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The massive size of semi-trucks commonly referred to as commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, or tractor-trailers leads to issues and challenges with maneuvering and major blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle. These trucks also require an increased distance to stop. Weighing as much as thirty times more than the average passenger vehicle, an accident involving a commercial truck often results in catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
If you were involved in a commercial truck accident in Southern California, and your motor vehicle accident was caused by the recklessness or carelessness of the truck driver, you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or truck accident lawsuit, for your injuries and other damages. An experienced Orange County truck accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can help you understand the complex legal process and guide you, every step of the way.
The Top Truck Accident Lawyer Orange County
If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident in Southern California, a trucking accident lawyer can help you hold the driver and other liable parties accountable for their negligence. When you're involved in a trucking accident, identifying all liable parties can be a complex process. Often, trucking companies will deploy their insurance company and defense team immediately to the scene of the accident, where they will focus on gathering evidence in an attempt to build a case to minimize payout or deny your claim. The legal team at MVP Accident Attorneys has extensive experience investigating and handling trucking crash cases.
An attorney from our firm will use effective legal strategies to help you receive the compensation you deserve from all liable parties. If the insurance company fails to play ball, our crash lawyer will file a personal injury lawsuit and present your case before a judge and jury. We will not back down from insurance companies or trucking company defense attorneys.
Common Trucking Accident Injuries
When a commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the injuries are often catastrophic or fatal. Some of the most common types of truck accident injuries sustained in trucking accidents include:
- Broken bones/complex bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injury/brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries
- Organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- And other types of severe injuries.
If a loved one was involved in a fatal accident with a commercial vehicle, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim. To learn more, contact our law firm today.
Liability Truck Accidents in Orange County
Trucking accidents are complex cases for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons involves determining all insurance resources and sources of liability that can be accessed to compensate the injury victim. Parties that may be held liable for trucking accidents can include:
A commercial truck driver is required to undergo special licensing to operate a semi-truck. The trucker is also subject to federal regulations including regular health screenings and drug screenings, but even with these additional requirements, a trucker may often be tempted to drive recklessly or carelessly. The common types of trucker behavior that can result in an accident include failure to ensure the travel lane was clear, failure to yield, alcohol impairment, fatigued driving, aggressive driving, and speeding.
If a truck driver causes physical harm during the scope of their employment, their employer can also be held legally responsible. Trucking companies are required to vet their drivers by reviewing their driving records and thorough background checks. The trucking company must also ensure the driver has undergone proper training and that their vehicle is regularly maintained.
Individual or Entity Responsible for Truck Maintenance
The individual or entity responsible for maintaining and repairing trucks can also be held responsible for a trucking accident. Between the additional strain that’s placed on the truck’s parts due to the weight of the cargo and truck and the excess miles, these vehicles travel daily, common vehicle parts including engine parts, tires, and brakes, require more frequent maintenance. The failure to maintain the truck can result in parts wearing out while the vehicle is in operation, which poses a high risk of a collision.
Truck Part Manufacturer and Distributor
Even with routine maintenance, there’s not much a trucker can do if a part is defective and does not work as it’s designed to. The manufacturer and distributor of the parts can be held liable if defective parts caused or contributed to an accident.
Recovering Damages in Orange County Truck Accident Cases
The process of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit in Orange County after an accident not only involves proving who was liable for the collision that caused your injuries but also determining what your damages are. California allows truck accident victims to seek economic damages and non-economic damages including:
- Medical costs, including emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, diagnostic testing, surgeries, doctor appointments, medication, medical devices, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
- Lost wages for time missed at work due to injuries sustained in the accident
- Loss of future earning capacity if the injuries you sustained resulted in a permanent disability that renders you unable to earn a living in the same capacity as you did before the accident occurred
- Property damage such as the cost of automobile repairs, or the cost of replacing a totaled vehicle
Non-economic damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
How Truck Accident Lawyers in Orange County, CA Can Help
Regardless of who caused the truck accident, if the accident occurred due to no fault of your own, you deserve to receive compensation for your losses. Unfortunately, these cases are often very complex due to the multiple potentially liable parties involved. Because of the complexity of these cases, you need Orange County truck accident attorneys who have experience with state and federal trucking laws and those who are familiar with the steps that must be taken to prove liability and build a strong case that can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation and gather evidence to prove your claim for compensation.
Evidence that can help your claim includes:
- The truck’s black box data recorder
- Witness and police statements
- Copy of the accident report
- Review of the trucker’s driving logs
- Expert testimony from experts in the trucking industry, accident reconstructionists, private investigators, medical professionals, and more
This type of thorough investigation is not only time-consuming but very expensive.
These claims can also be very difficult because trucking companies and truckers are often insured by large insurance firms that have high-paid attorneys working for them.
An insurance adjuster will not willingly hand money over to an accident victim, and if they do, it’s often much less than what the accident victim deserves.
Statute of Limitations After a California Trucking Accident
According to California’s statute of limitations, an accident victim has two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party. If the accident victim fails to file within this amount of time, they will lose their right to compensation.
Our Attorneys Will Even the Playing Field
When you work with a personal injury attorney at MVP Accident Attorneys, you’re choosing to work with experienced legal professionals who will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Not only are we highly skilled in California truck accident law and personal injury law, but we also have the knowledge, skills, and resources to investigate this type of complex case.
Most importantly, we have the resolve to fight on your behalf against headstrong insurance companies and their team of defense attorneys, and the skill set to negotiate your case effectively. We have extensive trial and litigation experience. If your case cannot be settled fairly through negotiations and a lawsuit is necessary, you can count on our experienced trial attorneys.
Contact an Attorney with Experience Handling Commercial Vehicle Collisions to Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Being involved in a trucking accident can completely change your life. If you’ve sustained serious injuries, you need an experienced lawyer who will fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with the lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys. We can meet with you and answer all of your questions, discuss your legal options, and help you make the right decision regarding your claim, moving forward. When you work with us, you’ll get compassionate attorneys who won’t back down until you receive every penny of compensation you’re owed.