Truck Accident Injury Lawyers Serving Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Napa, and All of California
Tractor-trailers and big rigs are an important part of the U.S. economy since they transport vital goods from Point A to Point B. Nevertheless, on the road, tractor-trailers can be downright deadly. The combination of lax federal oversight and truck companies that prioritize profit over safety means that there are far too many commercial trucks on roads and highways that are poorly maintained and/or being operated by a driver who is exhausted or not properly trained.
Truck Accidents Often Leave Victims Seriously Injured
Getting hit by a large commercial truck or 18-wheeler can be a devastating and life-threatening experience. This is because many 18-wheelers and big rigs weigh as much as 30 times more than your typical sedan or SUV. As a result, the driver and/or passenger of the smaller automobile typically fares far worse when an accident occurs. Large commercial trucks are also difficult to operate and maneuver, which creates a higher risk that a truck driver will negligent collide with another motorist.
Common Injuries Suffered in Collisions between Smaller Vehicles and Commercial Trucks
It is quite common for victims of truck accidents to suffer the following types of bodily injuries:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury or other head trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Torn muscles and tendons
- Loss of limbs
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident caused by a large commercial truck, now is the time to take action by retaining the services of an experienced and respected Los Angeles truck accident attorney with the RS Law Offices. Our legal team fully understands and appreciates the stress and anxiety you may be feeling after a serious truck accident. Your medical bills may be piling up, you are unable to work due to the severity of your bodily injuries, and your life has effectively been turned upside down as a result of the collision. These are harms and losses that warrant the pursuit of financial restitution.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Los Angeles
Large commercial trucks and big rigs are often involved in serious accidents resulting from:
- Truck company negligence;
- Improper maintenance of the big rig;
- Drowsy or fatigued truck driver;
- Distracted truck driver (e.g., texting and driving)
- Overweight trailers
- Unsafe or unsecured loads
One of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents is the failure to properly maintain the rig by the truck company. This is because many companies want to get as much use out of a big rig as possible before spending money on repairs and maintenance (i.e. to generate more profit). In addition to lack of regular maintenance, many collisions involving big rigs and other commercial trucks are caused by exhausted and drowsy truck operators. While state law imposes hourly driving limits, truckers often drive many hours over long distances and are faced with strict delivery deadlines. For this reason, truckers often lack adequate sleep, become overly tired and easily distracted, any of which can lead to serious accidents.
Financial Restitution You Can Pursue Through a Truck Accident Injury Claim
When you hire an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney, you will be able to pursue financial restitution for the following types of harms and losses:
- Emergency medical expenses;
- Hospital bills;
- Costs associated with physical therapy;
- Lost income due to time missed from work, including future income if you cannot return to work;
- Property damage; and
- Pain and suffering
Contact an Experienced and Skilled Los Angeles Truck Accident Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Legal Options
RS Law Offices understands that you are probably feeling overwhelmed and unsure about the future after the accident. We are here to help. Our team of experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorneys will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will never pressure you to accept a settlement. The decision to settle is vested in you, the client. If we cannot reach an amicable settlement, we will file a lawsuit and go to court to fight the compensation you are owed. If the truck operator violated traffic laws or hour limits, or the truck company was negligent for failing to maintain the vehicle, our legal team build a compelling and persuasive case against the truck company and seek financial restitution for your harms and losses. Contact our office today for a free, confidential consultation. During the consultation, you will get the chance to speak directly with an attorney to discuss what happened and the best path forward. The consultation is a no-pressure, completely confidential meeting. If you feel comfortable moving forward, we will get to work on your behalf by pursuing the financial restitution you are owed.