When a truck accident occurs, the occupants of the other vehicles are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or be killed than the driver of the truck. The sheer weight and force of a tractor trailer or eighteen wheeler striking a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian is likely to cause serious and permanent bodily damage. Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed in accidents involving large trucks.
While multiple factors can contribute to large truck accidents, driver fatigue is a common cause of crashes. Federal regulations restrict the number of hours that truck drivers are allowed to be behind the wheel, but many drivers fail to comply with these regulations and continue to drive their rigs for longer than the law permits. Truck accidents can also occur when drivers are inadequately trained or when companies and drivers fail to perform required testing and maintenance of their vehicles.
Regardless of the reasons for the crash, when a large truck or semi hits a passenger vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic. Some of the most common injuries victims of truck accidents suffer include:
These types of bodily injuries often require extensive surgeries, hospitalization, and ongoing medical care and treatment. Beyond the exorbitant medical bills, victims of truck accidents may be off work for a long time and, in some cases, may never be able to return to their former jobs. Fortunately, the law allows victims of truck crashes to recover financial compensation for their losses from the trucking companies, insurance carriers, and other parties responsible for the accident. A Los Angeles truck accident attorney can review your case and help you collect the compensation you need and deserve, including money to cover your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages attributable to the accident.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash, the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers is prepared to help and support you every step of the way. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing individuals who have been seriously injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including truck accidents. We understand the challenges you are struggling with and are driven to secure a fair and just recovery in your case.
When you schedule a free consultation with our firm, we will carefully review your case and answer any questions that you may have. Our goal is to make the legal process as easy as possible for you so that you can focus your energy on getting better. Call us today at (888) 888-9285 or email [email protected].