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Newport Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial trucks are one of the biggest threats to a motorist’s safety on the roads in Newport Beach. These vehicles are much larger than passenger vehicles, which increases the likelihood of suffering life-altering or life-threatening injuries if one of these commercial vehicles crashes into you. If this happens, you must speak with a truck accident lawyer in Newport at MVP Accident Attorneys for a no-obligation, free case review to determine your legal options. Many semi-truck accidents are caused by truck driver negligence and other parties such as the trucking company or the party that is responsible for maintaining or loading the vehicles. If you were injured in a truck accident, due to the negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation that will cover the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
An experienced attorney at MVP Accident Attorneys, a Sachs Law Company, has the skills and resources to build a case that will hold all negligent parties responsible for the harm they have caused.
Why Should I Work with a Truck Accident Lawyer Newport Beach?
Working with a personal injury lawyer in Newport Beach will improve your chances of recovering fair compensation for the damages you incurred due to the trucking accident. In fact, there are many advantages to working with an experienced trucking accident attorney.
Commercial Trucking Accident Investigation
A truck accident can be very complex and requires an extensive investigation to determine who is at fault and exactly what happened.
Our experienced truck wreck lawyers in Orange County are well-versed in personal injury law and have investigated many automobile accidents, including commercial truck accidents. We know how to gather vital evidence to build a strong case.
Some of the steps we take include:
- Taking photos of the accident scene
- Reviewing truck maintenance records to determine if the semi-truck violated state or federal regulations
- Reviewing the trucker’s history to determine if they violated any regulations
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Obtaining and reviewing pictures and/or video footage of the accident
Handling Insurance Companies
One of the most important aspects of a personal injury accident case is dealing with the insurance companies, especially when it comes to complex truck accident claims. A truck wreck lawyer can deal with insurance adjusters, handle all communication, and effectively negotiate a fair settlement amount.
An insurance company in Costa Mesa would prefer to speak with the accident victim instead of a lawyer because it gives them advantages. For example, an accident victim is usually unsure of what they should do after a collision and how they should proceed with obtaining compensation.
An accident victim also doesn't have much knowledge of the law or the trucking industry or the industry’s many regulations. An accident victim may not know the true value of their claim, which is what makes them more likely to accept any settlement offer the insurance adjuster makes.
When you’re dealing with an insurance company, you must be very careful since an insurance company is a business that’s only goal is to make a profit. In most cases, an insurance company will do whatever it takes to devalue or deny a claim so they don’t have to pay out a large settlement or hand over any money at all.
However, an Orange County truck accident attorney in Newport Beach at MVP Accident Attorneys is motivated exclusively by the accident victim’s best interests. An attorney will not accept a low settlement offer and will aggressively negotiate for a settlement that’s fair.
Our Orange County auto accident attorneys are fully prepared to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit if they are unable to obtain the settlement an accident victim deserves through the insurance company.
Common Types of Newport Beach Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks are involved in many types of accidents.
Some of the most common collisions that result in a personal injury claim for compensation include:
The backs of some semi-trucks are higher than the front of most types of passenger vehicles. This difference in height makes rear-end accidents more dangerous since a passenger vehicle can slide under the back of an 18-wheeler. That’s why underride accidents often result in fatal or severe injuries.
A rollover crash in Newport Beach occurs when a semi tips over, usually while attempting to go too fast around a corner. This type of accident endangers every vehicle nearby since the trucker loses all control when the truck tips over.
A head-on crash is one of the most dangerous types of commercial truck accidents since these vehicles generate so much force when they hit a smaller vehicle head-on, especially when this type of accident occurs at a high speed. A head-on crash is usually caused by a fatigued trucker who is driving the wrong way and can result in severe injury or a fatality.
These accidents involve a semi-truck crashing into the back of a passenger vehicle. While this type of accident creates less force compared to a head-on crash, a rear-end accident is incredibly dangerous due to the size difference between the passenger vehicle and 18-wheeler. This type of accident usually happens when a trucker is distracted and doesn’t slow down in time to avoid an accident.
Blind Spot Accidents
If a trucker isn’t careful, they can hit a passenger vehicle that’s in their blind spot as they attempt to change lanes. This is why motorists must avoid driving in a truck’s blind spot since it’s almost impossible for a trucker to see them.
Lost Cargo Accidents
A cargo company can fail to secure cargo properly on a semi-truck, which can result in cargo falling out of the trailer and hitting other vehicles on the road, or the fallen cargo can create dangerous obstacles on the road that a passenger vehicle may have a hard time maneuvering around.
When the brakes on an 18-wheeler lock up, it can cause the trailer to swing away from the cab, forming a ninety-degree angle. The trailer may then collide with any passenger vehicles in its path.
Common Causes for 18-Wheeler Accidents
In many cases, a semi-truck accident is the result of negligence and could have been avoided. A trucker must exercise great care to prevent an accident since their vehicle takes a long time to bring to a complete stop, the truck has large blind spots, and these vehicles have limited maneuverability.
Truckers usually have tight deadlines that can be challenging to meet, which can encourage them to engage in reckless driving behaviors such as speeding. Spending too many hours behind the wheel can also increase the likelihood of the truck making dangerous maneuvers.
Some of the types of negligence that can result in a trucking collision include:
- Poorly maintained vehicle
- Driving too fast for inclement weather conditions
- Falling asleep at the wheel or drowsy driving
- Distracted driving such as talking on the phone or texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Brake failure
- An overloaded trailer
- Failure to secure cargo properly
- Running stop signs or red lights
- Poor trucker training
- Failing to replace or fix defective components on a truck, such as faulty brakes
- Violating right-of-way laws
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failure to follow commercial trucking regulations
If you believe your trucking accident was caused by these or other forms of negligence, our truck crash attorneys are ready to help.
Truck Accident Liability
A semi-truck collision case is usually complicated due to the numerous parties that can be held liable.
Some of the parties that may be held liable for your accident include:
- The trucker
- The manufacturer of different parts on the truck, such as engine parts, brakes, or tires
- The company that manufactured the semi-truck
- The company that leased the 18-wheeler
- The trucking company
- The owner of the trailer or cab
- The company that was responsible for performing routine maintenance on the semi-truck
- The company that loaded the truck’s cargo
The personal injury lawyers at our firm will carefully review all of the evidence and the details surrounding your accident to determine which parties can be held liable. Our goal is to explore all avenues of compensation and hold every liable party responsible for your accident so you can recover a fair settlement.
Compensation in a Semi-Truck Accident
If you decide to pursue a claim, our Orange County trucking accident attorneys can pursue compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Possible punitive damages
Wrongful Death Claims for Fatal Traffic Accidents
If a loved one died in a fatal accident, whether it was a motorcycle accident, passenger vehicle accident, or pedestrian accident, you deserve proper compensation from the truck driver, truck company, and other liable parties. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for funeral costs, burial costs, medical costs, loss of benefits, and other damages. A personal injury attorney can help you file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit and guide you through this type of complex legal process.
Now Is the Time to Take Action
A trucking accident victim faces many challenges after a serious accident, including emotional and physical pain and suffering, lost wages from work, a damaged or totaled vehicle, and many other types of financial burdens. At MVP Accident Attorneys, our law firm wants to help you put the accident behind you as soon as possible, so you can get back on your feet and move on with your life. We know how to build a strong case that will prove the truck driver, trucking company, and other parties should be held liable for the harm they have caused. Our skilled and experienced auto accident attorneys will not back down from a trucking company’s insurance company or their defense attorneys. Our years of experience have taught us how to effectively negotiate with insurance adjusters to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. We also know our way around a courtroom and are not afraid to take your case to court and fight for the award you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident with a commercial truck, and sustained catastrophic injuries, contact our legal team today. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. At our meeting, we can discuss your case, answer all of your questions, and inform you of your legal options and rights. If you decide to work with our firm, an experienced truck accident attorney can begin an investigation right away and work diligently to build a solid case that will hold every negligent party responsible for the harm they have caused. Contact our firm today to get started.