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Commercial trucking accidents are common and can be devastating

Driving can be dangerous. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children and remain a major source of injury and death among adults as well. When the other vehicle involved in your accident is a semitruck or eighteen-wheeler, the potential for serious injury or death increases substantially. Their size and weight make them capable of massive amounts of destruction. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a commercial truck, you may need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Truck drives are held to a higher standard than non-commercial drivers

Many states have tougher blood alcohol content (BAC) requirements for professional truck drivers. Louisiana is one of them. While the general BAC limit for adults drivers over 21 is 0.08%, for commercial truck operators, it is half of that: 0.04%. While there are laws in place to deter commercial truck drivers from operating after having a few drinks, some still may do so. Similarly, there are regulations and laws in place regarding the number of hours a driver may operate, as well as mandated rest periods to prevent fatigue and dangerous driving due to exhaustion.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for commercial truck drivers to bend or break the rules implemented for the safety of others on the road. They may have a deadline and decide to drive all night and falsify their reports on driving hours and rest. They may get a call to pick up a load after having a few drinks and decide to accept the work anyway. Whatever the reason, if a negligent or impaired truck driver has injured you or a member of your family, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

What can a personal injury attorney do?

Often, there are major expenses incurred as a direct result of an accident with a large truck. From the expense of repairing or replacing the vehicle to medical expenses, it doesn't take long for those bills to become overwhelming. Insurance carriers may delay coverage while liability is determined, or they may off you a paltry settlement that won't cover your losses. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf with insurance carriers to get you the coverage and settlement you deserve. They can also bring a civil suit against the truck driver, his insurer or his employer to help you recoup those expenses.

Recovery should be your primary focus after a traumatic accident with a commercial truck, not dealing with insurance companies and bills. By retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can focus on your life returning to normal while they focus on protecting your rights and financial future.

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