Glendale Truck Accident Lawyers
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 California. 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 40 years of combined experience and have recovered $125 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.
Truck accidents include all the common car accidents associated with everyday motor vehicles, however, due to their size, weight, and limited mobility, there are a handful of risks associated with them:
- Jackknifing: Accidents like jack-knifes can occur when a big-rick or truck breaks too suddenly, causing the trailer to press against the cab of the truck and turning it 90 degrees like an "L." This can result in rollovers or overturning, which can be difficult for other vehicles to avoid, or the trailer can swing wide and strike nearby vehicles.
- Rollovers: If a driver loses control of their truck, the cab and trailer could tip over at high speeds, colliding with other vehicles.
- Underrides: Because of the size of 18-wheelers and big-rigs, smaller vehicles can easily be caught underneath the trailer. This often occurs when a truck driver breaks to hard, making it difficult for other vehicles to slow down or avoid the rear-end of the trailer.
- Wide Turns: Most drivers are aware that large trucks require wide turns and will often swing into other lanes. However, if the driver is not careful, the truck may strike pedestrians or trap rear traffic in their blind spots.
- Runaway Trailers: During scenarios like jack-knifing, trailers can become dislodged from the cab. These runaway trailers become uncontrollable hazards, crashing into other vehicles, nearby objects such as powerlines or buildings, or blocking roadways for oncoming traffic. Due to their size and weight, runaway trailers are a major risk associated with truck accidents, especially if they are not properly secured to the truck’s cab.
- Lost Loads: Similar to runaway trailers, lost loads occur when a truck’s cargo becomes dislodged from the vehicle. Depending on how heavy the object is, this can cause a range of damages and injuries, from a broken windshield to fatal accidents.
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When pursuing compensation after a truck accident, the first step is to establish how the accident occurred and who’s responsible for the accident. Some of the common causes of trucking accidents include:
- 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?
- Unsafe Road Conditions: Was the road, street, or highway properly maintained? Was the accident caused by a pothole, insufficient lighting, obscured sign, or other unsafe road condition?
- Other Drivers: Was another driver, other than the truck driver, acting irresponsibly? Did another driver swerve into the truck? Was the truck driver given enough time to respond safely to another vehicle?
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, especially when the accident involves several vehicles. Depending on the nature of your accident, any of the following parties—or a combination—may be liable:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The owner of the truck
- The truck maintenance crew
- The truck manufacturer (or the manufacturer of parts on the truck – such as brakes)
- Local agencies responsible for roadway maintenance
- Construction crews that allow roadwork debris to spill over and cause the accident
- Other drivers
When conducting our investigation into your claim, we look at all the factors that may have contributed to the accident. Because California is a comparative negligence state, even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. Our Glendale personal injury attorneys are experienced and passionate and pursue the maximum in compensatory damages for the people we represent.
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 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) 507-4311 or contact us online.
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