, and other transportation equipment can cause injury or an accident if not maintained by the driver, his employer, or the maintenance company assigned to the truck.
These are just a few ways large truck accidents are different compared to passenger vehicle accidents, but it’s the primary reason you should hire a truck accident lawyer in the event of a crash.
Large truck accidents can get complicated quickly and time isn’t always on a victim’s side.
Why Large Truck Accidents Are Different
Commercial motor vehicles, or CMVs, include any company-registered motor vehicle used for transporting goods or passengers.
Large trucks, while called different names (18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, semis, freight trucks, and buses), are also categorized by gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Large trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds are considered CMVs.
Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) can also include:
- Hotel buses or vans
- School buses or vans
- Charter vehicles
- Delivery trucks
- Airport shuttles
- Construction vehicles
Large trucks and CMVs include special features that make them effective at transporting goods or passengers but particularly dangerous in an accident.
For example, large trucks require longer stopping distances; they may carry hazardous cargo; and large trucks use air brakes (not hydraulic), which can be extremely dangerous if not properly maintained.
Other factors that make large truck accidents different include:
- Commercial driver’s license regulations: all CMV drivers are required to carry a current and valid commercial driver’s license.
- Federal trucking regulations: truck drivers often drive long distances under tight deadlines and may push through fatigue to get the job done. Federal regulations have been established to ensure truck drivers don’t drive under such conditions.
- Drug and alcohol abuse: truck drivers that drink alcohol before driving or use drugs to stay alert put themselves and others at great risk.
- Hazardous materials: Some trucks carry hazardous materials that can quickly exacerbate the severity of a large truck accident.
- Multiple responsible parties: in the event of a large truck accident, several parties could potentially be held responsible including the driver, employer, maintenance contractor, or truck manufacturer.
The truck accident lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson understand the critical factors that inform a truck accident or CMV injury case.
Our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until your case is settled. This makes it easy for anyone to access legal representation in a serious truck accident case.