Most people in Louisiana know how devastating a collision between a large truck and a passenger vehicle can be. The sheer size difference can lead to catastrophic results, oftentimes including fatalities and serious injuries. That was exactly the result in a recent collision between a log truck and a passenger vehicle that occurred on April 3 in Caddo Parish.
Motor vehicle accidents that involve large trucks can be quite different from those that only involve passenger vehicles. This is due to the massive size difference between a large truck and a smaller vehicle, which can lead to devastating consequences for any drivers or passengers in smaller vehicles. At the same time, the driver of a large truck may walk away from such a collision with few, if any, injuries. Victims of truck accidents in Louisiana often have many questions about how to proceed in the aftermath of the incident. So, what are some common questions about truck accidents?
Although most people will probably be involved in so-called "fender benders" once or twice in their lives, not everyone will face the life-altering circumstances that come with being involved in a truck accident with a semi or other large vehicle. Truck accidents can be quite serious, and these incidents typically leave any drivers or passengers in smaller vehicles at risk for severe injuries.
Thousands of large trucks traverse the highways and roads in Louisiana every day. While most truck drivers are thoroughly qualified to handle these large vehicles and do so with the utmost caution, there are, unfortunately, some who do not. As a result, there are a variety of ways for truck accidents to occur in Louisiana.
It might come as no surprise to many that driving a truck is more difficult than driving most other forms of motor vehicles. This is because of the size and weight of the truck. When braking, it takes more time to stop and when turning, it takes more space and time to maneuver. Trucks also have bigger blind spots, which is why motor vehicle drivers are advised to maintain a bigger space between vehicles. A crash with a truck, especially an 18-wheeler, can be catastrophic, especially for motorists whose car is smaller in size and more likely to become damaged, injuring those inside.
As Louisiana residents hurry to and from their destinations on the road, they may see trucks rushing by them on the highways. The trucking industry is tightly regulated by both federal and state regulation, but truck drivers are often still pressured into driving longer hours for longer distances, becoming a hazard for both themselves and others on the road. A tired, distracted and drowsy truck driver is dangerous on the road and laws exist to ensure a truck that is used to transport necessary materials across state lines, not to become a weapon that weighs thousands of pounds.
The truck driver who is driving the vehicle that may have caused a Louisiana resident's injuries in a truck accident is not behind the wheel only to further his or her own interests. They are usually driving the truck for their employer, which is why the employer may also be held liable for serious injuries resulting from the accident through the doctrine of respondent superior or vicarious liability.
Semi-truck accidents cause thousands of deaths and even more injuries every year in Louisiana and throughout the country. Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and other "big rigs," are capable of causing massive destruction when a truck accident occurs. And, in most cases, other passenger vehicles and their occupants are the ones who suffer the brunt of the damage and injuries in these types of collisions.
Much is said about the devastation that can be caused when a semi-truck and car collide. The difference between the size of a semi-truck and the size of a car usually means the people in the car are the ones that get severely injured and suffer the most property damage. But what happens when two semi-trucks crash into one another? The answer was visible in a recent truck accident in Louisiana.
We share road space with them and accept them as part of our daily experience on the highways, but this does not mean many Louisiana residents don't move to the other side of the road when approaching a truck in an attempt to overtake or distance themselves from the semi-truck alongside it. Their size makes them formidable-not only because of the destruction it could cause in case of an accident but also because it is difficult to maneuver or see around. The truck itself is slow to respond to motoring functions such as braking or turning.