Louisiana plays a prominent role in the trucking industry and oil and gas industry, which also involves the use of heavy trucks. The increased number of trucks on the state highways has led to a number of devastating accidents which leave victims facing enormous medical bills and rehabilitation costs.
The trucking industry in Louisiana is a major source of jobs throughout the state, providing employees with a steady income. According to the Louisiana State University Highway Safety Research Group, nearly 100 fatal crashes in 2016 involved a large truck or bus. This number has remained relatively static over the last 5 years, despite ongoing efforts by law enforcement officials to site reckless driving.
Louisiana Truck Accident Statute of Limitations
The immediate aftermath of a truck accident is often a blur, as emergency personnel race to help the injured victims. The next few days are also often fraught with hospital visits and ongoing medical care. However, it is important that you consider your options as soon as possible after the truck accident occurs. Louisiana provides a victim of a truck accident with one year from the date of the accident or injury to bring a claim for damages. This is true regardless of the severity of the injuries. Therefore, if you bring a claim one year and one day after the injury, you will not be able to recover damages.
Additionally, insurance companies will also attempt to coerce a settlement during this time and often prey on injured victims. Louisiana requires drivers to be insured up to $20,000 in case of extreme injuries. However, truck accidents can cause damages well in excess of $20,000 once you take into account ongoing medical care, treatments, and potential lost wages. Injured victims who are forced to spend months recovering may not be able to return to work. Therefore, it is important to always take into account the full economic impact of the accident. Insurance companies will often only address the immediate medical expenses and offer a stipend for good faith.
Damages in Truck Accident Claims
Our firm will handle all aspects of a personal injury claim after a devastating truck accident, including a careful examination of the police report, eyewitness accounts, and consultation with trucking industry experts. The claim for damages will include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Claims involving truck drivers will also often involve the trucking company since the driver is often on company time during the accident. Trucking companies now offer unique technology which is often embedded within the truck itself and monitor the trucker’s speed, brakes, and route (among other things). This type of data will assist in establishing the liability in a personal injury claim.
Contact Our Louisiana Truck Accidents Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Jones & Hill. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling truck accident cases and will work closely with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Truck accidents involve the impact of heavy machinery with a normal sized automobile in many cases and can lead to life-altering injuries. The trucking company should be held responsible for these injuries. Contact our Oakdale or Oberlin offices today for your initial free consultation.