Semi-trucks are a staple of Louisiana and America’s economy. They carry goods and equipment to restaurants, retail stores and construction sites. Though these monstrosities serve as an integral part of our society, their sheer size also poses a real risk to other motorists.

An accident that could be minor if involving two cars can cause serious injury and death when an 18-wheeler is involved. This was the sad case recently near Shreveport. New Orleans area residents should be aware that truck accidents can happen anywhere at any time.

In the Shreveport accident, a semi-truck driver traveling in a convoy rear-ended another tractor trailer, sending that rear-ended truck into oncoming traffic and causing a head-on collision with a third semi-truck. The driver of the third semi-truck was killed. The driver of the first truck was cited for reckless driving and following too closely.

A reckless truck driver or a distracted truck driver like this one can cause injury or death in the blink of an eye and should be held accountable for any related medical expenses or funeral costs that follow. Yet, sometimes recovering from an individual driver may not be enough.

In addition to seeking recovery from the individual truck driver, the victim of a semi-truck accident may seek compensation from the trucking company. These companies are supposed to take care when hiring drivers and do everything under their control to ensure these drivers act in a safe manner while on the road.

Since these drivers are working while on the road, trucking company liability may apply under the legal theory that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees. By making a claim against the trucking company, victims of semi-truck accidents can rest assured that they will be able to recover the full costs of their medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: wafb, “Trucker cited in deadly crash involving three 18-wheelers,” June 26, 2012