Being involved in a trucking accident may be a frightening experience. The sheer weight and size of a large commercial truck makes it one of the most potentially dangerous vehicles on the road, posing an inherent hazard to other drivers. If a truck driver is drunk or acts carelessly or negligently in any way while on the road, or if a trucking company fails to properly maintain its vehicles and perform background checks on its drivers, a trucking accident may occur. This will most often result in injury or death to the drivers or passengers of other vehicles, rather than to the truck driver.
Protecting the Victims of 18 Wheeler Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported in 2009 that over 10% of people killed in motor vehicle accidents were involved in a crash with a large commercial truck. These semi accidents left over 70,000 people injured – with only a mere 20% being people who were riding in the trucks. These are staggering statistics and a testimony to the true dangers that can occur from being involved in an accident with these large vehicles.
If you were injured in an accident with a commercial truck, it is important to recognize the complexity of these claims and lawsuits. You will not be going against an individual driver and their insurance company, but rather a huge trucking company with deep pockets and a lot of reason to avoid a large payout. It is for this reason that you should get the involvement of an experienced lawyer to help you with filing a claim or a lawsuit. At Pacific Attorney Group, we know the stress that can come from this type of situation and we are here to help. To learn more, please navigate around our website to read our informative pages.
Some issues that we are able to help with include the following:
Truck Rollover Accidents
Due to their high center of gravity, large commercial trucks are especially prone to rolling over should they be hit or run into an obstacle of any kind. This not endangers the occupants of the truck, but those in the vehicles around the truck, and could even result in a multi-vehicle pile-up.
Truck vs. Truck Accidents
One truck being involved in an accident is bad enough. Should two be involved, it can be devastating, with the momentum of both vehicles combining to create even more damage. If you were involved in an accident of a truck versus another, contact our firm so that we can fight on your behalf.
Tractor Trailer Collision
Tractor trailers are a main staple of the economy in the U.S. Hauling cargo across the nation, they can be seen on all roads and highways – especially in metropolitan areas like Los Angeles. If you were involved in an accident with one of these massive vehicles, we can help you file a claim.
Truck vs. Car Accident
Due to the wide disparity in weight, there is little that is fair in an accident pitting commercial truck against smaller passenger vehicle. With most semi trucks weighing in at over 80,000 pounds, the property damage and injuries can be immense. For help in seeking the justice you deserve, give us a call today.
Avoiding Truck Accidents
One of the most important things that you can do involving trucks is to avoid the accidents altogether. At Pacific Attorney Group, we know the importance of taking proactive steps to help avoid serious injuries. To learn more about steps you can take to avoid truck accidents, click here.
Why hire a trucking accident lawyer?
By taking immediate action and consulting an attorney, a truck accident victim can get a better understanding of their particular legal rights in moving forward with a civil lawsuit or insurance claim against the responsible party. An attorney can step forward and handle all communication with law enforcement, the trucking company, any insurance companies involved, and all other parties in order to allow the victim to focus on healing.
Should your lawyer be able to win a settlement or jury award on the accident victim's behalf, he or she may be able to recover money for medical care, emotional trauma, lost wages, and possibly much more. This may be exactly what the trucking accident victim and his or her family will need to rebuild, recover, and move on.
Unfortunately, trucking accidents are a relatively common occurrence in Los Angeles. The city and the surrounding communities are overflowing with residents, businesses and all types of establishments and people that need the services of trucking companies and that share the road with truck drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident of any kind, our firm may be able to help.