Hollywood Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Commercial Truck Accident Claims & Lawsuits
Every day, large commercial trucks delivery goods and transport cargo in and around Hollywood. When truck drivers are careless, or when trucking companies fail to implement proper safety protocols, other motorists can become involved in devastating accidents. These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and, in the most tragic of cases, death.
If you or someone you love was involved in a collision with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or delivery truck while driving in Hollywood, on the 101, or anywhere in the nearby area, reach out to Custodio & Dubey LLP. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process and protect your rights against the interests of the trucking company and its insurance provider. We have successfully secured over $90 million in compensation for our clients; we can help you fight to maximize your recovery.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Like most other motor vehicle accidents, large truck accidents are commonly caused by negligence. Sometimes, it’s the truck driver’s negligence that leads to a crash; in other cases, the trucking company’s substandard practices may indirectly cause an accident. In any case, when someone else was responsible for the accident that left you injured, you have the right to take legal action.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck Driver Error/Negligence: Truck drivers who act carelessly, drive distracted, or violate traffic laws can be held liable for causing accidents. Examples of truck driver error and negligence include texting or using a cellphone while driving, speeding, driving too fast for current conditions, running red lights or stop signs, braking too late, following too closely, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Cargo: Trucks that exceed maximum weight restrictions or that contain uneven loads pose a threat to everyone else on the road. Truck drivers can easily lose control of the vehicle when cargo shifts during transit or when the load is simply too heavy. This can result in fishtailing, jackknifing, and other serious accidents.
- Hours-of-Service Violations: State and federal regulations govern the number of hours a truck driver may operate their vehicle, as well as the number of rest breaks they must take and how often they must take them. Whether due to pressure from an employer to meet tight deadlines, unexpected traffic, or other schedule setbacks, many truck drivers violate these hours-of-service rules. This can lead to fatigued or drowsy driving, which many studies have found to be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
- Improper Truck Maintenance or Repairs: Long-haul truck drivers are often responsible for conducting routine maintenance on the road. In other cases, trucking companies (or the entities that own or lease trucks) are required to maintain their vehicles. In any case, when regular truck maintenance is not done, or when repairs are not properly carried out, the consequences can be severe. Poorly maintained trucks or improper repairs can result in devastating or even deadly accidents.
- Trucking Company Negligence: Trucking companies may be indirectly responsible for truck accidents when they engage in negligent company practices. Examples of trucking company negligence include failing to conduct background checks on drivers, failing to discipline drivers who violate company policies (including driving under the influence), and failing to properly train or supervise employees.
- Truck/Roadway Defects: Sometimes, truck accidents result from defective products, including vehicle parts. Faulty truck design can lead to a higher risk of rollovers or jackknifing, and faulty parts—such as braking systems, headlights, accelerators, steering, and reflective strips—can increase the chances of an accident. Defective road design or poor road conditions/maintenance (e.g., potholes) can also increase the likelihood of an accident.
- Third-Party Negligence: Some truck accidents result not from anything the truck driver or trucking company did or didn’t do but due to the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of others. For example, a distracted driver may swerve suddenly into a truck driver’s lane, causing the truck driver to overcorrect. Because of the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles, this can have devastating consequences for others on the same road.
Determining the cause (or causes) of a truck accident is important, as it typically points to the liable party. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we work alongside accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other industry professionals who help us accurately identify who is liable for our clients’ damages. We can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free initial consultation.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
Truck accidents often result in severe injuries and fatalities. As a result, victims and their loved ones may be entitled to considerable damages. However, trucking companies and their insurance providers are heavily invested in not paying out high-value claims. In fact, they will often go to great lengths to dispute, devalue, or deny these claims.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we know how to fight back.
Our experienced Hollywood truck accident attorneys fight for maximum compensation for our clients, including compensation for the following damages:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Ongoing and future medical treatments
- Medications and medical equipment/devices
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Lost income, wages, and other earnings
- Loss of employment benefits (pensions, retirement, etc.)
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Lost or diminished earning capacity
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
- Lost quality of life/enjoyment of life
- Costs associated with in-home assistance and care
We are aggressive when it comes to litigation and are prepared to represent you at trial if necessary. Our goal is to recover every penny you are owed so that you can heal and move forward with your life.
You Do Not Pay Legal Fees Unless We Win
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we offer all of our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only collect legal fees if we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Once we have secured compensation for you, our attorneys collect legal fees based on a percentage of your total recovery. We will discuss this percentage (and our fee structures in general) with you prior to you hiring our firm.
Whether you were seriously injured in a collision with a semi-truck, or you need help filing a wrongful death claim after your loved one was tragically killed in a large truck accident, our team is here to help. You only have two years (in most cases) to sue the liable party for damages, so don’t wait until it’s too late! Reach out to our Hollywood truck accident attorneys today to learn how we can help.