Lafayette, Louisiana Truck Accident Attorney
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While any vehicle collision is a serious matter, few are as devastating
as truck accidents. In the face of catastrophic injuries, heavy medical
bills, and growing income losses, we at Duck Law Firm, LLC are ready to
advocate for your right to financial recovery. Our
injury lawyer has the resources, experience, and tenacity to hold the liable party responsible
for their negligent, costly actions. Keep in mind that there are several
Federal laws that govern the standards and duties of trucking companies.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of a commercial
truck driver or trucking companies negligence you need a skilled trial
attorney who is familiar with the Federal motor carrier laws and has the
experience and resources to fight these Goliaths of the roadway. Duck
Law Firm, LLC has handled several trucking accident cases with a long
history of successful results for his clients.
Why Choose Our Truck Accident Lawyer?
We know how to fight for you against the bully trucking companies and their
stingy insurance companies, whether your truck accident was caused by
driver fatigue, violated
federal truck regulations, faulty vehicle parts, or some other form of negligence. Find out what
your legal options are, and what you could be owed for your accident claim
when you contact our legal team today! You can also learn
what you should do after an accident or check out our comprehensive
truck accident FAQ page for fast answers to some of the most pressing questions on your mind.
How Are Truck Accident Claims Different?
While many believe that all motor vehicle accident claims are essentially
the same, collisions involving commercial trucks are often far more complex
and can introduce unique challenges for injured victims as they pursue
compensation for their losses. As such, it is imperative that injured
parties retain the services of a powerful attorney as soon as a possible
to protect their rights and maximize their potential recovery.
Key differences between truck accidents and car accident claims include:
The stakes are higher: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
roughly 10 percent of highway deaths occur in collisions involving large
trucks. Given the much greater risk for injury and damages, trucking companies
and their associated insurers are prepared to fight tooth and nail against
these claims to minimize their financial liability.
Trucking companies must comply with federal regulations: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucking
companies to adhere to numerous different regulations to ensure the safety
of other motorists, such as weekly and daily driving caps for drivers,
mandatory inspections, cargo loading techniques, and others. Violations
of these regulations can not only be used to hold trucking companies liable
for damages in the event of a collision, but they can also cause them
to be subject to further punitive action from the federal government.
Numerous potentially liable parties: Unlike car accidents where the at-fault driver and their insurance company
are usually the only financially liable parties, trucking accidents are
rarely as simple. Depending on the circumstances, there may be many different
parties who are liable for the collision throughout the trucking company’s
supply chain. While more liable parties means more sources of compensation,
this also means that more insurance companies and lawyers will be involved
contesting the claim.
Trucking Accident Liability
Who is responsible for your truck accident? The obvious answer would be
to point at the truck driver and blame them for the entire thing. While
this can be the sole source of liability in some trucking accident cases,
the accountability can actually extend much further than what many people
Consider all the factors that go into operating, maintaining, and driving
a commercial truck. It will become clear that a trucker’s mistakes
are unlikely the only contributing factor to the collision, and that other
parties are liable as well.
An investigation may reveal one or more of the following parties are liable:
Trucker: There are certain behaviors behind the wheel that can only be attributed
to the truck driver’s own negligence and intentional recklessness.
Drinking before beginning a shift, for example, is their conscious decision
that no other parties likely had a hand in.
Maintenance crew: A truck driver is not directly responsible for all the moving parts of
their vehicle, no matter how much time they spend on the road in it. Maintenance
crews are tasked with routinely inspecting and repairing commercial trucks
and only allowing them to hit the highway once they are in top condition.
Failing to do their job adequately could result in a breakdown and an
accident while the truck is in use.
Load crew: Many truck drivers have no idea exactly what is in the back of their tractor
trailers while they are driving across the country. The people who load
the freight, usually called load crews, are tasked with stacking it carefully
and equally distributing the weight balance of the shipment. If the truck
becomes misbalanced, it may flip over or become sluggish, resulting in
a devastating trucking accident.
Supervisor/parent company: A certain amount of oversight is necessary within a trucking company to
ensure that safety is always a priority and that accidents are avoided.
Supervisors who do not create reasonable schedules may require one driver
to work long hours, sometimes nearly an entire day. Parent companies that
do not keep track of their supervisors also fail to do their part in managing
a safely-running company.
You should not be discouraged by the number of people who could be liable
for your trucking accident. At Duck Law Firm, our Lafayette truck accident
attorney can actually use this to your advantage. By identifying multiple
parties who are liable for your injuries, it may be possible to secure
more compensation than what would have been possible in a single-defendant lawsuit.
Work with a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
Our Lafayette truck accident lawyer is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates
Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, rare achievements
that requires an attorney to have obtained at least one multi-million
dollar verdict or settlement for a client. Attorney Kevin R. Duck has
won numerous six- and seven-figure results for deserving clients. And
as with every personal injury case, he has done this on a no recovery,
no fee basis.
Not only are we committed to getting you results, but we are dedicated
to your financial recovery from the start: You will have no upfront or
out-of-pocket costs with us.
We only get paid if you do. We are ready to secure justice for your preventable accident. Discover
how our trial-tested legal advocate can help you gain the compensation