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5 Myths about Big Truck Accidents Everyone Should Know


Every year, big truck accidents leave thousands of people injured, grappling with both physical pain and the daunting question of “What’s next?” It’s a confusing and overwhelming time, especially when faced with vast online information and misinformation.

At Joubert Law Firm, we aim to debunk common myths surrounding 18-wheeler accidents and provide you with reliable, no-nonsense information that you can trust. From understanding who’s at fault to dealing with greedy companies and insurers, we’re breaking down the complexities of truck accident cases.

Our experienced truck accident attorneys have compiled the top 5 myths about 18-wheeler accidents to help individuals navigate this stressful time. They empower you to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

18-Wheeler Accidents are just like car accidents

While both involve vehicles on the road, truck accidents carry unique characteristics that set them apart from passenger vehicle accidents. The obvious differences are big trucks' sheer size and weight, which pose different risks and require a deeper understanding of regulations and standards. On average, a semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded with cargo. In contrast, the average weight of a passenger vehicle ranges from around 3,000 - 5,000 pounds. The sheer size and weight disparity between these vehicles results in tragedy when a collision occurs and can cause catastrophic damage and severe injuries due to the force exerted by their weight.

Additionally, due to their massive weight and momentum, semi-trucks require much longer stopping distances than passenger vehicles. This is why passenger vehicle drivers must practice extra safety precautions when sharing the road with big trucks.

It’s always the truck driver’s fault

Like any other collision, truck accidents can have many causes. Driver fatigue, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, distracted driving, and mechanical/maintenance issues are just a few of the reasons why a collision might occur between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck. The truck driver may be at fault, but so might the passenger vehicle driver. There may also be additional causes that aren’t due to either truck driver or car driver error.

Determining liability in a truck accident is often a complex process involving a deep understanding of the trucking industry and the laws that govern it. Even when the case seems clear-cut, such as when the semi-truck driver is under the influence of a substance, it may not be as straightforward as you think. Under Louisiana law, the court or jury can assign fault to more than one party, so others, like the truck or trailer owners, the operator, and/or maintenance workers may also bear some of the blame for a big truck accident.

Any lawyer can handle a truck accident case

Contrary to popular belief, successfully litigating a truck accident case requires specialized expertise beyond general personal injury law. These cases involve intricate federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry, demanding a deep understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) regulations. An experienced big truck accident attorney can identify negligence and non-compliance, making a comprehensive approach necessary to hold all responsible parties accountable.

I can negotiate with the insurance company on my own

Negotiating with insurance companies without legal representation is not straightforward, and engaging in discussions with insurance adjusters without a skilled attorney's guidance can potentially jeopardize your claim's outcome. Insurance companies often employ tactics to minimize payouts, such as offering low settlement amounts or disputing liability. It is important to only speak to your insurance company with your attorney present so they can negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, along with other factors such as missed wages.

It’s too expensive to hire a lawyer for my truck accident case

Many individuals hesitate to seek legal representation because hiring an attorney will cost them thousands of dollars out of pocket. It is important to understand that our firm, like many others, operates on a contingency fee basis. This means we are not paid unless we win your case. Working with a skilled truck accident attorney under a contingency agreement offers numerous benefits by allowing access to quality legal representation without the financial burden.

Additionally, the potential for higher compensation with legal representation often outweighs any concerns about fees. A seasoned truck accident attorney has the knowledge, resources, and experience to effectively navigate the complexities of these cases, maximizing the likelihood of a successful outcome. Our contingency fee model aligns the interests of our experienced attorneys and valued clients, as both parties share a common goal: securing the maximum compensation possible for the injured party. See our FAQ page to find answers to more common questions regarding our firm’s operations.

It’s imperative to emphasize that myths found on the internet shouldn't compound the confusion and devastation experienced after a big truck accident. If an 18-wheeler has injured you or a loved one, let our trusted attorneys fiercely advocate for your rights against large insurance companies. Call our office at (225) 761-3822 or complete our secure online contact form to schedule a free consultation today.

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