La Habra Truck Accident Lawyers
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Founded by famous attorney Arash Khorsandi, Esq., Arash Law has handled scores of commercial truck cases, and we understand how to help people recover all of the financial compensation they are entitled to in these cases. It is essential for a person to quickly seek legal counsel from experienced La Habra truck accident lawyers with any commercial motor vehicle claim because the insurance companies for the liable parties involved will be aggressive in trying to settle the cases for the least amount possible.
Under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 390.5, a commercial motor vehicle is defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; is designed or used to transport more than eight passengers (including the driver) for compensation; is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under Title 49 U.S. Code 5103 and transported in quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary. In most cases, commercial motor vehicles are large trucks, and the involvement of any large truck in a traffic accident can mean serious harm to other people involved.
A farm worker, suffered multiple broken bones and other orthopedic injuries resulting from an auto accident where the defendant driver attempted to make a left turn in front of our client in heavy fog.– ARASH KHORSANDI
California Truck Accident Statistics
The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that the 5,700 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2021 constituted an 18 percent increase from the prior year and a 49 percent increase over the past decade. The 117,300 large trucks involved in crashes resulting in injuries was a 12 percent increase from 2020 but was actually less than the 118,500 in 2019, which was the high mark of the past decade.
In California, specifically, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported there were 344 fatal accidents and 7,009 injury crashes in 2019. The total fatality was the highest number in the most recent five-year period, although 2018 had more injury crashes with 7,223.
The NSC also reported that California ranked second in the nation for deaths caused by large truck crashes, with 437 in 2021, behind only Texas. In most truck accident cases, 67 percent of victims are occupants of cars or other motor vehicles, while 16 percent of victims are large truck occupants, and 15 percent are pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Different Types of Trucks
FMCSA created and maintained the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), which contains information about the safety performance of commercial motor carriers and hazardous materials (HM) carriers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Commercial motor vehicle drivers must comply with federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules.
HOS Regulations for Passenger Carrying Trucks
- 10-hour limit – Drivers can operate a maximum of 10 hours per day on the road after eight consecutive hours off duty.
- 15-hour limit – Drivers cannot drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following eight consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.
- 60/70 hour on duty limit – Drivers cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in seven/eight consecutive days.
HOS Regulations for Property Carrying Trucks
- 11-hour limit – Drivers can operate a maximum of 11 hours per day on the road after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- 14-hour limit – Drivers cannot drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.
- 60/70 hour on duty limit – Drivers cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in seven/eight consecutive days. A driver can restart a seven/eight consecutive days period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
Types of Trucks People See on the Road
- Tractor-trailers/big rigs/semi-trucks – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) defines a tractor-trailer as a “tractor and semitrailer combination.” A tractor is the engine and cab where a truck driver sits. It is designed to pull a semitrailer, which is the boxy portion being pulled. A tractor-trailer is the most common truck configuration on most highways, and many states have established height, length, and weight limits for trucks on their roads.
- Tanker trucks – Tankers are essentially tractor-trailers, but the trailers are designed to carry liquids. While some tankers can carry a cargo of liquids that are not harmful, many others will be transporting liquids that are flammable or toxic (or both). Both state and federal government regulations require tanker truck drivers to have special permits and follow certain safety precautions that are far stricter than the ones applied to traditional truck drivers.
- Delivery trucks – Also known as box trucks or straight trucks, delivery trucks are different from tractor-trailers. The tractor and trailer are a single unit in this vehicle, meaning that the cargo being transported is part of the whole truck.
- Dump trucks, garbage trucks, and cement trucks – All of these kinds of trucks typically have large areas on their back for transporting garbage, cement, or other raw materials.
- Flatbed trucks – Similar to a tractor-trailer in configuration, a flatbed truck is often used to transport goods that cannot fit into a traditional tractor-trailer. It is not uncommon for these vehicles to be accompanied by a smaller truck warning other road users of an oversize load.
Causes of Truck Accidents
According to FMCSA, the three major kinds of critical events assigned to large trucks in crashes were running out of a travel lane (32 percent); vehicle loss of control because of traveling too fast for conditions, cargo shifts, vehicle systems failure, poor road conditions, or other reasons (29 percent); and colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck’s travel lane (22 percent). FMCSA also reported that 87 percent of truck accidents are the result of truck driver error (with 38 percent relating to decisions, 28 percent being recognition, 12 percent being non-performance issues, and 9 percent being performance-related), 10 percent related to other motor vehicles, and 3 percent were blamed on the environment.
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Inclement weather
- Poor cargo loading
- Road hazards
- Improper training
- Negligent hiring
- Overloaded trailers
- Blind spots
Arash Law, under the guidance of Arash Khorsandi, Esq., has dealt with all of these kinds of issues and will know how to prove when a truck driver was at fault for causing a wreck. You will want to have somebody on your side who knows how to investigate a crash and demonstrate that a truck driver deserves all of the blame.
Types of Truck Accident Claims
People who are involved in commercial truck accidents can have any one of multiple claims against the truck driver or trucking company. There are several different kinds of claims people can file, with the most common often including:
Property Damage Claims
When a person’s motor vehicle is involved in a commercial truck accident, the vehicle often sustains immense damage requiring repairs. Many people will then file claims to have the costs of any repairs covered by the negligent truck driver or trucking company in La Habra, California.
Wrongful Death Claims
Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Leg injuries
- Neck injuries
- Arm injuries
- Internal injuries
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent nerve injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Wrongful death
Settlement in a motor vehicle accident; client suffered internal injuries.– JUDD ROSS ALLEN
Common Kinds of Compensation for Truck Accidents
- Lost income
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Physical therapy costs
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Rental car costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Injury to reputation
What People Should Do After a Truck Accident in La Habra
When a truck accident in La Habra occurs, it can be an extremely confusing and disorienting process for most people. It will be important for a person to try to remain calm and take certain actions to help their case move forward.
- Call 911 – Get help from truck accident lawyers La Habra trusts. Search online for a reputable injury attorney right away and make sure law enforcement is notified so you can be sure that a police report is filed regarding your wreck. Emergency medical personnel will also usually be dispatched.
- Check for injuries – If a person is seriously hurt in a truck accident, it will be important to get them medical attention. You should also seek medical attention for yourself by visiting a hospital or other medical care provider as soon as possible, even when you do not think you have suffered an injury. Remember that many serious injuries involve delayed symptoms, and waiting too long to see a doctor can have disastrous effects on your injury claim.
- Talk to other drivers – Certainly get the truck driver’s relevant information, such as their name, address, and driver’s license number. But also seek the same information from other drivers involved in a wreck.
- Get the truck driver’s employer information – When a truck accident involves a large truck, you will want to write down whoever the driver works for. Trucking companies can often be held liable in many cases.
- Collect witness information – When other bystanders see a truck accident, try to get their contact information as well. Do not be overly forceful in your requests, as you can let a lawyer handle witnesses later if they are unwilling to share their information with you.
- Capture evidence – Use the camera on your cell phone to take as many photographs or videos of your crash scene as you can. No lawyer will ever tell you that you took too many pictures. In addition to getting pictures of the vehicles involved, also look for other key bits of information relating to an accident, such as skid marks or important traffic signs.
- Call Arash Law as soon as possible – It will be incredibly important to get in contact with a skilled truck accident lawyer in La Habra as soon as you can after a truck accident. Arash Law, led by Arash Khorsandi, Esq., can immediately step in and commence its own independent investigation into the crash to determine who will be liable and then work to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Our La Habra Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Arash Law, led by Arash Khorsandi, Esq., has recovered more than $500 Million for our clients. Our cases included one woman who suffered neck and back injuries after being rear-ended by a large delivery truck. While the trucking company tried to blame her injuries on preexisting conditions, we helped her recover $500 million.
Our La Habra injury firm has handled numerous truck accident cases all over California, and we will be fully capable of helping you hold a negligent truck driver and trucking company accountable. Call (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at which we can provide a thorough and in-depth case evaluation.