The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have the experience you need in the event of a trucking accident. Their team of legal experts investigate the accident and evidence. They also have experience dealing with the layers of liability involved in accidents.
In the event of a trucking accident, proving negligence will work like any other accident. There’s evidence gathered at the scene. Along with witness testimony and copies of the police report. The tricky part is finding out exactly who is liable for your accident.
Confused yet? Who wouldn’t be?
The initial consultation is no charge , and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis. Meaning we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds.
DON’T DELAY! YOU MAY HAVE A VALID CLAIM AND BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES, BUT A LAWSUIT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRES.
You can count on us to remain focused on the important things in this case: Yourself and your family.
Sleep is the most important thing for a trucker to have. A sleepy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver. As such, there are rules in place called the Hours of Service, set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
Drivers have to keep a logbook detailing any sleep and rest periods. While electronic logging is becoming the industry standard, paper logs are still kept, which can lead to drivers falsifying records.
Truck drivers may (or encouraged by employers) to break these rules. In order to meet demands and to maintain profits, a company must make as many deliveries as possible. They may take liberties with safety requirements if a job is failing behind. Additionally, truckers pay is by the mile and not by the hour. This leads to many truckers relying on illegal drugs and over-the-counter methods of staying awake for longer than the human body can safely function.
Many factors determine who is liable in the event of an accident. There should be full investigation of factors to determine who is responsible for your injuries.
For the driver:
For the employer:
Additionally, the manufacturer of any parts on the vehicle or trailer may be liable due to faults in the manufacturing process.
It is the job of your trucking accident lawyer to weigh each factor in your accident thoroughly. Each party in a trucking accident will be doing their absolute best to prove they were not at fault. After your accident, give no information to anyone other than your insurance, your doctor, and your attorney. Any information that you give will likely shift the blame to someone else.
Truck accidents are a complicated affair. Your injuries may be quite severe. After an 18 wheeler accident, you may suffer from:
When long-term disability is a real possibility, having a dedicated team of legal professionals fighting for you is the best-case scenario. As medical bills pile up, you will not be able to return to work for some time. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess understand how crucial it is to maintain your family’s way of life. We will stop at nothing to see justice served.
According to LSU Data Reports, 200 crashes involving trucks occurred in Lafayette Parish in 2016. 200 may seem like a low number, but there are only 365 days in the year. That’s an accident per day for over 6 months mathematically. Each of these accidents touches multiple lives. Each of these accidents leads to higher insurance rates and medical costs.
Should have injuries through no fault of your own, you have options. No matter what your income level, you can afford an attorney. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are a no-win/no-pay firm. We offer a free initial consultation to anyone needing legal advice after an accident. We are even able to come out to you should you be unable to come to the office. No matter how severe the accident and how terrible the injuries, do not give up hope. Injuries heal, cars are replaceable, and justice served.