Causes of Louisiana Truck Accidents
Lafayette Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one was injured in a Louisiana truck accident, you want answers. Why did this happen to you? What caused the truck to jackknife? Was the truck driver following trucking regulations? Was he or she drunk, tired or on drugs? Most importantly: how can you move forward after this devastating injury? At the law firm of Joseph Joy & Associates, we find answers for injured individuals and families of people who have lost their loved ones in a Louisiana trucking accident.
Most truck drivers are careful, attentive drivers who watch out for other vehicles on the road. However, even careful truck drivers can make poor decisions or feel pressured by their truck company’s compensation practices. This becomes especially clear on highways and roads that are frequently traveled by trucks, including the I-10 corridor and roads and bridges through the basin. Truck accidents involving trucks carrying loads to and from the basin — including trucks delivering material for onshore and offshore oil field operations and manufacturing plants — happen far too often.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires truckers and truck companies to follow very specific trucking regulations. For example, commercial truck drivers can only drive a certain amount of time without a break. Unfortunately, trucking companies and truck drivers do not always follow these regulations, causing accidents that never should have happened.
The following is a short, non-exhaustive list of other common causes of truck accidents:
- Poor driving, including speeding, tailgating and passing improperly
- Driving a truck without a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Lack of sleep / driver fatigue
- Drug or alcohol use by the truck driver
- Inattentive driving
- Improper truck or tractor trailer maintenance
- Improper truck loading
- Driving with an unsecured load / shifting loads
- Truck jackknifing
- Truck rollovers
- Tire tread separation and tire blowouts
If a truck driver’s negligence caused your trucking accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Contact our law firm to speak with a Louisiana personal injury lawyer with more than 35 years of experience. We offer free, no-risk consultations.
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