Covington Truck Accident FAQs

Why won’t the insurance company pay me what I'm owed? If the other driver was at fault, why do I have to pay my own medical bills? Who pays for my rental car after my car was totaled? We answer questions like these and many more in our personal injury FAQs. If your question is not covered here, give us a call.

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  • Is A Commercial Truck Accident Different Than A Truck Accident On A Local Louisiana Road?

    The term “commercial truck” typically refers to a truck owned by a company, and not by an individual.  Commercial trucks can mean anything from 18-wheelers to dump trucks, and even pickup trucks being used by a construction company.  If a truck, or any vehicle for that matter, is owned by a company and being used by that company’s employees, it would be considered a commercial vehicle. 

    Just like a personal vehicle, a commercial vehicle must be insured in order to be legally driven in Louisiana.  However, a commercial vehicle will typically be covered by commercial liability insurance, under the company’s policy of insurance, and not necessarily by the driver’s personal liability insurance.  

    When we represent someone injured by a commercial truck, it is important that we identify the business who owns the vehicle and the proper insurance company with whom to file an injury claim.  Sometimes, a commercial insurance company has a different claims process than a personal insurer, so that will also be determined in order to ensure that a claim is handled properly.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Can I Expect From My Free Consultation With A Louisiana Truck Accident Lawyer?

    At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we offer free and confidential consultations for all accident cases, including wrecks involving big trucks.  At our consultation, you will meet with an experienced accident lawyer.  We discuss the facts of the wreck, the evidence collected, your injuries and medical treatment, and even your vehicle damage.  Then, we work together to create a plan of action moving forward in order to protect your legal rights.  

    At our firm, we are 100% no pressure.  If we believe you can handle your case on your own, we will tell you and even provide some pointers.  Our goal during a consultation is to make sure your questions are answered and you come away from our visit feeling confident in the direction of your case.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • I Gave The Insurance Company A Recorded Statement Following My Truck Accident But Before I Talked To An Attorney. What Can I Do?

    Don’t feel bad if you already gave the insurance company a recorded statement following a truck accident.  About half of our clients unwittingly give recorded statements prior to hiring us, only to later discover that the law doesn’t require them to do so.  

    The number 1 reason we typically do not allow our clients to give recorded statements following a truck accident is because they are unnecessary.  If the insurance company has the police report, can speak with their own insured, or can otherwise obtain facts indicating that their insured was at-fault for causing the accident, why do they need your statement?  The reason is because they want to have a free chance at you saying the wrong thing or stating that you are “ok” following an accident.  They want a clip of your own voice to use against you later.  That’s it.  

    If you do hire a personal injury attorney, it is important to tell them whether you have given a recorded statement so that they can ask for that statement from the insurance company.  If you regret giving a recorded statement, don’t beat yourself up about it.  Call us instead.

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Truck Accident Case?

    The length of time it takes to resolve a truck accident case depends on many factors.  First, we never want to settle a truck accident claim until our client has fully recovered from his or her injuries or is in a position where he or she knows what the future holds for them in terms of their medical wellbeing.  

    Once our client is in a position to resolve their claim, a second factor that determines how long it takes to resolve a truck accident case is whether the at-fault insurance company is taking responsibility for the truck accident.  

    Finally, even if an insurance company is accepting 100% liability for a truck accident, that does not mean that they will value your claim fairly.  If an insurance company is not willing to offer a fair settlement, this may lead to filing a lawsuit against them, which does take time.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What Defense Will The Trucking Company Use In My Truck Accident Case?

    If you have been involved in a wreck with a big truck, chances are that the truck company or their insurance company will look to blame you for the accident.  
     
    Common defenses to a big truck accident include the following:
     
    Blaming the other driver for coming to a sudden stop in front of the truck.
    Blaming the other driver for being in the truck’s “blind spot.”
    Blaming the other driver for “scooting” in front of the truck at the last second.
     
    Oftentimes, these defenses can be refuted with evidence from the accident scene, including photos of tire tracks, analyzing vehicle damage, and even accident reconstruction.  Sometimes, we will collect the truck’s “black box” data, which includes information on the truck’s speed and braking just before impact. 
     
    Big truck accidents can get complicated quickly.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Can I File A Personal Injury Claim Without A Lawyer?

    Anyone can file and pursue their own personal injury claim without a lawyer.  Whether that is a good idea or not depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of injuries and damage, whether the other person is admitting fault, and the interests of third parties such as medical providers, health insurers, and others.  

    Even minor accident claims can become complicated quickly.  Just a trip to the ER can result in several medical bills and create a reimbursement interest from your health insurer, especially for people with Medicare or Medicaid.  At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we make sure that our clients’ claims are handled the right way, start to finish.  

    Also, remember that insurance company adjusters are trained to ask specific questions of accident victims in an effort to save money for the insurance company.  Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to interact with insurance adjusters can be a major advantage.  

    If you are thinking of handling your own personal injury claim, please call us today.  At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we offer a free 15-minute “CRASH COURSE to help you better understand the ins and outs of your claim.  

    Give us a call today to schedule your free “CRASH COURSE” at (985) 590-6182.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • If A Personal Injury Accident Was My Fault Can I Still Win The Case?

    Car accidents can be complicated and sometimes, more than one person may be at fault for causing the wreck. In Louisiana, we have what’s known as “comparative fault.” This means that a person can recover for their personal injuries, even if they were partially responsible for causing the wreck.

    For instance, if it is determined that someone is 50% responsible for causing a wreck, they can still collect 50% of their damages. Also, if the other person had the reasonable opportunity to avoid the wreck, but didn’t, you may still prevail in a personal injury claim, regardless of fault. In Louisiana, this is called the “last clear chance doctrine.” Many factors go into the success or failure of a personal injury case.

    At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we examine each of our clients’ cases from every angle.

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • How Are Truck Accident Investigations Conducted?

    The process of investigating truck accidents varies from case to case and is sometimes similar to investigations of car accident claims.  However, there are several things we may do during an investigation, unique to truck accidents.  

    First, a lot of big trucks, like 18-wheelers, contain electronic logging devices, similar to the “black box” we often hear about.  These devices can track the truck’s speed, locations, and critical events, like braking.  We sometimes have accident reconstruction experts assist us in inspecting the truck and downloading data from its electronic logging devices.

    Second, in the event of big trucks hauling loads or making deliveries, it may be important to obtain evidence as to the driver’s activity on the day of the accident or the days leading up to the accident.  Evidence such as driving logs and whether the driver took required breaks can be important in a truck case to show driver fatigue.   

    Another topic of investigation in big truck accident cases is the driver’s personnel records.  Does he have a history of accidents?  Did his company conduct a background investigation before putting him on the road?  In some cases, showing that the trucking company knew or should have known that their driver was unsafe, is important for holding the company liable.

    While each big truck accident is different, it is important to collect evidence immediately after an accident.  As soon as we are hired on a big truck case, we skillfully tailor our investigation around the unique aspects of the case.   

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • Is My Truck Accident Considered A Criminal Or Civil Case?

    It is important to understand the difference between “criminal” cases and “civil” cases when it comes to truck accidents or any accident.  Criminal charges are typically brought by the District Attorney against the at-fault individual when it is determined that they violated a law and caused harm.  Finding someone guilty in a criminal case results in fines or imprisonment for that person, depending on the case.  

    We handle civil cases involving truck accidents.  That means we seek compensation (money) for our clients as a result of the injuries and damages they suffer.  Winning a lawsuit or settling with an insurance company in a civil case results in the payment of money, but does not subject the at-fault person to fines or imprisonment.  

    Sometimes, a truck accident can result in both criminal and civil cases.  An example is when a truck driver was intoxicated and severely injures or kills someone in a crash.  In that case, the truck driver would be subject to criminal charges and could be sued for civil damages.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a semi-truck or large vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.

  • What If I Can’t Afford To Visit A Doctor Following My Motorcycle Accident?

    Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries.  It is important that our clients receive the necessary medical treatment for their injuries and we take pride in assisting them through the recovery process, every step of the way.  

    Louisiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Flattmann Law

    Unfortunately, after a motorcycle accident, the at-fault insurance company is not legally required to “pay as you go” to the doctor.  Instead, they want to settle your entire claim in one lump sum.  Sometimes, the insurance adjuster will offer a small amount, knowing that a person cannot afford the medical treatment they really need.  

    We understand that not everyone has health insurance to cover necessary doctor visits.  In such cases, we assist our clients in finding doctors who are dedicated to their recovery and who work with us to make sure our clients receive the treatment they need, even if they don’t have insurance.    

    Have You Been Hurt In A Covington Area Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. I help clients throughout Louisiana including Mandeville, Slidell, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond, New Orleans and Metairie.