los angeles big rig accident law firms

If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Negligent parties need to be held accountable. However, you may receive lower than a full and fair financial recovery if you face them alone, despite the fact that trucking companies and their drivers are well insured. At Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, a qualified Los Angeles truck accident attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve following a big rig accident.

Our personal injury law firm was founded in 1936. Since then, we have helped countless individuals and families recover compensation for their catastrophic injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. We have been in business for over 80 years because of our devotion to serving clients and striving for the best possible outcome in their case.

With 10 office locations, we serve clients throughout Southern California and those living in California’s Central Valley, including those in Bakersfield, Fresno, and the Visalia-Porterville area.

How Can a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

After a trucking accident, a truck company has one main goal: to avoid liability. Despite having ample insurance, most trucking companies do not want to claim fault for collisions. They will use significant legal resources to fight liability and save money. An attorney has matching resources he or she can put to good use on your behalf. Your lawyer can build a strong case against the trucking company and help you prove liability using aggressive legal strategies. One of our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys will not let you settle for less than your case is worth during insurance negotiations. We will fight for maximum compensation from all at-fault parties, whether that be commercial trucking companies or an individual trucker.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

The trucking industry is federally regulated in order to promote safety for both the driver and others on the road. Failure to follow these regulations is negligence and can lead to catastrophic injury. For instance, forcing a truck driver to spend long hours on the road may result in careless driving mistakes or falling asleep at the wheel due to driver fatigue. Failing to properly load cargo or adhere to weight restrictions can cause cargo to dislodge during travel. It may also cause the truck to jackknife on busy highways and cause serious injuries to those on the roads around them. Other examples of trucker negligence in large commercial truck accidents include distracted driving, drunk driving, or speeding to meet unrealistic deadlines.

Our success in truck accident cases stems from our meticulous investigation of the causes of the truck crash. Following a commercial truck accident, we look at all the facts to determine if the accident was caused by a negligent driver or if there are other factors such as defective auto parts. Sometimes, more than one party may be at fault for a semi truck accident. Our skilled truck accident lawyers in Los Angeles aggressively approach each accident case to help make sure all negligent parties are held accountable.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Large truck accidents can be devastating to those in a smaller vehicle. A passenger vehicle that gets into a car accident with another passenger vehicle is likely to have a much different outcome than one that gets into a truck crash. Although some accident injury victims may be able to walk away from a semi truck accident with minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises, large truck accidents often end in catastrophic injury or worse, wrongful death. Common truck accident injuries include:

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Los Angeles truck accident, consult an experienced truck accident attorney to learn how to protect your rights.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?

Most truck accidents in Los Angeles come down to truck company liability. The trucking company will be liable not only for its actions but also those of its large truck drivers. It is every trucking company’s responsibility to reasonably prevent accidents. The company can accomplish this through regular vehicle inspections, proper hiring and training procedures, and by obeying all federal trucking safety regulations. If the company is negligent in fulfilling this duty of care and causes a preventable accident, the company could be liable for damages.

Through the rule of vicarious liability, the trucking company will also be liable for the negligence of its employees – including independently contracted truck drivers. If a truck driver, cargo loader, ground controller or another employee of the trucking company caused your recent accident, the company itself will be liable as long as the at-fault party was on the clock at the time of negligence. The trucking company will have better insurance coverage than the individual driver, so it will be preferable to hold the company liable for your injuries.

At the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, we have also handled truck accident claims in Los Angeles with third-party defendants. A third party is one not directly involved in the collision that still contributed to the accident or victims’ injuries. A common example is a truck manufacturing company that produced a defective or dangerous vehicle part. Bad brakes or a tire blowout could point to a manufacturer’s liability. Other examples include the City of Los Angeles (if a roadway defect such as a pothole caused the accident) or another motor vehicle driver. An experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney from our firm can help you determine fault and assign liability for your specific truck accident case.

What Is the Truck Accident Statute of Limitations in California?

As a truck accident victim, you must act quickly to bring your truck accident claim to ensure you meet California’s filing deadline, or statute of limitations. Under California law, an accident victim typically has two years from the date of the large truck accident or injury discovery to file an injury claim with the civil courts. Failing to file a lawsuit for an injury or wrongful death within that time limit generally results in the courts throwing out the claim. Do not wait to take action following a semi truck accident. Contact a top truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.

Compensation for Truck Accident Victims in California

One common question we can answer for clients during free initial case evaluations in Los Angeles is, “How much is my injury claim worth?” Although the answer will be unique for each client, the types of damages available remain relatively the same from case to case, including economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. A settlement or judgment award could reimburse you for many different losses according to the facts of your truck accident injury case. Find out what your specific accident case could be worth during a free consultation with a lead Los Angeles truck accident attorney from our law firm.

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Vehicle damages
  • Lost wages
  • Past and future losses
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Life-changing disabilities
  • Punitive damages

For the most part, severe and catastrophic truck accident cases will receive greater compensation than minor claims. A judge or jury may award more for wrongful death or life-altering or catastrophic personal injuries. As a truck accident victim, you could be eligible for noneconomic, economic and punitive damages depending on the situation. If the defendant was grossly negligent or reckless in causing your accident, punitive damages are an additional award you may receive from a judge. Our attorneys are not afraid to take claims to court if we believe it will result in better compensation for the client.

Speak With a Truck Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Today

All of our tractor-trailer crash cases are handled on a contingency basis. That means we only charge a fee if we obtain compensation for you.

To discuss your trucking accident claim with an experienced Los Angeles or Ventura truck accident attorney, contact our personal injury firm today and schedule a free consultation. We serve clients from 10 convenient office locations in Southern California.

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Seeking fair compensation from a large trucking company isn’t easy, as these companies typically have vast resources and assistance from top-tier law firms.

In addition to advocating for your rights and making your voice heard, an experienced truck accident attorney in Los Angeles will know how to investigate your claim, discover all responsible parties, prepare for trial, and present a powerful case based on the evidence.

These factors can have a major impact on the outcome of your case.

What Common Injuries Are Caused by Truck Accidents?

Due to the sheer size of tractor trailers and large trucks, commercial truck accidents typically cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of smaller vehicles. Catastrophic injuries affect the most vital parts of the body – often the brain or spine – and cause permanent impairment of bodily functioning, as well as disfigurement and significant pain.

Injuries that truck accidents victims often incur:

Sadly, many truck accident victims do not survive these collisions. The large majority of people killed in truck accidents are motorists in smaller passenger vehicles. What makes this particularly tragic is that those killed in truck accidents often have no role in causing them.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

Victims of big rig and semi-truck crashes are most often left with debilitating, life-altering injuries that will require significant financial resources throughout their lifetime.

Beyond medical expenses and hospital bills, plaintiffs will likely need funding to account for time off work, future medical costs, and other financial losses caused by the crash.

In a truck accident lawsuit, you may be able to sue for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses and bills (hospitalization, diagnostic and laboratory tests, surgeries, medical devices and prescriptions, etc.)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Counseling and mental health assistance
  • In-home care or 24/7 medical assistance for disabilities
  • Home remodeling costs (installing guard rails, wheelchair ramps, etc.)
  • Lost wages from time off work
  • Job retraining and educational costs
  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
  • Wrongful death (on behalf of a deceased loved one)

Investigating the Cause of Your Truck Accident

Determining the cause of your truck accident is an essential part of your claim.

When appropriate, our Los Angeles firm employs our significant resources to investigate truck accidents and uncover any negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer.

We strive to hold the trucking industry completely accountable for negligent acts and regulatory violations – not only to obtain full compensation for our clients, but also to improve safety and prevent future harm to other motorists.

While each crash is unique, common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Violating traffic laws (speeding, failing to yield, running red lights, etc.)
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Aggressive driving
  • Violating regulations for inspections and maintenance
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Violating “hours of service” regulations
  • Improper loading of cargo
  • Negligent hiring and supervision
  • Defective truck parts

How Do You Gather Evidence to Support Your Truck Accident Case?

Investigating a truck accident is no simple task.

As soon as our truck accident lawyers learn of an injured client, we begin conducting a thorough investigation to determine whether a driver or company violated any safety regulations.

These investigations may include sending investigators and expert consultants to the scene of the accident and obtaining any possible evidence of negligence and fault.

In a truck accident case, evidence often includes:

  • Witness statements – Witness accounts of the accident can prove critical in corroborating negligence claims. Witnesses can testify as to whether a truck driver was driving erratically or aggressively, whether part of the truck failed, or whether anything else unusual occurred.
  • Electronic control modules (ECMs) – Also known as event data recorders or “black boxes,” these devices record information about the speed of the truck, whether the driver applied brakes, and additional information from just before an accident. Crash experts can retrieve and analyze a truck’s ECM data to assist with accident reconstruction.
  • Truck cameras – Many trucking companies have started installing cameras inside their trucks, either facing the road, the driver, or both. If a truck had a camera, footage can help us determine whether the truck driver engaged in negligence or misconduct.
  • Electronic logging devices – The FMCSA requires truck drivers to keep track of their hours using electronic logging devices (ELDs). Examining these ELDs can help determine whether a driver exceeded hours of service limits, risking fatigue.
  • Trucking company records – Trucking companies should keep accurate records regarding the hiring and supervision of truck drivers. For example, records that indicate a company failed to perform the necessary drug and alcohol tests before an impaired truck driver crashed can constitute evidence of negligent supervision.

Whether we handle an insurance claim or lawsuit in civil court, our lawyers have the resources and strategies to find the information needed to pursue liability for our clients’ truck accident injuries.

Can I Still File a Claim If I Was Partially Responsible?

Yes, in some cases you may still be able to file a lawsuit for a truck accident even if you were also negligent leading up to the crash. However, this will depend on the state where your accident takes place – and your damages may also be reduced based on your percentage of fault.

For example: In California, your claim will be evaluated based on the principle of “comparative negligence,” meaning that if you are found to be 30% responsible for the accident, you will only be eligible for up to 70% of the total compensation.

Because truck accidents tend to be complex, it’s important to review all the details with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can help you understand the role of negligence in your crash.

Call Us 24/7 to Discuss a Possible Case

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys know that dealing with a catastrophic injury or an unexpected death can prove all-consuming. However, putting off calling the right law firm for too long can potentially damage your case.

The trucking company has its own investigators and legal team who will begin building a defense almost immediately after a crash. They will conduct their own evaluation of the crash and take any possible preemptive actions to minimize or avoid liability – long before a claim is ever filed.

These companies have their own aggressive legal teams, and so should you. If you wait too long to protect yourself by hiring an attorney, evidence can be lost, making it more challenging to identify and prove fault in an accident.

We do not waste any time working to build a strong case for our clients. The sooner someone calls, the sooner we can begin protecting their rights.

Getting into an accident with a truck is frightening. What would be a fender bender with another passenger car can result in serious injuries or even death when the other vehicle is a truck. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, call the truck accident lawyers at The Dominguez Firm at 877-265-2167 for a free consultation. And if you think you can’t afford to hire a truck accident lawyer, think again. We promise no up-front fees or out-of-pocket expenses. Plus, you don’t pay unless we win, so call today.

When you drive in the greater Los Angeles area, you share the road with a variety of commercial trucks. Many of those trucks are enormous big rigs. You’ll also encounter delivery trucks, vans and utility vehicles like garbage trucks. While we all try to be extra cautious around trucks, inevitably truck accidents do happen.

After a truck accident, you need the resources and experience of a powerhouse personal injury law firm by your side. You can be sure the trucking company will have a team of attorneys working for them. Often, they’ll make a lowball settlement offer or even attempt to blame you for the accident.

The truck accident lawyers at The Dominguez Firm are very familiar with these tactics and know-how to combat them. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident, don’t wait to call us. Waiting can hurt your case.

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