Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
Victims of Los Angeles truck accidents have the right to pursue compensation for damages and losses but need to be sure they retain legal help that is familiar with LA courts. Unfortunately, truck accident claims are complicated, and many injured victims fail to receive the support they need.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a truck driver, financial compensation should be available for all of your related losses.
For example, you should be offered support for your current and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, the cost of physical therapy and all other damages related to the truck accident.
Do not accept a settlement offer unless you are confident that all of your losses are adequately covered.
The experienced Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of dealing with trucking companies, their attorneys and stubborn insurance companies.
We understand the serious challenges our injured clients and their families face physically, financially and emotionally. We do everything in our power to ensure that these victims and their families have access to the resources and the support they need during these challenging times.
Call 323-238-4683 for a FREE consultation with top rated personal injury attorneys who have decades in and out of the courtroom.
What Are the First Things I Should do After a Truck Accident?
Seek medical attention asap. This will benefit your health and safety as well as an opportunity to document your injuries in association with the accident. Having documented injuries will help prove your injuries were in fact caused by the accident.
If possible, acquire the information of any witnesses and their information. It is helpful to have photos and or video of the scene of the accident.
How Can You Protect Me Against a Trucking Company?
If you have been injured by a commercial truck driver then you should seek a qualified attorney who can protect your rights and make sure you are compensated fairly. Trucking companies have expensive attorneys and insurance adjusters on their side and will not have your best interest in mind.
How Can I Help Preserve Evidence After a Crash?
Yes. Be sure to take photos and notes of everything if possible. Be sure to call the police so you can file a police report that will have important facts pertaining to your injury. If there are witnesses to your accident get written statements or exchange contact information.
What Does an Attorney Need me to Bring When I First Meet with Them?
Bring in your notations of the accident along with any photos or video footage of the accident you may have. Witness statements are also important for your attorney to review. Be sure to include any medical bills if you have them.
Are There Different Types of Compensation Available for Truck Accidents?
That will depend on the coverage of the trucking company as well as your own coverage to fill in any gaps in payment.
If my Truck Accident Happened While I was Away From Home, How can an Attorney Help me and my Family?
It often doesn’t matter where the accident happened. Your insurance coverage travels with you so its very normal to hire an attorney in your home state. Even if the other driver lives in the state the accident happened, you can consult one in your area.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 there were 4,067 people killed and an estimated 116,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In the United States, an estimated 433,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2015. See full injury report from the NHTSA.
Truck Accident Liability
Truck accidents are often more complicated than other traffic accidents. In addition to having to deal with the driver of the truck, victims may have to negotiate with the truck owner, the trucking company and all insurance companies associated with the potentially liable parties.
Individuals and corporations that may be named in a truck accident lawsuit include the driver, the manufacturer of the truck, the manufacturer of truck parts, the truck owner, the company that leased the truck from the owner and the company responsible for maintaining or loading the truck. It is all too common for these potentially liable parties to deny responsibility and refuse compensation for victims.
Common Causes of Los Angeles Truck Accidents
Some of the most common causes of Los Angeles truck accidents include:
- Driver Error: Drivers who fail to operate their truck carefully put everyone on the roadway in harm's way. All truck drivers must adhere to traffic laws and exercise due care at all times. Speeding, running a red light, making an unsafe turn or dangerous lane changes are common examples of truck accidents involving negligent drivers.
- Driver Fatigue: Driving while drowsy can be very dangerous. In order to reduce the number of fatigued driving accidents, the federal government restricts the hours of service drivers can work without rest. For example, property-carrying truck drivers can only drive for 60/70 hours on 7/8 consecutive days before having to take 34 hours off for rest.
- Speed: Truck drivers must adjust their speed relative to roadway conditions, traffic congestion and the weight of the cargo they are carrying.
- Maintenance: Drivers must perform a thorough inspection before getting behind the wheel. When a truck part failure leads to an accident, it must be determined if there was a failure to replace a worn-down part or if it was originally a defective part. Trucking companies are also required to keep vehicle maintenance records that show when parts were replaced or when vehicles were serviced.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Driving a truck that has improperly loaded cargo can be challenging. Too much weight in the front, back or side of the trailer can make it challenging to maneuver or brake. Improper loading could result in jackknifing accidents.
Proving the Cause of the Truck Crash
There are many ways in which investigators and truck accident lawyers can prove who was responsible for the crash. It is helpful to have eyewitnesses to the accident and to have photos of the crash site and the damaged vehicles.
An inspection of the accident site and the truck can prove useful as well, but trucking companies often try to have their vehicles repaired before an evaluation can take place. It will be necessary to make a formal request to preserve the vehicle for a thorough investigation. It can help to review a truck driver's log and driving history as well.
In some cases, the driver's log may reveal a history of violations and careless behavior. Lawyers may even be able to obtain the driver's cell phone records if distracted driving was a factor. All possible pieces of evidence should be preserved and reviewed when filing a claim. Recently there has been a move to begin testing commercial truck driver's hair for drug use. A number of groups have pushed for harsher safety rules to keep dangerous truckers off the roads.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in the Los Angeles area, call us at 323-238-4683 for a Free no risk consultation. Our highly skilled team of truck accident lawyers will fight for your right to fair compensation.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
6701 Center Drive West, 14th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045