Trucking accidents out on the open road are more common than one may think. According to the United States Department of Transportation, more than 500,000 trucking accidents happen every year. So when is the appropriate time to hire a trucking accident attorney when you get in a serious accident? The obvious answer is once you’re in an accident with a “big rig.”
Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Some examples include loss of control of the vehicle, engine failure, traveling too fast, shifting cargo, poor road conditions, lane drifting, and driver fatigue. Negligence can also be accredited to the non-commercial vehicles involved as well if they were not paying attention or something out of their control happened to cause the crash.
Estimates state that one out of every eight automotive accidents involving a truck ends in a fatality. The drivers and passengers in smaller, non-commercial vehicles often sustain the most injuries and/or fatalities in these accidents.
Trucking accidents are inevitable and will happen on the road. Sometimes they can be avoided while other times they are almost impossible to avoid. The best way to prepare yourself in the event of a trucking accident is to always make sure you and your passengers are following all safety protocols in your vehicle. Make sure everyone fastens their seatbelts, faces forward, and the driver concentrates on the road in front of them. Trucking accidents may not be as avoidable as non-commercial accidents. However, following basic safety regulations can help cut down on personal injuries and can possibly help prevent fatalities.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the estimated average cost of a fatal accident involving an eighteen-wheeler is over $3 million. For non-fatal truck accidents, the average cost is usually somewhere around $62,000. Naturally, these numbers vary state to state, and fluctuate based on the accident’s severity.
So is an accident of this magnitude worth hiring a trucking accident attorney? In hindsight, yes. A trucking accident attorney will help your chances of receiving the appropriate compensation for these accidents. They are able to help guide you in the often-lengthy process of dealing with trucking companies and their legal teams.
Charbonnet’s highly skilled legal team is always ready to help you in your trucking accident case. Their combined knowledge of the Louisiana legal system can help you win your case, and collect the settlement you rightfully deserve.