According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck accident fatalities only account for 1 percent of the total accidents on the road. Yet, truck accidents can be incredibly costly to victims and their families. Truck accidents can lead to more serious injuries due to the loads that truck drivers carry. Because trucking is a commercial industry, families and victims may face unique challenges when they seek compensation for their injuries from truck insurance companies, truck drivers, truck companies, and other at fault parties following an accident. The Jones Law Firm is an Alexandria, LA truck accident attorney firm that works closely with victims and families to assist them in getting the maximum recovery permitted under the law.
The days and weeks following a truck accident can be critical for families and victims. You may be contacted by insurance companies and the truck company to settle your case. In some instances, truck companies and insurance companies may offer victims and their families settlements that are substantially lower than they may deserve. If you don’t understand the possible value of your claim, you may be tempted to settle for whatever amount the truck company or insurance company offers. However, truck companies and insurance companies have a responsibility to offer victims a fair settlement for their losses. If the money being offered doesn’t cover your current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages, a truck accident lawyer like the attorneys at the Jones Law Firm in Alexandria, LA will help.
Truck companies and drivers are required to abide by strict federal and state laws. For example, drivers are required to take regular rest breaks to ensure that they are alert when they are behind the wheel. While many drivers are hard-working and want to get goods delivered to their destinations on time, some drivers are pressured by their companies to cut corners, speed, and skip important breaks. Drivers facing these pressures may be more likely to be fatigued or to use drugs to improve their alertness or even to self-medicate to treat illnesses that arise from pressures of the job. Drivers who are away from their families may choose to text and drive or use their cell phones while behind the wheel—a dangerous practice that can lead to accidents. Furthermore, truck companies are required to perform regular maintenance on trucks, keep tires in working order, and properly train their drivers. Failure to follow the law can mean that roads are less safe and that innocent drivers are at risk.
In the aftermath of a crash, you may be pressured to make a statement to an adjuster. You may be pressured to accept the first settlement being offered. However, it is important to understand your rights. If you’ve been in a truck accident you should:
Seek immediate medical attention.
- Don’t admit blame to either police or to insurance adjusters. State the facts to police.
- Make a police report.
- Contact the Jones Law Firm, truck accident attorneys in Alexandria, LA.
Recovering from a truck accident can be challenging for victims and families. You may be facing new lifestyle changes, may wonder how you’ll pay your bills, and may be struggling to support a loved one who is out of work due to his or her injuries. Fortunately, the law offers important protections to truck accident victims in Alexandria, LA. A truck accident lawyer like the lawyers at the Jones Law Firm can review the facts of your case, fight insurance adjusters for the settlement you may deserve, and help you move forward with your life after an accident.
A variety of factors can lead to truck accidents and sometimes a combination of factors is to blame. Trucks are large and complex and the trucking industry involves the coordinated efforts of drivers, shippers, owners, and other stakeholders. The Jones Law Firm are qualified truck accident attorneys in Alexandria, LA who can review your case and help you understand the factors that led to your accident.
Here are some common causes of truck accidents:
- Driver fatigue: Federal hours of service laws limit how long drivers can be behind the wheel. Despite this, many drivers break these laws, leading to accidents. Studies have shown that fatigued drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers.
- Drunk driving: It may seem hard to believe that a truck driver would choose to drink and drive, but alcohol is a factor in some truck accidents. In other instances, drivers were under the influence of prescription or non-prescription drugs.
- Distracted Driving. Drivers spend long periods of time behind the wheel. They may be more tempted to text and drive, use their cell phones, or engage in other distracted driving behaviors.
- Improper Maintenance. Trucks are complex machines. A poorly-worn tire can blow, resulting in an accident. Brakes must be checked regularly or they can malfunction. When truck companies place their bottom lines above proper truck maintenance, tragedy can occur.
These are only a few of the factors that can lead to truck accidents. Sometimes a range of factors are involved. The Jones Law Firm are truck accident attorneys in Alexandria, LA who can look at police reports, maintenance reports, truck logs, and other sources to investigate the causes of your truck accident.
The truck industry grosses billions every year. Like any other large industry, truck companies often have the legal resources to protect them when accidents occur. Often, the main goal is to protect the truck company’s bottom line. The Jones Law Firm has truck accident lawyers who works to protect the interests of those whose lives may have been impacted by corporate negligence or a driver’s fatal error. Our firm fights for the rights of the individual when large interests are at stake. If you’re facing complex truck accident litigation, you need the Alexandria, LA truck accident lawyers at the Jones Law Firm.
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