Driving in the vicinity of semi-trucks is inherently dangerous, as these vehicles are so large that they can easily cause severe damage in a vehicle accident. Unfortunately, a semi truck wreck in Louisiana can easily take place if the truck driver is careless behind the wheel. In this situation, the truck driver may be held liable for monetary damages in civil court.
The impacts of wrecks involving semi-trucks involve more than just physical injuries and damage to property. Victims of an accident caused by an 18-wheeler may also suffer severe mental and emotional trauma. This may include having nightmares about the crash and being subjected to bouts of crying spells, anger and depression.
An attorney can examine every aspect of a truck wreck that has led to a person's injury or death. The gathered evidence can support claims for compensation for an injured victim or for a deceased victim's surviving loved ones. The attorney may even collaborate with crash reconstructionists. Moreover, health experts can help determine the scope of a victim's financial, mental and physical injuries.
In order for a plaintiff to prevail in a Louisiana personal injury claim or wrongful death suit, liability must be established to the satisfaction of the civil court hearing the case, based upon appropriate evidence of negligence. Once achieved, claims for damages be determined. A monetary award in a successfully litigated case can help to cover medical costs, burial expenses and even the loss of wages stemming from the accident. It can also help to address pain and suffering along with emotional distress caused by the semi truck wreck. Although monetary compensation cannot reverse the events that led to the crash, it may make it easier for the plaintiff to move forward from the tragic situation.