More than 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States. Over 5,000 people are killed and 140,000 are injured in these accidents. Large 18-wheeler trucks are important to American industries,
but their enormous size poses danger on roads and freeways, especially on the streets of New Orleans.

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18-wheeler truck accidents that result in personal injury or extensive property damage are subject to lawsuits and you may be eligible to recover your losses for pain and suffering, serious injury, death, loss of income capacity and medical bills. If a personal injury ends in a fatality, family members are able to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident, please contact us to speak with an experienced Louisiana truck accident attorney about your legal rights. Our qualified and experienced attorneys can discuss your questions and concerns, and advise you on how to best to protect and maximize your legal rights.

CONTACT LAMOTHE LAW FIRM
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN AN 18-WHEELER TRUCK ACCIDENT

HOW WE HANDLE TRUCK ACCIDENT CASES

We immediately initiate our own investigation to establish liability on the part of the driver and / or trucking company, truck manufacturer. We regularly employ trucking experts to assist us in our investigation. We thoroughly review and analyze all the evidence to a build a strong case including:

  • Driver logs
  • Black box data recorder analysis
  • Cargo securement systems
  • Review of trucking regulations to determine violations
  • Driver qualifications and training
  • Trucking expert reports
  • Truck repair and maintenance history
  • Witness statements

SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED LOUISIANA
TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER. CALL LAMOTHE LAW FIRM FOR A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION: (877) 249-6801.

 WHY HIRE US

We have over 100 years of combined experience in helping people who have been seriously harmed by the fault of others. We believe in winning. You only get justice when we are successful. We believe in our ability to win and we believe in our clients. We are fully committed to achieving justice for our clients. As seasoned trial attorneys, we are frequently brought on board by other law firms who appreciate our expertise and trial abilities .

We have recovered over 100 million dollars for our clients. We have won numerous verdicts at trial for victims and negotiated life changing significant settlements for our clients. We receive frequent referrals from other attorneys to lead them to victory in significant cases. We are proven and seasoned trial lawyers. We are known as a “go to” law firm.

We have a national reputation for excellence. Frank Lamothe is listed in Best Lawyers in America; Louisiana Super Lawyers; The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and the Nation’s Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He was selected as a New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law winner – for 2014 and 2015.

Our firm was named a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. We were also selected as the Admiralty Law Firm of the Year in Louisiana by Global Law Experts.

Frank Lamothe has been consistently recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in Louisiana and the nation.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Super Lawyers
  • Invited member, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Invited member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, The Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Listed as Nation’s Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Lamothe Law Firm has won national accolades as well.

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Leading attorney Frank Lamothe is listed in every edition for past 30 years for Personal Injury.

Lamothe Law Firm selected as one of the Best Law Firms – Personal Injury.

Frank Lamothe has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ranking for the past 35 years, which is the best possible rating, given by other attorneys.

Frank Lamothe is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, available to top trial attorneys in the country by invitation-only.

Rated by New Orleans Magazine as one of the Top Lawyers in the city.

Awarded to the top 5% of personal injury lawyers in Louisiana, Frank Lamothe has received this honor every year since 2007.

National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent in the Country

The Top Trial Lawyers in America– For attorneys who have recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Fewer than 1% of lawyers are members.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Frank Lamothe, member by invitation-only.

New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law winner based on professional & community involvement and achievements – 2014 and 2015, Frank Lamothe.

WHAT TO DO
IF YOU’RE
INVOLVED IN A
TRUCK ACCIDENT

If involved in a truck accident, the same steps would be taken as in an auto accident. These steps will ensure your health, safety and interests are fully protected.

1
Call the police to file a detailed accident report. Gather information from the other driver including contact information, driver’s license number and insurance information.
2
Do not sign or admit fault. Anything you say may be legally held against you.
3
If a camera is available take pictures of the scene and damage to the vehicles.
4
Identify the witnesses at the scene.

CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS

18 wheeler truck accidentAccording to studies, one of the most common reasons for truck accidents is driver fatigue, which is responsible for 30 to 40 percent of all trucking accidents. These alarming statistics have persuaded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement new rules in 2003. These guidelines have decreased the number of hours a truck driver can drive consecutively before going off duty for a minimum period of rest.

Other reasons large truck accidents may occur are due to the decreased visibility, the inability to react quickly, and the longer distance it takes to make a complete stop because of a truck’s heavy weight. In some cases, the truck may have mechanical problems. The trucking company is responsible for ensuring that all trucks are in good mechanical condition before hitting the road.

It is important for truck drivers to take the proper safety measures when sharing the road and not injure innocent victims.

Commercial Interstate Truck Drivers Must Comply with Federal Trucking Regulations

There are particular federal regulations that all commercial truck drivers are required to observe. These rules are called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and are important in a trucking case.

Some of these federal trucking regulations include:

• Truck drivers may not drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or more
• Truck drivers may not drink alcohol up to four hours prior to driving a truck
• Truck drivers must be older than 21 and demonstrate an ability to drive safely
• Truck drivers must inspect their vehicle’s loads at regular intervals
• Truck drivers must safely secure their loads
• Truck drivers must exercise extreme caution or stop driving in dangerous weather
• Truck drivers must take regular rest breaks at scheduled times
• Trust drivers may not log more than a certain number of hours
• Truck companies must schedule reasonable unloading times

Lamothe Law Firm trucking lawyers know the regulations involving commercial trucking.
If a violation of these regulations contributed to your accident, it establishes negligence on the part of the truck driver,
their insurance company and/or their employer.

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