Over the years, residents of Louisiana have, unfortunately, seen their fair share of trucking accidents. Sadly, those affected by such incidents are often left psychologically traumatized, physically challenged and financially burdened. Those who have suffered injuries or losses because of truck accidents may be entitled to seek compensation for any damages sustained.
Becoming involved in a truck accident can be tough to avoid. These incidents happen in a matter of seconds, giving other drivers little time to react. Sadly, this means that full-force impacts are likely to occur, which can result in victims suffering catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries.
The trucking industry is highly regulated by the federal government. Certain rules have been placed on the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to work, how much weight different trucks are allowed to carry, which types of materials may be transported and how often trucks are to go through maintenance checks -- among various other things. If regulation violations are suspected after an accident, an employee and his or her employer may face a number of legal issues.
Truck accidents can be life-altering events, but the challenges that may follow such incidents do not have to be managed alone. Legal assistance is available to help the injured victims of trucking accidents in Louisiana or -- in the event of fatalities -- their surviving family members, to not only get the care they need but also to seek fair and full compensation for their losses. If litigation is successful, the damages that may be recoverable following such incidents include lost wages, medical expenses, disability costs, funeral expenses -- if applicable -- and various other economic and non-economic losses.
Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Law: What You Need to Know", Accessed on Oct. 19, 2016