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How are Louisiana truck drivers negligent?

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In many ways. Starting with being a distracted driver. In today’s world, truck drivers, sadly, like most drivers on the highway, are busy texting, searching the internet, looking at emails, videos, YouTube, and using their “smartphones” to converse while driving an 80,000 lb. semitractor-trailer rig down the highway. I see it all the time, just like you do.

Another way that many truck drivers are negligent on our highways is that they are inexperienced, undertrained and/or overworked. There is a high demand for truck drivers right now, and a lot of companies are short-staffed. This leads a lot of trucking companies to not fully or competently train their drivers. And with so many trucks on the road in all kinds of conditions, this can lead to accidents. Some days it feels like there are more big rig trucks on the road than there are cars.

Federal and state guidelines apply to truckers

There are federal and state guidelines as well as a special standard of care that applies to truck drivers. They have to be specially trained, carry specific certifications, and they cannot work over a certain number of hours. A lot of times we catch truck drivers in their depositions, altering their driver logs to reflect less hours than they actually worked, which is a violation of federal and state trucking regulations and laws. 

If you’ve been injured by the negligence of a truck driver or have been involved in a big rig accident, work with an attorney who regularly takes these types of accidents. At my firm, we have even represented truck drivers who have been injured through the negligence of other truck drivers. It costs you nothing to speak to an attorney about your injury case. In personal injury cases, attorneys charge you a percentage of the money they win for you. If the attorney or firm is unsuccessful, it costs you nothing.

Protect yourself. Research your attorney thoroughly before hiring.

Ask that attorney:

  • How many trucking cases have you been involved with?
  • How many times have you gone to court and tried a trucking case?
  • What is your knowledge and experience handling and representing individuals injured because of a trucking accident in Louisiana?

I am always more than happy to give people the guidance and recommendations they will need in a free phone call. Don’t hire an attorney who has no idea how to handle these types of cases. You have one case. Don’t let yourself get injured twice!

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