Among the most dangerous accidents are those involving tractor-trailers (18-wheelers) on the highways. Because Baton Rouge is located along I-10/I-12 and Highway 190, drivers in the area are at high risk of accidents involving 18-wheelers. The size difference between an 18-wheeler and a car makes the driver of the car far more susceptible to major injuries. While the primary causes of truck accidents are speed and fatigue, several other factors may play a role in causing trucking accidents. These may including driver error, faulty equipment, and violation of safety regulations.
If you, or someone you know, is involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you should consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will investigate these collisions carefully and thoroughly. Experienced attorneys are familiar with federal regulations that require trucking companies to keep certain records regarding equipment safety and driver’s operating hours. They also have access to accident reconstruction and safety experts.
Along with the size of the trucks is often the size of the trucking company. These companies will have a large team of high-priced lawyers on their side. You will likely need your own team as well. deGravelles & Palmintier stand ready to help.