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Semitruck dangers and how to seek compensation after an injury

Many people use the I-12 corridor to bypass the longer I-10 route when going through Louisiana. This means that the corridor is always busy. It also means that people who are driving on this interstate are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident because of the fast speeds and the number of vehicles that traverse the interstate.

When you are driving along this corridor, you can take all the steps you want to so that you can stay safe but you are still partially at the mercy of the other drivers on the road. If you are involved in an accident, consider these points about seeking compensation.

The type of vehicle matters

You would handle a case for a semitruck hitting you a bit differently than how you would handle a case for a personal vehicle striking your automobile. In the case of the semitruck crash, you would have to find out if the trucker was in compliance with applicable laws and regulations at the time of the crash. For example, truckers can't drive more than a specified number of hours per shift and they can't drive while they are using a phone. Some of the regulations, such as hours of service, don't apply to non-commercial drivers.

Determine the cause of the crash

The cause of the crash has a significant impact on a claim for compensation. Some of the possible causes include fatigued or drowsy driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, negligence and recklessness. In all of these cases, you might be able to cite the cause of the crash in your claim.

You may have to do some digging to determine the cause of the crash. Reviewing the log records for a semitruck driver could help you to uncover the cause of a semitruck crash. You might be able to review the cellphone records of the driver if you think that he or she was on the phone when the crash occurred.

Consider the injuries you suffered

The injuries you suffered have an impact on your claim for compensation. More serious injuries are more likely to result in higher compensation amounts. You can't think only about your medical bills when you are going to seek compensation. You have to think about the future costs that you might incur. You also need to think about your pain and suffering, as well as how much money you will not be able to earn if you have to take time off of work while your injury heals.

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