Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
What Are Truck Accidents & How Do They Occur?
Big rig truck accidents are deadly, resulting not only in personal injury and death, but material damage to vehicles, roads and even private property. If you’ve recently been injured, you can benefit from a California and Los Angeles truck accident attorney.
How Truck Accidents Occur
Truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Defective roadways, driver negligence and tire blowouts are common causes for all sorts of motor vehicle accidents, trucks included. Other causes of truck accidents may include overheated or faulty tractor trailer brakes, runaway trailers, truck company negligence, truck overloading leading to falling debris and collisions and due to the larger blank spots all trucks possess.
Runaway trailers occur when the trailer disconnects from the cab of the truck, creating a highly perilous road condition in which the extremely large trailer careens out-of-control in the middle of traffic.
Truck accidents also occur due to driver negligence or recklessness. When any motor vehicle operator drives aggressively, tailgates, speeds, or drives carelessly they increase the potential for an accident. When a truck driver fails to maintain his vehicle, drives under the influence of alcohol, drugs or excessive fatigue, the likelihood of a serious and fatal accident increases far beyond the parameters of a normal collision between two passenger vehicles.
Truck accidents may also be caused by inadequate lighting or reflectors on the truck when driving at night. This increases the chance of truck under-ride accidents because other drivers may not identify the truck.
Types of Truck Accidents
Buses, emergency vehicles, garbage trucks, RVs, 18 wheel big rigs and long haul trucks are often involved in California trucking accidents. In fact, garbage trucks are responsible for more pedestrian and cyclist fatalities than any other kind of truck or vehicle on the roads today. Regardless of your injury, a Los Angeles truck accident attorney can help you.
– Collision vs. Non-Collision Accidents –
Accidents involving other vehicles are considered to be collision accidents, while accidents such as a rollover may be classified as non-collision.
Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks can cause accidents when their cargo or debris falls onto the road creating a major road hazard for all other motor vehicles.
– Failure to Stop –
Many truck collisions occur when car or truck drivers misjudge the stopping distance required to avoid impact.
Rear-end conclusions between trucks and other vehicles can be extremely damaging to the car and the passengers inside.
– Faulty Tires –
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 30% of all truck tires would not pass current speed, endurance and safety tests.
Tire blowouts or bald tires decrease control and the tires. In California it is against the law to use re-grooved, or recapped tires on large commercial vehicles.
Tires with defects such as exposed and damaged cord or cuts larger than one inch are also illegal for trucks to use in the state of California.
– No Zone Accidents –
“No zone” accidents are accidents involving blind spots. The larger the truck, the larger its blind spots.
The larger the truck, the larger its blind spots. Truck drivers are unable to see portions of the back and the front of their trucks, and these areas are known as no zone areas.
– Under-Ride vs. Over-Ride Collisions –
Under-ride collisions and over-ride collisions occur when either a small vehicle rides under the truck, or a large truck rides over smaller vehicle or pedestrian.
Both types of accidents are extremely devastating and normally cause the passengers of the smaller vehicle fatal or permanently disabled injuries.
– Swinging Turns –
Swinging turns, also known as squeeze play, are accidents that occur on wide turns. Drivers often swing in the opposite direction to complete a wide turn.
When the truck swings it may squeeze the car beside it into the curb or another vehicle because of the truck’s large blind spots.
– Jack-Knife and Rollover Truck Accidents –
Tractor trailers have three sets of brakes: trailer axle brakes, drive axle brakes and steering axle breaks.
If the steering axle brake locks up, then the truck will continue moving straight ahead without the ability to steer. When the drive axle brake locks, the truck will jack-knife.
Rollover truck accidents can occur at speeds as little as 5 miles per hour simply because a big rig’s center of gravity is so much higher than a car.
– Brake Failure –
Brake failure can be caused by improper installation or lack of maintenance of aged brakes.
Improper loading, overuse or sudden stopping at high speeds can cause truck’s brakes to overheat and fail. The larger the truck, the more likely the brakes may overheat.
How Can a Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney Help You?
Involvement in a truck accident is an extremely serious and life-altering event. If the injuries resulting from an accident with a truck are severe or life-threatening then it is vital to choose the right Los Angeles truck accident attorney for legal representation: an attorney that is experienced, competent and, above all, a winner.
The Law Offices of David H. Greenberg are specialists in the broad, yet complex, laws governing vehicles traveling on interstate roadways. We have the ability to explain the parameters, regulations and legal circumstances of a truck accident lawsuit to get proper compensation from your accident.
Truck Accidents are Unique
A truck accident has the potential to be a far greater catastrophe than a passenger vehicle collision.
Trucks that are extremely large and carrying heavy loads can jackknife and instantly destroy the lives of the passengers in dozens of cars nearby and demolish parked vehicles, property and buildings on the surrounding streets.
Trucks carrying hazardous materials might explode, leak dangerous chemicals into the water table or create extremely high-temperature fires that have the power to melt metal and destroy bridges, power lines and other structures.
Los Angeles truck accident attorney is accustomed to handling cases with multiple defendants and numerous plaintiffs.
In a trucking accident the truck driver, repair person, trucking company or the purchaser of the goods on the truck may be help individually or collectively responsible for the accident. The manufacturers of any defective trucking vehicle parts may also be responsible.
In that same case there may be several passengers in different cars, a homeowner, the car owners of destroyed parked cars or municipal offices responsible for bridges who can be considered the victim in the accident and serve to support the other plaintiffs as material witnesses.
What to do After a Truck Accident
1. Immediately seek medical assistance whether or not injuries are apparent.
2. A police report must be filed which serves as legal evidence for any lawsuits filed for damages. If possible take photographs of the accident scene from as many angles as possible then visit your Los Angeles truck accident attorney before speaking to anyone else. We will speak to insurance representatives about the case while working hard to investigate and identify liability and assess the appropriate amount to request for compensation.
3. Continuously visit medical professionals as needed during your recovery time.
In many cases, the consequences of a truck collision are so severe that the medical treatment necessary is ongoing and the litigation takes months, if not years, to resolve.
During this time, we will get to know you extremely well and we develop a bond of trust with you. This sympathetic bond will not only make the process of going through a trial more in bearable but will inspire your us to fight harder and give you the opportunity to receive the compensation for your suffering that you deserve.
If you’re in need of a Los Angeles truck accident attorney, call us today at (323) 782-0500.
Truck Accident Statistics
- 98% of fatalities in tractor trailer accidents happen to the passengers in the car that collided with the truck.
- Nearly 150,000 large trucks are involved in non-fatal crashes each year.
- Over 50,000 trucks are involved in crashes causing moderate to severe injuries annually.
- Nearly 80,000 trucks are involved in collisions severe enough to require tow service removal.
- Nearly 3,000 trucks are involved in hazardous material collisions.
- Nearly 70% of all fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas.
- Just over 65% of all fatal truck accidents occur during the day.
- 80% of fatal truck accidents occur on the weekend.
- 1% of fatal truck accidents are alcohol-related, as compared to 22% of passenger vehicle collisions and 29% of motorcyclist accidents.
- 26.75% of large truck operators involved in fatal trucks accidents had one or more prior speeding convictions.
- Texas has the highest incidence of fatal truck accidents, followed by Florida and California.
- 9% of all vehicles in fatal crashes are large trucks. 76% of those trucks are combination trucks.
- Between 500 to 700 large trucks annually are involved in fatal rollover accidents.