According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 361 fatal crashes involving a large truck in California in 2017. Unfortunately, that number is in line with a marked trend of increasing large truck accident fatality rates in the state. And, in addition to fatal accidents, semi-trucks are involved in numerous collisions every year that result in severe bodily injury.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured in auto collisions with large semi-trucks, delivery trucks, and other commercial vehicles. Our Glendale truck accident attorneys have over three decades of combined experience and have recovered over $100 million on behalf of injured clients in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley. We are committed to fighting for you and your recovery.
Call us at (818) 350-8870 or submit an online request form for a free initial consultation.
Who Is Liable in Trucking Accident Cases?
Truck accident claims are often much more complex than other types of automobile accident cases. This is largely due to the number of parties involved, including the truck driver, trucking company, and truck manufacturer, amongst others. Depending on the nature of your accident, any of these parties—or a combination thereof—may be liable.
When pursuing compensation after a truck accident, it is important to establish exactly how the accident occurred.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we look at some of the most common causes of truck accidents, including:
- Distracted Driving: Was the truck driver eating, drinking, or texting while operating the vehicle? Was he or she distracted by something on the side of the highway or another motorist?
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol: Was the truck driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.04% for commercial driver’s license holders?
- Fatigued Driving: Did the truck driver fall asleep at the wheel? Did he or she fail to take mandatory hours-of-service breaks, including breaks in the sleeper berth?
- Overloaded Trucks: Was the truck overloaded or improperly loaded at the time of the accident? If the truck driver lost control of the vehicle, did improper loading contribute to this?
- Improper Truck Maintenance: Did the truck driver or another responsible party conduct the proper truck maintenance? Were any issues correctly reported?
- Unsafe/Illegal Driving Behaviors: Did speeding play a role in the accident? Did the truck driver run a red light or stop sign? Did he/she make an illegal turn?
- Hours-of-Service Violations: Did the trucking company pressure its drivers to meet unrealistic quotas? Did the truck driver take all his/her mandatory breaks and rest periods?
- Negligent Hiring: Did the trucking company conduct adequate background checks on its drivers? Was the truck driver in question properly supervised?
When conducting our investigation into your claim, we look at all of the factors that may have contributed to the accident. Our Glendale personal injury attorneys are experienced and passionate about helping you achieve the recovery you deserve.
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All too often, truck accidents result in catastrophic injuries—such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries—and death. The road to recovery can be long and grueling for victims and/or their loved ones. While financial compensation cannot undo what you and your family have been through, it can ease the burdens of medical bills, lost wages, and reduced earning ability, allowing you the space to heal and move forward.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we can help you work to hold negligent parties accountable. We have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of severely injured individuals and their loved ones. Our attorneys understand how to navigate the legal system and can help you at every stage of the process.
Get in touch with us today for a free consultation; call (818) 350-8870 or contact us online.