Semi-truck traffic is common on the roadways in New Orleans. Victims of truck accidents are more likely to sustain serious injuries or be fatally injured in a truck accident than other types of accidents. The size disparity between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries and accidents. Injuries that can be suffered in a truck accident can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones or soft tissue injuries which can have long-term consequences for victims.
The need to care for truck accident injuries and treat those injuries as victims focus on the recovery process following a truck accident can cause medical bills to accumulate at the same time the victim is also unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered in a truck accident. Fortunately, when victims have been harmed by a negligent truck driver or negligent truck company, legal resources may be available.
A personal injury claim for damages can help victims with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. Depending on the relationship, both truck drivers and truck companies may be liable to victims for the injuries they have suffered. For example, truck drivers may be liable for failing to follow traffic laws; truck companies may be liable for failing to properly train drivers; and both may be liable if the truck was not properly maintained.
Liability for a truck accident is important because it has an impact on ensuring victims and their families are adequately compensated for the injuries and harm they have suffered because of a truck accident. It is important for victims of truck accidents and their families to be familiar with the legal resources that are always available to help them.