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18-wheelers are huge, heavy, and hard-to-control vehicles whether the driver is maneuvering the truck within a lane, making a turn, or trying to stop. Commercial truck drivers are often paid by the mile or by the stop, which means that they have a greater incentive to drive as quickly as they can and for more hours than are legally permitted by law. When a truck driver hits another car or pedestrian, it often leads to catastrophic injuries, property damage, or even death.

Truck accidents, in particular, are often the result of driver error. Errors can take the form of improper truck maintenance, fatigue, drug use, or simple inattention. Weighing up to 40 tons, operating a truck negligently is what leads to severe, life-altering, and even fatal truck crashes.

Fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believes that driver fatigue is a factor in 40% of truck collisions. What caused fatigue to become a widespread problem? The desire to remain competitive.

Related to fatigue, many truck drivers have chosen to solve their drowsiness problem with a worse solution: psychoactive drugs. Methamphetamine use has recently increased among truck drivers, particularly cross-country big-rig drivers who have demanding deadlines and not enough sleep.

If you or someone you know has been hit by an 18-wheeler on one of New Orleans’ busy roads, it is important that you have competent legal representation from a skilled truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

After a devastating truck accident, the investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the crash. Among the most important factors to be analyzed are the federal regulations that govern truckers nationwide. If the results of the investigation determine that the trucker or the trucking company was in violation of one or more federal laws, the violator(s) can be held legally liable for the collision which led to injury or death.

Federal regulations play a role in determining who should be held liable for a truck accident:

  • Hours of Service (HOS)

  • Weight Limits

  • Commercial Driver's License

​Ultimately, the point of knowing what caused the truck accident is knowing how you can hold your wrongdoers accountable. Truck companies have the power to conduct drug testing, assign more doable deadlines, and maintain their fleet—when they don’t, they should be held responsible for the results. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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