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Truck Accidents Archives

Highlighting the BAC standards for commercial truckers

No matter how skilled of a driver you may be, driving next to a commercial vehicle such as a semi-truck on any of the roads in or around Lake Charles can be intimidating. Given the sheer size of these vehicles, irresponsible actions by their drivers can produce devastating results. Some who have come to us here at the Schwalben Law Firm following a truck accident share the concern that the drivers who hit them displayed actions that seemed to imply that alcohol or other substances may have present in their systems. This prompts the question of whether or not the operators of commercial vehicles are held to higher standard when it comes to drunk driving.

Assigning liability for accidents to trucking companies

Few accidents in Lake Charles can be as devastating as those involving collisions between traditional vehicles and semi-trucks or tractor-trailers. Our experience here at the Schwalben Law Firm in working with the victims of such accidents has taught us that these incidents can often leave those affected facing enormous financial and emotional burdens. You may understand this all too well if you or a loved one has experienced such an accident. If your incident has left you needing to seek compensation, then one question may enter into your mind: is the truck driver or the company that employed him or her responsible?

Truck driving clearinghouse designed to reduce fatalities

A surprising number of people are killed each year as a result of tractor trailer accidents in Louisiana and across the nation. A portion of these accidents involve negligent truckers who are drugged or drunk while behind the wheel. As a way to decrease the number of truck drivers who risk the lives of others on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is developing a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Prior to this program, the trucking industry lacked a national database where information could be shared concerning truck drivers.

Will Proactive Steps Now Prevent Truck Accidents In The Future?

The impact of a truck accident goes beyond the actual collision that leads to injury and death. Victims are left with serious, life-changing injuries. Family members face an uncertain future following the death of a loved one.

Deadly Dangers From Drowsy Drivers

Various factors can lead to a truck colliding with another vehicle. Investigations often reveal speeding, reckless operation, and other types of negligence. The advent of smart phones has lead to tragic collisions caused by distracted driving of a tractor-trailer. Far too many crashes have resulted from drug or alcohol abuse.

What to do if you're injured by an 18-wheeler

Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and even death in the United States. In fact, the number one cause of death for children in this country is death by vehicular accident. Any collision between vehicles can cause damage to property and risk the life and bodily health of those involved. When there is a massive discrepancy between the size of the vehicles, as is the case when semi-trucks or 18 wheelers are involved in the accident, the chances of severe injury or death of the people in the smaller vehicle rises substantially. While the rates of fatal accidents have declined in recent years, there are still thousands of trucking accidents that kill or maim people every year.

Recent Tow Truck Accident Claims 3 Lives, Others Injured

When people are seriously injured or lives are lost in a crash here in Louisiana or elsewhere, the families of the victims have the right to file wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed to be at fault. In a commercial truck accident in which the driver of the truck is considered responsible, the victims and/or their families may include the driver's employer as a defendant in the lawsuit. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to determine what company should be included in the lawsuit.

Trucking accidents are often caused by distracted driving

Long-haul drivers spend several hours behind the wheels of their big rigs. They, too, can get bored and complacent, which can lead them to look for distractions to keep their minds active while they travel. Sadly, distracted driving causes many trucking accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere.

Investigation of two-vehicle fatal accident on U.S. 51 continues

Traffic patterns can change in the blink of an eye. If drivers are not prepared for that eventuality, the results could be disastrous. Troopers with the Louisiana State Police continue to wonder why the driver of a pickup truck in a recent fatal accident failed to stop in response to the traffic in front of it.

Hours of service restrictions violated in truck accident

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes strict regulations on truck drivers. One of those regulations specifies how many hours drivers may be on the road without taking rest breaks in an attempt to ensure that they are not fatigued while driving. A violation of these restrictions could lead to a serious or fatal truck accident here in Louisiana.