Navigating the Aftermath of An 18-Wheeler Accident in Louisiana

The bustling highways surrounding Baton Rouge, LA, and throughout the entire state are vital to the economic well-being of Louisianans. One could argue that this network by which goods are transported and thus services offered is, in some ways, the economic lifeblood of Louisiana. A pillar of this is 18-wheeler trucks. A positive benefit of this is that they can transport a large amount of goods and materials. A downside is that the consequences can be incredibly dramatic if things go wrong.

Truck driving was found to be the most deadly occupation in the United States in 2018. This is based on there being 28.3 fatal injuries per 100,00 full-time workers. Bear in mind that when these deaths occur in these accidents, there is someone else on the other side in many instances, more likely than not, equally affected by the crash.

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are much more severe than those between regular-sized automobiles. This is due to the massive size and weight of these trucks. Normal car accidents are traumatic enough, but accidents involving 18-wheelers take things to another level. People involved in these accidents suffer broken bones, injuries to the head, and spinal cord injuries, causing cripplingly expensive medical bills and property damage.

The Law Office of Don R. Williams, LLC prepared this article to help you navigate the after-effects if you’ve suffered in an accident with an 18-wheeler. No matter how severe they are, they are challenging and require direction from someone experienced in dealing with them, at the very least. Know, however, that this guide we’ve prepared is not legal advice and should not be used in place of consulting with an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer about your specific case.

The Role Of Insurance Companies In 18-Wheeler Accident Claims

Dealing with insurance companies in the wake of an accident involving an 18-wheeler is a necessary evil. So many think that insurance companies have their best interest at heart, but they simply don’t. At the end of the day, they are nothing more than companies concerned with maximizing profits. Nevertheless, the system is what it is, and these companies are the means by which victims are compensated for their losses, such as medical expenses, property damage, and emotional distress.

An insurance company will pretend to be your friend. Their goal in doing this is to gain your trust so you let down your guard. Doing this will make you more likely to say more than you should. Even seemingly unrelated and innocent things, like replying to “How are you today?” with a meaningless, “Fine, thank you.” will be twisted to undermine your injury claim.

More often than not, they do not investigate and settle claims in good faith. They aim only to minimize the payout they’re required to give you. An insurance lawyer for 18-wheeler accidents not only knows their playbook but also how to beat them at their game. A skilled one will effectively advocate for you and get the full compensation the insurance company tries to avoid paying.

Choosing The Right 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer: A Comprehensive Guide

Now, finding a skilled 18-wheeler accident claims attorney is absolutely critical. We recommend the following criteria when seeking one. Based on our experience, we find these particular characteristics most necessary to win an 18-wheeler accident claim.

Knowledge And Experience

18-wheeler accident claims are not something a general practice attorney should handle. Most don’t anyway, but should you come across one who does, we highly advise you to think again before moving forward with them.

18-wheeler claims are a considerably specialized area of the law, so you need someone with an equally specialized focus on it. There are various federal and state regulations, trucking and insurance industry standards, and the involvement of third-parties to consider at play that justify this specialization.

Comprehensive Network

Having connections with local authorities, accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals, and other expert witnesses is a huge plus for an attorney. A deep and far-reaching network with these professionals will go far to build a strong case for you.

Track Record

In light of a background rich in knowledge and experience, an ideal lawyer will have a track record that backs it all up.

Positive Reviews

Reading up on what previous clients say about the lawyer will help give you a sense of the service they provide and help you make a sound decision.

If you or a loved one have suffered in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, email or call The Law Office of Don R. Williams, LLC today. Someone from the team will listen to your story and immediately begin going to work for you if you decide to partner with us.