Woodland Hills Truck Accident Lawyers
We Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Accidents involving commercial trucks and 18-wheelers on the nation’s roadways cause many injuries and deaths each year, often due to the negligent actions of a driver. The presence of large trucks can be a constant threat to safety if the driver is fatigued, intoxicated, or aggressive. Establishing fault and seeking damages from a truck accident requires an experienced legal team, and Frish Law Group, APLC is prepared to represent you in your claim for damages and compensation.
Large truck accidents can include many vehicles, including cars, other trucks, and motorcycles, sometimes with multiple vehicles involved in a single incident. The complexity of this type of case can make the determination of fault difficult. Our Woodland Hills truck accident attorneys can assist you in recovering damages for any injuries that you may have sustained.
Causes of Large Truck Accidents
The law of personal injury traces liability to the party that caused or contributed to an accident. Where multiple vehicles are involved, there may be more than one person at fault, and the post-crash investigation is important to learn the facts that may establish liability.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Reckless driving and dominating the highway
- Driving while intoxicated or while using drugs
- Texting or calling on a cell phone
- Aggressive or vengeful driving
- Driver fatigue (a common occurrence with long-distance truckers)
- Distraction from other passengers in the cab of the truck
- Driving too fast in unsafe weather or road conditions
- Disregard for the safety of smaller vehicles or motorcycles
Any of these factors could cause a truck accident that leads to disaster. In many cases, a driver may be in violation of some traffic law as well, such as exceeding the speed limit or passing in a prohibited zone. When that occurs, injured parties deserve compensation for the driver’s negligence, and a case for damages can be successfully pursued against the driver or the driver’s employer.
Determining Liability in Truck Accident Claims
One of the most complicated aspects of any truck accident claim is determining who is at fault. Depending on the circumstances of your truck accident, there could be several at-fault parties whose negligence led to your injuries.
Potential persons or entities who could be held liable for your losses include:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Trailer owner
- Cargo owner
- Trucking company
- Truck manufacturer
- Truck maintenance provider
- Government agency
As you seek compensation for your damages, you may need to file a claim against any or all of these parties. Our attorneys can help you determine all liable parties so that you can obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Types of Damages Available in Truck Accidents
There are 2 types of damages available to truck accident victims: Economic, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering. Economic damages are actual costs and expenses incurred by the victim for his or her injuries, including:
- Medical care and hospitalization
- Loss of income from inability to work
- Rehabilitation and continuing care for injuries
Damages for pain and suffering are less specific, and project the future impact of the injuries for the victim’s life span. For example, chronic pain, disability, loss of profession, and emotional distress can all be compensated in a lawsuit for damages. Your truck accident lawyers at Frish Law Group, APLC can evaluate your claim and present the best case for restitution for your injuries and suffering.
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Truck drivers are required to follow more regulations than other motor vehicles on the road because of how dangerous a truck can be in the event of an accident. One of these rules, determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is called the hours of service regulation. These set of rules are aimed primarily at preventing fatigued driving which is a major cause of accidents. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a day but can only drive for 11 hours of these hours. The remaining three hours must be spent on rest or meal breaks.
- Drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before starting a new workday
- Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Specific California Laws in Truck Accident Claims
It is essential that you contact our attorneys immediately after a truck accident, since in California you only have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit to recover for your injuries. Insurers may attempt to dissuade you from taking legal action, but truck accident lawyers at Frish Law Group, APLC can objectively assess your case. Even if you contributed to the accident in some way, you may be entitled to some form of recovery or settlement.
The rules of comparative negligence in California assign a percentage of fault to each party and then allocate damages according to that formula. For this reason, the facts and circumstances of the accident are critical, and must be evaluated by one of our attorneys.
Contact Us Today
At Frish Law Group, APLC, we are prepared to give you the legal counsel that you need to establish your right to compensation. We can represent you in settlement discussion, negotiations with insurers and, if necessary, will aggressively litigate your claim in court. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and invite you to contact us today and begin the process of recovery for your injuries.