Drivers must confront all types of dangers every time they get behind the wheel. Among the most dangerous hazards are large commercial trucks, such as semi-truck, big rigs, and 18-wheelers. These enormous vehicles pose a variety of risks that motorists must be aware of, and guard against. While truck drivers have an obligation to avoid a Louisiana truck accident, motorists should not assume that all truck drivers are safe and responsible drivers.
Large trucks make up only a small portion of the total number of vehicles on the road. However, these vehicles are disproportionately involved in fatal accidents. According to a study conducted by Louisiana State University, there were 108 fatal Louisiana truck accidents in 2019. This represents nearly 16 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. This represents the most truck accidents for the preceding five years. That same year, more than 2,700 people were injured in Louisiana truck accidents. While the number of truck accidents decreased slightly in 2020, this is likely due to the travel limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is probably not an indication that truck accidents are decreasing.
Recovering After a Louisiana Truck Accident
Truck drivers have a duty to safely operate their rig at all times. This duty encompasses not just implementing safe driving behaviors, but also requires truck drivers to perform the necessary maintenance on their trucks. When a truck driver’s negligence results in an accident, anyone injured in the collision can pursue a personal injury claim against the driver of the truck.
Additionally, injury victims can also bring a claim against the trucking company in many situations. The doctrine of vicarious liability allows an injured party to hold a negligent party’s employer liable, if the employee was acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident. This is particularly applicable in truck accident cases, because most of these accidents occur while the driver is carrying out their work-related duties.
However, the mere fact that an accident occurred will not necessarily result in a truck driver (or trucking company) being held financially responsible. Accident victims must prove that the truck driver was negligent, which requires they show that the driver owed them a duty of care, which the truck driver breached. A plaintiff must also show that the truck driver’s breach of the duty resulted in their injuries. Truck accident cases can be complex, and anyone considering bringing a claim should reach out to a dedicated Louisiana truck accident lawyer for assistance.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident with an 18-Wheeler?
If you or someone you love has recently been seriously hurt in a Louisiana 18-wheeler accident, reach out to the dedicated injury advocates at Manard Law. At Manard Law, we provide clients with unrivaled representation in all types of personal injury cases, including truck accidents and other types of motor vehicle collisions. Over the years, we’ve recovered millions on behalf of our injured clients and their families. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate injury lawyers, call 1-800-795-PAIN (7246).