18 Wheeler Accidents

Louisiana Truck Accident LawyerEvery year, over 2,300 people are injured in Louisiana 18 wheeler accidents. Even more tragic is that over 100 lives are lost annually in these crashes. In fact, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, 75 percent of people who died in tractor trailer accidents in 2007 were riding in passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks and 18 wheelers are responsible for 1 in every 8 traffic deaths. These statistics show the devastation that an 18 wheeler can leave behind after an accident. The victims of these horrific collisions are left each year mangled and devastated due to no fault of their own. It is critical to have an experienced attorney in this field to help you recover the damages you are entitled to.

This should not come as a surprise when considering that fully loaded 18 wheelers often weigh 75,000 pounds or more. The huge size discrepancy between them and a 5,000-pound passenger vehicle not only causes many traffic deaths, but those who are injured often suffer severe and life-threatening injuries as well, including spinal cord trauma, broken bones, neck and back injuries, and permanent brain damage. These truck drivers often drive on the interstate as if they own the road and everyone else must follow their direction. The Cardone Law Firm will not let this fly. We will hold the responsible party accountable.

It is absolutely vital for anyone injured in 18 wheeler accidents in Louisiana to receive just compensation not only for medical expenses, but also ongoing costs incurred due to time away from work, property damage, and mental pain and suffering. However, it can be very difficult to receive a fair and full settlement without the help of a highly experienced 18 wheeler accident attorney in Louisiana.
18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers in Louisiana

Choosing the right 18 wheeler accident lawyer in Louisiana is critical because of stringent trucking industry regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hundreds of regulations in place, many of them intended to protect motorists. However, unless your attorney is familiar with these regulations, it is nearly impossible for him or her to successfully represent you. Also, trucking companies often employ lawyers solely to protect them in the case of an accident.

In order to match wits, your attorney must be equally knowledgeable about laws and regulations surrounding an 18 wheeler accident in Louisiana.  That is why you should hire Cliff Cardone to represent your case. Mr. Cardone has close to 40 years of experience practicing law and has handled many truck accidents in Louisiana. He is not afraid to take the big truck companies to trial to get the victims of such accidents the compensation they are entitled to.  Getting into a collision with an 18 wheeler can leave the victim feeling alone and vulnerable. Don’t Be. Phone Cardone at 1-888-892-2736 or 504-522-3333 to lead you through the complicated legal system and hold the careless party responsible. The Cardone Law Firm has the resources necessary to combat the big defense firms the truck companies will hire and get the compensation our clients are owed.

We Know What it Takes to Win
The legal professionals at The Cardone Law Firm will make a full investigation into your case, including:
•    Truck driver log books
•    Electronic log systems
•    Cell phone records
•    Accident reports
•    Crash Data Retrieval Information
•    Statements from witnesses
•    All the conditions that lead to the accident
We know how to assess your case and will support you through this emotional time. Mr. Cardone has seen firsthand how these truck accidents leave their victims in horrible positions. That is why he has devoted his career fighting for the compensation his clients are owed.

There are many different causes of an accident between 18 wheelers and motor vehicles. An example is falling debris from the truck causing an accident or the other car to swerve off the road. It is highly important to have an experienced attorney on your side for such circumstances. The Cardone Law Firm has the resources necessary to go through the federal regulations to determine that the 18 wheeler driver is at fault. For instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just passed new strict guidelines concerning the duty that a commercial vehicle driver has toward securing their cargo. The intent of the new requirements is to reduce the number of accidents caused by cargo shifting on or within, or falling from, commercial motor vehicles operating in interstate commerce, and to harmonize to the greatest extent practicable U.S., Canadian, and Mexican cargo securement regulations.

The general rule passed is that cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or in a vehicle by structures of adequate strength, dunnage (loose materials used to support and protect cargo) or dunnage bags (inflatable bags intended to fill space between articles of cargo or between cargo and the wall of the vehicle), shoring bars, tie-downs or a combination of these. However, different rules come into play when there is a different type of cargo being hauled. There are special rules that apply when the following commodities are being transported: logs; dressed lumber; metal coils; paper rolls; concrete pipe; intermodal containers; automobiles, light trucks and vans; heavy vehicles, equipment and machinery; flattened or crushed vehicles; roll-on/roll-off containers; and large boulders. Each commodity has a special regulation and rule on how to be secured.

When taking into consideration all of the regulations that are in play for an accident it makes sense when the insurance company tries to settle with a victim of such an accident. However, with the Cardone Law Firm on your side we will not accept a quick settlement check. We will fight until we get the results that our clients are owed.

Who We Can Help

With an office located in New Orleans, the Cardone Law Firm can help any client throughout the State of Louisiana. This includes, but is not limited to: Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville, Assumption Parish, Napoleonville, Baton Rouge, Jefferson Parish, Estelle, Gretna, Harvey, Kenner, Marrero, Metairie, New Orleans, Terrytown, Westwego, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, Livingston Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Belle Chasse, and St. Charles Parish.

Do Not Settle on Your Settlement. Phone Cardone.

For a free consultation to discuss your legal needs, contact The Cardone Law Firm today. The legal professionals here understand what it takes to recover damages from truck accidents in Louisiana. Phone Cardone at 1-888-892-2736 or 504-522-3333 for a free in person consultation. He is direct, insightful, proactive, and passionate about his client’s cases.