The importance of a truck accident lawyer

Due to the size and weight of large commercial trucks, any vehicle that collides with a truck does not have much chance of escaping unscathed.

Accidents with these semi trailers and other types of large trucks is almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious injury or death.

Truck accident cases are more complex than car accident cases and it is recommended that if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, you consult a truck accident attorney, immediately.

You need a lawyer who has the experience, knowledge and resources necessary to fight for and get the compensation justice you deserve.

Did you know that one in eight deaths in car accidents involves large trucks and commercial vehicles?

Did you also know that four percent of all vehicle accident injuries are caused by large trucks?

When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, 86 percent of the deaths and 77 percent of the injured are the drivers and passengers of the smallest vehicles involved in the accident.

Why hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

You need an experienced truck accident attorney to protect your interests from the start.

After having suffered an accident of this magnitude, many doubts and fears arise in the affected person as well as in the family.

Doubts like:

  • What if I can’t recover from this accident?
  • Who will pay the medical bills as a result of the accident?
  • What about my job and wages?

These are some of the most frequently asked questions that our clients ask themselves.

Having the right lawyer is important because the law firm you hire has a tremendous impact on the value of your case because insurance companies know who the lawyers they are looking for are and which ones get the most compensation.  They know that if an attorney is inexperienced in these cases they will probably not offer more than if an experienced attorney handles the case.

Our attorneys have a long history of representing victims injured by trucks, truck trailers and commercial vehicles.

We are aware of the physical, emotional, financial and devastating consequences of a truck accident.

Contact our office today and see why our clients are satisfied with our service.

What sets us apart from other lawyers?

  • We have experience in handling large cases of accidents where there were serious injuries or death.
  • We have experience litigating truck accidents.
  • We have relationships with the best experts in the transportation industry.
  • We have the necessary financial resources in these types of cases against large trucking companies.
  • If you do not have health insurance or money to pay for medical treatment, we may request immediate medical treatment on a fee basis later.
  • If your injuries are serious and the liability is not disputed, we can get a cash advance.

What to do after a truck accident?

Accidents involving trucks occur very frequently in the United States and even more so in states and cities with ports such as California, Houston, Seattle and others.

These accidents have become a serious problem in the state of California.

There are thousands of fatal accidents across the country involving heavy trucks and these accidents create devastating injuries in the lives of countless people forever.

If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident as soon as possible, take action to protect your interests.

  • Seek medical attention. Even if you do not suspect that your injuries are serious, it is essential that you seek a medical provider for an examination as soon as possible after the accident. Injuries caused by truck accidents cannot happen immediately at the scene of the accident, so it is always best to make sure you are unharmed.
  • Take pictures. Shortly after the accident, take pictures of your injuries and your damaged vehicle and avoid throwing away any evidence. Although you may think that a broken or damaged cell phone or ripped clothes are useless after an accident, they could become valuable evidence in your case.
  • Contact an attorney. It is essential that you do not provide insurance companies with a recorded statement before you have consulted with a California truck accident attorney. Insurance companies, while they may seem like they are trying to help, in fact, may be trying to limit your claim.

Why do truck accidents occur?

There are a number of reasons for truck accidents:

  • Negligent maintenance
  • Untrained drivers
  • Tired truck drivers
  • Defective truck equipment
  • Negligence
  • Intoxication of the truck driver
  • Driver recklessness
  • Faulty brakes
  • Overloaded trailer
  • Speeding
  • Overloading of trucks
  • Equipment failure
  • Using the cell phone while driving
  • Adverse weather conditions that prevent or limit visibility or lighting, especially at night
  • Lack of familiarity with the route

The common factor in all of the above scenarios is negligence on the part of the truck driver, or the trucking company.

Even if there are adverse conditions, a driver could drive safely to avoid accidents, or reduce impact injury.

The medical care needed after a truck accident can be immediate, and may last for the next few years, or even a lifetime.

Common injuries in truck or commercial vehicle accidents

The following are the most common injuries caused by truck accidents:

  • Third-degree burns
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fractures and bruises
  • Skull / brain injury
  • Other internal injuries
  • Death

A person after a truck accident may not be the same physically or mentally, but fair compensation can alleviate some of these problems.

The first step to take immediately after a truck accident is to hire an experienced truck accident attorney.

These types of cases are extremely sensitive and time is money.

Efforts should be made to preserve the evidence and to alert affected parties.

Fatal truck crash statistics

According to a May 2016 report by the NHTSA in 2104 there were 3,903 deaths, an increase of 17 percent compared to 95,000 incidents in 2013. In 2014 there were 111,000 accidents involving cargo trucks where the victims had some kind of injury.

 

  • 74{f1f9f9c01afd80b5cbf5eb62b4dc52c71b03eb6f2de9df6e3a106729f0c3810b} of the victims were people in other vehicles.
  • 23{f1f9f9c01afd80b5cbf5eb62b4dc52c71b03eb6f2de9df6e3a106729f0c3810b} of passengers in trucks
  • 3{f1f9f9c01afd80b5cbf5eb62b4dc52c71b03eb6f2de9df6e3a106729f0c3810b} pedestrians and cyclists.

The highest percentage of victims is 16.8{f1f9f9c01afd80b5cbf5eb62b4dc52c71b03eb6f2de9df6e3a106729f0c3810b} between the ages of 26-35.

Your attorney should be aware of the laws and records that drivers and trucking companies must have.

Making a claim that is successful requires a thorough understanding of state and federal road transportation regulations. The lawyer should have a thorough knowledge of the law and have the resources to investigate your claim by experts.

Truck drivers should exercise a higher level of caution than normal car drivers.

Drivers must have driving records, a log of how much and when they drove.

Trucking companies must follow these procedures from the moment they hire drivers, maintain the trucks, keep their logs and records of the trucks.

Only a good truck accident lawyer knows how to find, collect, interpret and present the evidence you must have to prove your case.

Laws you need to know about the trucking industry

In addition to the traffic laws that everyone on the road has to follow, the transportation industry has an extensive list of standards called ‘Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations’ (FMCSR).

The FMCSR guides the road transport industry, including:

  • The requirements for obtaining a license for the truck driver
  • Documentation required at all times
  • Limitation of working hours
  • Limitation of routes, weight and size of the truck.
  • A minimum of insurance for the truck

These regulations and their interpretations are vital when filing a truck accident claim.

Every truck on the road is a death threat that depends heavily on road conditions and the attention of the truck driver.

A truck accident on the road can cause serious injuries, amputations, broken bones, knee injuries, internal body injuries and, in extreme cases, even death.

Physical injuries are not the only negative consequence of a truck accident.  

The person in the accident may have a psychological disorder such as fear of driving or fear of trucks.

You may not stop thinking about the accident.

Comparing a truck with a car or motorcycle, a truck accident can be much more deadly.

According to the laws of physics, the heavier the mass, the more difficult the torque. The larger the truck the longer it takes to stop, and the more devastating the impact.

Considering the increased cost of medical expenses, the affected person’s inability to work, and the cost of repairing a damaged vehicle, the economic impact of a truck accident can be unmanageable.

Victims of truck accidents may suffer temporary or permanent injuries that prevent them from doing their job.

They may not be able to go back to work at all. Compensation from a truck accident claim can help the victim regain control over his or her financial status and attend to medical bills and other financial obligations.