Truck accidents are among the most deadly and dangerous of all traffic crashes. Colliding with a large commercial truck can have devastating consequences for the occupants of passenger cars, motorcyclists, and others sharing the road. Your risk of injury or death is considerably higher than that of the trucker. You may suffer temporary or permanent disability from such injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, severe burns, loss of limbs, and more.
At Arshakyan Law Firm, we routinely take on the legal burden of personal injury claims stemming from traffic crashes such as those involving trucks. Truck accidents are particularly complex as they deal with corporate trucking companies and their insurers whose main goal is to limit their payouts in liability claims. That is why we strongly urge you to put your claim in the hands of our legal strategy professionals who know how to hold negligent parties accountable for your losses and damages.
Large commercial trucks can include tankers, 18-wheelers, semis, garbage trucks, dump trucks, flatbeds, and more. These trucks can weigh from 10,000 to 25,000 pounds alone. Fully-loaded semis can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, far more than the average weight of a passenger car at around 4,000 pounds. The weight and size of these vehicles can thus cause catastrophic damage to others in collisions.
Moreover, these large vehicles can be dangerous because they are difficult to maneuver, take longer to bring to a stop, have huge blind spots in which traffic behind them is invisible, and can also carry toxic or inflammable material.
Common causes of trucking accidents can include but are not limited to:
- Fatigued drivers
- Drugged or drunk drivers
- Drivers distracted by texting, other cell phone activity, or other behaviors that take their attention off the road
- Other traffic law violations
- Poorly trained or vetted drivers
- Defective trucks and their parts
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Truck accident personal injury claims are often more complex than standard car accident claims due to the numerous parties that may be liable, along with various federal trucking regulations that may come into play.
In a typical car accident claim, only one party is generally responsible for the damages caused by the collision. However, in a truck accident, multiple parties may be held liable, including:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The manufacturer of the truck or its parts, such as tires, brakes, and more
- The cargo company that loaded the truck
- The entity responsible for truck maintenance
Additionally, since there are stricter laws governing commercial trucks than other vehicles on the roadways, failure to adhere to governmental federal regulations can lead to liability for the parties that are responsible for compliance, such as commercial trucking companies. These regulations are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and cover numerous practices and safety factors related to the trucking industry.
How A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
To build a successful case, an experienced truck accident attorney must be able to determine all the parties who may be liable and use different sources of evidence to prove their liability. This may include obtaining and reviewing hundreds of pages of documentation regarding the truck driver’s logbook, maintenance records, and employment history as well as any pertinent federal regulations that were violated. It also may involve claims made to more than one insurer.
As an injury victim, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help after a truck accident. Fortunately, our seasoned legal team can provide the advice and support you need to cover medical costs, hold the negligent party accountable, and pursue maximized compensation for all your losses. Don't wait—contact our team today for the representation you need in getting the justice you deserve. We serve all of Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and Ventura County.