Monroe Truck Accident Attorneys
Suing Truckers, Trucking Companies & Other Liable Parties
Truck drivers who cause devastating accidents while working should be held liable for the damages. Yet they are often difficult to sue because they are backed by their employer and their insurance company, who want nothing to do with paying a claim. If you have been hit by a trucker in Monroe, Louisiana, then it is time to take legal action with professional assistance.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can provide all the legal counsel and services you need to file a strong truck accident claim. All of our experience and insight become your own when you let us work on your case for you.
Not sure if you understand Louisiana’s liability laws and how they apply to your truck accident? Not to worry because we know the law inside and out. Confused about how to calculate your damages to maximize your compensation? We are highly skilled at uncovering different damages and insurance claims held by the opposing party. The bottom line is that we are fully capable of managing your case, and it would be our honor to do so.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Negligence is the root of truck accidents. As it is with car accidents, though, the negligence that can cause a truck accident can come in many forms. We will want to investigate your case to the fullest extent of our abilities to determine what caused it.
A truck accident can be caused by the following problems and more:
- Speeding: To complete a delivery route faster, a truck driver might be tempted to break the speed limit, which is often lower for trucks than it is for other vehicles on the highway. Speeding will greatly increase a truck’s braking distance due to the vehicle’s massive weight and momentum, so it is even more important than ever that a trucker never speeds.
- Exhaustion: Truck drivers can experience fatigue while working because they are often scheduled to drive for 11 hours in a 14-hour shift. Exhaustion can affect a driver like alcohol, which worsens reaction times, blurs vision, impairs judgment, and more.
- Overloaded trailer: A trailer that has too much cargo loaded or onto it is a hazard. When turning sharply, traveling up or down a steep incline, or driving through a high wind area, an overloaded trailer can cause the truck to tip. Cargo can also spill out of the trailer and onto the road behind the truck, hitting drivers.
- Defective parts: A part defect in a car is dangerous, but a defective truck part can be catastrophic if it causes the truck driver to lose control of their vehicle. Brake failures and burst tires are two of the most common defective truck parts that lead to crashes.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Many parties are involved with the operation of a commercial truck. As such, numerous parties could also be liable for a truck accident, depending on the root cause. We will want to carefully investigate the circumstances of your crash and its causes to then pinpoint liability. It is not unusual for there to be more than one party named as a defendant in a serious truck accident case. With multiple defendants come more challenges, but there will also be a greater opportunity to get maximum compensation because there will be more insurance policies to file against.
Parties who could be liable for your truck accident include:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Truck manufacturer
- Load crew
- And more