One person was killed on Monday after a crash involving two trucks and an SUV. According to the California Highway Patrol, calls came in about a three-vehicle crash on the 118 Freeway (near Topanga Canyon) in the Chatsworth area just before 9 a.m. Although the incident remains under investigation so the cause of the crash is still unknown, the authorities arrived on scene to find that a Penske box truck had rear-ended a lumber truck; the lumber apparently struck the driver of the box truck. A blue SUV rear-ended the box truck.
Medical personnel with the Los Angeles Fire Department that responded evaluated the male driver and declared him to be dead. According to the CHP, the deceased driver was not impaled by the lumber. The officials did not release whether there were any injuries to the two other drivers involved in the collision, or whether there were any passengers in the box truck or other vehicles.
Truck accidents are among the most dangerous types of accidents that drivers may experience. In general, the size and weight of trucks can increase the risk of devastating injuries to all parties involved. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. If the incident resulted in the death of a loved one, you may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim.
For more information about the legal options available to you, contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group today. Our lawyers are more than ready to evaluate your claim and help you recover the payout that you are owed. Our truck accident lawyers have decades of experience handling claims similar to yours and have consistently recovered fair payouts for victims and their families. If you are ready to discuss your legal options with the experts here at our law firm, contact us today.
Some of the Possible Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for many different reasons, some of which may include the following:
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- Sudden stops/sudden starts
- Reckless driving
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Tailgating or cutting other vehicles off
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Mechanical problems with the vehicle (brake problems and more)
- Poor road conditions
Truck accidents can be classified into different categories, similar to how car accidents may be considered rear-end or t-bone, for instance.
Underride accidents: these incidents are so severe that trucks are required by federal law to be equipped with underride guards. These guards are installed in the back and/or sides of trucks to prevent underride. Underride occurs when smaller passenger vehicles crash into the rear or sides of trucks and get lodged underneath the truck, compromising the passenger compartment. Underride accidents usually lead to devastating injuries and even death.
Load-related accidents: unsecured loads, overloaded trucks, poorly loaded trucks, etc. can all significantly worsen truck accidents. If the load being carried by a truck moves on impact, then the load can actually strike drivers and cause significant injuries. The risk is present for the driver of the truck (as the load can shift forward and into the cabin of the truck), the driver of the vehicle that rearended the truck, and any other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians nearby.
In both of these situations, the trucking company has a responsibility towards others on the road. For instance, trucking companies have the duty to install underride guards as well as to properly secure their loads. When trucking companies fail to do this, then they can directly contribute to incidents and actually be liable for any resulting harm.
Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries, some of which may include the following:
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- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Road rash
- Burn injuries
Yes, if you or a loved one suffered harm in a truck accident, you could sue the trucking company if the trucking company was negligent. Depending on the details surrounding the incident, other parties/entities could also be found negligent and could also be sued. These parties/entities may include auto manufacturers, auto-part manufacturers (specifically, underride guard manufacturers), mechanics, and even city/county road work agencies could all be found liable of these incidents.
If you are interested in pursuing a claim but are unsure about liability, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you need to take action and file an injury claim or wrongful death claim against the liable party or parties.
Can I Recover Compensation after a Truck Accident?
Yes, if your claim is successful, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Although every claim is different, some of the compensation that could be available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
- Wrongful death benefits: including loss of support and loss of consortium, for example.
Here at our law firm, our legal team is committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available for their claims. Whether we have to negotiate a settlement or take the claim to court to reach a verdict, our lawyers are ready to go above it all to secure the highest payout available.
To learn more about the possible value of your claim, contact us today.
The Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Claims
In California, injury claims and wrongful death claims alike are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants have two years to file their lawsuits. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they can lose their right to sue entirely. Although two years might seem like more than enough time to pursue your claim, we urge you to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our lawyers will ensure that you file your claim on time.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our truck accident lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to begin or continue your truck accident claim. Our team has decades of experience handling these types of claims and getting our clients the maximum compensation available. To remain accessible to all, we offer free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. Our experts will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. If you would like to benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee Guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure, so our clients will never be required to pay anything unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will not pay anything.
If you are ready to speak with our truck accident lawyers, contact us today.