Most commercial truck drivers take reasonable precautions to avoid causing collisions, but it only takes one careless or reckless trucker to cause serious damage or sometimes death to an innocent driver involved in the accident.
The devastation of a truck accident
The consequences of an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident can be absolutely devastating. A semi-truck can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 40 times more than the average passenger automobile. Even a rear-end collision at relatively low speed can crush the back of the smaller vehicle and may leave the accident victim with whiplash or more serious injuries. Big trucks are also prone to be involved in more dramatic types of accidents, such as the jackknife accident, which occurs when the tractor trailer swings forward, pivoting on the trailer hitch and sweeping up any vehicles that were driving alongside the truck.
Filing a truck accident injury claim
When we handle the filing of our client’s truck accident claim, we leave no stone unturned in our search of evidence to prove that the trucker or trucking company was at fault. For example, we may be able to use the driver’s logs to demonstrate that he or she was violating the federal hours of service regulations by staying behind the wheel for excessively ling hours despite being fatigued. Similarly, the truck driver may not have performed the routine maintenance and equipment inspections that are required by law. It may also be possible to show that the driver caused the crash by committing a traffic violation such as speeding, changing lanes without signaling, or checking blind spots, denying you the right-of-way, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Take the first step now by contacting us for a free case evaluation so that we can review the situation and get started on a plan of action for you.
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights and the legal system process.