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What to Do After a Big Truck Wreck?

What to Do After a Big Truck Wreck?

Enduring Impact of a Head-On Big Truck Accident and the Road to Recovery

As your hometown team, we understand the devastating impact of big truck accidents, affecting thousands annually with life-altering injuries. In the wake of these incidents, victims must navigate the aftermath effectively. Amidst the challenges posed by projects like the Interstate 20 construction, local communities are particularly vulnerable. Legal support is crucial if you’ve been harmed in a big truck collision.

Interstate 20 Sign

Construction on Interstate 20 commenced on Monday, September 18, 2023, leading to lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on I-20 from near Hamilton Road to Industrial Drive (LA 782-2) in Bossier City. This segment of the interstate, accommodating approximately 70,000 to 100,000 vehicles daily, is undergoing comprehensive reconstruction. All existing pavement and roadway bases are replaced with new base and concrete.

The entire project is expected to conclude in late 2025, with the pace of progress subject to various factors such as weather conditions and other influences affecting construction schedules.

If you find yourself involved in a big truck accident, it's essential to take certain steps to protect yourself and your rights. Here's what you should do:

  • Ensure Safety: First and foremost, check yourself and others involved for injuries. If anyone is hurt, seek medical assistance immediately.
  • Emergency Services: Contact the police and emergency medical services to report the accident and request assistance.
  • Document the Scene: If it's safe to do so, gather information at the scene. Take photos of the vehicles involved, any damage, skid marks, road conditions, and traffic signs. Also, collect contact information from witnesses.
  • Contact a Lawyer: Consider seeking legal representation, especially if you've suffered injuries. A skilled big truck accident attorney can protect your rights, handle negotiations with insurance companies, and pursue compensation on your behalf.
  • Keep Records: Maintain records of all medical treatment, expenses, repairs, and any other relevant documents related to the accident.
  • Follow Legal Advice: Adhere to the counsel provided by your attorney.

As the extensive construction of the I-20 continues, the Ryan E. Gatti Law Firm stands ready as your local legal advocates, dedicated to aiding those injured in accidents involving big trucks. We are committed to providing comprehensive assistance specific to your needs.

Resources & Media

Click the link below to view the full article from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

KSLA News 12 Article

Navigating Recovery and Legal Action After a Severe Big Truck Collision

First Responders At Major Truck Wreck Scene

Our client was involved in a two-vehicle crash on LA 157 approximately 1.5 miles north of LA 527. Our client was traveling north bound on LA 157 in a big truck and the other driver was traveling southbound in a semi truck hauling an oversized load. As the client's vehicle approached the bridge entrance, the driver of the oversized load crossed the center line. Despite efforts to avoid it, a head-on collision occurred, causing extensive damage to our client. Our client was air lifted 15 miles from the scene of the accident to LSUHSC due to the severity of his injuries. According to the medical team, “The patient suffered a severe trauma that left in him multiple morphological and functional changes that interfere with his normal daily life, confirmed by the objective measurements and features found on MRI sequences.”

 X-ray Image

Our client was faced with chronic pain resulting from various injuries including rib fractures, the result of a metal rib cage, severe elbow pain, and shoulder pain. He also sustained injuries to his brain, collar bones, lungs, and chest. According to treating doctors, “Based on the information received and reviewed, the patient is permanently and totally disabled due to his cognitive and physical impairments as a result of his injuries sustained in the collision. Therefore, he continues to experience a complete loss of earnings and expected earnings since the date of his injuries. His potential for returning to work in any capacity is nonexistent.” Our client’s psychiatrist stated,“He's going to need a lifetime of psychiatric medication management.” 

First Responders Caring For Patient

Recovering from a brain injury sustained in a significant truck accident is a challenging journey that requires time, patience, and dedicated medical care. It involves various stages of rehabilitation, including physical therapy, cognitive therapy, and emotional support, aimed at restoring functionality and quality of life. With perseverance and the support of healthcare professionals, family, and friends, individuals can gradually regain their independence and rebuild their lives after such a traumatic event. 

In the aftermath of a serious big truck accident resulting in injuries, it's crucial to seek compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial toll endured. If you've been harmed in such an incident, our firm is equipped and experienced to handle personal injury cases, particularly those involving truck accidents. Graphic Images of Big Truck Wreck

Our team at Ryan E. Gatti Law Firm can provide invaluable guidance and representation, ensuring your rights are protected and fighting tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages incurred due to the accident. Don't hesitate to seek legal assistance to pursue justice and reclaim your peace of mind.

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