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Truck Accident Law Los Angeles

With so many drivers relying on highways to get to work every day, it takes just one overworked truck driver for your life to change in an instant. After all, trucks weigh 20-30 times more than a typical car, which can seriously amplify the impact and consequences of an accident. 

Common Types of Trucks Involved in Accidents:

  • Big Rigs
  • 18-Wheelers
  • Busses
  • Cargo Trucks
  • Semi-Trucks
  • Tractor-Trailers
  • Delivery Vans
  • Fuel Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks

What Are The Leading Causes of Truck Accidents?

  1. Driver Error– Despite the increased size and impact of truck accidents, truck drivers often drive recklessly. They often drive drowsy to reach mileage goals set by their companies and may be operating their truck while under the influence or while distracted.
  2. Poorly Maintained Trucks– Trucks are often driven thousands of miles per week and if they are not properly cared for, they can become dangerous quickly. While worn brake pads or a cracked windshield must be dealt with if they occur on smaller vehicles, they can be the cause of a major traffic accident on a truck.
  3. Equipment Failure– Defective parts on a truck may not be the fault of the driver, but they can turn deadly. Your attorney will be able to tell if a trucking company or manufacturer may be liable for your accident in addition to the truck driver.
  4. Improperly Loaded Cargo – Loading the beds of commercial trucks must be done carefully and in accordance with the law. If they are loaded improperly, the contents on the truck may spill out onto the road and cause accidents and injuries.

Who is Responsible for My Truck Accident?

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, there are a number of parties who may be liable for your losses. It is not uncommon for these parties to deny fault or liability for a crash. The liable parties can include the following:

  1. Truck driver
  2. Truck company
  3. Owner of the truck
  4. Company leasing the truck
  5. Company leasing the trailer
  6. Shipper who wanted the load transported
  7. Truck, trailer or parts manufacturer

How is Your Compensation Determined After a Truck Accident?

Like other personal injury lawsuits, the types of compensation available to those affected as the result of an accident involving a truck falls into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Compensation involving economic truck accident damages serves to cover the specific monetary costs, including the following:

  • Current Medical Expenses: This may include fees for emergency room visits, hospital care, surgery, assistive devices and appointments with approved medical professionals.
  • Future Medical Expenses: Compensation for extended medical attention and care.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for the wages lost between the time of injury and the conclusion of the lawsuit.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If the victim can demonstrate that their ability to earn a living has been negatively impacted, compensation may be available. The awarding party will look to establish the amount victim could have earned had the car accident not occurred.
  • Pain and Suffering: This includes compensation for the physical pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The nature of the injury, the extent of the pain, and the length of time the victim is expected to suffer are all included in the calculation of the award.
  • Mental Anguish: Compensation for emotional pain stemming from a truck accident, including fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief and other forms of emotional distress caused by the accident.

How Negligence is Established Following a Truck Accident

If you or a loved one were injured by a commercial truck driver and you wish to pursue legal action to receive the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove negligence on the part of the truck driver and any other parties you believe are responsible. To establish that the accident resulted due to negligence, your lawyer will establish the parameters of the truck driver’s duty of care and demonstrate that there was a breach of that duty that led to your injuries and related damages. A few common examples of negligence for truck drivers include texting while driving, speeding, running a red light or stop sign, and falling asleep at the wheel

Due to the high-risk nature of truck drivers’ work, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations stipulate drivers must adhere to the following regulations:

  • Maintenance of logbook detailing hours driven
  • Documenting hours of service and rest breaks
  • Adhering to scheduled and legally-mandated maintenance requirements
  • Proper loading of truck cargo, including hazardous materials
  • Non-use of controlled substances and alcohol
  • Driving no more than ten hours per work day

For a full list of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) related to truck drivers, click here.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Fair Cases charges truck accident clients on a contingency basis. A contingency fee means that we only get paid when you get paid because we take a small portion of the settlement.  However, our contingency fee percentage is substantially lower than all other firms in the State of California. While other law firms charge 35-45%, Fair Cases only charges 20-25%, leaving more money in your pocket after attorney’s fees are paid.

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We know that being injured in an auto accident is an overwhelming experience, so we offer you compassion, knowledge and help to get you get back on your feet. Our dedicated attorneys will make sure you get the medical care you need and fight to obtain just compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering and other expenses and losses.

Fair Cases is Key to Your Car Accident Claim

At Fair Cases, our truck accident lawyers are here to help victims and their families recover fair compensation after a trucking accident. Because these injuries are often catastrophic and life changing, victims and their families need to be represented by a skilled truck accident lawyer who will fight to get them the full compensation they deserve. If we do not win, Fair Cases Guarantees that you owe us nothing. Contact Fair Cases today for a free consultation.

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