Burbank Truck Accident Attorneys
18-Wheeler Accident Claims in Southern California
When a large, commercial truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be disastrous. In 2018, 4,136 people were killed in 18-wheeler collisions nationwide, 67% of which were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15% who were either pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
If you have recently been injured in a truck accident, or if someone close to you has suffered a catastrophic injury or wrongful death, having a lawyer by your side is the best way to ensure you and your loved ones are fairly compensated for your losses. The Burbank truck accident attorneys at Block LLP can help you secure a fair settlement that will cover all expenses related to your accident, and advocate for your right to just compensation against trucking companies and their legal teams.
What Happens If You Get Hit by a Truck?
If you or a loved one are hit by a truck and suffer moderate to severe injuries and/or significant property damage, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more—as well as wrongful death benefits in the event someone close to you is killed.
Because of their massive size and mass, big rig crashes have a much higher tendency to cause severe injury and death than other traffic accidents, so securing compensation through a lawsuit is often a necessary course of action for truck accident victims and their families.
Injuries often caused by truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Severe burns
- Wrongful death
Not only are these injuries costly to treat, but victims may have to take time off work or even quit their job entirely, resulting in lost wages. Catastrophic injuries can require ongoing if not lifelong care as well as expensive equipment such as hospital beds and wheelchairs. Victims may also suffer from depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for the following through a truck accident lawsuit:
- All past and future medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages from missed work
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Other related costs
How Are Truck Accidents Caused?
Truck accidents can be caused by many factors, but the most common factor is human error. Whether a trucking company fails to properly train their drivers, a trucker is unfamiliar with the terrain they’re driving on, or a manufacturer builds a defective part, most truck accidents can be traced back to an individual or company who made a negligent error.
Some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Engine failure
- Faulty brakes or other defective equipment
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Lack of road maintenance
- Poor road design
- Reckless driving
Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
In the days following your accident you may consider what the help of an attorney can do to make the claims process easier. At Block LLP, we have handled many truck accident cases and understand the complexities of each individual case. If you have faced difficulties in filing your claim or have been denied the treatment you deserve, contact our office for a free case evaluation. By consulting with an attorney, you may better understand your opportunities for financial recovery and can have a team to help you as you adjust to life after your accident.
Determining Liability After an 18-Wheeler Crash
While sometimes big rig accidents are due to bad weather conditions and other natural or unavoidable causes, most accidents can be attributed to someone’s reckless or careless action.
Parties who may be held liable for a truck crash include:
- The truck driver
- The truck’s owner
- The trucking company that employers the driver
- The loading company that placed cargo in the trailer
- The truck’s manufacturer
- The government agency that designed, built, or maintains the road where the crash occurred
The Burbank truck accident lawyers at Block LLP understand the complexities of truck accident claims and know how to determine liability by collecting evidence and enlisting expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. We are experienced litigators with extensive trial experience who are prepared to go up against even large trucking companies and their legal teams in court.
To have an experienced, tenacious, and personable lawyer by your side throughout your truck accident claim, contact us today.
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