Los Angeles holds the distinction in California for having some of the busiest roadways. During 2015 on any given day, 3,000 to 11,000 commercial and commuter passenger trucks traveled on one of Los Angeles County routes. Here, we are talking about truck accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported in 2014 almost 600 drivers of large trucks died in truck accidents. During the same period more than 2,000 drivers of other vehicles involved in large truck accidents died.
The evidence confirms the high rate of death for other vehicle drivers is due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. Reports and statistics verify the likelihood of significant long-term life threatening conditions and serious damage to property.
If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident, you need to contact truck accident attorneys specializing in personal injury law. The owner of the truck, the driver, insurance company and the regulatory agencies all play a role as responsible parties in establishing the settlements. Because the paperwork can be a nightmare, it is in your best interest to hire truck accident attorneys to protect your individual rights.
California Truck Accident Measures
The average commercial truck weighs in at 80,000 pounds compared to the average passenger vehicle at 4,000 pounds. You can understand why insurance companies require trucking companies to carry higher liability insurance. The settlements from a truck accident compared to a passenger vehicle are much higher.
By law, if the truck driver is at fault, you are able to seek full compensation for all injuries and health care services due to the accident. This includes medical care, rehabilitation, nursing home if necessary and domestic care services. Usually, the loss of earnings or business losses are also subject to recovery. Besides physical damages, accidents trigger emotional and mental suffering.
In the State of California, it may be possible to sue for noneconomic damages as part of a personal injury suit for property damage or wrongful death.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, recovery may include intensive treatment and extended care. Truck accident attorneys are experienced with California truck laws ensuring the highest possible settlement to cover all your expenses.
Truck Accident Causes and Consequences
The accident is legally cited as a negligent action, when a truck driver is at fault. As an injured party, you have the right to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The cause of the driver’s distraction may be inexperienced or inappropriate behavior. In the Los Angeles, speeding, improper lane changing, and reckless or fatigued driving causes a large percentage of truck accidents. Of course, the advancement of technology introduced a dangerous behavior – many drivers are using cellphones while driving.
Statistics show truck driver’s texting will take their eyes off the road for less than five minutes. Just enough time to move into the other vehicle’s lane, creating a harmful condition.
Statute of Limitations
In the state of California, there are statues of limitations for personal injury cases. In the event the injured party discovers an injury later, it may be possible to file a suit from the date of discovery.
Contact The Ryan Law Group
Your first course of action should be to make notes of the accident. The more you recall the more information your attorney will have to determine the best tactics for your case. Contact The Ryan Law Group today at 310-272-5689 to schedule a no cost consultation with an attorney experienced in recovering compensation following a trucking accident.