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Baton Rouge Truck Accident Attorneys

Big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi trucks, tractor-trailers are all different names for the same kind of vehicle. They all describe multi-axle transportation vehicles. Big trucks are built to haul and transport goods over long and short distances. 18-wheelers are the life blood of the United States economy. Our nation depends on the movement of freight. The U.S. transportation system moves over 68 million tons of freight, valued at more than $56 billion every day. A lot of the east-west & west-east movement passes through Baton Rouge on I-10 & I-12. With all the trucks on the roads, there are bound to be trucking accidents in Baton Rouge.

Odds are that the majority of the truckers you share the road with are hardworking and attentive people. Even so, many Louisiana residents get injured or killed by truck accidents. Some of these are genuine accidents that aren’t the fault of anyone in particular. But, an alarming number are from negligence by drivers and companies.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Negligent factors in truck accidents can be things like:

  • Drivers with drinking or substance abuse problems.
  • A truck overloaded with too much cargo or poorly secured loads.
  • Lax company polices that haven’t kept up with trucking regulations.
  • Drivers who ignore limits on consecutive hours worked and drive fatigued.
  • Poor maintenance leading to brake failure, tire failure or engine troubles.
  • Unsafe driving practices with regard to speeding, lane changing or following too close.

These minor acts of negligence can lead to incredibly destructive accidents. You don’t want to be in a fight between a regular car and a massive 18-wheeler. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle in a collision with a large truck with a heavy load doesn’t stand a chance. A skilled Baton Rouge truck accident attorney can help determine if your accident was a result of negligent behavior.

Who is Liable in a Baton Rouge 18-Wheeler Accident?

Truck accidents are more complex than car accidents. When a trucking accident occurs there are multiple entities that may have some level of responsibility for the victims injuries. Chances are good they will all deny responsibility and accuse the others of being at fault. A Baton Rouge attorney well versed in trucking accidents can help identify the root cause of the accident.

  • The truck driver may have operated the vehicle irresponsibly. Driving while tired. Driving while intoxicated. Not maintaining proper following distances. Driving aggressively.
  • The owner of the truck or trailer may have allowed or encouraged violating hours of service regulations. Been negligent in their hiring or training practices. Not properly track driving hours. Poorly maintain their truck and trailers.
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, brakes, etc may have supplied poor quality parts.
  • The shipper or cargo loader may have loaded the truck improperly. Exceeded federally mandated weight limitations. Positioned the load incorrectly. Not secured the load properly.

How an Attorney Can Help You!

After the truck accident, evidence becomes a key factor. Police and insurance companies do their own evidence collecting. But, they don’t do it with your legal needs in mind.

There are other things besides photographing the scene of the accident and taking statements. The trucks involved need to be inspected, along with driving logs, and maintenance records. The trucking company needs to have its employee records and job logs audited. It’s this type of evidence that will make a difference in you having a successful legal claim.

The trucking accident attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess look after the case details for you. So you can focus on getting your life back together and your health.

Truck accidents in Baton Rouge are time sensitive. Louisiana has a one year statute of limitations to file an accident. It’s best to call a attorney immediately after the crash. So you have ample time for your case to be established.

Car Accidents

baton rouge attorneyWhen you’ve been injured in a serious car accident, regaining your health becomes a top priority. Even minor accidents that hardly damage cars can leave lasting and serious injuries in human occupants.

Baton Rouge has a bad reputation for heavy traffic. And it’s well deserved. No one is going to argue about the large volume of aggressive and inattentive drivers on its roads. Any local driver that’s ever been on the road during rush hour knows to stay away from College Dr. Anyone that travels on I-110 isn’t surprised to see traffic accidents on the Capital curves. There are cars and truck merging on to and off off highways. It’s chaos!

In 2016, Baton Rouge was rated 2nd in cities most dangerous for drivers (behind Detroit). Car crashes cost Baton Rouge an estimated $945.85 million. That’s $3524 per driver in East Baton Rouge! Money spent on car accidents is money taxpayers and the city never see again.

Common Injuries After Car Accidents

Any part of the body is likely to be injured in a car wreck. Depending on the type of car accident, some injuries are more common than others. Head-on accidents, or frontal crashes, are more likely to result in injuries to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet. Side-impact crashes usually cause injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Car wrecks vary in injury severity from minor to fatal.

  • Head injuries can encompass lacerations, a broken jaw or facial bones, loss of teeth, eye/vision injuries, ear/hearing damage.
  • Traumatic brain injury can range from a mild concussion to severe damage impairing speech and motor functions.
  • Neck and back injuries like whiplash can cause long term pain, numbness or even paralysis.
  • Chest injuries from impact with a steering wheel can cause broken ribs, punctured lungs and damage internal organs.
  • Leg and knee injuries from impact with parts of the car can cause broken bones, bruises and tears to ligaments.
  • Burn injuries can range from minor to severe and requiring skin grafts.
  • Amputations and lost of limbs are not as common but cause life long disabilities.

What a Baton Rouge Car Accident Lawyer Can Do for You

When it’s you that’s been injured in a car accident, you have your own worries. Your way of life has changed overnight. The pile of medical bills and insurance forms seems endless. You’re afraid to open your bills. Maybe you’re afraid to answer calls from strange phone numbers.

You want your life to return to some type of routine. Getting back on your feet is tough after an accident. A qualified Baton Rouge car accident attorney can help you through this rough patch. Serious injuries and long term medical care are hard to manage on your own.

If you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer after an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today.

Compensatory Damages After a Car Accident

The majority of personal injury damages are considered “compensatory”. This means that they are meant to compensate the injured party for losses due to an injury. Compensatory damages make the injured party “whole” from a monetary standpoint.

  • Medical Expenses – Doctor/surgeon bills. Hospital bills. Prescription costs. Physical therapy expenses.
  • Property Damage – Vehicle damage or items damaged as a result of the accident.
  • Loss of Income – Loss of wages while you were out of work due to accident injuries.
  • Loss of Earning Potential – Loss of wages you would have made in the future if not for the accident.
  • Pain and Suffering – Pain from the actual physical injuries. Emotion pain, distress, loss of enjoyment of life as a result of injuries.

No matter your type of injury, our Baton Rouge attorneys have the skill and experience to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. Our team will work hard for you.  Contact our Baton Rouge office at 225-922-4416 or toll-free at 877-234-7573. Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyers

No one ever plans on getting injured in an accident. Unfortunately, life throws curve balls at you from time to time. Medical errors, workplace injuries, and car accidents can happen to anyone. Each type of accidents has it’s own subset of personal injury law.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you through the legal process of making a personal injury claim. The needs of each case are different but we generally provide the following:

  • Managing your case
  • Evaluating your legal and medical needs
  • Make legal arguments on your behalf
  • Present your losses to the court

 

When do I need a Personal Injury attorney?

Not all accident-related injuries can be made into a personal injury claim. Another party’s negligence needs to have been the cause of your injury. If that party can be found legally negligent, then the aggrieved person has a right to compensation. This legal compensation is called damages.

These cases get worked out by taking a case to court. Sometimes they’re settled outside of court if the parties come to a settlement agreement. If you do plan to take a claim to the legal system, your best option is representation by a personal injury attorney.

Wrongful Death

No amount of money can compensate the loss a family feels when a loved one dies. This is especially true if that person died needlessly from an act of negligence. What compensation can do is help a grieving family move on. The accidental death of a loved one shouldn’t be an undue financial burden. Fair compensation can also make sure the guilty party is held responsible.

The time following an unexpected death in the family is confusing and stressful. An experienced wrongful death lawyer in Baton Rouge can help. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can guide you through the claims process. We can help you file the complex paperwork and deal with insurance companies.

When filing a wrongful death claim, it may be possible to get denied insurance benefits and recoup lost income. We aim to handle the details of your case so you can have some piece of mind.

Wrongful death cases are often settled before a family decides to sue in court. Even so, some families feel they haven’t been awarded fair compensation. Sometimes companies deny insurance benefits in an act of bad faith. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are prepared to review your claims and take your case to court if need be.

 

Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess

Since the burden of proof is the responsibility of the victim’s family, it is essential to act quickly.

The wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have helped many families deal with the tragedy of the sudden loss of a wife, husband, father, mother, brother, sister, child or member of the family. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can provide you with an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services. We are specialists in this field of wrongful deaths and personal injury accidents. We will meticulously investigate the case and ensure all of the facts of the case are presented to the court in a clear and concise manner.

A wrongful death may be caused by an accident or a purposeful action. The purposeful action may be negligent, reckless, or an intentional act.Losing a loved can be a devastating and traumatic experience, especially if the cause of death could have been prevented.

In 2015, 31 fatalities were reported as a direct result of 31 fatal crashes. Compare to:

2014, there were 51 fatalities as a direct result of 49 crashes in East Baton Rouge Parish.

For additional accident injury data visit:

http://datareports.lsu.edu

Truck Accident Attorney

Baton Rouge Truck Accident Attorneys

Big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi trucks, tractor-trailers are all different names for the same kind of vehicle. They all describe multi-axle transportation vehicles. Big trucks are built to haul and transport goods over long and short distances. 18-wheelers are the life blood of the United States economy. Our nation depends on the movement of freight. The U.S. transportation system moves over 68 million tons of freight, valued at more than $56 billion every day. A lot of the east-west & west-east movement passes through Baton Rouge on I-10 & I-12. With all the trucks on the roads, there are bound to be trucking accidents in Baton Rouge.

Odds are that the majority of the truckers you share the road with are hardworking and attentive people. Even so, many Louisiana residents get injured or killed by truck accidents. Some of these are genuine accidents that aren’t the fault of anyone in particular. But, an alarming number are from negligence by drivers and companies.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Negligent factors in truck accidents can be things like:

  • Drivers with drinking or substance abuse problems.
  • A truck overloaded with too much cargo or poorly secured loads.
  • Lax company polices that haven’t kept up with trucking regulations.
  • Drivers who ignore limits on consecutive hours worked and drive fatigued.
  • Poor maintenance leading to brake failure, tire failure or engine troubles.
  • Unsafe driving practices with regard to speeding, lane changing or following too close.

These minor acts of negligence can lead to incredibly destructive accidents. You don’t want to be in a fight between a regular car and a massive 18-wheeler. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle in a collision with a large truck with a heavy load doesn’t stand a chance. A skilled Baton Rouge truck accident attorney can help determine if your accident was a result of negligent behavior.

Who is Liable in a Baton Rouge 18-Wheeler Accident?

Truck accidents are more complex than car accidents. When a trucking accident occurs there are multiple entities that may have some level of responsibility for the victims injuries. Chances are good they will all deny responsibility and accuse the others of being at fault. A Baton Rouge attorney well versed in trucking accidents can help identify the root cause of the accident.

  • The truck driver may have operated the vehicle irresponsibly. Driving while tired. Driving while intoxicated. Not maintaining proper following distances. Driving aggressively.
  • The owner of the truck or trailer may have allowed or encouraged violating hours of service regulations. Been negligent in their hiring or training practices. Not properly track driving hours. Poorly maintain their truck and trailers.
  • The manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, brakes, etc may have supplied poor quality parts.
  • The shipper or cargo loader may have loaded the truck improperly. Exceeded federally mandated weight limitations. Positioned the load incorrectly. Not secured the load properly.

How an Attorney Can Help You!

After the truck accident, evidence becomes a key factor. Police and insurance companies do their own evidence collecting. But, they don’t do it with your legal needs in mind.

There are other things besides photographing the scene of the accident and taking statements. The trucks involved need to be inspected, along with driving logs, and maintenance records. The trucking company needs to have its employee records and job logs audited. It’s this type of evidence that will make a difference in you having a successful legal claim.

The trucking accident attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess look after the case details for you. So you can focus on getting your life back together and your health.

Truck accidents in Baton Rouge are time sensitive. Louisiana has a one year statute of limitations to file an accident. It’s best to call a attorney immediately after the crash. So you have ample time for your case to be established.

Car Accident Attorney

Car Accidents

baton rouge attorneyWhen you’ve been injured in a serious car accident, regaining your health becomes a top priority. Even minor accidents that hardly damage cars can leave lasting and serious injuries in human occupants.

Baton Rouge has a bad reputation for heavy traffic. And it’s well deserved. No one is going to argue about the large volume of aggressive and inattentive drivers on its roads. Any local driver that’s ever been on the road during rush hour knows to stay away from College Dr. Anyone that travels on I-110 isn’t surprised to see traffic accidents on the Capital curves. There are cars and truck merging on to and off off highways. It’s chaos!

In 2016, Baton Rouge was rated 2nd in cities most dangerous for drivers (behind Detroit). Car crashes cost Baton Rouge an estimated $945.85 million. That’s $3524 per driver in East Baton Rouge! Money spent on car accidents is money taxpayers and the city never see again.

Common Injuries After Car Accidents

Any part of the body is likely to be injured in a car wreck. Depending on the type of car accident, some injuries are more common than others. Head-on accidents, or frontal crashes, are more likely to result in injuries to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet. Side-impact crashes usually cause injuries to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Car wrecks vary in injury severity from minor to fatal.

  • Head injuries can encompass lacerations, a broken jaw or facial bones, loss of teeth, eye/vision injuries, ear/hearing damage.
  • Traumatic brain injury can range from a mild concussion to severe damage impairing speech and motor functions.
  • Neck and back injuries like whiplash can cause long term pain, numbness or even paralysis.
  • Chest injuries from impact with a steering wheel can cause broken ribs, punctured lungs and damage internal organs.
  • Leg and knee injuries from impact with parts of the car can cause broken bones, bruises and tears to ligaments.
  • Burn injuries can range from minor to severe and requiring skin grafts.
  • Amputations and lost of limbs are not as common but cause life long disabilities.

What a Baton Rouge Car Accident Lawyer Can Do for You

When it’s you that’s been injured in a car accident, you have your own worries. Your way of life has changed overnight. The pile of medical bills and insurance forms seems endless. You’re afraid to open your bills. Maybe you’re afraid to answer calls from strange phone numbers.

You want your life to return to some type of routine. Getting back on your feet is tough after an accident. A qualified Baton Rouge car accident attorney can help you through this rough patch. Serious injuries and long term medical care are hard to manage on your own.

If you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer after an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today.

Compensatory Damages After a Car Accident

The majority of personal injury damages are considered “compensatory”. This means that they are meant to compensate the injured party for losses due to an injury. Compensatory damages make the injured party “whole” from a monetary standpoint.

  • Medical Expenses – Doctor/surgeon bills. Hospital bills. Prescription costs. Physical therapy expenses.
  • Property Damage – Vehicle damage or items damaged as a result of the accident.
  • Loss of Income – Loss of wages while you were out of work due to accident injuries.
  • Loss of Earning Potential – Loss of wages you would have made in the future if not for the accident.
  • Pain and Suffering – Pain from the actual physical injuries. Emotion pain, distress, loss of enjoyment of life as a result of injuries.

No matter your type of injury, our Baton Rouge attorneys have the skill and experience to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. Our team will work hard for you.  Contact our Baton Rouge office at 225-922-4416 or toll-free at 877-234-7573. Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

Personal Injury Attorney

Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyers

No one ever plans on getting injured in an accident. Unfortunately, life throws curve balls at you from time to time. Medical errors, workplace injuries, and car accidents can happen to anyone. Each type of accidents has it’s own subset of personal injury law.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you through the legal process of making a personal injury claim. The needs of each case are different but we generally provide the following:

  • Managing your case
  • Evaluating your legal and medical needs
  • Make legal arguments on your behalf
  • Present your losses to the court

 

When do I need a Personal Injury attorney?

Not all accident-related injuries can be made into a personal injury claim. Another party’s negligence needs to have been the cause of your injury. If that party can be found legally negligent, then the aggrieved person has a right to compensation. This legal compensation is called damages.

These cases get worked out by taking a case to court. Sometimes they’re settled outside of court if the parties come to a settlement agreement. If you do plan to take a claim to the legal system, your best option is representation by a personal injury attorney.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

No amount of money can compensate the loss a family feels when a loved one dies. This is especially true if that person died needlessly from an act of negligence. What compensation can do is help a grieving family move on. The accidental death of a loved one shouldn’t be an undue financial burden. Fair compensation can also make sure the guilty party is held responsible.

The time following an unexpected death in the family is confusing and stressful. An experienced wrongful death lawyer in Baton Rouge can help. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can guide you through the claims process. We can help you file the complex paperwork and deal with insurance companies.

When filing a wrongful death claim, it may be possible to get denied insurance benefits and recoup lost income. We aim to handle the details of your case so you can have some piece of mind.

Wrongful death cases are often settled before a family decides to sue in court. Even so, some families feel they haven’t been awarded fair compensation. Sometimes companies deny insurance benefits in an act of bad faith. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are prepared to review your claims and take your case to court if need be.

 

Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess

Since the burden of proof is the responsibility of the victim’s family, it is essential to act quickly.

The wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have helped many families deal with the tragedy of the sudden loss of a wife, husband, father, mother, brother, sister, child or member of the family. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can provide you with an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services. We are specialists in this field of wrongful deaths and personal injury accidents. We will meticulously investigate the case and ensure all of the facts of the case are presented to the court in a clear and concise manner.

A wrongful death may be caused by an accident or a purposeful action. The purposeful action may be negligent, reckless, or an intentional act.Losing a loved can be a devastating and traumatic experience, especially if the cause of death could have been prevented.

In 2015, 31 fatalities were reported as a direct result of 31 fatal crashes. Compare to:

2014, there were 51 fatalities as a direct result of 49 crashes in East Baton Rouge Parish.

For additional accident injury data visit:

http://datareports.lsu.edu

Contact a Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess offers personal injury assistance anywhere in Louisiana. With offices in 8 locations around the state, we are never far away. Call our Baton Rouge office at 225-922-4416 or our toll-free number at 877-234-7573. Our intake specialist are available and talk to you about how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You can also contact us by email.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Courts

EAST BATON ROUGE CLERK OF COURT
222 Saint Louis St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-7642

19TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURTHOUSE
300 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-4700

LOUISIANA COURT OF APPEALS, FIRST CIRCUIT
1600 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
Russell B. Long Building and Federal Courthouse
777 Florida St.; Suite 139
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Sheriff’s Office & Police

BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT
9000 Airline Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
(225) 389-2000

EAST BATON ROUGE SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1270 Rosenwald Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
(225) 389-5105

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE-TROOP A
17801 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
(225) 754-8500

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