Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorneys

Filing a Truck Accident Claim with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

Have you been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle? Then it is important for you to retain the services of an experienced law firm, with a team of attorneys that are well-informed and conversant with the California state laws, the California Vehicle Code, and truck regulations. This is the first and most crucial step to take if you wish to pursue a legal action against the negligent trucking company.  One thing you must surely be aware of is that the trucking company will have an accident response team dispatched immediately to the scene of the crash to devise a means of faulting your personal injury claim. But, lawyers at The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez will level the playing field by uncompromisingly pursuing maximum compensation for you and your family.

With several decades worth of combined truck accident litigation experience and building a cordial relationship with the each truck accident victim our firm has represented, we can effectively prosecute any trucking lawsuit case that comes to our table. Our truck accident lawyers in Los Angeles are experienced in handling all types of trucking collisions, including accidents involving heavy-duty, semis, and 18-wheeler trucks. We will provide the best possible legal support and representation for every truck accident victim we represent. Contact us at (323) 999 – 3500 today if you know of a family member seeking redress for any injury caused by a truck accident.

From our years of experience providing top quality legal representation for many trucking accident victims, we are very much aware that the size and weight of the truck matters in any truck accident case. Filing a lawsuit for a truck accident is much more complex than auto accident cases because of interstate travel and the fact that compliance with industry standards concerning truck safety can vary greatly from one state to another.  Additionally, issues involving course and scope and employer liability often arise in trucking accidents.

Why The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez Is Your Best Option:

We always advise our clients to enlist the services of a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible to ensure that the evidence present at the scene of the accident is preserved and not destroyed or tampered with. If you are unable to contact us, you can have another family member contact The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez, APC to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We work with specialists such as accident reconstructionists and engineers to make sure that no evidence is left out all through the court proceedings.

The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez, APC is ready to fight for you!

The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez, APC will fight to make sure you receive just compensation for your injuries, as well as financial expenses and psychological trauma sustained.  Additional damages caused may be diminished earning capacity, lost income, as well as pain and suffering. If you have additional questions before you call, you can refer to one of our articles below regarding truck accidents.

Damages You Are Entitled to After A Trucking Accident

If you or a family member were injured from a trucking accident, you should evaluate your case with a lawyer to determine how much your case is worth and the damages caused. Following a crash, victims are most likely going to sustain serious physical and psychological injuries. Many clients worry about how they will expense costs or manage day-to-day tasks throughout recovery. During your consultation, a lawyer will ask you to provide details about your case to determine how much the reckless truck driver should compensate. At Gutierrez Law, we will fight for:

  • The Cost of Your Future Medical Treatment
  • Any Earnings You Have Already Lost Due to Your Injuries
  • Any Future Earnings You Will Lose Due to Your Injuries
  • Any Home Modifications and Vehicle Modifications Your Injuries Have Necessitated
  • Compensation for Past Pain and Suffering and Future Pain and Suffering

Personal Injury Issues with Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are used by businesses to transport commercial goods from one place to the next. When the large, oversized vehicle collides with a car or bus, the injuries sustained are nearly fatal. There are several factors involved that make commercial truck cases complex regarding personal injury. Truckers are required to follow state and federal rules while behind the wheel. If they do not abide by the strict rules, their insurance companies tend to fight harder to deny victims compensation for the damages sustained. Most companies provide commercial drivers with insurance that has a high policy limit – meaning they may not have to negotiate to reach a settlement. However, if victims hire highly qualified legal counsel to manage their claim, there is a chance compensation will be won to cover damages caused.

Determining Liability in A Truck Accident

When clients are injured in a truck accident, they can take legal action against the driver, the company, and third-party groups. For instance, the truck driver might be partially responsible for driving while distracted. Whereas the trucking company may share responsibility for failure to maintain their vehicles. Or for negligent hiring of manufacturers who share responsibility for creating defective parts. The list goes on. It may not always be clear based on the evidence, which is why victims should consult with a legal professional before taking matters into their hands. For more information on determining liability, you can refer to this article.

 Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents can be severe to fatal, resulting in severe injuries. Due to their size, weight, and lack of maneuverability, they can do serious damage to whatever and whomever they strike. Whether you drive a truck or operate behind the wheel of a smaller vehicle it is important to know the common type of injuries that can result from a collision. Read on for more information on the following damages:

  1. Back and Neck Injuries
  2. Broken Bones
  3. Head and Brain Injuries
  4. Internal Injuries
  5. Lacerations
  6. Rib and Torso Injuries
  7. Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
  8. Whiplash
  9. Wrongful Death

Truck Accident Statute of Limitations

California law states, the statute of limitations for taking legal action against a defendant for a personal injury must be done two years from the date of the injury. If the defendant hurts you without intending to, in cases of wrongful death or negligent acts. More specifically, in wrongful death cases claims must be filed two years from the date of the victim's death, rather than the date of the accident.

If you were involved in an accident with a large truck and walked away with minimal injuries, but severe damage to your vehicle, you can sue for vehicle damage. The California Code of Civil Procedure gives you up to 36 months to file a claim against the at-fault driver. When the statute of limitations expires, regardless of what stage your claim/lawsuit is in, you can no longer pursue your case.

How Is A Truck Accident Conducted?

After an accident, the police will assess the crash site, facilitate the exchange of insurances, and interview everyone involved. The official report alone is enough evidence to support your claim, but it may not be enough to reach a settlement. When you hire a legal professional to represent your case, an extensive investigation will be conducted. Lawyers will evaluate the following:

  • Trucking company’s safety policies (or lack thereof)
  • Training procedures
  • Maintenance protocols
  • Whether or not the driver exceeded his or her driving hours
  • Whether drugs or alcohol was involved

In any auto-accident, gathering and preserving evidence is a major component that makes or breaks a case. Conducting an in-depth investigation helps everyone involved determine the truck driver’s responsibility, if any, for the accident.