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Hurt In An 18-Wheeler Accident?

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A passenger car is no match for an 18 wheeler, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. In a truck accident, occupants of the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. For that reason, Louisiana and federal transportation regulations hold semi truck drivers and commercial trucking companies to a high standard of care.

If you were seriously injured or a member of your family died as a result of a truck vs. car crash, you deserve fair compensation. Contact our New Orleans office to arrange a free and confidential consultation with attorney Jim Arruebarrena. He has helped many clients obtain insurance company settlements and jury verdict awards in traffic accident litigation.

What to Expect in A Case Against a Truck Driver or Truck Company

Even though drivers of big rigs and truck companies are subject to a variety of safety requirements and trucking regulations, successfully recovering damages for injuries or death caused by a truck accident can be difficult. Commercial trucking companies and their insurance companies have vast resources available to investigate accidents. They will do anything they can to try to shift the blame away from the driver and company.

After a truck accident, dealing with the complex maze of insurance policies, and accident reports from law enforcement and regulatory agencies is difficult and confusing. The federal trucking regulations and Louisiana laws regulating truck drivers and commercial trucking companies are complicated and constantly changing. Rules govern almost everything about truck transport, including truck weight and size, truck maintenance and inspection, hazardous or flammable cargo, commercial driver training and licensing, cargo loading and inspections, hours of driving, and safety equipment.

Most people do not realize what sources of compensation might be available following a semi truck wreck. Establishing that an accident was caused by the truck driver or the truck company can be difficult. In some cases, the truck company may not be legally responsible for damages caused by the driver's carelessness. Whether or not the truck company can be sued may depend on whether the driver of the 18 wheeler was an employee or an independent contractor.

Equalizing the Balance of Power in Truck Accident Litigation in Louisiana

If you want to recover maximum damages for serious injury or wrongful death in a truck accident, you need to level the playing field. New Orleans truck accident lawyer Jim Arruebarrena has been referred to as "the Equalizer," because of his success in standing up for individuals against large and powerful corporations and insurance companies. Our New Orleans firm handles auto accident and truck wreck claims throughout Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

Dedicated to Helping People Deal with the Aftermath of a Truck Accident

James L. Arruebarrena, L.L.C., a New Orleans personal injury law firm, has the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate truck accidents, identify liability parties, and help you stand up to the insurance companies. When appropriate, Jim Arruebarrena will assemble a team, including investigators, accident reconstructionists, experts in transportation law and lawyers with experience in truck accident injury claims to develop and present a strong case on our client's behalf. We are committed to seeing that truck accident victims are treated fairly and recover maximum compensation for their injuries or their family member's wrongful death.

Documenting the Devastating Physical, Emotional and Financial Consequences of Injury or Death Caused by a Truck Accident

At James L. Arruebarrena, L.L.C., we understand how important it is to document all of the effects of catastrophic injuries. We work with accountants, life-care planners and other experts to carefully calculate past and future wage loss, medical expenses, and home health care costs. However, we understand your damages go far beyond your financial losses, especially in cases of spinal cord injury, serious burns and brain injury. You are entitled to compensation for your other losses which can include physical pain, permanent disability, emotional pain, and a total change in every aspect of your life.