Truck Accident Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
Commercial trucking is the most popular way for companies to move products across the country, and the demand is growing for more large trucks on the road. Because of the sheer size and force of large transport trucks, the injuries sustained in truck accidents are often catastrophic for victims. In Los Angeles, the knowledgeable truck accident attorneys at the GP Law Group have helped many victims of truck accidents and will fight for the compensation you deserve after an accident. Call or contact the office today to schedule your free consultation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen in a variety of ways, but most come down to the actions of the driver and the condition of the commercial truck. The most common causes of truck accidents in California include the following:
- Distracted or Drowsy Driving: One of the most common causes of truck accidents in California is distracted or drowsy driving. Truck drivers are expected to work long hours and meet tight deadlines. As a result, drivers often operate their vehicles while drowsy or engage in actions behind the wheel to keep them awake like playing with the radio, talking on the phone, or texting. When truck drivers take their eyes off the road or start to fall asleep, it is easy to miss a smaller vehicle near the truck.
- Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Failure to obey traffic laws is another reason for truck accidents. This includes failing to signal at a turn, speeding, passing in no passing zones, and other dangerous behaviors that break the law while driving.
- Over or Under-Loaded Vehicles: Over or under-loaded vehicles also cause a number of truck accidents by throwing off the weight of the commercial truck. This can cause a truck to flip when navigating turns, passing other vehicles, or driving in high winds or inclement weather.
- Equipment Failure: One final cause of truck accidents is equipment failure on the truck. Drivers and their employers have a duty to maintain their vehicles properly and regularly, but often do not fix equipment issues or perform regular maintenance checks on the truck. If an accident is caused due to faulty brakes, broken tail lights, a blown tire, or other mechanical failure, it can be devastating for other drivers on the road.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
Following a truck accident in California, victims can receive both economic and noneconomic compensation for their injuries. Economic damages include compensation for out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and lost future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages include payment for emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
Because truck accidents cause such devastating damage, the unfortunate truth is that many victims of truck accidents in California lose their lives. The family of a victim that dies in a truck accident can also seek additional compensation for wrongful death. Wrongful death damages include compensation for final medical bills, reasonable funeral and burial expenses, and the loss of love, security, and companionship. An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you on compensation amounts for your claims.
Do Not Hesitate to Call
California law only allows for truck accident victims to file a lawsuit for damages within a short window of time after a crash. Known as the statute of limitations, the law gives injury victims only two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If you fail to file a lawsuit in this time period, the court can throw out your case and bar you from collecting any compensation from the trucking companies responsible for your injuries.
By hiring a knowledgeable truck accident attorney like those at GP Law Group, you can trust that you will receive full and fair compensation for your claims. Your lawyer will review the evidence in your case and understand exactly how much you are owed for your injuries. A lawyer will protect you from the insurance companies looking to minimize your claims and offer as little as possible for your injuries. Once you hire a lawyer, insurers are required to communicate and negotiate only with your attorney. If the insurance companies are unwilling to settle for a fair amount, an experienced lawyer is not afraid to take your case to court and make the best possible arguments to a judge and jury for why you deserve to be fully compensated for your claims.
Call or Contact Us Today
To learn more about the wide range of legal services we offer truck accident victims in Los Angeles, call or contact the GP Law Group today to set up a free appointment with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to review your case.