There’s no such thing as a “minor” semi-truck accident. Even when there are no serious injuries or property damage, a crash with an 18-wheeler is always a traumatic experience. However, when injuries do happen in a truck wreck, they are often severe – and the occupants of passenger vehicles tend to suffer the worst of the impact.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 3,600 people died in large truck accidents in 2014. Only 16 percent of those fatalities were truck occupants. Sixty-eight percent were occupants in passenger vehicles. The other 15 percent were motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, mental anguish and other damages. In order to recover fair compensation, you or your truck crash lawyer will have to show evidence to prove negligence, liability and damages.
One of the most important pieces of evidence in a truck accident injury claim is black box data. The black box, also known as an electronic control module or electronic data recorder, tracks important information such as:
- Hours on the road;
- High speed;
- Average speed;
- Seat belt use;
- Tire pressure; and
- Sudden braking.
If the black box data shows that the truck driver behaved recklessly or violated the law, your truck accident lawyer can use this evidence to support your claim. In addition to black box data, your lawyer may use the following evidence to help you recover the highest possible compensation:
- The police report;
- Eyewitness testimonies;
- Testimonies from medical experts, financial experts and accident reconstruction experts;
- Timelines, illustrations and photographs;
- Inspection and maintenance records;
- Fuel and lodging receipts; and
- Evidence of prior violations by the trucker or trucking company.
It is important that you take legal action as soon as possible after your collision. The at-fault party may try to destroy evidence by erasing black box data, repairing the vehicle quickly or falsifying logbooks to conceal non-compliance.
A New Orleans truck accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC will help you gather evidence and fight for the highest possible settlement. If your case goes to trial, our attorneys have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 today to arrange a free initial consultation.
What Damages Are Recoverable after a Truck Accident?
If you were injured by a drunk, distracted or negligent driver in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future health-care bills;
- Property damage;
- Income you lost while recovering from your injuries;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Loss of consortium;
- Mental anguish; and
- Pain and suffering.
If your crash happened because the truck driver was intoxicated, then you also may be entitled to exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages.
If you were hurt in an 18-wheeler wreck that another driver caused, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. A truck crash lawyer in New Orleans will help you fight for the highest possible compensation. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 800-537-8185.