Skilled and Knowledgeable Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
Southern California is a major international shipping hub for the entire western United States, and with over 10 million people in Los Angeles County alone, our already congested freeways and streets are filled with tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. So, it comes as no surprise that hundreds of trucking accidents occur each year. Unfortunately, people involved in trucking accidents are far more likely to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries than those involved in accidents involving only automobiles, as trucks are far larger and more powerful. The sad fact is that many truck accidents are preventable and are the result of operator error or lack of proper employer oversight. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Trucking operator fatigue (truckers often drive well in excess of the 77 hours a week allowed by federal law)
- Excessive speed (truckers often must meet tight deadlines in delivery of goods)
- Alcohol and drug use (including meth, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, and over the counter stimulants)
- Improper loading of freight
- Equipment failure
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
The Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC in Los Angeles brings trucking accident injury cases on behalf of victims and their families throughout southern California, and we will guide you throughout the entire legal process as we work to win you maximum recovery for your injuries.
Who May I Recover From When Involved in a Truck Accident?
If your injuries are the result of the negligent driving or other actions of a trucker, that operator is liable to you for all of your injuries – including past and future medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering – regardless of whether his insurance covers the full cost of your losses. The trucker’s employer will likely also be liable to you based on the concept of vicarious liability. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to seek compensation from the owner of the truck (if a different party), the owner of the freight involved, and other parties financially involved in the trucking operation. Such parties can be jointly and severally liable to you in court, meaning they can each be liable for the full cost of your injuries.
What Legal Challenges Will I Face in Bringing a Truck Accident Suit?
Determining fault is often an enormous challenge in obtaining full compensation for injuries. This process can involve accident reconstruction, working with expert witnesses from the trucking industry, and speaking with eyewitnesses. Because this is so critical, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident in order to begin the accident investigation. Trucking companies may try to put the blame on the other drivers or injured passengers, and working to defend against these arguments from the outset will help in your recovery.
Proving a victim’s full range of injuries is also critically important to obtaining full compensation for all injuries, and so a trucking accident attorney will work with the victim and his or her attending medical professionals throughout the process in order to present a compelling case for obtaining damages for the full range of the victim’s injuries.
Work with the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC to Bring Your Southern California Truck Accident Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, make sure you get advice and representation from an attorney experienced in truck accidents and serious injury cases. In Los Angeles and southern California, call the Law Office of Tal Rubin, PC at 818-986-9030 for a free consultation.