More than 40 years of combined experience

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Skilled And Tenacious Representation For Louisiana Truck Accident Victims

18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles are an important part of Louisiana’s economy. They deliver the goods we use every single day. Sadly, though, the way in which these vehicles are operated result in an unreasonably high number of serious traffic accidents. Each year, approximately 4,000 people in the United States are killed in 18-wheeler accidents, with thousands more suffering serious and life-changing injuries. In the vast majority of cases, the victims who are injured and killed are occupants of the smaller vehicle.

At Smith Shanklin Sosa, LLC, we have seen many times just how consequential trucking accidents can be. If you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries or lost someone you love, our attorneys will fight to hold the at-fault parties financially accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Why Are Trucking Accidents So Common, And Who Is At Fault?

There are times when trucking accidents are caused by drivers in smaller vehicles. However, in many cases, these crashes are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or both. Common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:

  • Fatigued or drowsy driving by truckers who have spent too many hours behind the wheel or suffer from an untreated condition like sleep apnea
  • Distracted driving
  • Trucking companies with unreasonable delivery deadlines that force truckers to speed and drive aggressively
  • Truck drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Cargo that is improperly loaded, unbalanced, unsecured or too heavy
  • Vehicle problems like worn-out brakes and blown tires due to inadequate inspection and maintenance practices
  • Failure to respond to changing traffic and weather conditions

If the truck driver was to blame for causing your accident, the driver’s employer will also likely be held liable for negligent hiring, training and monitoring of the employee. Trucking companies are required to carry commercial insurance policies, which means that the insurer underwriting the policy will also be a party to the litigation.

We Are Ready To Fight For The Compensation You Need And Deserve

Truck accidents commonly result in catastrophic injuries or death for victims in smaller vehicles. Our attorneys are prepared to aggressively represent your interests in court to ensure you have the money to cover medical bills, permanent disability, the loss of a loved one, scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering, and any other damages you have incurred.

We will not accept a lowball settlement offer from the insurance company, nor will we be intimidated by the expensive legal teams insurers hire to defend these high-value claims. No matter which of our three attorneys officially represents you, we collaborate on all cases. That means your case will benefit from more than 40 years of combined legal experience, not to mention our collective creativity and productivity.

Contact Us Today For Experienced Legal Help

Based in Baton Rouge, Smith Shanklin Sosa serves clients throughout Louisiana. To tell us your story and learn how we can help, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. You can reach out online or call 225-424-6094. We take all injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t charge any legal fees if we don’t help you recover money.