Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s second largest city, is a major hub for industrial, medical, petrochemical and research in the south. Such activity means a number of commercial vehicles on the roads of the “Capital City”. According to data from the Louisiana Highway Safety Research Group, over 320 commercial vehicle accidents occurred in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2012, leading to approximately 350 injuries and more than 50 deaths.
18 wheelers and tractor trailers, or “Big Rigs”, have an average weight of 80,000 pounds, and require responsible, experienced drivers. Being behind the wheel of such a massive vehicle is a large responsibility, as one wrong move can lead to tragic accidents, injuries and even fatality. Despite this enormous responsibility, truckers are often pressured to make deliveries quickly. Unfortunately, this leads truck drivers to use extreme methods to stay awake, make deliveries, and stay employed.
Although collisions occur every day in Louisiana, it can be devastating when one happens to you. If you or a loved one has suffered bodily harm because of the negligence of another driver, you deserve to learn about your legal options. The trucking accident attorneys at Simien & Simien are proud of our reputation for achieving success for our clients throughout many parts of the country.
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Different Types of Commercial Vehicles
Especially considering the nature of business around Baton Rouge, it’s not unusual to see different types of trucks and commercial vehicles on our roads. There are many varieties of trucks, many of which are designed for a specific purpose. Although these trucks may appear familiar, they can pose danger on the road.
Some common types of trucks include:
- Dump trucks
- FedEx trucks
- Fire engines
- Food trucks
- Garbage collectors
- Semi-trucks / 18-wheelers
- UPS trucks
- USPS trucks
These are just a few of the many types of trucks a driver may encounter on Baton Rouge roads. The trucking industry and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have made strides in an effort to improve safety measures among the commercial trucking industry; however, despite these efforts, many cargo carrier companies still use outdated and mechanically questionable equipment. Even the most defensive of drivers cannot always avoid an accident, but it is wise to always maintain a safe following distance when traveling nearby large commercial trucks.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
In any collision there can be many contributing factors, but there are common causes that occur in trucking collisions. These factors also include characteristics that are unique to large commercial vehicles and contribute to types of crashes that typically do not happen in other types of vehicles.
Some commonly seen causes of trucking collisions include:
- Driver distraction
- Driver inexperience
- Driver fatigue
- Improperly secured cargo
- Shifting cargo loads
- Inclement weather
- Excessive speed
There is little doubt that constraints within the commercial truck industry can often lead to some of the causes listed above. Despite efforts by the FMCSA, incentive-based bonuses, tight deadlines and substance abuse are all factors that cause tragic trucking accidents.
Common Trucking Collisions
The immense size and shape, not to mention excessive weight, of a commercial truck can cause devastation in an accident, especially when a passenger vehicle is involved. Some of the common types of truck accidents occur typically when another vehicle is involved.
Common forms of trucking accidents include:
- Head on crashes
- Jackknife collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Runaway trailer crashes
- Side-impact collisions
- Underride accidents
Because of the massive size and shape of a commercial truck, it is very difficult for a trucker to recover control of his rig or trailer once control is lost. Such incidents often lead to catastrophic damage, and victims can suffer severe injuries.
Trucking Accident Injuries
The types of injuries seen in many truck crashes are severe, and can be life-threatening or even fatal. This is even more true among highway accidents, when both the truck and any other involved vehicles are travelling at higher speeds.
Commonly occurring injuries in commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Joint dislocation
- Torso and rib damage
- Dental trauma
- Internal injuries
- Facial trauma
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
It is also common for victims in a trucking accident to suffer wrongful death. Among survivors, the recovery time can last days, weeks or even months for injuries sustained in a truck crash. If you or a loved one has been hurt, it is wise to seek the counsel of knowledgeable trucking accident attorneys to learn about your legal options.
Contact Our Baton Rouge Trucking Accident Attorneys
Accidents with big trucks can cause irreparable damage physically and psychologically. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a large commercial vehicle, the victim could be eligible for compensation for their injuries.
Many injuries sustained in a trucking collision can cause a person to amass mountains of medical bills, miss days or weeks or work, and experience pain and suffering. The legal team at Simien & Simien offers the compassion and determination to defend your rights against large commercial trucking companies.
Our trucking accident attorneys are proud to serve the residents of Baton Rouge through our office in Mid City South, and provide comprehensive legal services to clients in the following communities:
- Denham Springs
- Port Allen
- …and many surrounding towns and cities
Find out how we can help you. Call (800) 374-8422 toll-free today to discuss the details of your potential claim with our knowledgeable legal staff.
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