Truck accidents are among the most serious of all traffic accidents, especially in largely populated cities within Los Angeles County, like the port city of Long Beach – where the hustle and bustle of commercial deliveries commonly overtake lines on interstates like the 710 freeway.
This force, in turn, increases the severity of injuries that accident victims are likely to sustain. More serious injuries require more money to compensate the victim, so truck accidents involve significant legal interests.
Injury victims need to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer from the L.B.C who knows how to get them the compensation they deserve. As populations increased to nearly 500,000 in the recent 2020 census, so does the demand for commercial goods, and the fact that Long Beach is nestled downwind of several of the South Bay oil refineries, it’s also prone to more truck-involved accidents.
At Arash Law, we have experienced truck accident lawyers that serve the greater Long Beach, California area. We know how to handle your claim to get you all the money to which you are legally entitled. We will fight for you so you can focus on making the best recovery possible from your injuries.
TRUCK ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT
A top rated and large delivery truck company rear ended our client on the freeway. Our client was a middle aged woman who suffered neck and back injuries. The defense tried to blame it on her weight and pre-existing conditions. Eventually, we were able to resolve the matter at mediation, before going to trial.
There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. The most common cause is driver error. The truck driver might be tired, or distracted, or speeding, or otherwise driving unsafely. All of these violate the duty of care that all drivers owe to others on the road. If a driver is negligent and causes an accident, they have a legal obligation to compensate all accident victims who were injured by that negligence.
This liability is why drivers must carry auto insurance with liability coverage. There is a general rule of law that holds employers accountable for their employees’ negligence while on the job. Because of this, a transportation company can be held liable for negligence committed by its drivers. The company could also be held liable as the owner of the truck.
There are many ways a transportation company can be found liable for a truck accident, so they are required to carry commercial auto insurance policies with high coverage limits on their trucks. This ensures that injury victims have access to compensation for injuries caused by a negligent truck driver. Driver negligence is not the only cause of truck accidents. Manufacturing defects can cause fatal accidents. Auto manufacturers are held to a standard of “strict liability”.
This means their product must be safe for its intended use, and they can be held liable for injuries caused by the product. The plaintiff does not even have to prove negligence – only that the product was being used as intended when it caused the injury. If a truck accident was not a driver’s fault, but due to a manufacturing defect, the truck manufacturer can be held liable for all injuries caused in the accident.
There are some injuries that are common in all auto accidents. Soft tissue injuries – such as muscle sprains and strains – cause discomfort that can last for a long time. Whiplash is common when a vehicle is struck from behind. These injuries usually result in a small amount of medical bills because the patient simply has to wait out the pain.
Insurance companies like to think this means the entire claim isn’t worth very much. But injury victims are entitled to compensation for all their pain and suffering – even if their medical bills do not reflect the full value of their discomfort. Some injuries might seem minor at first but end up becoming far more complicated. A broken bone set in a cast might seem like simple medical treatment.
But what if the broken shards of bone injure other internal structures of the body? These sharp pieces could cut a blood vessel and lead to dangerous bleeding. The shards could scratch a nerve, leading to a lifetime of pain and discomfort – or even a lack of sensation altogether.
Your injury lawyer will work to understand the full scope of your injuries. Even injuries that seem minor can require significant amounts of compensation if they are complicated by other conditions. Because truck accidents involve high amounts of force, they tend to cause serious injuries.
A truck accident victim could be left permanently disabled as a result of the crash. They might have to suffer an amputation or the removal of an organ due to serious internal injuries. A victim could suffer brain damage that leaves them permanently unable to work – or even conduct such simple daily tasks as walking and speaking. These permanent injuries are devastating for victims and their loved ones.
They require medical treatment at facility like the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and rehabilitation for the rest of the victim’s life – not to mention years of lost wages. The victim is also entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that he or she will endure for the rest of their life. All of this combined leads to multi-million dollar settlements in many truck accident cases involving serious, permanent injuries.
We have helped thousands of truck accident victims recover millions for their injuries in long beach and throughout california
You have serious legal interests at stake after a truck accident. The more serious your injuries, the more compensation you are entitled to, and the greater your financial interest is in the outcome of the case. Some injury victims choose to settle their cases on their own without the help of a personal injury lawyer. You have the right to do this, but there are many reasons why it is not a good idea.
Cases with lawyers consistently settle for more than cases in which the victim represents him- or herself. There are many reasons why this is so, but the bottom line is, your case is likely to settle for more money if you have a lawyer on your side. So what are the reasons a lawyer can get more money than someone who handles the claim on their own? First, you have to remember that the insurance company is not on your side. In fact, it is actively working for the other side, representing the driver who struck you or the company they work for.
Insurance companies are large, powerful organizations with systems in place to pay as little as possible on as few claims as possible. They train their claims adjusters to deny as many claims as they can and make low settlement offers. Insurance companies also hire experienced injury lawyers to defend these decisions and try to let the company get away with these unfair claims practices. It is difficult – if not impossible – for an injury victim who does not have the legal experience to fight back against the full force of the insurance company, its trained adjusters, and its armies of lawyers.
You might wonder, “what will my lawyer do to fight back against the insurance company’s tactics?”. Our truck accident lawyers know the tricks that insurance companies use and how to address them. We know how to prove who was at fault for causing the accident when the insurance company denies liability. We know how to come back from a lowball offer with evidence of the full value of your losses.
This might include medical records or expert testimony, statements about how your injuries have impacted your life, or simply filing a lawsuit to show that insurance company that you are serious about getting the compensation you deserve.
There are many types of evidence that personal injury lawyers use to prove who was at fault for causing a truck accident. Photos and videos of the accident scene can help establish what occurred – and in what order. In some cases, the police will take measurements and collect other data at the scene. If they do not, the insurance companies can send their own investigators to the scene or even to body shops or wrecking yards where the vehicles are being stored.
A physical examination of the vehicles can also be used to establish what happened and who was at fault for causing the accident. In recent years, the Department of Transportation has required all commercial trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices. These devices record data about the speed and distance a truck is traveling, how long the engine has been active, and the number of hours the vehicle has been in service. This data is transmitted automatically to remote servers so that drivers cannot alter or tamper with the information.
These devices replace the old “paper logs” that drivers were required to maintain to track their miles and hours of service. Paper logs largely relied on the Honor System, so some unscrupulous drivers would alter their logs to get in more hours without taking a break. Not only did this violate federal rules that require commercial truck drivers to take breaks at specified intervals, but it was also dangerous. Tired driving increases the risk that a truck driver will cause an accident.
Electronic logs are very powerful data to present in court. They are almost impossible for drivers to tamper with. They show whether drivers were complying with required rest periods. They can even show how fast the vehicle was traveling. All of this evidence allows an attorney to make a powerful case that the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident in question.
Of course, electronic logs cannot tell the entire story of an accident. Even with this type of data, the insurance company’s lawyers might still dispute that their client is at fault (liable) for the accident. In this case, your attorney might need to hire an expert witness to interpret the data. Accident reconstructionists are technical experts who interpret objective data (such as photos, measurements, traffic light signal time charts, and electronic logs) to determine how an accident occurred.
Each side is entitled to hire its own expert witness. In many cases, the opinions differ, and the case becomes a “battle of the experts.” In such an event, the jury is presented with each expert’s testimony and left to determine who was ultimately at fault for causing the accident.
A person or company that is found to be responsible for causing an accident (“liable”) also has a legal obligation to compensate injury victims for the losses they sustained in that accident. This includes both tangible and intangible losses, as well as losses that the victim will suffer in the future due to his or her injuries. Here are a few of the most common areas of compensation in a truck accident injury case:
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A truck accident is an overwhelming experience for any injury victim. You don’t have to go through the claims process alone. Our experienced truck accident lawyers know how to handle truck accident injury cases and protect your legal right to be compensated for your injuries and losses. Our skilled truck accident lawyers have decades of experience. In addition to Long Beach, we serve clients in San Francisco, Riverside, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, Sherman Oaks, and throughout California.
We have collected over 200 million dollars for clients across the state. We fight hard for accident victims, and we will fight hard for you, too. Call (888) 488-1391 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t wait: the sooner you have an experienced Long Beach truck accident lawyer on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.
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