Unfortunately, truck accidents are very common. Due to the large blind spots on trucks, swinging turns, the negligent training of drivers, poor vehicle maintenance, driver fatigue, and other negligence and misconduct, trucks collide with other vehicles and pedestrians all too often.. Truck accidents can be devastating and life-altering experiences for everyone involved, which is why you need an experienced trucking accident lawyer whom you can trust by your side. Los Angeles City Law has successfully recovered millions of dollars for victims of truck accidents; including a $13.863 million settlement for a former professional fighter who underwent two spinal fusion surgeries after his car was struck by a truck. LACL also obtained a $4 million settlement after a jury verdict for a truck driver who was struck by another truck while installing snow chains on his tires. LACL further recovered a seven-figure settlement for a passenger in a car that was struck by a truck which tried to flee the scene.
How Many Truck Accidents Occur Each Year?
Unfortunately, trucking accidents are very common. The Department of Transportation reports that in 2012 there were 112,908 trucking accidents. Those crashes caused more than 65,000 injuries and fatalities. Sadly, California and Texas lead the nation in trucking accidents, and have the have the highest number of fatalities resulting from these crashes. Our dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can go over all of your legal rights and options with you. Please contact our Los Angeles accident law firm now for a free consultation.
What Causes Trucking Accidents?
Given that large truck operations are heavily regulated by federal, state, and local laws – why are there still so many serious accidents? These accidents are often attributed to driver error (either truck or other vehicle) due to inexperience, fatigue, substance abuse, and/or other distracted driving; truck driver training and working environment; vehicle maintenance; mechanical failure; environmental conditions; traffic signal failures or road conditions; improper cargo loading; and faulty manufacture. Because there are so many factors and parties involved, the determination of who is at fault (and whose insurance should pay) becomes a web of finger-pointing. An experienced truck accident attorney becomes necessary to guide the victim to obtaining just compensation for his or her injuries.
Steps To Parsing Out Fault In A Truck Accident
Victims of truck accidents often need to collect many pieces of information to assist them in proving another party is responsible for for the victims’ injuries. Some of the basic information that is commonly needed includes: police reports, post-collision truck inspection reports, witness statements, photos, and engineering or accident reconstruction reports related to traffic, weather, and road conditions. The victim will also want to quickly obtain the truck’s event data recorders (EDR) including any black boxes, on-board computers, and GPS recorders. Often, a full investigation conducted by experts will be necessary to discover and to prove most causes of liability, such as cell phone use prior to the crash, faulty maintenance of the truck, unsafe working conditions, drug testing results, and violations of the heightened laws and regulations governing to trucks. Only with a thorough investigation can a victim prove whether a truck carrier, a truck driver, another driver, a truck repair facility, a vehicle manufacturer, or a government is required to compensate the victims for their injuries .
Getting Help after a Truck Accident
Truck accident victims, including other drivers and passengers, often require assistance getting the powerful,well-represented truck companies to accept responsibility for causing these accidents. Hiring a knowledgeable attorney with expertise in truck accident law and insight into the complicated interplay of laws and regulations governing the industry is critical. A lawyer experienced in truck law can best prepare a claim or lawsuit to hold the responsible party liable for the trauma and damages suffered from these often-catastrophic accidents.
The long-term physical, emotional, and financial effects of a truck accident can be severe. Your attorney will work with you to recover the money you have lost as a result of your injuries. The personal injury lawyers at Los Angeles City Law Firm provide competent, aggressive legal representation that achieves the best possible results for our clients. Ours is a client-focused firm that embraces the highest ethical standards. If you, a friend or a family member has been injured in an accident, please contact our attorneys. We can answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free consultation regarding your case. If traveling to our office is a challenge, we can make arrangements to come to you. To schedule a FREE case consultation, please contact us toll free at (866) 999-6640 or click here to fill out our free consultation form.