Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
Trucks are an essential part of the American economy — but on the road, they can be deadly. Thanks to lax federal regulations and manufacturers that put profit first, personal trucks like pickups aren’t held to the same safety standards as passenger cars, even though they’re often used for the same purposes. Large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers, big rigs, or eighteen-wheelers weigh up to 20 times as much as a passenger car, virtually guaranteeing that they’ll crush smaller vehicles in an accident. Worse, some truckers and truck companies ignore safety regulations in an effort to maximize profits and make their deadlines. Victims of truck accidents — those in or outside the truck — are likely to be killed or sustain brain damage, spinal injuries, amputations and other very serious injuries. If you have suffered a truck accident, call the Los Angeles truck accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP to fight for compensation for your accident. Call (310) 477-1700 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What is the Time Limit To File a Truck Accident Claim in California?
The state of California sets an amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. This time limit is called a statute of limitations, failure to file a claim within this time limit means your right to recover compensation for your injuries will be lost. In California, the time limit to file a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury. A truck accident attorney from our law firm will be able to determine if you have a valid case and make sure you don’t lose your right to compensation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Car accidents are complex events, and there are several elements that can influence the occurrence of a crash. Some common causes of truck crashes include:
- Drowsy driving
- Alcohol and drug use by the truck driver
- Distracted drivers
- Lack of driver experience
- Failure to obey traffic rules
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Defective parts or poor truck maintenance
One or more parties could be responsible for causing a trucking accident. If you or a loved one suffered injuries and other damages in a trucking accident, schedule a free consultation with our truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles.
Who is Responsible for Truck Accidents?
Commercial truck drivers are professionals with special training and special safety regulations governing when and how they may drive. Truckers and trucking companies routinely ignore those laws in order to meet strict delivery deadlines. Sometimes, that leads to truckers piloting ten-ton vehicles on very little sleep or taking drugs to stay awake. At other times, trucking companies fail to maintain brakes, tires, lights and other equipment, putting their own drivers and everyone around them at risk of a serious truck accident. And a few unscrupulous companies knowingly employ cheap but unqualified truck drivers who never earned a commercial driver’s license in the first place.
Federal statistics show that large trucks – like big rigs and 18-wheelers – are only three percent of the vehicles on our roads but are involved in 12 percent of traffic fatalities. Smaller and personal trucks share some of these dangers. They may not weigh 80,000 pounds, but they’re still taller and higher than many of the passenger cars on the road, giving them the potential to crush smaller vehicles in an auto accident. Statistics show that pickups and other personal trucks are also more than twice as likely as smaller cars to have a fatal rollover accident. And recent-model pickups have seen a slew of recalls and product defects that can put their occupants at grave risk, including defective tires, door latches that don’t work, and improperly secured seat belts. A Los Angeles truck accident lawyer can help you recover compensation from the negligent person or company that caused your accident.
Compensation Truck Accident Victims Can Recover
Truck accident victims can recover economic damages and non-economic damages with the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Damages that can be included in a settlement include medical expenses, lost wages, future medical treatment, loss of future earning capacity, loss of companionship for the wrongful death of a loved one, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and others. Speak with an attorney to discuss your case and determine how much is your truck accident claim worth.
Successful Settlements for Accident Victims
The Los Angeles personal injury lawyer team at Panish Shea & Boyle law firm has a strong record of success in litigation over car and truck accidents. Our wins include a $36.5 million verdict for a woman injured when the car in which she was a passenger was hit by a big rig, a $34.5 million jury verdict for a man who suffered a below the knee amputation after being hit by a tractor-trailer while he was on a sidewalk, a $27 million verdict for a child killed by a municipal truck that ran onto a sidewalk; and a $20 million verdict for a woman who was seriously injured by a hit and run JB Hunt truck driver. Together, our truck accident lawyers have won more than 150 verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more, including several that number in the tens of millions or higher.
Need Help After an Accident? Contact Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyers
Panish Shea & Boyle personal injury attorneys are nationally recognized as leaders in auto part defects, auto and truck accident litigation, in part because they’ve won record verdicts and settlements. Partners Brian Panish and Adam Shea have made headlines with the nation’s largest defective tire verdict and the largest jury verdict of any kind in U.S. legal history. We have the expertise, skills and resources to take on and win these complicated, lengthy cases. Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys have repeatedly been honored as leaders among consumer-focused lawyers, and frequently speak and write to other attorneys about consumer law. Visit our California truck accident website for more information on truck accidents across the state.
Examples of Truck Accident Verdicts & Settlements
- Sheth v. Schneider National $36,482,302.56
- Casillas v. Landstar Ranger, Inc. $34,555,220
- Dominguez v. City and County of San Francisco $27,394,567
- Nelsen v. Hillyard, Inc., et al. $21,067,093
- Rivas v. JB Hunt $20,011,798.17
- Tilton v. Southern California Gas Co. (Sempra Energy) $15,000,000
- Korol v. General Parts $10,000,000
- Doe v. Express Delivery Com. $9,600,000
- Rennie v. FedEx $7,500,000
- Vega Family v. Verizon $7,000,000
- Robert Crenshaw v. Land O’Lakes, Inc. $6,450,000
- Gonzalez v. Dresick Farms $5,700,000