Accidents involving large trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs, and semi-trailer trucks can be extremely dangerous, often causing serious injury or death. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck crash, contact the Orange County truck accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase now.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Orange County, you are likely to be left dealing with colossal vehicle damage and major medical costs. The sheer size and weight of a truck make it deadly in an accident.
At the law firm of Bisnar Chase, we believe that truck accident injury victims should not have to suffer physically and financially after an accident. Our expert truck accident attorneys have a 99% success rate and have won more than $650 million for victims. Contact us now to win compensation for your damages and injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck wrecks can be caused by a variety of different situations. In many cases, crashes are caused by forms of negligence. This means that a lack of care and attention is the root cause of the accident.
The most common causes of truck accidents in Orange County include:
➤ Distracted driving: Driving while using a cell phone, eating, drinking, or changing the radio can result in a disastrous truck crash. Drivers must keep their eyes on the road and pay attention at all times.
➤ Speeding: Trucks driving on freeways in California have a speed limit of 55 mph. When a truck travels at high speeds it can become a deadly weapon.
➤ Drowsy driving: Truck drivers often stay on the road for long hours to meet their deadlines. There are strict laws restricting driving times, but drowsiness can take hold over long periods, creating serious dangers.
➤ Poor maintenance: If a truck is not properly maintained, it can create extreme risks on Orange County roads. Vital maintenance includes regular checks of tires and brakes.
➤ Truck defects: Auto defects include design and manufacturing problems that can make a truck dangerous from its first journey, both to the truck driver and other road users.
➤ Driving under the influence: Drugs and alcohol can impact reaction times and decision making. When a truck driver is operating a big rig while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will be liable for any accidents caused.
➤ Improper loading: When trucks are overloaded or carrying unbalanced loads, it can affect the ability of the driver to operate the vehicle safely, including impacting steering and braking.
➤ Poor training or inexperience: Driving a truck is not the same as driving a car. Without proper training, a truck operator can easily cause serious road wrecks.
➤ Road defects: Confusing road designs or poorly maintained roads can cause drivers to lose control of their trucks, leading to accidents.
➤ Other: There are plenty of other potential causes of truck accidents, such as a truck driver failing to disclose a medical condition and suffering an attack while behind the wheel, such as a seizure.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by any form of negligence, including those listed above, you should contact our Orange County truck accident attorneys for guidance.
Types of Truck Accidents
The truck accident causes listed above show why these crashes happen in Orange County. But it is also important to understand how these wrecks occur.
Forms of truck collisions seen in OC include:
- Crush accidents
- Lane change accidents
- Truck jackknife accident
- Wide-turn accident
- Road blockage crash
- Cargo spillage
- Truck trailer incident
- Intersection crash
- Rear-end accident
Documenting the circumstances of your truck accident is vital. This will make it possible to file a truck accident lawsuit against the liable party with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents can cause extreme injuries, and may even prove to be fatal. This is mainly due to the size and weight of a big rig. When a semi-trailer truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it can cause catastrophic injuries to the occupants.
Common injuries can include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to the spinal cord
- Severe lacerations
- Back and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
The impact that these injuries can have on a truck accident victim cannot be understated. They can completely change a person’s life, causing long-term conditions that impact them every day.
If you have lost a limb, been paralyzed, or suffered significant emotional or physical scarring in a truck crash, Bisnar Chase can help.
Our services are not restricted to victims of catastrophic injuries though. We can also help victims suffering whiplash, back problems, and more minor injuries. Contact our Orange County truck accident lawyers now to find out if you have a case.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
In truck crash cases, liability will apply to anyone displaying careless or negligent behavior that plays a part in the accident.
Liable parties can include:
➤ The truck driver: If the driver’s reckless actions behind the wheel caused the accident, they could be liable. This could include driving under the influence, speeding, attempting unsafe maneuvers, and more.
➤ Trucking company: If it is a commercial truck, the company could be at fault if it did not complete proper maintenance, did not properly screen drivers, insisted on cargo overloads or forced drivers to work beyond legal hours.
➤ Vehicle manufacturer: If a truck accident injury was caused by a defect with the vehicle, the manufacturer may be held liable.
➤ Maintenance workers: Improper or sub-standard maintenance can cause an accident. Liability may apply to the individuals or company that worked on the commercial vehicle.
➤ Other drivers: In some cases, other drivers on the road can cause a truck accident through careless or reckless driving.
➤ City authority: A government authority could be targeted in a lawsuit if a truck accident is caused by street design or conditions.
As you can see, a truck accident claim will not always be straightforward. It will often require an investigation to find the cause of a crash and to hold the correct party accountable by filing a truck accident lawsuit.
In so many cases, the trucking industry is found to have prioritized profits over safety by putting under-qualified drivers in dangerous positions, or cutting corners with their vehicles.
If you have been involved in a car accident or pedestrian accident involving a truck, Bisnar Chase can help you win the maximum compensation possible for your case.
Truck Accident Stats
The truck accident facts and stats listed below make for scary reading:
- There are 15.5 million trucks on the roads across the U.S., including more than 400,000 in California
- A big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (when fully loaded) and measure 75 feet in length
- The stopping distance for a loaded tractor-trailer truck is up to 40% greater than the braking distance of a car
- More than 4,100 people died in truck accidents in 2018 in the United States
- Of the thousands of truck crash deaths in 2018, only 16% were truck drivers. The other 84% was made up of occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians
- Statistics from 2000 show that trucking accidents accounted for 98,000 hours of traffic congestion nationwide
- Truck accident fatalities soared by 31% from 2009-2018
Truck accidents are frighteningly common and have left a huge number of victims with severe or fatal injuries. If you or your family have been affected by a big rig crash, contact our Orange County truck accident attorneys now.
What to Do if You are in a Truck Accident
As we have shown, filing a truck accident legal claim can be complex. But you can make the process easier by following the right steps after being involved in an accident.
- Seek medical treatment. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and the most important post-crash step is to make sure you are out of danger.
- Collect evidence. Take pictures of everything, including the vehicles involved, the crash scene, and your injuries. Write a written recollection of the incident, and secure copies of police and medical reports.
- Contact a lawyer. It is important that you work with a personal injury attorney specializing in truck accident cases in Orange County.
Do not speak to an insurance company or discuss fault in the accident until you have first consulted with an experienced attorney.
Insurance companies will try anything to avoid paying you what is fair. They use high-powered legal teams and are loyal to their bottom line. It is the job of insurance agents to save money for their company, not to help accident victims.
Do not face an insurance company alone. Hire the Orange County truck accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase to make sure you are not bullied by insurance agents, and get the compensation you deserve.
Truck Accident FAQs
If you are injured in a truck accident in Orange County, you are likely to have many questions. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions below. If your query is not answered, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help, and to advise you on your legal options.
If an insurance agent calls you, do not discuss fault, or the specifics of your accident, even if they try to push you. Contact a lawyer to speak to the insurance company on your behalf for the best results.
You must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the accident occurring, according to California law. Once a lawsuit is filed, the process will vary by case. Some claims are settled in weeks, others can take months or years. Contact our lawyers for more guidance on your case.
Yes, you can still file a lawsuit and win compensation if you were partly at fault for a truck accident. Your compensatory award may be reduced according to your percentage of fault, according to California’s comparative negligence law.
We offer a free initial consultation with no obligations. Once you sign with us, our ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise advances all costs. You pay nothing if we do not win your case.
Bisnar Chase has been providing superior representation for more than 40 years. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in handling serious truck accident claims in Orange County. Our firm has a 99% success rate and has won more than $650 million for clients.
Truck Accident Compensation: What Can You Expect?
- Level of injury
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Emotional suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost ability to work
- Impacted quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Truck Accident Case Results
- $3,476,250: Defective truck case – details confidential.
- $1,950,000: Truck accident case – details confidential.
- $250,000: Awarded to a truck driver who was injured by a loading forklift.
- $200,000: Awarded to the driver who crashed into an illegally parked truck.
- Undisclosed: A significant but confidential settlement for the driver of a cement truck after the vehicle’s brakes failed. The truck careened out of control before crashing.
Why Choose Bisnar Chase?
At Bisnar Chase, we are dedicated to helping you get your life back on track after being involved in a traumatic truck accident in Orange County. Our outstanding success rate speaks for itself: we have won significant compensation for our clients in 99% of our cases.
Over the last 40 years, we have helped more than 12,000 clients find justice, winning more than $700 million in that time.
But it is not all about the money for us. We have made it our mission to offer superior representation, building trusting attorney/client relationships through our compassionate approach.
With our law offices based in Newport Beach, we are proud to serve the community of Orange County, as well as injury victims through Southern California and across the state. Our highly skilled attorneys are fearless at the negotiating table and in court and will secure the best possible result for you.