Shreveport 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
30 Years of combined legal experience in 18-Wheeler Accident Injury claims
18-Wheeler Accident Law Firm in Shreveport, LA
Helping those in Shreveport who have been injured due to the fault of another in an 18-wheeler accident.
Commercial vehicles are usually much larger than private vehicles and can cause very serious accidents. A typical, fully-loaded commercial truck (such as an 18-wheeler, big rig, or dump truck) can weigh as much as 25 times that of a small car. Due to the basic laws of physics, big rig accidents often result in serious, or even fatal, injuries. These accidents can be worsened by hazardous or flammable freight that is sometimes carried by these commercial vehicles.
Because of the money at stake, commercial haulers and their insurance companies hire professional investigators, expert witnesses, and attorneys who will work to strengthen their case and weaken a victim’s chance of recovery. It is essential for victims to seek their own personal injury attorney with the knowledge, experience, and resources to combat these companies.
Shreveport is a hub of trucking activity for many different industries. With the Port of Shreveport and access to some of the biggest national logistics destinations, the trucking industry is thriving in the state of Louisiana. Truck companies usually pay by the mile, so truck drivers have an incentive to deliver the load as quickly as they possibly can. Unfortunately, this part of the trucking industry can encourage excessive hours and other unsafe activities.
In recognition of the seriousness of a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler accident, Louisiana law requires commercial vehicles to carry larger insurance policies than private vehicles. These larger policies allow personally injured parties to pay for the care they need and be properly compensated for their loss.
We do not charge any fees, or even ask for reimbursement of our expenses, unless you get a settlement.
What are the primary causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Shreveport, LA?
What steps should you take following an 18-wheeler accident?
1. Move to a safe area before you stop the vehicle if you can.
If moving your car isn’t possible, flip on your hazards to warn other drivers that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere. Take a moment to catch your breath. Check to make sure it’s safe to get out of your car before opening the door.
2. Check on others involved in the car accident.
Check on all the other parties involved, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians around to make sure that nobody is injured. Call 911 immediately if anyone may be injured at the scene. Even a seemingly minor symptom like dizziness or slight pain should be checked out by a healthcare professional to make sure there is no internal injury.
3. Call the police to the scene of the car accident.
Even in minor accidents, a police accident report can prove invaluable when dealing with your car insurance company and other drivers. Cooperate fully with the officers, but avoid admitting fault or blaming others while at the scene. Let the police objectively judge events and determine who, if anyone, is at fault in the crash.
4. Gather information.
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact information of any witness to the accident
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
5. File your insurance claim.
Call your insurance provider from the scene of the car accident, or file it through your smartphone. If you aren’t sure who to call, check your insurance ID card for your insurer’s contact information.
Why should you hire a Shreveport 18-wheeler accident lawyer?
While the services we provide to our clients are extensive, the types of claims we handle are highly focused on those resulting from Louisiana auto accidents or other personal injuries. We believe that focusing our practice on Louisiana motor vehicle accident claims makes us much more effective. Through the years, we have established a high level of credibility handling personal injury claims in Shreveport and throughout the entire Arklatex. This experience and industry saturation means that insurance adjusters take us seriously – knowing that when we make a claim, we’re prepared to prove fault in pursuit of the compensation our clients are entitled to.
One critical mistake many people make after an 18-wheeler strikes their car is attempting to “tough it out” and avoid going to the doctor if they don’t notice anything painful immediately. The longer someone delays getting necessary medical care, the more difficult it is for your attorney to help you recover maximum compensation for your potential injuries. Following up with your doctor’s orders is a very important step to take, in order to help your attorney obtain maximum compensation for your injuries and to speed your recovery.
Have you been injured in an 18-wheeler accident in Shreveport, Louisiana?
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