Baton Rouge Truck Accident Lawyers
Any crash involving a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck is going to be legally complicated. That’s because these types of crashes often involve more serious injuries, which means there is more money on the line for the insurance companies involved. Plus, there are multiple parties that are responsible for a truck’s safety on the road, and determining who should be held liable for a crash requires a thorough investigation and extensive evidence.
At Murphy Law Firm, our experienced Baton Rouge truck accident lawyers are widely recognized for our success in handling these complicated claims. With decades of experience, our attorneys have secured:
- $3,800,000 for a family who lost a husband and father in an 18-wheeler accident in Crowley, Louisiana
- $2,267,879 for a truck driver who suffered serious injuries in a rear-end crash with another truck driver in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
- $1,800,000 for a family who lost a loved one in a tragic crash with an 18-wheeler
Every case we handle is different, and the amount of compensation we fight for will depend on the circumstances of your case. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a crash, you need to speak with our experienced Baton Rouge truck accident attorneys as soon as possible to learn about your right to compensation.
Schedule a free consultation now to discuss your claim.
Collecting All the Evidence in a Truck Accident Case
Although most truck drivers and trucking companies take their safety duties seriously, some do not. When our skilled accident injury attorneys take on your case, we will immediately launch an investigation into the crash to determine who should be held responsible. We will gather every bit of evidence related to your case, including:
- Police accident reports
- Trucker logs
- Data from the truck’s black box
- Cellphone records from the truck’s driver
- Statements from witnesses
- Photos from the crash scene
- Safety records for the companies involved in the truck’s operation
- Accident reconstruction analysis of the crash
In addition to tracking down all the evidence pointing to who should be held responsible, our team will also gather your medical records and consult with specialists to determine the extent of your injuries. This will help us determine what full and fair compensation should be in your truck accident claim.
Contact us today to get started on your case. We do not charge anything for your initial consultation, and our attorneys do not get paid unless we secure compensation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the first things you should do after a crash involving a large commercial truck is to get information about your legal rights and options. You have come to the right place. Below, we answer several frequently asked questions about truck accidents in Louisiana.
To discuss the specific facts about your case, contact Murphy Law Firm today. We will immediately review your case in a free consultation. We can meet with you by phone, in our Baton Rouge office or at any location that is convenient for you and your family.
At Murphy Law Firm, we realize the pressures you are facing after a truck accident. Don’t be a victim twice! Allow us to lift the burden off you, protect your rights when dealing with the insurance companies and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
You must take immediate steps after a truck accident in order to protect your health and your legal rights. At Murphy Law Firm, we suggest that you do the following:
- Seek medical attention. You should go to the emergency room or see your regular doctor as soon as possible. A doctor can check you for injuries and start your treatment.
- Meet with a lawyer. After you address your injuries, you should meet with a lawyer without delay. If your crash involved a commercial truck, the lawyer will need to begin an investigation right away.
- Do not talk with the insurance company. Within a few days after a truck crash – maybe even within hours – the trucking company’s insurer may contact you. You should avoid giving a recorded statement or accepting any settlement offer until you talk with a lawyer first.
For more information, we encourage you to read our Injury Accident Guide, which provides many helpful tips about what you should do and not do after an accident of any kind.
In Louisiana, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within one year after the date of your accident. This is called a “liberative prescription.” If you fail to meet this deadline, you can lose your right to recover compensation. If your loved one died in a truck crash, you must file a wrongful death lawsuit within one year from the date of the death. Because of these time limits, you should contact Murphy Law Firm as soon as possible after your crash.
Simply put: The stakes are much higher when a crash in Louisiana involves a large commercial truck. Trucking companies – and their insurers – have much to lose in a truck accident case. As a result, the litigation can be highly aggressive. For this reason, you should get help from an attorney who has a deep background in handling these types of accidents.
An experienced truck accident lawyer will understand the many unique aspects of an 18-wheeler accident. Those aspects include:
- The need to conduct an immediate investigation in order to preserve and gather important evidence before it gets lost or destroyed.
- The involvement of multiple parties who could be liable for your losses, including out-of-state and foreign corporations.
- Potential violations of state and federal trucking regulations, which could play an important role in establishing liability.
- The involvement of many different types of insurance policies, which can lead to complex legal issues.
When you work with Murphy Law Firm, you can count on our legal team to carefully manage every aspect of your case and pursue maximum compensation for you. Meanwhile, you can focus on your health and your recovery.
You may need to take legal action against many different parties after you suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a wreck that involves an 18-wheeler. The two parties who are most often held liable in truck accident cases are:
- The truck driver – In many cases, truck driver negligence causes a crash such as violating truck laws and highway regulations, speeding, driving while exhausted, driving while distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to maintain control of the vehicle and overloading or improperly securing cargo.
- The trucking company – A trucking company can be held liable for the negligence of its drivers as well as for its own negligence. For instance, many trucking companies are negligent in their hiring, training and supervision of drivers, or they fail to regularly inspect and maintain the vehicles in their fleet.
Many trucking companies outsource their operations to vendors, including hiring, training, maintaining vehicles and loading cargo. If those vendors negligently carry out their duties and cause a crash, they can be sued as well.
In some cases, defective truck equipment causes a truck accident such as brakes, tires, wheels, steering mechanisms and trailer coupling systems. If a defective part caused your crash, you may take action against the manufacturer of the defective part.
Murphy Law Firm will thoroughly investigate your case and identify every party that should be held responsible for your injuries and losses.
A large percentage of trucking accidents in Louisiana involve in-state trucking companies. In fact, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association estimates that nearly 5,500 trucking companies operate in our state.
However, several out-of-state and foreign trucking companies use our roads as well while transporting goods throughout the Southeast and along the Gulf Coast, including using major interstate routes such as I-12 and I-10. These companies often hail from Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Mexico.
As long as your accident happened in the state of Louisiana, it should not matter that the defendant is an out-of-state business. You can still file a truck accident lawsuit against an out-of-state or foreign defendant in a state or federal court located within our state.
Truck accidents in Louisiana can cause devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, fractures and burns. In most cases, the victims are those in the passenger cars involved in the crash.
If you suffered injuries in a collision with a tractor-trailer, Murphy Law Firm will aggressively seek full and fair compensation for you. The damages we seek on your behalf may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of society and consortium
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one in a crash).
Although many cases end with truck accident settlements, our skilled personal injury litigators have extensive experience successfully arguing cases before a judge and jury. We will not back down from a fight.
If I was partially at fault, and the truck driver was partially at fault, will it affect my truck accident claim?
Under Louisiana’s comparative fault law, you will not be barred from a financial recovery if you were partially at fault for a collision with an 18-wheeler. However, your recovery would be reduced according to the percentage of fault assigned to you.
For example, let’s say that you suffered $1 million in total damages. If you were 40 percent at fault, your recovery would be reduced by 40 percent. So, the maximum you could receive in a truck accident lawsuit would be $600,000.
Because Louisiana is a comparative fault state, insurance companies often try to pin blame on accident victims and minimize their payouts. At Murphy Law Firm, we won’t let insurance companies get away with making you a victim twice. You can count on us to aggressively fight any insurance company efforts to wrongfully assign fault to you.
Murphy Law Firm has a long record of protecting the rights of truck accident victims in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana. Our trucking accident experience includes:
- $3,800,000 recovery for a family who lost a husband and father in a tractor-trailer crash in Crowley, Louisiana
- $2,267,879 recovery for a truck driver who suffered serious injuries in a rear-end collision with another truck driver in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
- $1,800,000 recovery for a family who lost a loved one in a tragic crash with a large commercial truck.
Every case is different. The amount of compensation we seek for you will depend on the unique facts and circumstances in your case.
At Murphy Law Firm, we understand the concerns that people have about paying for a lawyer to handle their truck accident case. That’s why we represent accident victims and their families on a contingency fee basis. You will pay no fees or costs unless we secure a verdict or settlement for you. We also charge nothing for an initial consultation about your case. To learn more about our approach to serving clients in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana, contact us today.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Negligence, or a failure to use reasonable care, causes many truck accidents throughout Louisiana every year. But negligence in a truck accident can take many forms. Here are just a few of the types of truck accident cases we handle on behalf of injured clients:
- Distracted, Drowsy, or Impaired Driving: Driving a large truck differs in many ways from driving a passenger vehicle, but the drivers of both must stay alert to the roadway, to changing weather conditions, and to potential hazards that must be accounted for in order to navigate safely. Drivers who are distracted, drowsy, or impaired cannot always meet this obligation and may cause an accident as a result.
- Negligent Hiring or Management: Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure they hire drivers who are properly licensed and who pass their Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated physicals. They also have a responsibility to ensure drivers follow federal and state safety rules, such as Hours of Service (HOS) requirements, that work to prevent drowsy or distracted driving. When a trucking company fails to hire responsibly, or pushes its drivers to make unsafe choices, serious harm can result to both the driver and others on the road.
- Improper Maintenance, Repairs, or Loading: Commercial trucks may cover thousands or millions of miles each year. They often have specialized parts or equipment designed to handle specific loads. Like drivers and trucking companies, large trucks themselves are held to certain safety standards and requirements. When maintenance is neglected or overlooked, when repair parts were defectively manufactured or designed, or when cargo was loaded improperly, an accident may result.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, determining what happened and who was at fault can be a complex process. The dedicated Baton Rouge truck accident lawyers at Murphy Law Firm can investigate your crash and demand fair compensation from the responsible parties, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Schedule a free consultation with our team today.
Protect Your Rights After a Truck Accident
No one plans for a truck accident. But when one occurs, you can take steps to protect yourself and your family. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your right to compensation:
1. Gather all the information you can about the accident.
If you can gather information at the accident scene, do so. Photographs, diagrams, contact information for witnesses, the name and phone number of the trucking company and truck driver, and any other information you think is relevant can help your attorney reconstruct what happened.
If you can’t gather information at the scene, do not worry. Your attorney can get to work tracking down information for you. In the meantime, write down what you remember, so that you can refresh your memory as needed. Save copies of all paperwork related to the accident, including medical bills, vehicle repair estimates, and correspondence from the insurance companies.
2. Share only the basic facts about what happened.
After an accident, you may be asked to speak to an insurance adjuster, police officer, or other person seeking to conduct official business related to the accident. In all these conversations, stick to the basic facts, such as the date, time, place, and a short description of what happened.
Don’t speculate as to who or what caused the accident. It takes time to determine exactly what happened after a truck crash, and the fault may lie with a party who wasn’t even at the scene, like a trucking company or truck part manufacturer.
3. Choose a Baton Rouge truck accident lawyer with a track record of success.
Because Louisiana truck accident claims are more complicated than typical passenger vehicle claims, you need an attorney who has the experience it takes to handle your claim. You should choose a lawyer you feel comfortable with, who will meet with you face to face and answer all the questions you have about your case.
A truck accident can be devastating to you, your family, and your future plans. The sudden need to recover from a serious injury can leave you scrambling to take care of work concerns and cover the bills. You may need help with housework, childcare, or errands that you could have taken care of easily if the accident had not occurred. You may worry about how you’ll make ends meet or whether you’ll ever feel like “your old self” again.
With all this on your plate, it’s important to work with a compassionate Louisiana truck accident lawyer who understands the pressures you are facing and can lift some of the burden off you. Let the dedicated truck injury attorneys at Murphy Law Firm focus on your claim, so you can focus on getting well.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice! – Call Baton Rouge Truck Accident Attorneys
You could not have predicted or prevented the truck accident that injured you. But you can prevent yourself from being victimized by an insurance company whose interest is in its own bottom line rather than in your well-being.
The attorneys at Murphy Law Firm have decades of experience protecting clients in personal injury cases. If you have been harmed or lost a loved one in a truck crash, schedule a free consultation today by calling our Baton Rouge office at 225-928-8800 or by filling out our online contact form. We do not charge any fees upfront to start working on your claim. In fact, you won’t pay attorney fees unless we recover money for you.