California Truck Accident Lawyers
California Truck Accident Lawyers, Tractor-trailers are also called big rigs, and they’re found across California’s highways. They carry about 80 percent of all of the commercial goods that are sold in the state. They’re essential to the state and national economy, but given the fact that these giants are over 60 feet long and can weigh 80,000 pounds, they can be a very serious danger to people who are on or about the roadway. If you’ve been injured or have lost somebody close to you in a crash involving a large truck, you can seek compensation for your damages, but you’ll be up against some of the best insurance defense attorneys available. In order to get the settlement or jury verdict that you deserve, you’ll need the experienced, aggressive and successful truck accident attorneys at The Doan Law Firm.
Why big rigs are so dangerous
There are a variety of reasons why big rigs present a serious danger to any other vehicles that they crash into. Those reasons include but aren’t limited to:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
- Big Rigs can weigh 25 times more than a passenger vehicle
- Trucks can be 70 to 80 feet long
- They consist of two separate pieces which makes them difficult to maneuver
- Large Trucks have large blind spots in front of them, at their rear and sides
- Semi’s take at 20 percent longer to stop than a car
Some trucking companies and/or their drivers violate FMCSA regulations in efforts to increase earnings. Just a few of those efforts include:
- Overloading or improperly loading cargo
- Circumventing hours of service regulations
- Driving too many consecutive days in a row
- Improperly maintaining or failing to maintain equipment
A crash involving any one of these FMCSA regulation violations can catastrophic. Overweight trucks require even more stopping distance, and improperly secured cargo can cause a spill, jackknife or a rollover. Hours of service violations can result in fatigued driving with slower reaction time or even falling asleep at the wheel. Maintenance issues, particularly those involving brakes and tires can lead to loss of control of a tractor-trailer.
Liability in truck accident cases
Proving liability in truck accidents is much more complicated than with car accidents. As soon as a trucker reports that he was in an accident, either his insurer, or the insurer of his employer is going to dispatch an investigative team to the site. All evidence that operates in the best interests of the trucker and his employer will be documented in a defensive report by the insurer’s paid expert. They won’t be doing you any favors though. Evidence that might support your case can be ignored or disappear. That’s why you or somebody on your behalf needs to contact the Doan Law Firm right away. We’ll want to conduct our own investigation too, so that we can pursue the compensation that you or your family member deserves.
Don’t let evidence disappear
Your entire case could depend a proper investigation as soon as possible after the crash. Tractor-trailers contain a data recording “black box” that records data about any possible maintenance issues that might arise along with information like:
- Sudden braking
- Speed changes
- Interval distance
- Hours of driving
Depending on the model of the device, some of them even record electronic mail messages between a truck driver and his employer right after a crash. That information can be devastating to a trucking company or a driver who was involved in an accident, but you or your family have to act quickly. Data from these devices is only preserved for 30 days without a court order.
Truck accident injuries
Given the disproportionate size and weight of tractor trailers compared to passenger vehicles, injuries suffered by the occupants of those vehicles are usually severe. They force victims and their families to confront enormous financial burdens. The injuries might consist of:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
The truck accident attorneys at The Doan Law Firm are compassionate and understanding. They sympathize with the emotional and financial strains that truck crashes cause victims and their families.
If you or somebody close to you has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, or if a family member died in a large truck crash, you may be entitled to damages that include but aren’t limited to:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Funeral and burial expenses
After you retain The Doan Law Firm, we do everything that’s legally possible to hasten the legal process and obtain the legal compensation for damages that you deserve.
If you believe that you or somebody close to you was injured in a truck accident, or if a family member died from being involved in a truck accident, remember that evidence needs to be preserved. Don’t give the insurer of the truck driver or his employer a recorded or written statement. The law doesn’t require you to do that. They’ll only try to use that statement against you in the future. Contact The Doan Law Firm right away, and we’ll immediately arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’re experienced and aggressive, and because of our success rate, we’re respected in our profession across the country. You don’t have to come in with a penny. No attorney fees are due unless we obtain compensation for you.
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