Large trucks and semis are one of the leading causes of traffic-related deaths in the United States. A typical tractor-trailer or eighteen-wheeler weighs 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. Due to their sheer weight and size, the truck is virtually guaranteed to crush a smaller vehicle in an accident. When a truck hits a car, the occupants of the car are often killed or suffer very serious injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, while the truck driver walks away from the accident unharmed.
Trucks pose a great risk to other vehicles on the road. While trucks are subject to state and federal laws and regulations to minimize this risk, some truck drivers and trucking companies ignore these laws to maximize profits and make deadlines. For example, trucks must be regularly inspected to ensure that all of their parts are working properly. Failure to perform this required testing and maintenance can endanger the public and result in fatal traffic accidents. Similarly, some truck drivers work long hours to meet demanding deadlines. The resulting fatigue and exhaustion can lead to a fatal accident.
If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries in a trucking collision, you need to speak with an experienced trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. While your first priority should always be to seek medical treatment, a skilled attorney can help you recover the financial compensation you need to deal with costly medical bills and other expenses. Recovery in these types of cases can be a very long and painful process, with many victims requiring a lifetime of medical care.
West Coast Trial Lawyers offers a team of top-notch trial attorneys committed to helping accident victims obtain a fair and just recovery when trucking accidents and other catastrophic events occur. While we have a strong reputation for obtaining maximum settlements for our clients, our lawyers are tough litigators who are ready to take a case to trial when the insurance carrier or trucking company fails to make a fair offer.
It is important to understand that when truck accidents happen, the trucking company will usually send representatives to the scene to perform their own “analysis” of the accident and limit the company’s liability. These representatives often confront victims at the scene, when they are most vulnerable. Truck accident victims should never speak with the trucking company or its insurance carrier before consulting with an attorney. These companies are looking to gain critical information that they can use to avoid responsibility and decrease the value of your claim. A Los Angeles trucking accident lawyer can carefully guide you through the process to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes that could hurt your personal injury case down the road.
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If you have been involved in a truck accident, protect your rights by contacting West Coast Trial Lawyers for a free case evaluation. We are a dedicated team of professionals determined to help the victims of truck accidents receive the compensation they deserve. Our friendly staff is available 24/7 to take your call and if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.