A number of potentially serious and debilitating injuries can occur in accidents involving tractor-trailers. If you or a loved one was injured in such an accident, please contact a trucking accident attorney, or a personal injury lawyer right away. L. Clayton Burgess is a trucking accident attorney and personal injury lawyer located here in Monroe LA; the team at the Law Office of Clayton Burgess is ready to use its vast expertise to legally represent you and fight for you.
Read on for more information on common injuries associated with truck accidents. Contact us for a consultation to learn more about your legal rights and the potential compensation available if you’ve been hurt by the negligence of a trucker or trucking company.
Common injuries that can result from a truck accident include:
Brain injuries: Head trauma in an accident can result in an injury to the brain, which may be life-altering. Brain injuries can occur even in the absence of direct trauma to the head due to whiplash or rapid acceleration or deceleration. These injuries may not immediately be apparent, and sustaining a brain injury does not require being knocked unconscious. Symptoms that may develop include confusion, nausea, vision problems and various cognitive difficulties.
Back injuries: In the trauma of a collision, serious and debilitating injuries to the back and spine can be suffered. These injuries can result in paralysis if severe enough. Other back injuries can require extensive physical therapy to regain normal functioning. In some cases, the physical limitations caused by these injuries remain with the victim for life.
Broken bones: Serious collisions can fracture any number of the body’s bones. Some of these may heal relatively easily, while many will result in serious pain and a lengthy recovery. Some fractures can potentially have effects that last a lifetime.
Cuts and bruises.
You shouldn’t have to pay for your recovery if you’ve suffered these injuries in an accident that wasn’t your faults. For more information about compensation for the aforementioned injuries, it is important to contact a truck accident attorney, or a personal injury lawyer.
Serious accidents can also lead to death. If a loved one was killed in an accident, we offer you our sympathies. You need to know that your loved one’s rights, however, are not lost. You can still seek justice on their behalf if a truck driver or trucking company is responsible for the fatal, tragic accident.
We all try to drive safely, but all it takes is another driver’s error to put our lives at risk. Semi-trucks are regulated by strict laws that govern everything from maintenance to the health of the driver.
A driver may be responsible if he or she:
Does not obey the rules of the road
Drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Does not obey safety regulations
Even if an accident was not directly caused by a truck driver’s poor driving, it could due to his employer’s failure to maintain safe machinery or cargo. Trucking companies are required to keep detailed records, and we examine them as we build a case. A trucking company may be responsible for:
A driver who drives more hours than allowed
Improperly maintained machinery
Finally, fault can also lie with the manufacturers of truck components — such as brakes, for example – if they are defective and contribute to the accident that hurt you.
Common Questions and Concerns
I’m Not Sure I’m Comfortable Filing a Lawsuit.
This is a common sentiment that we’ve heard before. What we suggest is that you contact a tucking accident attorney or a personal injury lawyer for a consultation, listen to your options and ask us any questions you have. There is no obligation. The final decision rests with you.
If you choose not to pursue compensation, that’s your choice. But we want to explain what we can do for you. You shouldn’t be stuck with medical bills and related expenses if a negligent company or a truck driver is to blame for your injuries.
It’s a question of justice and fairness. We want to help you seek both.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation for:
Past and future medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Compensation varies and depends on the specific circumstance of each case.
I Have a Lot of Medical Problems Now. I’m Not Sure I Have Time for This.
As an attorney, my job is to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. We will do the legwork of getting medical records and filling out paperwork. We want you to focus on your health.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
We can’t predict how every case is going to proceed, but in many past cases we have secured settlement agreements that get you the compensation you deserve and avoid the need for a trial.
What if Someone Has Died?
If a loved one has died in an accident with a tractor-trailer, we can pursue a wrongful death case to get justice for your family. Compensation may be available to cover funeral expenses and the loss of income and companionship. We’re committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who paid the ultimate price through no fault of their own.
What if I’m Not Sure if I Have a Case or Not?
That’s OK. Give us a call at 318-716-3118 or contact us via the form on this site so we can talk to you about your situation. We will give you our honest assessment and answer all your questions or if you prefer we have more frequently asked questions here.
These cases are what we’ve built our careers on. Let us use our knowledge and experience to help you and your family.
Do I Have a Case?
Getting compensated by the party responsible for the accident that harmed you requires proving two things: injury and fault. Your odds of success are greatest when you have an attorney, or a personal injury lawyer experienced in trucking cases working on your behalf.