Were you or a family member involved in a serious accident with a commercial truck? If so, you already know that the losses experienced in such events can be devastating. Those who are lucky enough to survive trucking accidents often end up with physical injuries that may result in life-long impairments, emotional damages from which they may never fully recover and financial losses that can lead to bankruptcy. If a truck accident has completely wrecked your life, know that you may likely seek compensation for your losses.

Louisiana sees far more than its fair share of trucking accidents every year. When these events happen, victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members want to know who they can hold responsible and what damages may be recoverable.

Determining liability

Establishing fault after a commercial truck accident is not always easy. A lot of different things can contribute to these collisions. Law enforcement officers will do their best to investigate the scene, but their investigation is generally not enough to really determine liability. Legal counsel will know exactly where to look to find evidence that may help your case. Depending on the information recovered, if negligence contributed to your losses, you may file civil claims against:

  • Insurance providers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Local government
  • Truck driver
  • Driver employer

With the right assistance, one can complete a full investigation, establish liability and seek compensation from the proper parties.

Recoverable damages

When it comes to damages sustained in a trucking accident, they can be economic as well as non-economic in nature. The state of Louisiana allows victims to recover the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of companionship
  • Funeral expenses

Of course, in order for a court to deem any of these damages recoverable, one must provide proper documentation of all losses — current and projected — for review.

Fight for you and your family

A truck accident has the ability to change the course of your life and the lives of your family members in an instant — and not for the better. Under the right circumstances, you can fight for relief for you and your family. Thankfully, that is not something you have to do alone. With help, you can take the proper steps to seek fair and full compensation for your losses.