Our California truck accident lawyers help victims who have been injured in trucking-related incidents, including those involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Almost 100,000 large trucks are involved in injury crashes each year. Accident victims and their family members deserve financial compensation for their injuries.
A vast number of factors can contribute to a California truck accident, including
- poor weather,
- driver fatigue, and
- poor truck maintenance and training.
Examples of a truck accident injury include a
- head and neck injury,
- back injury, and
- broken bones.
A California truck accident attorney can file a trucking accident lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs and injury victims. Common defendants in these cases include:
- negligent drivers,
- trucking companies and other members of the trucking industry,
- track manufacturers (in product liability cases),
- property owners (in premises liability cases), and
- governmental entities (when road conditions cause a trucking accident).
In addition to filing a lawsuit, your truck accident lawyer can help in these cases by:
- managing medical care and ongoing medical treatment,
- gathering evidence to help identify liable parties, and
- filing personal injury claims with the insurance companies of at-fault parties.
The Shouse Law Group is a California-based personal injury law firm that represents people in truck 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 truck accidents and common injuries in truck crashes?
The reality is that trucking accidents are very real in the State of California and across the U.S. 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
Several types of trucks are involved in truck-related accidents. A few examples include:
- big rigs,
- commercial vehicles,
- tractor-trailers, and
- moving trucks.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- hazardous road conditions,
- poor weather,
- inadequate training,
- improperly maintained vehicles,
- mechanical failures,
- pressure from a trucking company, and
- driver fatigue or tired truckers/truck drivers.
Note that if a truck driver is hurt in a truck wreck, but was partly responsible for causing the accident, he/she can still likely recover compensation in an injury claim. However, the final payout will get reduced in accordance with California’s laws on comparative negligence.
California truck accidents can lead to serious injuries (including catastrophic injuries) for truckers, drivers of passenger vehicles, and victims of motor vehicle accidents. Common injuries in these cases include:
- traumatic brain injuries,
- whiplash and other neck injuries,
- back injuries,
- broken bones, and
Who can injury victims sue following a California truck accident?
A California truck accident lawyer can file a lawsuit or truck accident claim against any of the following parties:
- truck manufacturers,
- trucking companies,
- property owners,
- governmental entities, and
- drivers who negligently cause car accidents.
Note that a “negligent driver” is a motorist who fails to act the way a reasonably careful driver would in the same situation.
If successful in a suit or claim, truck accident victims can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If someone 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 a personal injury lawyer in a truck accident case?
Legal representation is critical in these cases.
A personal injury attorney interviews accident victims to assess their medical needs and learn the facts of a case. An attorney can then help injury victims receive immediate medical attention and manage their ongoing medical care.
Truck accident lawyers play a vital role in gathering evidence in a case to help identify liable parties. They can also appoint experts to assist in interpreting this evidence or explaining it to a judge or jury.
When an at-fault party is insured, an injury attorney can file a personal injury claim with the insurance company and negotiate the claim with the applicable insurance adjuster.
Finally, trial attorneys can file lawsuits in personal injury cases and work to receive favorable verdicts on behalf of their clients.
What are the benefits of a trucking accident attorney?
Truck accident lawyers help clients receive the maximum compensation possible for their injuries.
They know and understand the true value in these cases. This means a lawyer will fight until all liable parties have paid their fair share for a client’s damages.
Injury attorneys can also find hidden value in a case (for example, by gathering overlooked evidence). As a result, they can help maximize the payout in a given case.
Further, a big rig accident lawyer can manage an accident case from the minute he/she accepts the case. Injury victims, then, can relax and focus on their health and healing.
Almost all personal injury lawyers provide free case evaluations. This means a victim can get all of his/her legal questions answered without spending a dime.
Note that the communications between a lawyer and his/her client are protected by the attorney-client relationship. The result is that a lawyer cannot disclose these communications without first getting a 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 Los Angeles truck accident attorneys 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, San Diego, and across southern California.
See our related article our our California bus injury lawyers.