18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers in New Orleans

Experienced Legal Representation for Victims of Big Rig Crashes

Large commercial trucks are incredibly dangerous, so it may come as no surprise that a large percentage of traffic injuries and deaths involve 18-wheelers and other large trucks. Because of their immense size and weight, accidents involving semi-trucks are more likely to result in serious injury and death than car crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving a big rig, The Burrell Firm, LLC can help. Our New Orleans 18-wheeler accident attorneys are experienced legal advocates with the know-how and tenacity to get you the compensation you need to cover your medical and other accident-related expenses.

Hurt in a truck accident? Call (504) 420-7575 to get a free consultation or contact us online.

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,761 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017.

Of those fatalities:

  • 72% were occupants of vehicles other than large trucks
  • 18% were occupants of large trucks
  • 10% percent were nonoccupants (such as pedestrians)

This shows that while trucks cause serious injuries, the truck drivers themselves are rarely the ones affected by 18-wheeler accidents.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Though there are state and federal regulations that govern trucking to maximize safety, the reality is less than ideal. Complex trucking machinery and equipment may malfunction, or drivers may push the limits of their hours of operation to make deliveries on time. Therefore, accidents continue to happen, and they are oftentimes the result of a trucking company and/or a truck driver not following the law.

Many 18-wheeler accidents are caused by one or more of the following:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver recklessness
  • Driving under the influence
  • Equipment failure
  • Improper cargo loading
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Bad weather
  • Poor visibility
  • Speeding
  • Lack of driver training

If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the trucking company that owns the vehicle and employed the driver can also be held liable. Therefore, the company’s insurance claims adjuster will immediately start building a case that will protect the interests of the trucking company. In doing so they will try to discredit your claim.

Why It Pays to Have a Louisiana Truck Accident Attorney on Your Side

Because the trucking company and their insurance agent will begin building a case against you to avoid paying you for injuries they caused, it is in your best interest to hire a New Orleans 18-wheeler accident attorney who is knowledgeable of Louisiana law and trucking regulations. We understand how to negotiate with the trucking companies and we are not afraid to go up against even the biggest challengers.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or has been killed as a result of the negligence of a truck driver, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We represent our clients under a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees or costs whatsoever unless we win or settle your case. If you do not obtain a recovery or settlement, you do not owe us anything.

Want to learn more about how to protect yourself after an accident with an 18-wheeler? Contact us now to schedule your free consultation. We have an office in Ruston as well and are available to help clients throughout Louisiana.

Recent Results

  • $993,000 18-Wheeler Crash

    In the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the defendants offered their full policy limits of $1,000,000 minus what was previously paid.

  • $415,000 No Insurance = No Problem

    A New Orleans personal injury Plaintiff who was rear-ended by a company truck was able to settle his case just weeks after an unsuccessful mediation

  • $400,000 Company Truck Crash

    Plaintiff who treated for a fractured ankle and aggravation injuries to both the neck and back was able to secure a settlement in a very conservative jurisdiction.

  • $390,000 Prior Injuries = No Problem

    Plaintiff who treated for back and neck injuries as a result of an 18 wheeler crash was able to secure a settlement.

  • $350,000 Low Impact 18 Wheeler Crash

    A plaintiff was injured by an 18 wheeler suffering both back and neck issues as a result

  • $275,000 Uber Crash

    A New Orleans personal injury Plaintiff who was t-boned in a red light dispute was able to settle her case a week after mediation.

  • $269,000 He finally called Burrell

    After a year of going back and forth with the insurance who refused to do the right thing, they eventually paid over $19,000 more than their policy limits to settle the case prior to trial

  • $135,000 Only 10k offered to her previous lawyer

    Plaintiff retained another local advertising firm and was offered $7,950 to settle. She dropped the other law firm and retained our firm and we settled.

  • $115,000 No treatment for the first six weeks

    After being rear-ended by a company transport vehicle was able to settle his claim. Plaintiff didn’t seek treatment for six (6) weeks post-accident.

  • $110,000 Five Months Later

    Plaintiff was able to settle after only five (5) months.

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