Injured in a Truck Accident?

Truck Accident Lawyers in Lafayette Turn Wrong Into Right

Picture of an 18 WheelerWhen loaded, commercial trucks can weigh up to 25 times more than a standard vehicle. Trucks are also difficult to control or stop in dangerous weather or traffic conditions if the driver does not take proper precautions. Even the smallest mistake with a commercial truck can cause catastrophic injuries and fatal truck accidents. Truck accidents can be exacerbated if the truck is carrying volatile freight. Toxic or flammable materials like gasoline and industrial waste can turn a small accident into a disaster.

Additionally, commercial trucks often have several restrictions that can lead to accidents. The driver’s sight is often restricted, putting nearby drivers at risk if the truck operator cannot see them. The separate cabs and freight can sometimes lead to an 18-wheeler jackknifing when the road is slippery or the driver brakes or turns too abruptly. Many accidents happen when a commercial truck attempts a turn. This is because the trucker sometimes needs two lanes to make a right.

When it comes to big rig or tractor trailer accidents, the truck accident attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat, LLP know what to do. With over 1,000 personal injury cases resolved and nearly two decades of legal experience, our lawyers have a successful history of recovering damages for injuries or property damage sustained in an accident. Our law firm represents claims across Louisiana from our offices in Lafayette and Lake Charles. This includes Sulphur and Calcasieu Parish residents,

How Do I Prove Fault in the Event of a Commercial Truck Accident?

Like most personal injury cases involving crashes, to prove liability in a truck accident, one must prove that the operator of the commercial vehicle, the trucking company and/or another party was negligent in some way. The case must show that:

  1. The driver or company owed the victim a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury under the circumstances leading to the collision.
  2. The driver or company failed to exercise reasonable care.
  3. The failure to exercise reasonable care was the proximate cause of the victim’s injury or damage to property.
  4. The victim suffered damages as a result of the incident.

Potential responsible parties include the truck driver, the trucking company, contractors, hazardous material manufacturers, loading companies and auto parts manufacturers. Any or all could all be responsible for the incident. Please contact our law firm now for a free, confidential consultation.