The city of New Orleans boasts one of the nation's busiest ports, with ships coming and going every day. The millions of tons of cargo that arrives here each year leaves for distribution around the state and across the country. Whatever doesn't leave by rail, heads out on the roads.
Big trucks and semis are a common sight throughout the metropolitan area and along the streets and interstates that fan out to points beyond. While the level of commerce in New Orleans is surely the envy of municipalities everywhere, the high volume of truck traffic leads to a high volume of truck accidents.
Louisiana truck accidents by the numbers
In 2016, there were over 10,000 large trucks involved in accidents in Louisiana. This number includes vehicles ranging from 2-axle straight trucks to double semis. While many accidents caused property damage only, almost 2,575 trucks factored in injury-causing collisions, or more than 25 percent. A further 89 trucks played roles in fatal crashes.
Put in perspective, nearly 8 percent of all fatal crashes in Louisiana last year involved a large truck, most of them semis. Less than 3 percent of injury accidents featured a commercial truck, however the injuries suffered in large truck accidents are often severe due to the disparity in size between trucks and passenger vehicles.
Big trucks can cause big damage to lives and families
To escape from a wreck with a large truck with minor injuries is fortunate, indeed. Types of injuries commonly seen in big truck crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
Truck accidents can also cause mental and emotional distress. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a common occurrence after an accident. Many motorists may be anxious about returning to the road after a serious collision. Mental duress stemming from an accident can be just as debilitating as many physical injuries.
Regaining control of your life after a serious truck accident
The hours and days immediately following a collision with a commercial truck may be painful, traumatic and confusing for both the victim and his or her family. At a time when all focus should be on recovering physically and mentally from what happened, the reality sets in that money is about to become an issue.
Your insurance might not cover all the medical expenses associated with a major accident and subsequent rehabilitation. A long-term absence from work may also wreak havoc on family finances. Through it all, there may be lawyers and insurers urging you to settle now and close the matter.
Rather than give in to pressure and despair, consider reaching out for help from someone you can trust. A skilled and determined lawyer who has experience dealing with commercial truck operations and their insurance companies will fight for your right to fair compensation.