Our Los Angeles trucking attorneys help drivers who have been injured in truck and big rig-related accidents. Statistics show that around 90,000 trucks are involved in crashes every year. Accident victims and their family members deserve fair compensation for their injuries.
Common injuries in big rig accidents include head and brain injuries, back injuries, broken bones, and lacerations. Victims typically suffer these injuries due to poor weather and driving conditions, mechanical failures, inadequate training, and driver fatigue.
Our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers can file a lawsuit on behalf of truck accident victims. We typically file these suits against:
- negligent motorists,
- truck manufacturers (in product liability cases),
- property owners (in premises liability cases),
- governmental entities (if responsible for poorly maintained roads), and
- trucking companies.
Note that personal injury attorneys can do so much more than initiate a suit in court. Big rig lawyers can assist clients in:
- informing them of their legal rights,
- managing their medical care and treatment,
- gathering evidence to identify all liable parties, and
- filing an injury claim with an at-fault party’s insurance company.
A Los Angeles trucking attorney can even negotiate an injury claim on behalf their clients.
The Shouse Law Group is a California based personal injury law firm that represents people in big rig accident cases. Our experienced attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Call today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common causes of big rig accidents and common injuries in truck crashes?
“Big rigs” are essentially large trucks that have an attached trailer that is used for hauling freight. Big rig accidents take place in the Los Angeles area all the time, especially on I-405 and US 101. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 4,300 large truck and bus accident fatalities in 2015. Another 87,000 large trucks were involved in injury crashes in the same year.1
There are a variety of trucks that can get involved in big rig and large truck accidents. Examples include:
- 18 wheelers,
- freight trucks,
- commercial trucks,
- semi-trucks, and
- large tractor-trailers.
Common causes of truck accidents in the Los Angeles area include:
- members of the trucking industry not following federal regulations and/or applicable safety regulations,
- driver fatigue,
- negligent truckers/truck drivers,
- distracted driving,
- poor truck maintenance,
- hazardous conditions,
- poor weather,
- inadequate training, and
- mechanical failures.
Big rig accidents can result in serious injuries (including catastrophic injuries) for truckers, drivers of passenger vehicles, and victims of motor vehicle/car accidents. Common truck accident injuries include:
- traumatic brain injury,
- whiplash and other neck injuries,
- spinal cord injuries,
- broken bones, and
Who are common defendants in big rig and semi-truck accidents?
Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys can file a lawsuit on behalf of truck accident victims. We typically file these suits against:
- trucking companies,
- truck manufacturers,
- property owners,
- government entities, and
- any other negligent party (for example, at-fault parties who cause an auto accident).
“Negligence” is a legal term that means someone failed to act as a reasonably careful person under the circumstances.
Sometimes a truck driver’s own negligence can contribute to an accident. While the driver can still likely recover compensation in a truck accident claim, the final payout will get reduced in accordance with California’s laws on comparative negligence.
If drivers are successful in filing a lawsuit in truck accident cases, they can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If a trucker was killed in a truck accident, the party’s surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the accident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
What is the role of your big rig or large truck accident lawyer?
An experienced truck accident attorney can help injury victims in a variety of ways.
A skilled lawyer interviews injury victims to learn the facts of a case and assess their medical needs. In cases with serious injuries, an attorney can help a victim manage their medical care and treatment.
A Los Angeles big rig attorney can also help clients gather evidence to help learn of all negligent and liable parties. A lawyer can also appoint experts in complex cases to assist in presenting this evidence to a judge or jury.
At-fault parties in these cases are often insured. An injury lawyer can help an injury victim file an injury claim with the applicable insurance company. He/she can also negotiate the claim on the victim’s behalf.
Finally, trial lawyers can file lawsuits in personal injury cases and work to receive favorable verdicts on behalf of their clients.
What are the benefits of a Los Angeles truck accident attorney?
Put simply, our attorneys help clients maximize their compensation following big rig and commercial truck accidents.
Lawyers know how much cases are worth. They can then hold liable parties to pay their fair share of a victim’s damages.
A skilled injury attorney can also find hidden value in a case (maybe, for example, by finding an additional negligent party). Extra value translates into a bigger payout for clients.
Personal injury law firms start managing a case from the first minute they take on a client. The result is that injury victims can focus solely on healing from their injuries.
Note that most trucking accident lawyers provide free case evaluations. A free consultation means that injured parties do not have to pay a cent to learn their legal options.
Also, communications between a client and his/her attorney are protected by the attorney-client relationship. A lawyer cannot disclose personal information without first obtaining his/her client’s consent.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, we invite you to contact our law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our 18-wheeler injury lawyers and legal team provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case. Our lawyers represent clients throughout California, including those in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and across southern California.