Big Rig And Truck Accident Lawyers in California
Today’s roads are busier than ever, with more commercial trucks, semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers. Commercial truck drivers frequently travel considerable distances for a lengthy period of time. Tight deadlines may force truck drivers to skip sleep, which will have terrible repercussions for other motorists.
The death of a loved one or catastrophic injuries could result from a semi-truck collision. Those who survive a truck accident with severe injuries are frequently rendered unable to work for an extended period, resulting in expensive medical bills and other expenses piling up while they recuperate.
Accidents involving big rig trucks can cause significant casualties because of their immense size and weight. You need an experienced truck accident lawyer to protect your rights and interests, whether you have experienced whiplash, nerve damage, fractured bones, lacerations, internal injuries, brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries.
While you might not consider buses, concrete trucks, delivery vans, garbage trucks, or fire trucks to be “large rigs,” they pose additional risks on the road. All of these trucks have the potential to cause severe damage upon hit, especially when moving at high speeds.
A personal injury lawsuit following a truck accident can assist you with:
Recover financial compensation for property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses you’ve suffered from the accident. Hold the at-fault party accountable for the accident.
How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help?
A trucking company’s primary objective following an accident is to shield itself from responsibility. Despite having sufficient insurance, most trucking businesses prefer not to assign blame for collisions. They will employ enormous legal resources to avoid accountability and spend less money. A lawyer can effectively utilize resources on your behalf. Your lawyer will use forceful legal tactics to develop a compelling case against the trucking company and assist you in establishing guilt. When negotiating with the insurance company, one of our accident lawyers won’t allow you to settle for less than your case is worth. We will fight for the highest compensation from all responsible parties, including commercial trucking companies.
What Are the Common Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following are the most common causes of truck accidents on American roads:
Truck driver errors caused by exhaustion, inattentive driving, speeding, and other risky driving behaviors such as:
- Improper vehicle maintenance, brake or tire problems, overweight trailers, and unsecured loads that cause traffic hazards.
- Environmental factors such as strong winds, rain, snow, or ice cause poor road conditions, resulting in trucks hydroplaning or skidding out of control.
Truck driver errors account for 87% of all heavy truck accidents, making them the primary cause of truck accidents and crashes. The conditions are beyond your control if you are involved in an accident.
Injuries Commonly Caused By Truck And Big Rig Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks can be devastating to individuals in smaller vehicles. A passenger vehicle involved in a car accident with another passenger vehicle is likely to have a very different outcome than a truck crash. Although some semi-truck accident victims can walk away with minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises, massive truck accidents sometimes result in catastrophic injury or, worst-case scenario, wrongful death. The following are some of the most common truck accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Burn injuries
- Bone fractures
- Wrongful death
- Internal bleeding or punctured lungs
- Whiplash, road rash, or airbag rash
- Chemical burns from hazardous materials
Who Is Liable in the Event of a Truck Accident?
The majority of truck accidents in Los Angeles are the result of truck company negligence. The trucking firm will be held accountable not only for its activities but also for the actions of its truck drivers. It is the responsibility of every trucking company to take reasonable precautions to avoid accidents. This can be accomplished by conducting frequent vehicle inspections, following correct hiring and training processes, and adhering to all federal trucking safety standards. If the corporation fails to fulfill its duty of care and causes a preventable accident, it may be liable for damages.
The trucking firm will be accountable for the negligence of its employees, including independently hired truck drivers, under the rule of vicarious liability. Suppose you are a truck driver, cargo loader, ground controller, or another trucking company employee that caused your recent accident. In that case, the company itself will be liable as long as the at-fault party was on the clock at the time of negligence. The trucking company will have better insurance coverage than the individual driver, so it will be preferable to hold the company liable for your injuries.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, We Help You Stand Up To Insurance Companies
As with any other business, insurance companies must prioritize their bottom line. This implies they will hunt for any justification to dismiss or minimize your compensation claim. Without legal representation, you may fall victim to their techniques and accept a lowball settlement offer that is insufficient for your needs. This will not happen if The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is on your side. We will assist you in documenting your losses so they can be appropriately recorded and paid.
Possible areas of compensation include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Punitive damages (in case of especially egregious behavior on the part of a trucking company)
California Truck Accident Victims’ Compensation
How much is my injury claim worth? The answer will be different for each client and their case. Still, the damages that can be awarded—including economic, non-economic, and punitive damages—remain largely the same from case to case. Depending on the specifics of your truck accident injury case, a settlement or judgment award may be able to compensate you for a wide range of losses. Our law firm will provide you a free consultation over the phone to discuss your particular accident case.
You may receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle damages
- Lost wages
- Past and future losses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Life-changing disabilities
- Punitive damages
Significant instances involving catastrophic vehicle accidents will typically be compensated more than minor claims. More compensation may be granted by a judge or jury in cases of wrongful death or grave or severe physical injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to noneconomic, economic, and punitive damages as a truck accident victim. Punitive damages are an additional award you may get from a judge if the defendant caused your injury with egregious negligence or recklessness. If we think going to court will get the client a better settlement, our lawyers are not afraid to do so.
Will You Have To Go To Court?
Most instances involving big rig accidents are settled out of court. Everyone benefits from this: you receive your money more quickly, and trucking firms get less media attention. While we always work to find our clients quick resolutions, we won’t hesitate to go to court if you deserve the money. Our team comprises skilled lawyers who can make strong arguments in court.
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Please don’t hesitate to call us at 800-333-0000 if you have any concerns about a potential big rig accident injury claim, or you may submit your case online using our case submission form. We can tell you if you have a case right over the phone. The earlier you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin working on your behalf.