Truck Accident Attorney Opelousas

Trucking Accidents

Here, at Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we understand how catastrophic a semi-truck accident can be and how important compensation is to you and your family. If you have injuries from a truck accident, our attorneys have experience in determining the negligent party and holding them liable.


Trucking accidents are complicated. There may be several entities that can be liable for your compensation. Our attorneys have successfully settled cases weather it was the driver, trucking company, or government agency whose negligence caused the accident.


Furthermore, trucking accident victims and their families may be able to receive monetary compensation from several different sources. All negligent parties can be liable for personal injuries, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.


Negligent parties can include:


Commercial Truck Driver

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has very strict guidelines for truck drivers. If a driver violates a federal regulation, they can be accountable for their negligence.

Negligence can include; long driving hours, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or careless operation. Additionally, drivers must have proper state and federal licensing and permits required to operate a commercial truck.

Commercial Trucking Company

Trucking companies are under strict federal laws and guidelines. They must monitor their drivers closely in their hours of service, perform background checks, and insure proper loading and maintenance of their trucks. Trucking companies must also hold state and federal licenses and permits. If a company violates any of these regulations, they can be liable for damages.

Commercial Truck Manufacturer

Trucking accidents can be due to defective parts like faulty breaks or tires. Depending on the type of defect, the manufacturer, distributor, or designer may be liable for some, or all of the damages caused by the accident.

Shipping Company

The failure to properly load and secure a shipment can cause a trucking accident. In these instances, the load can shift causing the driver to lose control of the truck. Shipping companies who are negligent in their responsibility can be accountable.

Insurance Company

Insurance companies are sometimes involved in the hiring process of drivers. Small trucking companies sometimes rely on insurance companies to screen new drivers. If the insurer accepts an unqualified driver, they may be held partially responsible for any damages caused by an accident.


A broker is a type of “middle man” between a trucking company and a shipping company. A broker may be liable if they failed to properly investigate and screen a carrier’s safety record.


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The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess understand how catastrophic a semi-truck accident can be and how important compensation is to you and your family.

Due to the nature of 18 wheeler truck accidents, the repercussions can be devastating. Semi-trucks are 26 times heavier than regular passenger motor vehicles. Consequently, the damage to smaller automobiles and their occupants can be severe.


According to LSU Data reports, there were close to 100 commercial vehicle accidents in 2016. While this number may seem low, the cost of injuries and damage can be astronomically high.


The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess know how serious these accidents can be and what it will do to a family’s standard of living and budget. We will stop at nothing to help you maintain your family’s way of life and see justice served.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Injuries due to truck accidents can be severe and even fatal. Long term disability is common. Medical bills may be life-long, with surgeries, medications, and therapy. Injuries can include:

  • Chemical Exposure
  • Severe Concussion
  • Broken Bones
  • Deep Lacerations and Blood loss
  • Brain Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Severe Burns
  • Severe or Permanent Nerve Damage
  • Death

Trucking Accident Statistics


The most common cause of trucking accidents is driver error. Truck drivers are 10 times more likely to cause an accident than any other factor. A recent study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that drivers’ actions were responsible for 88% of commercial truck crashes. The study also showed:

Common Trucking Accidnet Causes
  • Prescription Drug Use 26.3%
  • Traveling Too Fast for Conditions 22.9%
  • Unfamiliar with Roadway 21.6%
  • Over-the-Counter Drug Use 17.3%
  • In adequate Surveillance 13.2%
  • Fatigue 13%
  • Under Work-Related Pressure 9.2%
  • Illegal Maneuver 9.1%
  • Inattention 8.5%
  • External Distraction Factors 8%
  • Inadequate Evasive Action 6.6%
  • Aggressive Driving Behavior (Tailgating, Weaving, Other) 6.6%
  • Unfamiliar with Vehicle 6.5%
  • Following too Closely 4.9%
  • False Assumption of Other Road Users Actions 4.7%
Common Types of Trucking Accidents
  • Rear End 23.1%
  • Ran off Road/Out of Lane 17.8%
  • Side Swipe, Same Direction 10.3%
  • Rollover 8.9%
  • Turning Across Path/Into Path 8%
  • Intersecting Vehicles, Straight Paths 5.8%
  • Side Swipe, Opposite Direction 4.6%
  • Head-On 3%
  • Hit Object in Road 1.8%
  • No Impact (fire, jackknife,other) .9%
  • Backing into Other Vehicle .3%
  • Other Crash Type 15.5%

Don’t Delay, Call Clay!

Contact The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess Today for a FREE Personal Injury Consultation.

If you were hurt, or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, get the help of an Opelousas Louisiana Trucking Accident Attorney as soon as possible. Our staff has over 20 years of experience getting our clients millions in compensation.

Injuries and property damage cost a lot of money. It makes sense to enlist the help of an attorney to help you with the process of getting the compensation you may be eligible for. If you have injuries that require long-term care, you need to be sure that those costs are covered. If you have missed work or are no longer able to work, you will need compensation.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are committed to getting you the help you need. We will make sure that the parties responsible are held accountable for their negligence. You should be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, future wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

We operate on a no/win no/pay basis. That means if we don’t recover funds for you, we don’t get paid. Injury consultations are free, so you never pay out of pocket. Don’t wait to contact our offices. Let us start on your case immediately.