Big Rigs cause serious injuries. Occupants of passenger cars involved in accidents with 18 Wheelers and other large commercial trucks are often seriously injured or killed because of the substantial size and weight difference between the big truck and the automobile. Big Rigs cause thousands of fatalities and over one hundred thousand injuries each year. Exceeding the speed limit and fatigue are the most common causes of collisions with commercial trucks, including18-Wheelers, tankers, dump trucks, panel vans, log trucks and pulp wood trucks.
Many commercial vehicles are governed by special state and federal laws and regulations that vary depending on the size and weight of the tractor and trailer or tanker, on whether the Big Rig travels intrastate or interstate, and on whether the trailer or tanker hauls liquids or hazardous materials.
The experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana truck accident attorneys at Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C. are knowledgeable about the federal and state laws and regulations applicable to the trucking industry and will leave no stone unturned when investigating compliance with licensing requirements, permits, hours of service rules and log books, post-accident drug and alcohol testing, and training and supervision.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a wreck with a Big Rig, it is important to remember that many commercial tractors or trucks are equipped with electronic event data recorders (EDR) or "black-boxes" that record accident data, including braking and speed prior to a collision. If this information is not downloaded immediately after an accident, the information can be over-written and lost forever. 18 wheeler accident victims should contact an experienced truck accident lawyer immediately following a collision with a Big Rig to protect their legal rights.
The Louisiana truck accident attorneys at Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C. have collected millions of dollars for personal injury and wrongful death clients involved in18-Wheeler accidents, including multiple cases involving rear-end collisions with defective ICC under-ride guards or bumpers.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a wreck with a Big Rig, contact the experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana truck crash lawyers at Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C. to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.