When an 18-wheeler passes by on the highway, many people hold their breath for a few seconds. With semi-trucks and tractor-trailers often weighing 80,000 pounds or more, these large trucks can crush regular vehicles upon impact. As a result, accidents involving commercial trucks frequently result in severe traumatic injuries, and they often leave victims struggling to cope with permanent disabilities. When commercial truck accidents are fatal, victims’ families can face a lifetime of financial strain and emotional suffering.
HOW OUR LOS ANGELES TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS COULD HELP
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, it is extremely important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on the authorities to conduct an accurate and thorough investigation, and you cannot trust the insurance companies to put your best interests first. Investigators often miss critical evidence and fail to interview key witnesses, and the insurance companies only care about one thing: protecting their bottom line.
I know what to look for when investigating truck accidents, and I know how to establish claims for full and fair compensation for accident-related losses. If you or a family member suffered traumatic injuries in an accident, I encourage you to give me a call. I will provide you with an honest case assessment and straightforward legal advice. If you are entitled to financial recovery, I will fight aggressively to win the compensation you deserve.
DO I HAVE A VALID TRUCK ACCIDENT CASE?
There are numerous factors that can cause and contribute to commercial truck accidents. A fatigued, speeding or inattentive driver may be to blame for the crash. Other potential causes such as an intoxicated driver, brake failure, tire blowout, or even negligent road maintenance may be fully or partially responsible.
The fact that there are so many possible causes also means that there is the potential for multiple layers of liability. For example, the tractor could be owned by one party and the trailer by another. The driver may own the truck or lease it from a trucking company, and the driver could be an employee of a trucking company or an independent contractor. The manufacturer of the truck or a faulty component could also be liable if a defective part or design flaw caused the accident.
WHAT FORMS OF COMPENSATION MAY BE AVAILABLE?
I can use my knowledge and experience to your advantage, and I will fight hard to expose the mistakes that led to the accident. The trucking companies and their insurers have aggressive attorneys who are experienced in these kinds of claims, and you will need a reliable attorney on your side as well.
There are various forms of compensation for truck accident victims, not just medical expenses, although current and future medical bills are a large percentage of most settlement awards. You can discuss the value of your potential claim in a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles accident lawyers.
Other forms of compensation besides medical expenses may include:
- Vehicle damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Cost of hiring a caregiver if you have a severe disability
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Truck accidents can not only cause economic hardship, but they can also damage your relationship with your spouse and create significant emotional and psychological challenges.
Choosing the Right Accident Attorney to Represent You
LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. STENSON
Phone: (310) 846-1709