Amtrak has experienced a number of accidents over the last few months, and people in Louisiana are wondering why. At Bruno & Bruno, we are extremely concerned about accidents involving commercial transportation as they can result in major injuries. The latest train crashes resulted in multiple injuries and a number of fatalities, and Amtrak is investigating why these crashes occurred and what can be done to prevent future issues.
A majority of the commercial vehicles you see driving in and around New Orleans tend to be much larger than traditional cars, trucks and SUVs to allow them to accomplish their specific purposes. Those that we here at Bruno & Bruno have worked with that have been involved in commercial vehicle accidents can attest to the fact that the added size of makes these vehicles much more destructive. If you have been involved in such an accident, then you are likely facing inordinate expenses (such as medical bills and vehicle repair costs). The question is who should be held liable?
Traffic accidents take many forms, whether they involve a motorcycle, a small vehicle, or a bicycle. However, commercial vehicle accidents can be especially dangerous, for different reasons. Sometimes, commercial vehicles are particularly large and their massive size can have more dire consequences or be more difficult for a driver to manage. Also, some commercial vehicle drivers may become tired due to working for long periods of time. In New Orleans, and other parts of Louisiana, it is pivotal for people to realize how dangerous these collisions are and the number of fatalities and injuries they cause.
Whether you were hit by a garbage truck, delivery truck, someone who was driving a company car or were involved in some other type of commercial vehicle accident, the consequences can be very tough. Bruno & Bruno understands the multitude of challenges that arise for commercial vehicle accident victims in New Orleans and cities across all of Louisiana. If you are in this position, focusing on recovery should be a top priority.
Now that summer is here, there are more motorists on the roads in Louisiana than usual. Many of those individuals are truck operators who are spending longer hours on the roads to meet delivery and shipment deadlines, earn incentives and get home. These factors and more increase the risk of truck and car accidents. Not all truck accidents are caused by commercial vehicle operators. Other motorists cause them too. According to Trucks.com, vehicles other than trucks cause more than two-thirds of all truck accidents.
The responsibilities of tractor trailer drivers in Louisiana extend far beyond the transportation of goods that is so essential to the nation’s economy. The size, weight, ground clearance and cargo of these vehicles often make them serious hazards to others in a crash. Operating them requires more education and instruction than a regular motorist undergoes because they are more difficult to maneuver and stop in unexpected traffic situations.
It is a common question asked by parents and community members on a regular basis: Why do school buses not have seat belts? People do not have to ask that question in this state, though, because Louisiana is one of a very few states that actually has a law requiring school buses to have them. According to the Louisiana State Legislature, occupant restraint systems on buses used to transport school children have been required since 2004.
Many citizens of Louisiana make their living as commercial truck drivers. These motorists may be faced with unique risks that increase the chance of a crash. Often times, a hazard is related to driver fatigue. Due to this, government officials are making an effort to educate and guide commercial drivers.
Large trucks, which weigh over 10,000 pounds gross, are something you may frequently see on Louisiana roadways. Due to your tractor trailer’s size and weight, it can cause a lot of damage and devastation to a passenger vehicle if you are involved in an accident. It is important to understand that in this type of crash, there is usually more than one factor or cause involved.
In a city like New Orleans, there are many ways of getting around town for tourists and visitors. Some of those include cab rides, using the streetcar, Uber or Lyft, or tour buses. We like to think that all of these options are safe and secure; after all, they carry hundreds of passengers every day, so they must be safe?