Head-On Collision Truck Accident Attorneys

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    Any truck accident could result in catastrophic injuries, but head-on truck collisions are some of the most dangerous and devastating crashes that can happen on the road.

    When an 80,000-pound truck collides with the front of a passenger vehicle, the force of the impact is often catastrophic. The truck may crumple the cars passenger space, or it may even roll on top of the vehicle. Severe injuries and fatalities are not uncommon in this type of accident.

    If you have recently been involved in a head-on truck accident, the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Tomeny | Best Injury Lawyers want to help. Our legal team includes a former insurance company lawyer and a former state judge, giving us a well-rounded legal background to help you with your case.

    During our more than three decades in practice, we’ve helped people throughout Louisiana recover millions of dollars in compensation. We’re committed to helping Louisiana residents get the high-quality legal representation they deserve, which is why you won’t need to pay us any fees until we collect compensation on your behalf.

    Don’t wait to get started on your head-on truck accident claim. Get a free initial consultation today by calling our Baton Rouge office or visiting our contact page.

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    Causes of Head-On Truck Collisions

    truck damaged during a head on collisionThere are many different ways in which head-on truck collisions can occur. Truck drivers need to be aware of the dangers involved in handling these large vehicles. Trucking companies need to make sure their drivers are following regulations. When truck drivers, their employers, and others do not exercise enough care, the cost of their negligence is often substantial.

    Here are some of the most common causes of head-on collisions:

    • Drivers intoxicated by drugs or alcohol – All of the dangers of driving a normal car while intoxicated are exacerbated when it comes to large trucks. When truck drivers abuse alcohol or drugs, including some prescription and over-the-counter medications, they suffer a wide range of negative effects. These include impaired judgment, slowed reflexes, diminished inhibitions (leading to dangerous driving behaviors like speeding), and even the possibility that the driver may pass out behind the wheel and drift into oncoming traffic. All of these effects inhibit a truck driver’s ability to avoid a sudden hazard and make it much more likely that they will be involved in an accident.
    • Distracted driving – When truck drivers are distracted, they may not see an oncoming vehicle when it appears, or they may not notice it until it’s too late to take appropriate action. Either way, the result of distracted driving is often an accident and serious injuries to all involved. Some common distractions include talking on the phone, sending or reading a text message, fiddling with the music inside the truck, eating or drinking while driving, daydreaming, and looking at traffic on the other side of the road.
    • Fatigued driving – Truck drivers may push themselves to go too long without breaks to make sure they make their delivery deadlines. Even though there are strict guidelines that are supposed to govern how long drivers go without a break, they or their employers may not always follow these rules. Driving while fatigued has many of the same effects as driving while intoxicated, including impaired judgment, slower reflexes, and the possibility of the driver falling asleep at the wheel. All of these factors make a head-on collision much more likely.
    • Speeding – Speeding is especially dangerous for truck drivers because large trucks are much harder to stop, particularly at high speeds. Speeding also gives truck drivers less time and room to maneuver to avoid a hazardous situation. Higher speeds also generally mean greater injuries in a crash because more speed means the truck hits with more force.
    • Reckless driving – Failing to properly use turn signals, aggressive lane changes, and other kinds of reckless or aggressive driving all make it more difficult for truck drivers to see and react to dangerous situations. When truck drivers engage in these behaviors, they’re putting both themselves and everyone else on the road at risk.
    • Bad weather – Rain, fog, wind, and ice can make it more difficult for truck drivers to drive safely – especially when they fail to slow down. While bad weather may unexpectedly crop up, truck drivers need to be properly trained and prepared to minimize the potential danger to others on the road.
    • Poor road conditions – Roads that have deteriorated can lead to an accident by making it difficult for truck drivers and others to maintain control of their vehicles. A lack of proper signage can also cause an accident by not warning truckers and other vehicles of potentially dangerous situations on the road ahead.
    • Defective parts – Because of their large size and weight, safety equipment is even more important on a truck than it is for passenger car drivers. This makes mechanical defects more dangerous as well. If a truck’s brakes, steering, or other critical components fail, the driver may not be able to safely handle the truck and end up crashing head-on into another vehicle.

    Common Injuries Caused by Head-On Truck Accidents

    Though there are fewer truck accidents across the country compared to car accidents, truck accidents often cause more intense injuries because of the size disparity between the vehicles involved. Trucks are bigger than passenger vehicles, sit higher off the road, and can weigh more than 10 times the amount of even large SUVs. This increased size puts other vehicles on the road in extreme danger when accidents occur.

    Some of the most common injuries that result from head-on truck accidents include:

    • Broken bones
    • Severe lacerations, which may require surgery or skin grafts to fix
    • Burn injuries
    • Crushed or amputated limbs
    • Internal injuries, such as damaged internal organs, punctured lungs, etc.
    • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems
    • Death

    Liability for Head-On Truck Collisions

    Some of the potentially liable parties in a head-on truck crash include:

    • The truck driver – In most cases, the fault for a head-on crash ultimately rests with the driver. After all, they are the ones who are handling the truck and are responsible for getting it to its destination safely. When drivers are distracted, intoxicated, or engaged in reckless driving, they will likely bear the majority of the responsibility for the accident.
    • The trucking company – Trucking companies are usually liable for the negligence of their employees. This is true even if they label an employee an “independent contractor” or “owner operator.” Trucking companies are responsible for making sure their drivers are adequately trained and experienced to handle their vehicles safely. They must sure their drivers obey safety regulations — especially regulations regarding rest breaks.
    • The manufacturer of the truck – When a head-on truck accident is the result of a mechanical defect, the manufacturer of the truck may be to blame. The additional size and weight of trucks make it especially important that all of the parts are working correctly to minimize the chance of an accident.
    • Other parts manufacturers – Sometimes, a truck accident is the result of a mechanical defect, but the defective part was not made by the truck’s manufacturer. In these cases, the company that made the part may be liable for the crash.
    • The maintenance company – If maintenance workers and mechanics aren’t sufficiently careful, they may overlook an issue that could cause an accident down the line.

    What Should You Do After a Head-On Truck Collision?

    The first priority immediately after a head-on truck collision is to get medical treatment.

    Here’s what you need to do in the days and weeks after the accident:

    • Hold on to your medical records and all your bills – These records will help document your injuries and are a record of the financial cost of the accident. Make sure to save all of these documents, as they’re crucial pieces of evidence.
    • Preserve any evidence you have from the scene – If you have any photos or video from the scene that could shed light on what happened, make sure to keep them. You’ll also want to save any contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
    • Save your wage statements – One key category of compensation in truck accident cases is your lost wages. To make sure you’re fully compensated for your lost wages, hold on to any pay stubs or other income statements that show what you’ve lost due to the accident.
    • Don’t post on social media – No matter how private you think your social media feeds are, other people can always find ways to view your posts. Therefore, don’t make any posts about the accident on social media. Insurance adjusters may find a post and twist it to use it against you.
    • Don’t talk to any insurance companies without hiring a lawyer first – You want to be very careful about any information you share with insurance companies after an accident. Have your attorney look over any forms you submit or any statements you make to ensure that you aren’t hurting your case.

    Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer at Tomeny | Best Injury Lawyers

    Winning compensation for your injuries after a head-on truck accident requires dedication, experience, and special legal knowledge. The truck accident lawyers at Tomeny | Best Injury Lawyers have all of these qualities and more.

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