Driving an 18-wheeler safely isn’t as simple as driving a car or SUV. They’re big, they stop slowly, and they have huge blind spots. Driving one requires special training and licenses (Commercial Driver’s License, also known as a CDL), especially if the cargo is hazardous, such as chemicals used at petrochemical and natural gas plants.
Drivers have to follow a number of state and federal regulations. Trucks are routinely checked for wear or maintenance issues and drivers have to keep logs on time spent behind the wheel.
If an 18-wheeler is involved in a crash, their CDL and job is at risk. Therefore, these drivers will fight tooth and nail to avoid being at fault in an accident. It takes an experienced lawyer to bring forth the truth in these cases.
When an accident involving a semi happens, our attorneys at The Johnson Firm will work to find out the cause and help clients seek the maximum available compensation for injuries or death.
The most common cause of truck accidents is drowsy or distracted driving. Many drivers neglect taking the required breaks because of demanding deadlines. No matter the cause of the wreck, if the driver or another party is at fault, you might be entitled to compensation.
These kinds of crashes are almost always avoidable if the driver is paying proper attention and driving in a safe manner in a properly maintained and properly loaded vehicle.
Because of the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler truck, accidents cause a great deal of damage and injuries for others involved. Medical bills, lost wages, property damage, vehicle repairs, and other losses can all result. Filing an insurance claim with the help of a Lake Charles truck accident lawyer can help you recover these losses.
It’s common for truck accidents to result in serious injuries or fatalities. If you suffer any of these or other injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
After being involved in a truck accident, serious injuries can leave you with a mountain of medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, mental distress, and other expenses. The Johnson Firm’s accident lawyers are experienced in dealing with complex truck accident cases. We work hard to ensure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
We investigate both the truck driver and the trucking company. The Johnson Firm demands driver logs, truck maintenance records, black-box crash data, driving history, and other evidence to help make your case. Furthermore, we have access to some of the leading trucking industry experts and reconstruction specialists to help prove what really caused the crash.
Before you contact an insurance company, give us a call to make sure you get the full compensation due. An insurance company knows you will be struggling financially after the accident and may offer a lower amount of compensation.
The Johnson Firm’s Lake Charles truck accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you put your life back together.
Our attorneys bring over 40 years of experience to the table. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a semi-trailer truck, call us at (337) 433-1414 and let us help you get your due compensation.