Truck drivers and their employers are held to high government standards because the consequences of a truck accident can be devastating. Accidents that involve large commercial trucks often lead to severe injuries and damages, especially for pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of other vehicles involved in the accident.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Abuershaid Lee and Le, Trial Lawyers, APC, have several decades of experience handling truck accident claims. They know the applicable state and federal trucking regulations, and they believe that every responsible party should be held accountable for the damages caused by negligent and reckless conduct.
Our Truck Accident Injury Practice
- Our goal is to deliver the best possible results to all of our injured clients. Our attorneys know that you may be facing significant physical, financial, and emotional challenges after a truck accident. They will pursue maximum compensation to help you get the care and support that you need to move forward after your accident.
- Our truck accident practice takes a collaborative approach to each personal injury claim. We know that it is in our clients’ best interests to provide them with high-quality legal services and personalized attention from our truck accident team. Our attorneys will always be there to answer your questions and address your concerns.
- We understand the importance of your financial recovery, and we will begin working on your case immediately. We will conduct thorough investigations and interviews, be available to answer all of your questions, and keep you informed as your case progresses.
- Our attorneys are compassionate, and they understand that you and your family may be going through an incredibly difficult time after a truck accident. We handle all of the legal work so that you can focus on healing and recovering.
Truck Accident Liability
It is not uncommon for several parties to bear responsibility in truck accident cases. Truck accident causes and factors often include failure to comply with regulations and requirements, speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, and negligent truck maintenance. In many commercial truck accident scenarios, truck company employers are responsible for accidents caused by their employee truck drivers.
Other liable parties may include manufacturers of defective trucks and vehicle parts, those responsible for negligent truck repair and maintenance, and other vehicle drivers involved in the accident. To secure full and fair compensation in a truck accident claim, you need an attorney with the necessary resources and experience to investigate your accident and discover all potentially liable parties.
Trucking Rules and Regulations
As mentioned above, those in the trucking industry are held to high standards, and in general, drivers and trucking companies are responsible for following state and federal rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry. An experienced truck accident attorney not only knows the applicable regulations, but also how to investigate the accident to determine if there were any regulation violations.
Evidence of noncompliance with state and federal trucking laws can be used to show that the truck driver and his or her employer’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Frequently violated regulations include driver training and licensing requirements, employee background checks, and hours of service limitations.
Maintenance and equipment violations can lead to vehicle safety problems, such as brake and tire failures and faulty underride protections. There are also guidelines for loading and securing truck cargo. Noncompliance can result in truck instability, loss of vehicle control, and cargo spills. Improperly secured truck contents frequently cause trucks to roll over or jackknife, resulting in severe and catastrophic injuries.
Truck Accident Injuries and Damages
Large commercial trucks can be 14 feet tall and weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is why injuries are often devastating in truck accidents. Due to excessive height and weight, semi-trucks cannot stop quickly and maneuver easily in emergency situations. Drivers can lose control of these massive vehicles, especially when traveling at high rates of speed.
The amount of recoverable compensation in truck accident cases typically increases with the severity of injuries sustained. For example, the value of your claim will be higher if you have suffered permanent injuries and you are unable to enjoy life and work in the same capacity as you did before the accident.
You may recover compensation for your monetary losses in California, such as lost wages, future lost earnings, and medical expenses. You may also be entitled to compensation for non monetary losses, including physical pain, mental suffering, and emotional distress. If it is determined that the defendant acted with malice, oppression, or fraud, punitive damages may be awarded as well.
Fatal Truck Accident Injuries
Although damages for pain and suffering are generally not recoverable in fatal injury cases, survivors and the estate may be entitled to compensation for other losses. Surviving family members may bring wrongful death claims to recover compensation for their own damages, such as loss of the decedent’s financial support, loss of gifts and benefits, funeral and burial expenses, loss of love and companionship, and loss of training and guidance.
Survival actions may be brought on behalf of the decedent’s estate if the decedent survived long enough after the accident to suffer actual losses before death. For example, if the decedent incurred medical expenses after the truck accident, those expenses may be recovered for the estate in a survival action. Punitive and exemplary damages may also be awarded under some circumstances.
Call Our Anaheim Truck Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, the personal injury attorneys at Abuershaid Lee and Le, Trial Lawyers, APC, can help. We provide free initial consultations and case evaluations to go over your accident and losses sustained. We represent our injured clients on a contingency fee basis so that you never have to pay out of pocket for attorneys’ fees. Our attorneys are only compensated for their legal representation after they have helped you recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact us today for your free consultation.