Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
We are dedicated truck accident attorneys.
The attorneys at Blair & Ramirez LLP have experience helping our clients get maximum compensation after a truck accident. If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident involving a commercial truck here in Los Angeles, call us at (213) 568-4000 for a free consultation.
We Take Your Case Personally
At Blair & Ramirez LLP, one of the reasons we limit the total number of cases we take on is so that our attorneys can give each and every case the attention and dedication it deserves. A truck accident can be a traumatic event for victims and their families. Our team is ready to fight for maximum compensation for you, even if that means taking the case to trial.
An Experienced Team
Blair & Ramirez LLP is an experienced truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles. We have recovered millions for our clients and our maximum compensation approach means that our attorneys do not settle for less. Our aggressive approach and dedication to our clients is one of the main reasons we have been named a “Top 40 Under 40” legal firm by The National Trial Lawyers.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident here in Los Angeles, call us at (213) 568-4000 for a free consultation with our attorneys. We can help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries or loss as the result of a truck collision.
Truck Accidents In Los Angeles
As the home of one of the nation’s largest Pacific ports, Los Angeles sees a lot of truck traffic. The combination of large semi trucks and heavy freeway and roadway traffic makes Los Angeles a hotbed for truck accidents and truck-related injuries and deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 296 Californians died in truck-related accidents in 2015.
Every driver in Los Angeles encounters trucks during their daily commute, whether on surface streets, highways, or rural roads. Here is what you should know about trucks and truck accidents.
Why do truck accidents occur?
Accidents involving tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler trucks can have a variety of causes. The sheer weight of their loads, combined with the stress of thousands of miles, can cause either the tires or brakes of the vehicle to fail. This is often in combination with lax maintenance practices on the part of the trucking company. In other situations, the long hours required of truck drivers can lead to fatigue and human error.
One element of that human error is the decreased road visibility from the truck. On a fast-moving freeway, trucks and their inherent blindspots may prevent them from seeing a smaller vehicle in the lane next to them. The driver then collides with the vehicle in the middle of making the lane change.
Truck Accidents and Personal Injury
No matter what the cause, a collision between a truck and other vehicles on the road is extremely dangerous for all involved. The sheer size and weight of the truck exacerbates the impact of the crash on the victim’s car and its occupants. Even more so than a vehicle-to-vehicle collision, a truck-to-vehicle collision at any speed can result in severe injury or death.
Due to the severity of the impact, brain and spinal cord injuries are more common for the victims of truck accidents. Trucks are fully capable of crushing a smaller vehicle, trapping the driver and any passengers inside the wreck. When a truck and a passenger vehicle collide, it is the latter that loses.
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Types Of Truck Accidents
Here is what to do when you are in a truck accident.
Call Emergency Personnel
Call 9-1-1 for emergency services. Check on yourself and any passengers to make sure everyone in the vehicle is okay. When emergency personnel arrive, get any needed on-site medical care from the EMTs. Talk to the police, who will be putting together an accident report, and describe any injuries to them.
Receive Medical Assistance
In the immediate aftershock of a crash involving your vehicle and a truck, adrenaline can lead to you feeling uninjured or unimpacted by the crash. Unfortunately, this might not be the case: adrenaline may be masking the true extent of your injuries. Even if you are convinced you are not injured, get checked out by medical personnel at the scene. Too often, the effects of a serious crash are not felt by victims until hours, days, or even months later.
Get Information And Take Pictures
As with an accident involving two cars, you will want to get information from the truck driver, including contact information; the name, address, and phone number of their trucking company; insurance information; and the California CDL number of the driver. Use your smartphone to take pictures and notes. You should not only take pictures of your vehicle, but also the truck, the state of the roadway, and location-specific information, such as mile markers on a freeway.
Do not speak with any trucking company or insurance company representatives until you have called the attorneys at Blair & Ramirez LLP for a free consultation. We can help you navigate the complex nature of truck accidents here in California and let you know what your next steps should be to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your personal injury.
Recovering fair compensation after a truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been either injured or killed in a truck accident, you need Blair & Ramirez LLP—an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney—to stand by you and help you receive financial compensation for injuries and other costs associated with the accident.
Truck accidents are different from car accidents, and these cases can be complex. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with trucking companies and insurance companies so that you receive compensation for personal injuries or the loss of a loved one.
Have us deal with trucking companies and their insurers.
In traditional car accidents, you typically only deal with one party: the insurance company of the insured driver at fault for the accident. While that can present challenges of its own, a truck-vehicle collision is even more complicated because there are now two parties: both the trucking company that owns and manages the truck and its insurance company. Both of these parties want to limit their own liability and what they pay out to victims.
In the state of California, our comparative negligence law essentially means that if the victim of an accident can be found partially at fault for the collision, the compensation to them can be reduced by that percentage of fault. For example, even in a situation where the truck made a lane change into a vehicle, the victim admitting that they were speeding at the time can reduce the compensation the insurance company pays out.
This law motivates trucking companies and their insurers to immediately investigate accidents in the hope of obtaining information they can use to deny you compensation. Their representatives will typically try to engage with you before you have had a chance to speak to a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer like Blair & Ramirez LLP. Any information they collect from you about the accident can and will be used against you at a later point.
All trucks on the road, regardless of trucking company or state, must abide by the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA). This part of the Department of Transportation works to ensure that trucks are operating safely and legally, and that their drivers have the training needed to operate the truck in a lawful, safe manner.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision with a truck, we highly recommend that you contact us. As an experienced truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles, our attorneys will launch an investigation to determine if the truck and driver involved were in compliance with the standards of the FMCSA and California laws. This evidence can ultimately impact your case for compensation.
Statute Of Limitations On Truck Accidents
Here in California, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury litigation is two years from the date of the accident. This applies to both car and truck accidents here in Los Angeles. While two years may seem like a generous amount of time, you have to consider that both the investigation and negotiation with the trucking and insurance companies over compensation can take time.
Our recommendation is that you call us at (213) 568-4000 immediately after you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident of any kind. Blair & Ramirez LLP is an experienced truck accident attorney in Los Angeles.