A truck accident can result in devastating injuries. Trucks are often more than twice the size of normal cars and the ensuing accidents can create troublesome situations for everyone involved. There are many times when a client calls us and has been involved in a crash with a truck; he will often want quick representation and effective litigation. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you should be aware that the lawsuit process is seldom quick or cut and dry. Even the most slam-dunk cases have a few weeks of consideration from all parties in them. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is in your best interest to contact our Carson truck accident lawyers today at the Downtown LA Law Group. We will see to it that your case is expertly handled.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
Truck accidents most often happen on the freeway and highway since many do not travel on residential roads. There are often rear-end crashes due to truck drivers inappropriately changing lanes, sideswipes that happen when vehicles try to pass on the right, and head-on collisions that happen when trucks drift into other lanes. Many accidents are caused due to the negligence of the truck drivers; some are on the road for longer than the 14-hour legal limit, and others drive through the night with little to no sleep to meet their deadlines and drop off deliveries. Some drivers are negligent in other ways. Examples include:
- Driving while drunk
- Improper weight distribution of materials in the hitch
- Uncovered and dangerously overfilled loads
- Lack of warning signs or wide load signs
- Truck problems, like brake issues, blown tires, and faulty engines
- Turning without signaling
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Road defects
- Steep hills and curved streets
- Hidden driveways
- Using the phone while driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Improper merging or failing to use turn signals
Truck drivers are usually in possession of a CDL and have completed training to operate their vehicles. They also have to adhere to more specifics than most cars; for example, on most highways, truck drivers cannot exceed 55 mph and must stay relegated to the right lane. Drivers who break these rules can e fined, but they place others at risk when they go too fast or are not out of the way of other drivers. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, it is important that you take legal action. Our Carson truck accident attorneys are able to help you with your lawsuit and will stop at nothing to win you what you deserve.
Injuries From Truck Accidents
A truck accident is often more damaging than a normal car crash. This is because trucks are often traveling at fast speed just like cars are, but they are many times larger. The same exact accident with cars traveling at the same speeds can result in a totaled vehicle in the case with the truck. Because of the vast difference in results, the injuries suffered can also be varied. Many injuries in truck accidents happen to the other drivers, and seldom those in the trucks. Injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Herniated and slipped discs
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Severed body parts
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
The risk of injuries in truck accidents is high. You may suffer permanent damages; some victims have been relegated to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives, and others have been unable to return to work to complete their job duties. Victims of truck accidents should do all they can to pursue their rightful compensation, and we can help. Talk with our truck accident lawyers in Carson for assistance moving forward with your claim.
Truck Accident Procedure
Victims of truck accidents are often confused and do not know what to do after a crash. It is important that you do not leave the scene of the accident unless you are injured; even then, you should be treated by paramedics at the scene, and if you need additional or emergency treatment, go to the hospital. Getting medical treatment is also of paramount importance; if you do not get a doctor’s help, you may have a hard time proceeding with your claim. The insurance agent handling your case could se this lack of a hospital visit as a red flag and claim that you were not as hurt as you initially stated. You should collect all the necessary evidence for your case once you have been seen by a medical professional. This evidence can include the following:
- Pictures of your injuries
- Medical notes and hospital bills or receipts
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos of the scene of the accident
- Surveillance camera footage
- Photos of the damage done to both vehicles
- Copy of the police report
Once you have as much evidence as possible, you should get the contact information, insurance details, and business details from the truck driver. You could choose to fiile an incident report with his company if he was working, as well, so you have proof that you took some action or that you were in the accident to begin with It is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who can organize all this evidence for you and will be able to write the best demand letter for your case. If you try to handle the claim alone, there is a big chance that you will not succeed. It is common for insurance agents to throw out claims from customers or not make worthwhile offers. You can rely on a truck accident lawyer in Carson to sufficiently represent you and ensure that you are fairly compensated.
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Filing A Lawsuit
If you wish to file a lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the truck driver acted negligently. To prove negligence, you must show the following:
- You were owed a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- The breach of duty led to an accident
- The accident resulted in physical harm
If you were not physically harmed, you cannot file a personal injury claim. You will only be able to pursue damages related to property damage and lost income. Bear in mind that you do not have an unlimited time to take legal action. If you do not file a claim within the default 2 year limit for personal injury lawsuits, you will be barred from pursuing compensation. The statute of limitations is in place to ensure that your claim does not drag and that you have ample time to assemble evidence and present it to the defendant. If you wait too long, the evidence may get corrupted or witnesses’ memories may fade. You can check to see if you are eligible for any exceptions to the statute of limitations, though. You may have been underage at the time of the accident (statute would begin at 18 years old), left mentally or physically incapacitated after the incident (statute would start after returning to health), or the defendant may have vacated the state (statute would resume when he returns to the state of residence). Don’t go blindly into a lawsuit. Let our truck accident attorneys in Carson help you with your claim. We will be able to provide you with the expert legal representation that you need.
Truck Accident Lawsuit Restitution
You should pursue ample coverage for your damages after a truck accident. We will work to bring you the money you need to cover the expenses and bills that likely racked up after the incident. We will help you win the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future
- Lost wages from the past and future
- Property damage for repair of your vehicle or reimbursement for personal items and belongings
- Pain and suffering damages for mental and psychological traumas
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one or family member died in the crash
- Punitive damages if the driver acted with gross negligence or deliberately tried to hurt you
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It can be hard to win these damages by yourself. You may not have any legal experience and you may not know how to negotiate a fair deal. Our Carson truck accident lawyers can win your lawsuit for you. You should not have to worry about these expenses or about completing a claim if you have been hurt. We can take care of everything from start to finish.
Why Select DTLA Law Group
The Downtown LA Law Group has won thousands of cases and secured millions of dollars for our clients. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge with truck accident cases and our lawyers make sure to stay up to date on any changes in law and any landmark cases that are settled or go to trial. We employ the best tactics for success and you can rest assured that you are getting the most worthwhile experience around when you come to our firm. Our aggressive lawyers will not cease pursuing your deserved restitution. Get in touch with our law firm for a free legal consultation. We will tell you what we think your case is worth and what we can win for you, and we will also answer any and all questions you have. We believe that everyone should be appropriately aware of the implications of his case and what makes it worthwhile. If you wish to hire us, we will grant you our zero fee guarantee. This allows you to pay nothing at all for our services. We will not get paid unless and until we win, and the money will come from the insurance agency as part of the settlement we win for you. If we lose, you’re off the hook and we eat the costs of the case. You won’t owe us anything. Reach out to our truck accident attorneys in Carson for more details on how to get started filing your claim.