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Rollover accidents account for large portion of truck fatalities

There is no question that the trucking industry is important for shipping goods across the country. However, countless people in Louisiana and other states are put at risk every day by truck drivers who are tired, distracted or intoxicated, or who may lose control due to factors outside their control. When trucks roll over, the results can be especially devastating.

What should you know about truck accidents?

Big rigs on Louisiana's Interstate 10 speed along, rushing to get to their next drop-off point. Long haulers on Interstate 20 cruise between Dallas and Atlanta in semitrucks that are a necessary element in U.S. trade. The drivers transport goods across the country and back again, fueling the economy with endless supplies of high-demand products.

What can truckers do to stay safe on the road?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides tips for Louisiana truck drivers who navigate busy highways. Whether you only pass through doing long hauls on Interstate 20 or you make short runs throughout the state every week, you can help keep yourself and other motorists safe by making precautionary measures a part of your daily routine.

Alarming facts about truck accidents

Large truck accidents account for a major portion of highway deaths in Louisiana and across the nation. Per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s most recent statistics, in 2015, 11 percent of highway deaths involved a truck. Of the 3,852 people who died, passenger car occupants made up 69 percent, 16 percent were in the trucks themselves and 15 percent were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians.

Stressful work conditions may lead to truck accidents

It is a well-known fact that large trucks are involved in many accidents across the country every year. Fast highway speeds and the immense size of commercial trucks can create a deadly combination. Truck drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere may also work in stressful and unhealthy situations, further increasing their risk of causing an accident.

Trucks with older drivers, heavy loads a hazard

Many Louisiana residents spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel in their day-to-day lives, and with this in mind, it is important to stress the safety issues that come being on the road with large trucks. With aging drivers and heavier loads, the hazards posed by trucks are increasing.

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.


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