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18-Wheeler & Truck Accident Attorney

Lake Charles Personal Injury Law Firm

Louisiana accommodates a multi-billion dollar import and export business at its ports. Big trucks transport these goods on busy interstate highways, making it dangerous for passenger cars. Although complicated state and federal regulations govern cargo, loading, weight, maintenance and operation of big trucks, accidents still happen.

When a 10,000- to 80,000-pound 18-wheeler truck with multiple trailers collides with a passenger car, the results can be catastrophic. Injuries can include:

  • Fractures
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Burns
  • Death

Each year, 18-wheeler trucking accidents account for one of every eight traffic deaths.

Causes of 18-wheeler truck accidents

The causes of tractor-trailer accidents include:

  • Failure to properly accommodate blind spots
  • Brake failure
  • Debris or articles in the road
  • Driver fatigue or exhaustion
  • Distracted driver
  • Speeding and failure to follow rules of the road
  • Tire failure or separation
  • Driving under influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsecured cargo or freight shifting in the payload section
  • Unsafe driving practices
  • Improper training of the driver

As a Lake Charles trucking accident lawyer, Thomas E. Townsley helps you obtain the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries. He also pursues other claims on your behalf that may include:

  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages and benefits
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral costs

Lake Charles, Louisiana, Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Louisiana, contact The Law Office of Thomas E. Townsley to set up a free initial consultation. Mr. Townsley will guide you through the complex legal issues that concern trucking accidents.