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Truck Accident Injuries

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Los Angeles Big Rig Accident Attorney

If you were involved in an accident with a large truck, you may have been seriously injured. Truck accidents have the potential to cause life-altering or even fatal injuries, and a victim may be left experiencing emotional trauma as well. At Pacific Attorney Group, we strive to seek maximum financial compensation for our clients because we understand just how serious truck accident injuries can be. We realize that recovering money for medical care, ongoing treatment, physical therapy, lost earnings, medication and any other expenses or losses can make all the difference as a victim attempts to recover physically, emotionally and financially.

A Los Angeles truck accident attorneys at our firm may be able to help if you or a loved one have experienced any of the following types of injuries, or any others caused by a collision with a commercial truck:

  • Severe whiplash
  • Contusions or lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Facial trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of limb / amputation
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Crush injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Soft tissue injuries

These injuries may range in severity depending on the force of impact, whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt, the position of impact, the crashworthiness of the victim’s vehicle and other factors. A victim may need to be hospitalized and may remain in the hospital for some time. Others may require emergency medical care but will be able to return home to recover. Some victims may experience injuries that will leave them permanently disabled and unable to work or participate in activities they once enjoyed.

Why are big rig accident injuries so severe?

Truck accident injuries have the potential to be extremely severe because of the disparity in size and weight between a large truck and a smaller vehicle. This disparity is even greater between a large truck and a pedestrian, bicycle rider or motorcyclist. In a collision, both objects will experience the same force of impact, but this force will have more of an effect on a smaller object. Though the larger object may experience little or no damage, the smaller object may be severely impacted and may even be completely crushed. The size disparity also may mean that the truck bed will collide with the upper half of a smaller vehicle, shearing it off or collapsing it in on occupants.

Truck accident statistics support this theory. According to nationwide traffic accident statistics from 2011 presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants (like pedestrians or bicyclists) accounted for a staggering 93% of multi-vehicle truck accident fatalities. Truck drivers accounted for only 7%. Occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants accounted for 81.5% of all multi-vehicle truck accident injuries that same year.

Because truck accident injuries can have such an impact on a victim, it is important to ensure that any settlement or award actually covers any and all expenses, injuries and losses that the victim has experienced and may experience in the future. This is why the involvement of a knowledgeable legal professional can make all the difference for a victim and his or her family. Instead of being left vulnerable to unfair settlement offers, delays or even improperly assigned liability, a victim will have an attorney to protect his or her legal rights and interests.

Take an aggressive and effective approach to your case with a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer from our firm by your side. We have well over three decades of combined experience and are ready to see how we can help you. Call today!

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