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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  • The Police Say The Truck Driver Who Caused My Injury Was Sleep Deprived But It’s Not Stated In The Accident Report. What Should I Do?

    Sleep deprivation is a common cause of truck-related accidents.  18-wheeler drivers sometimes push themselves beyond their limits in an effort to make sure their haul is delivered on time.  TO unsuspecting motorists in their vicinity, this can mean disaster.  

    Sometimes, what the police may tell you following a big truck wreck may be speculation based on their investigation of the accident and they may not put those statements in the report.  Typically, we end up taking the officer’s deposition in order to better understand why he or she made such comments.  

    One of the things we do during the course of a big truck lawsuit is investigate the state of the truck driver in an attempt to uncover evidence of driver’s fatigue.  This can be done by analyzing driving records, including logbooks showing whether the driver took required breaks.  Accident reconstructionist experts may even be brought in to analyze the specifics of an accident in order to uncover evidence of driver fatigue or sleep deprivation.  

    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 Was Involved In A Truck Accident With A UPS Truck But The Company Is Not Responding To My Calls. What Are My Legal Options?

    Oftentimes, it may be difficult to get in touch with the right person with a big company to report and get information after a car wreck.  Big companies typically have their own car wreck claim units or hire third-party companies to handle such claims.  

    Getting to the right person can be challenging and frustrating.  Front-line employees who answer the 1-800 number may not have the right information to get you in touch with the claim’s unit.  In most cases, it takes some digging to get to the right department.

    If a big company is not responding to your calls, chances are that you do not have the right person’s attention.  For instance, if you have been leaving messages for the operator or another front-line employee, they are probably disregarding your calls as “not their problem.”  

    Though years of experience, we have found that persistence and resourcefulness are the keys to making sure our clients’ claims are handled properly and taken seriously.  When our client is in an accident involving a big company, we gather all of the information possible to make sure we get the right person’s attention.  Ultimately, our goal is to get the claim in front of the insurance representative or third-party administrator in charge of handling car accident claims.  

    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 Was Involved In A Truck Accident. Should I File My Claim Against The Trucking Company Or The Driver?

    Being involved in an accident with a big truck or commercial vehicle is often confusing, especially when it comes to filing an insurance claim.  Sometimes, a police report will list the driver of the truck, the leasing company, the owner of the trailer, and finally, an insurance company you have never heard of.  What do you do?

    When we receive a case involving a big truck or commercial vehicle, we immediately get to work researching the parties involved.  One of our first calls is to the at-fault insurance company in order to begin evaluating whether they are taking responsibility for the accident, and for the fault of the truck driver.  At the same time, we may also request information from the owner of the truck and its driver to make sure the information is matching up.  

    Ultimately, the insurance claim will be filed with the truck’s insurance company.  However, if the insurance company is denying responsibility for the driver’s actions, further investigation is needed in order to protect our clients’ claims.

    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.

  • It Seems The Truck Insurance Company Is Trying To Delay My Claim. What Should I Do?

    Delay is one strategy used by insurance companies, including big truck insurance companies, to deter people from pursuing their claims following an accident.  The longer insurance companies can keep their money, the better for their bottom line.  

    Big truck insurance companies are different than the typical car insurance companies with which you may be familiar.  Oftentimes, they are from out of state and unfamiliar with Louisiana’s laws concerning property damage adjustment, timely claims handling, and third-party bad faith law.  

    At Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, we help our clients through all aspects of their big truck cases, including their claims for property damage.  If the insurance company is delaying the process, we find out the reason, make sure the insurance company has satisfactory proof of our client’s loss, and put them on notice as to Louisiana’s laws on timely claims handling.  

    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 Is The Statute Of Limitations To File A Truck Accident Claim In Louisiana?

    In Louisiana, the statute of limitations (also known as the prescriptive period) to file a lawsuit for car and truck accidents is one year from the date of the injury or damage sustained.  This means that if a lawsuit is not properly filed within that period, the injured person’s claims are no longer valid.  

    To be clear, filing an insurance claim with a big truck’s insurance company following a wreck is NOT the same as filing a lawsuit.  An insurance claim is the process of notifying the at-fault insurance company of the wreck and your damages and injuries and pursuing compensation for those injuries.  Filing an insurance claim does not require filing a lawsuit if the claim can be resolved within that year period discussed above.  Sometimes, if a claim cannot be resolved, a lawsuit must be filed to preserve and pursue our client’s claims.

    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 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.