Truck Wrecks in Shreveport, LA

Shreveport truck accident attorney Alan Stegall has over a decade of experience defending the rights of truck accident victims. After an accident, you may be burned by medical expenses, property damage and lost wages. The families of victims killed in truck accidents are left without the care and companionship of their loved one. Shreveport truck accident attorney Alan Stegall will work to recover damages and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall at 318-221-8000.

Louisiana Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents often involve a large commercial vehicle colliding with a much smaller car or truck at high speeds on a highway. Accidents such as these can lead to the total loss of a car, severe injuries and even wrongful death. Unfortunately, in truck accident claims, it is common that a person will have to go up against a corporate trucking company in order to collect damages. These companies have abundant resources and will often try to minimize the settlement they offer. It can be difficult to determine fault, which is why a legal opinion is so important in trucking accident claims.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Trucking companies are not required to pay their employees overtime, but still often demand that they work over 60 hours a week. Additionally, truck drivers are most likely paid by the load or mile rather than by the hour. This means that truck driver must be quick during long hours in order to be profitable. The stressful nature of trucking often leads to driver fatigue, which in turn leads to accidents. The Federal Motor Safety Regulations (FMCSR) are a set of rules devised by the federal government in order to protect commercial trucks as well as passenger cars on the road.
The FMCSR dictates the minimum commercial driver's license requirements for truck drivers as well as the minimum levels of insurance coverage truck drivers must carry. Additionally, the FMCSR has put in place the number of on-duty, off-duty and sleeping hours truckers must adhere to and the physical qualifications for all drivers. If a trucking company fails to comply with the FMCSR and one of their trucks is involved in an accident, they may be liable for damages.

Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents

  • Driver fatigue – Drivers become too tired to operate their trucks properly or fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Improperly loaded trucks – Uneven loads can cause rollover accidents.
  • Driver distraction – Drivers engaged in activities that take their attention away from the road, such as adjusting the radio, talking on a cell phone, or texting.
  • Defective truck design or manufacture – Flaws in a truck's design or build can lead to accidents.
  • Failure to comply with federal standards – Non-compliance with the FMCSR can leave a trucking company liable for damages in accidents.
  • Reckless or negligent driving – Speeding, weaving or general inattentiveness can cause catastrophic accidents.
  • Hazardous road conditions – Poorly designed or constructed roads or failure to drive safely in inclement weather can lead to accidents.