An 18-wheeler driver lost control of his truck on Interstate 10 recently, crashing into the retaining wall. According to authorities, the driver refused to cooperate with the police in determining the cause of the accident. The police later determined the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. There were no injuries in the accident.
The immense size and weight of an 18-wheeler truck can cause serious injuries in an automobile accident. Each year, over 150,000 people are injured by 18-wheeler accidents in the U.S alone. By law, drivers of 18-wheelers are under a heightened duty to operate the truck in a safe and cautious manner. Federal and state laws also govern the practices of 18-wheelers. These laws typically cover the number of hours a driver can drive within a 24-hour-period, the company’s maintenance and loading standards, and driver qualifications.
After an accident with an 18-wheeler, it is important to choose an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. 18-wheeler accidents differ from typical auto accidents because the truck driver’s employer’s practices may also have contributed to the cause of accident. In addition, an employer can often be held vicariously liable for the accident. An experienced attorney can investigate the cause of the accident and ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.
In an effort to punish drunk and/or drugged drivers and deter others from driving while intoxicated, Louisiana law (La. C.C. Art. 2315.4) provides for punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, lost enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. Broussard, David & Moroux has been lead counsel in several of the highest punitive damage jury awards cases in the state of Louisiana.
The attorneys at Broussard, David & Moroux have experience litigating 18-wheeler accidents and the skills necessary to help you obtain the just compensation you and your family deserve. For questions, contact Broussard, David & Moroux, at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-337-2323 (local).