Every year hundreds of people are hurt in accidents with tractor-trailers, semis, and 18 wheelers. Unfortunately, these types of accidents typically involve very serious injuries and may result in death as well.
Too many truck drivers are faced with long hours behind the wheel of their vehicles reducing their attentiveness and often creating negligent behavior on the road. Accidents involving trucks can cause very serious destruction because of the sheer force and size of the vehicles involved.
Unlike an automobile accident, truck accidents are far more complex because the industry that governs trucking allows for injury victims to file claims against both the driver of the truck and the company that owns the truck as well.
At Pacific Attorney Group we’ll make sure that you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies or insurance adjusters who have saving money as their primary goal, keeping you from getting the maximum amounts that you might otherwise be entitled to.
Pacific Attorney Group understands that each accident must be investigated individually and handled as the non-routine cases that they are. An accident involving a truck can result in
- Catastrophic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Shattered bones
At Pacific Attorney Group, our Los Angeles truck accident attorney will help ensure that not only will the full extent of the accident be investigated but we will also make sure that all of the latest economic and accounting rules are used to evaluate the loss of wages and other compensation that you might be due.
Truck Rollover Accidents
Overview of Semi Truck Rollovers
Truck accidents involving delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, or semi trucks that tip over while on the road are characterized as truck rollovers. These accidents are dangerous not only to the driver of the truck, but also to all those individuals that are in the general area of the truck. Truck rollovers can cause other vehicles and people to be literally crushed by the sheer size of the truck.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck collision Pacific Attorney group may be able to represent you. We provide our services to clients throughout the LA County area as well as the entire state of California. We work diligently to recover full financial compensation for our client’s insurance claims and lawsuits. Feel free to take advantage of our free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Truck Rollovers: How do they happen?
A truck rollover collision can occur for a various reasons. High wind, rain, and other weather conditions can make large trucks particularly susceptible to tipping over. The manoeuvrability of the truck is compromised due to the vast size and weight, thus making it difficult to operate even in normal conditions. A trucks balance and load can also increase the chance of a rollover if not prepared correctly.
Many trucking companies may overload trucks in order to cut the cost of delivery, unfortunately these business strategies could potentially lead to serious injuries. You should not be forced to suffer needlessly from something of this nature. For this reason, if you’ve recently been involved in a truck rollover caused by the actions of a third party, do not waste another moment, get our firm involved in your injury claim today.
Truck vs. Truck Accident
When more than one commercial truck is involved in a collision, often due to the large size and weight of the trucks, the amount of damage is very high. In these situations, there may be large amounts of physical (both cosmetic and mechanical) damage to the trucks, damage/destruction of the cargo, injury to the truck driver, injury to truck passengers, and even damage to public property and injury to by standing motorists. When involved in a double commercial truck collision, it is crucial that you retain legal counsel that specializes in this type of litigation.
Pacific Attorney Group has a legal team that is skilled and qualified to represent all parties that may be involved in a double commercial truck collision. If you are a truck driver who was injured as a result of a trucking accident that took place while operating a truck for your employer, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer in addition to compensation from the negligent / at fault party. At Pacific Attorney Group, we can guide you through the process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation. We can help you better understand the language and terms of the workers’ compensation and insurance policy carried by your employer.
Liability in a Truck Collision with another Commercial Truck
Often when more than one commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, accusations of blame and liability can be hastily assessed and assigned. If you have found yourself potentially in this situation, expert legal counsel would likely be necessary to fully explore and examine all facts and conditions in order to legally prove that you are not liable for the collision. If found liable for causing an accident while operating a commercial truck, you may be subject to a suspension or even revocation of your commercial driver’s license, which would ultimately result in the loss of your actual and current/future eligibility for employment.
Tractor Trailers and Accidents in Los Angeles
Tractor trailers can be defined as trucks that consist of more than one part. Usually, a tractor which is operated by the driver and also carries the engine, in addition to the trailers which carry the cargo that is need of transportation. Most tractor trailers only carry one trailer however it is not uncommon for additional cargo requiring more trailers. Tractor trailers go by many names including big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semis.
Tractor trailers are some of the biggest vehicles that roam the streets and due to their massive size, even minor collisions can cause serious injuries. A tractor-trailer can weigh in at up to 80,000 pounds and with a length of up to 80 feet. The first step after a tractor-trailer collision is contacting an attorney. Ensure the worth of your claim and seek the money and justice you deserve today, contact Pacific Attorney Group and set up a free consultation for your tractor trailer accident. We do not waste any time – from the very moment that you contact us, we will begin our fight to protect your rights as we fight for your deserved amount of compensation.
Tanker Truck Accidents
Have you been injured in a collision with a tanker truck? This is the type of accident that may cause catastrophic, life-threatening injuries, and the steps you take at this time may have a direct impact on your ability to seek justice and recover fair compensation. A truck accident attorney at Pacific Attorney Group can offer insight regarding your rights and options, helping you seek a positive case result. We recommend that you call our offices to talk about your case, or continue reading if you would like to learn more about these serious truck accidents.
A tanker truck, or tank truck, is a type of commercial vehicle that can carry liquid or gasses. A tanker truck may vary in size, usually consisting of a truck cab towing a cylindrical tank or tanks lying horizontally on a trailer. The tank may be insulated and/or pressurized depending on the type of liquid or gas being transported. A large tanker truck may carry anywhere from 5,500 to 11,600 gallons of liquid such as gasoline, diesel, water, milk, septic material or industrial chemicals. Some may be able to transport multiple types of liquefied loads in separate tank compartments.
Due to their design, tanker trucks typically have a higher center of gravity than other types of commercial trucks, and this can increase the likelihood of a collision. Maneuvering a tanker truck can be far more difficult, not only because of the higher center of gravity (which increases the chances of a rollover) but because liquid cargo can shift dramatically during transport. Liquid cargo in a partially-filled tank is more likely to slosh about, putting extreme stress on the truck from constantly shifting weight. Even at a relatively low speed, a tank that is less than three-fourths full may cause a truck to tip or roll over if it is improperly maneuvered.
Drivers of tanker trucks must be particularly vigilant in obeying traffic laws and trucking regulations. They must drive with full awareness of how each maneuver may affect the liquid cargo they are carrying. If a driver gets behind the wheel while fatigued (in violation of hours-of-service regulations) or while under the influence of alcohol, street drugs or even prescription medication, that driver may be at an increased risk of causing a collision. The same applies to a truck driver who is simply careless or negligent, speeding, following too closely behind another vehicle or texting while driving.
Hazardous Cargo = Increased Chance of Injury
Taking the size and weight of a tanker truck into consideration, it is fairly easy to see why a collision with such a vehicle could be catastrophic. Another factor that can greatly increase the severity of the collision is the type of cargo the tanker is carrying. Volatile materials like gasoline or chemicals may explode or catch fire after impact, burning at such high temperatures that they demolish everything in their path. If they spill, they can even have a lasting impact on the plants, wildlife and roads and may require special clean-up crews to address health and environmental concerns.
Call a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a tanker truck accident, do not take any chances with your case. Call a truck accident attorney at our firm and find out what you can do and what our attorneys can do to protect your legal rights and interests. You may be facing a long, painful and expensive road to recovery, but seeking a fair settlement or jury award can make all the difference. Call today for a free case review.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
What are the most common causes of truck accidents? What factors may contribute to an accident with a large commercial truck? Understanding these issues can empower you, as a motorist, to identify hazardous situations and take a proactive approach to avoid truck accidents. These collisions claim the lives of thousands of Americans each year and injure tens of thousands more. In 2011, 287,000 large trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic accidents in the United States, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is essential that we understand more about these deadly collisions.
Pacific Attorney Group represents victims of truck accidents across Southern California. We understand how much of an impact a crash of this kind can have on an individual and a family, leading to traumatic physical injuries and even the untimely loss of life. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a traffic collision with a big rig, semi-truck, tractor-trailer or other large truck, a truck accident attorney at our firm can help. We have more than 35 years of collective experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients through successful settlements and favourable verdicts.
Our attorneys can handle truck accidents involving all of the most common – and some of the not-so-common – causes, including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Overloaded or imbalanced trucks
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Unsecured truck loads
- Defective or improperly maintained trucks/truck parts
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield right of way
- Improper passing
- Traffic signal and sign violations
- Other traffic law violations
Causes Unique to Truck Accidents
Some of the causes listed above are common among all types of traffic accidents, like speeding and drunk driving. Others are unique to truck accidents. Truck driver fatigue, overloaded trucks, improperly balanced or secured truck loads and defective trucks or truck parts can cause serious truck accidents. Because trucks are larger and more difficult to maneuver than typical passenger vehicles like sedans, sports cars and SUVs, they require special training to operate. They also fall under federal regulations because they are responsible for transporting goods throughout the U.S.
Large trucks and commercial vehicles of any kind are subject to a number of regulations regarding truck driver training and licensing, maximum loads, types of goods transported, hours-of-service for truck drivers, truck inspections, maintenance of large trucks, and many others. Trucking companies, loading companies and truck drivers who violate these regulations place everyone on the road in danger.
Possible Injuries Caused by a Trucking Accident
Any truck accident, no matter what it seems like or appears to be, is serious. Many kinds of injuries can be contracted after a person is in a trucking accident. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
- head injuries
- neck injuries
- stomach punctures
- broken bones
- fractures limbs and/or bones
- spinal cord injuries
- Severe whiplash
- Contusions or lacerations
- Broken bones
- Facial trauma
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of limb / amputation
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injury
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
Negligence is Most Always to Blame
Lawsuits are most typically filed against trucking companies and their employees—the driver of the truck that caused your accident—for reasons of negligence. Negligence, in layman’s terms, is simply bad driving. However, bad driving doesn’t cause ‘simple’ consequences. People die every year as victims of negligent driving.
And yet, negligence must be demonstrated to a jury and judge in a civil court of law. How so? Reckless driving that injured you can be proven by eyewitness reports of the accident. It can also be demonstrated by investigator reports and analysis of media—usually photographs—collected from the site of the truck accident. The police reports that were filed by the policemen or women who attended the scene are also eligible for inclusion to prove that the driver was negligent. These are all ways to confirm by official data that you are a victim.
If you have suffered any or all of the above mentioned injuries, call a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer today.
Call a Truck Accident Attorney Los Angeles
Have you been injured as a result of getting into a truck accident in the state of California? If so, you should call one of our skilled California truck accident attorneys to find out if you qualify for legal representation in a court of law against all offending parties responsible for your accident.
We don’t collect a cent until we win your case.
You are likely eligible for monetary compensation covering a wide range of your losses, suffering, and pain. Some of these include money that you fronted to get medical care for some or all of the previously listed injuries, hospital visits and/or stays, forfeited wages and wages you have to forfeit due to no longer being able to work, treatment for psychological trauma resultant of the accident like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)—just to name a few.
Determining Cause & Liability in a Truck Accident
As truck accident lawyers, one of our goals in representing victims and their families is to determine the true cause of the accident so we can determine and assign liability. We often work with investigators and accident reconstruction professionals to identify what factor or factors caused a client’s collision, such as an overloaded truck that could not be properly maneuvered or a truck driver who unknowingly ran a red light because he or she was so fatigued. Once we determine cause, we can also see what party or parties should be held legally responsible for our client’s injuries. We will then fight for maximum financial compensation for all economic and non-economic injuries and losses.
Ready to get started? Contact a truck accident lawyer at our firm.
An overloaded truck is one of the most dangerous types of vehicles you may encounter on the road. If a tractor-trailer, semi-truck or big rig is carrying a load that is too heavy for the vehicle to safely transport, or if a truck is carrying an oversized load without a proper permit, this can create the perfect breeding ground for disaster. An overloaded truck will be more difficult to maneuver, will take longer to stop and may even result in brake, steering or suspension system failure.
If you were driving and were involved in a collision with a large truck, one of the issues to consider is whether the truck may have been overloaded or imbalanced. An improperly loaded truck could mean that fault will lie with the truck driver or trucking company, not on your shoulders. With a truck accident lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group to investigate the cause of your accident and represent your interests in your insurance claim or lawsuit, you can rest assured that any negligence on the part of the trucking company or truck driver will be exposed so you can seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Understanding Overloaded Truck Hazards
According to regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the weight of a commercial truck should not exceed 20,000 pounds per axle, usually to a maximum of 80,000 pounds for an entire vehicle. With special permits, however, some trucks may be able to weigh more than 80,000 pounds. There are also certain roadways and bridges where lower maximum weights are in place because the roads cannot support more than a certain amount.
When the cargo on a truck exceeds the vehicle’s maximum weight limit, is not in compliance with federal regulations or exceeds the weight for a road, this can cause an accident. The following are some of the most prevalent dangers associated with overloaded trucks, making them more prone to be involved in traffic accidents:
- The weight in an overloaded truck will shift to the rear of the vehicle, taking weight off the front of the vehicle and reducing the driver’s ability to safely steer the vehicle.
- An overloaded truck will take longer to slow down and come to a complete stop. This is particularly dangerous on steep hills, where the truck may begin traveling faster and faster out of a driver’s control.
- An overloaded truck will be more difficult to maneuver in emergency situations, like debris in the roadway or sudden changes in traffic.
- An extremely heavy truck load, exceeding the vehicle’s limits, will put undue pressure on the brakes. This can even result in brake failure in some cases.
- A truck that exceeds the weight capacity of a road or bridge could cause the road to collapse.
- Too much weight on a truck could result in the tires bursting, even while the truck is in motion on the highway or other roadway.
- An overloaded truck has a higher center of gravity, and this can increase the chances of a rollover.
In addition to these factors, an overloaded truck may cause a more serious collision due to the higher force of impact. This may mean that a victim or victims’ injuries will be more severe and may result in loss of life.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Any truck accident, depending on the circumstances, has the potential to claim one or more lives. This is true even in a relatively low-speed collision or in an accident where the other vehicle has top-rated safety features. Commercial trucks are large and heavy, weighing up to 80,000 pounds or even more. They may also carry hazardous cargo like gasoline, lumber, chemicals or even cars or heavy machinery. When a smaller vehicle is involved in a collision with a semi-truck, tractor-trailer or tanker truck, the results may be catastrophic.