Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents

With decades of combined experience, the attorneys at SWLA Injury Attorneys have the knowledge to provide trusted advice and skilled advocacy for clients across Lake Charles and all of Louisiana. Using our expertise, we build cases based on factual evidence and an understanding of the law, starting with ensuring accidents are investigated fully and efficiently. We take time to make sure our clients understand their rights and the legal process of commercial motor vehicle accident cases.

Complex Cases Call for Experienced Attorneys

Commercial motor vehicle accidents can be challenging, often involving multiple parties, including drivers, employers, vehicle manufacturers, and insurance companies. We meticulously analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine liability and hold the responsible parties accountable. Our local attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies, ensuring that you receive maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

How Can We Help You?

When it comes to commercial motor vehicle accidents, the aftermath can be devastating. If you or a loved one have been involved in a CMV accident, it’s crucial to have the right legal representation on your side. Over the years, the expert litigators at SWLA Injury Attorneys have successfully represented numerous clients in motor vehicle accident cases. Our track record speaks for itself, and we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for every client we represent.

Navigating the Complexities of Your Case

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, our skilled trial attorneys are ready to fight for you in court. We are prepared to take your case to trial, presenting a compelling argument to secure the compensation you deserve. Beyond legal representation, we provide comprehensive support throughout the entire process. Our team assists with document preparation, handles communication with insurance companies and other parties involved, and keeps you informed every step of the way.
We’re here to fight for your rights, help you navigate the complexities of your case, and secure the financial compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one have been involved in a commercial motor vehicle accident, don’t wait. Time is crucial to properly investigate and develop your claim. Contact us today.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents

What is considered a Commercial Motor Vehicle(CMV)?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) as a motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more; or is designed to transport 8 or more passengers, including the driver; or is transporting hazardous materials. The State of Louisiana defines a “commercial vehicle” as every vehicle used or operated on the public highways in connection with any business function, except vehicles owned and used by churches, church schools, and religious orders for their purposes.
How are accidents involving a CMV different than car accidents?
CMVs are owned by companies that often have in-house risk management teams that are experienced in immediately gathering, and sometimes destroying, evidence of driver fault. These companies are also insured by sophisticated insurance companies that immediately mobilize teams of experts that begin crafting stories that direct fault away from the CMV driver and the company.
What should I do if I'm in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle?

STOP! Do not leave the scene! If you must, remove yourself, your vehicle, and passengers from travel lanes and call emergency services immediately. Quickly assess injuries to yourself and others at the scene, including passengers and other drivers. If you’re able and have access to a capable device, take photos and video to formally document everything involved in the accident before emergency services arrive. This includes pictures/videos of the scene, each vehicle with different angles, injuries to yourself or others, and take note of skid marks or debris on or near the road.

Gather names, contact information, insurance information, and witness accounts at the scene. These facts will help to support your case. Always accept medical assessments from emergency services. You may not immediately realize you are hurt due to a post-crash adrenaline rush, and serious complications may arise from unseen problems. Allowing medical staff to treat you also helps to establish a paper trail to ensure that you have proof of your injuries.

DO NOT SIGN OR DISCUSS ANYTHING WITHOUT YOUR ATTORNEY! Avoid discussing the details with others outside your immediate circle and/or your attorney’s office, especially on social media. This helps to prevent these statements from being used to diminish the severity of your injuries.

When should I hire an attorney?

It’s essential to prioritize your safety and the safety of others. However, you should hire an attorney immediately after receiving appropriate medical care. An experienced attorney is familiar with state and federal laws surrounding CMV regulations that the average person might not be aware of.

The business and its insurance company will waste no expense to fight your claim, no matter how outright it may seem. Information may be withheld, vehicles involved in the accident may be quickly and discreetly repaired, and the victims are left with little to no recourse for their injuries and mounting medical expenses. To avoid this, your attorney will immediately send a Letter of Preservation to the company, driver, and insurance company to legally enforce the preservation of physical evidence.

What should I do if I am blamed for the accident?

Stay calm, and never admit to anything unless advised by your attorney. Don’t speak to anyone other than police and emergency services at the scene, and always have your attorney present when speaking to other parties regarding your claim. Always accept medical attention, even if you don’t think you need it. Documenting the scene of the accident helps to compile physical evidence, such as skid marks, damages, and witness testimony. Be cautious on social media to avoid saying things that can be used against you. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this difficult situation, especially if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own. Placing liability is crucial, and working with a skilled attorney helps to develop a more favorable outcome.