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Over 150,000 drivers are injured or killed each year in truck accidents, and it's not surprising because trucks are two times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than other vehicles. If a truck hits you, you are over five times more likely to be killed than the truck driver. Worse still, driver fatigue accounts for more than 40 percent of truck wrecks.

Because of these statistics, we believe that truckers, their companies, and the insurance companies that cover them need to be held accountable. Indeed, because they are commercial or professional drivers, we believe it's a privilege for them to use municipal roadways.

When trucking accidents occur, it's important to turn to experienced lawyers. I, Chip Forstall, along with the team of attorneys at our firm regularly take on truck accident cases in Louisiana. Schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you find justice.

What To Do Immediately Following an Accident

Generally, when a commercial truck has been involved in an accident, the company will do everything to avoid blame and legal punishment. That’s why the collection of information is crucial to any future compensation claims.

Directly after the incident, first check that no one needs emergency medical attention. Next, I always recommend calling the police. An official police report will act as authoritative evidence during any proceedings. Also, remember to record the responder's badge number and name. Photos of the vehicles and of the scene are also considered valuable pieces of evidence. All basic contact and insurance information needs to be exchanged with all parties involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information as well. Next, it is important to write down all the details of the incident while they are fresh in your memory. Asking witnesses to do the same could strengthen your claims. Finally, maintain a record of all medical treatments, bills, and medications that are a result of the accident.

With ample verifiable information, we can build a strong case in your favor. Our legal team can assist victims of commercial truck accidents acquire compensation for vehicle damages and medical expenses, including psychological counseling for pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

At The Law Offices of W.A. "Chip" Forstall Jr., we're ready and willing to represent you in nearly any aspect of Louisiana truck accident personal injury, including:

  • Driver distraction/fatigue
  • Alcohol/drug use
  • Driver health
  • Hazardous materials
  • Improper loading
  • Improper hiring/training/supervision
  • Inadequate commercial driver training
  • Compensation systems that encourage speeding
  • Unrealistic expectations of trucking companies

Our Team

We'll take the time to address all your concerns in a free initial consultation and find out what steps need to be taken to arrive at the ideal outcome. We have a network of 20 doctors, each of whom specializes in specific types of injuries. For your convenience, one of these doctors can arrange to meet you at the best possible location to look at your injuries, so that we will have a complete idea as to the extent of your injury and how to proceed.

We'll take a look at car, medical, and income damages and review your case with insurance companies. What's key is that they know we are ready and prepared to go to court if we don't think the offer is fair. Because of this, we're often able to settle out of court — the key is that we're ready and willing to research and take any action available to maximize your compensation.

To learn more about The Law Offices of Chip Forstall, visit our practice areas page. To discuss any aspect of your trucking injury case in a free initial consultation call (504) 434-5518 or e-mail us.