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Commercial truck accidents can leave victims with life-altering injuries and devastating financial burdens. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Los Angeles, you need to learn about your legal rights as soon as possible. You may be able to recover payment for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and anticipated future losses.

For over 40 years, the Los Angeles truck accident attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP have been helping victims like you demand justice after crashes that could have been prevented. We have extensive experience in complex truck accident claims. We also have the resources needed to take on deep-pocketed trucking companies and insurers.

Contact a truck accident lawyer in Los Angeles today at Custodio & Dubey LLP. We will review your case in a free consultation. We can also begin work on your claim with no upfront cost to you. In fact, you only pay us if we win money for you.

Why Truck Accidents Are More Complicated

Truck accident cases usually prove more complicated than your average car accident claim for several reasons, including:

  • More potentially liable parties. The trucking industry has many kinds of companies responsible for getting trucks on the road. Any one of these parties may bear some or all the fault for your truck accident.
  • More evidence involved. The highly regulated nature of the trucking industry means much more documentation and other evidence that must be reviewed to determine the true cause of your accident and the party or parties who may be at fault.
  • More severe injuries. The size of massive commercial trucks means more forceful impacts on the occupants of other vehicles in a collision. Even at low speeds, those forces can lead to more serious injuries. As a result, truck accident victims often incur overwhelming financial damages. In many cases, the full extent of the damages is not known when the legal claim reaches settlement negotiations or trial. This makes it necessary to ensure that any compensation award includes an estimate of an accident victim’s future damages. Once the claim is resolved, the accident victim cannot demand additional compensation.

You need a seasoned truck accident attorney who has extensive experience handling these complex claims. You can trust Custodio & Dubey LLP to be an aggressive advocate and demand the full compensation you deserve.

Who Can Be Held Liable After a Semi Truck Accident in LA?

The complex nature of the trucking industry means multiple parties may share liability for a semi-truck accident in Los Angeles. These parties include:

  • The truck driver can be held liable if his or her negligent or reckless operation of the truck causes the accident.
  • The trucking company can be held liable for the truck driver’s negligence if it employs the driver. The company can be held directly liable for its own negligence in retaining an unsafe driver or in ordering the driver to drive unsafely by speeding or driving past the hours-of-service limits.
  • The truck’s owner, if different from the truck driver or trucking company, can be held liable if deferred maintenance causes the accident.
  • The truck’s mechanic can be held liable if negligent maintenance leads to a mechanical failure that causes the accident.
  • The truck’s manufacturer or a part manufacturer can be held responsible if a design defect or manufacturing defect causes a crash.
  • The freight company can be held responsible if an unsafe or unsecured load causes the truck driver to lose control.

Evidence We May Use in a Commercial Truck Accident Injury Claim

Truck accident cases involve the inspection and review of extensive evidence. Examples of evidence unique to commercial truck accident claims include:

  • The truck driver’s logs, which can show if the driver exceeded hours-of-service limits and may have been drowsy or fatigued at the time of the accident.
  • The truck driver’s toxicology report, if the driver is required to take an alcohol or drug screen following an accident.
  • The truck driver’s employment records, which can reveal the driver’s training, experience, and history of prior accidents.
  • The truck’s electronic data recorder, or “black box,” which records data about the truck, including its position, speed, and possibly steering and acceleration/braking inputs.
  • The load manifest, which can show if the truck was improperly loaded.
  • The truck’s maintenance logs, which can show whether the truck had been properly maintained or if maintenance work had been improperly performed.

As we investigate a truck accident, we also use other pieces of evidence common to motor vehicle accidents. This includes police accident reports, accident scene photos, dashcam or surveillance camera footage, eyewitness statements, vehicle damage reports, and medical records from the treatment of injuries you suffered in the collision.

Pursuing the Compensation You Deserve after a Truck Accident

If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident due to someone else’s careless conduct, you may be entitled to compensation for these past and future losses:

  • ER and hospital bills
  • Surgeries and medical procedures
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Lost wages and income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost quality of life

You may also be entitled to compensation for damage to your vehicle and other property inside your vehicle.

California Statute of Limitations on Truck Accident Lawsuits

California’s statute of limitations for truck accident claims requires you to file your lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident. If you do not file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, the court can dismiss your lawsuit. When that happens, you may permanently lose your right to pursue compensation in court for your injuries.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are complicated pieces of machinery that must be driven by skilled drivers who follow state and federal laws and regulations. Unfortunately, those rules and regulations are not always followed. Frequent causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving, such as weaving through traffic
  • Unsafe lane changes, including failing to signal or check mirrors and blind spots
  • Unsafe turns, including turning left prior to a right turn, failing to signal, or failing to yield to oncoming traffic
  • Unsafe truck loads, including unsecured loads that shift during travel or loads that exceed the truck’s capacity
  • Unfamiliarity with routes, which can cause truck drivers to get lost and drive on roads unsafe for large trucks
  • Deferred or improperly performed maintenance on the truck
  • Defects in the truck or truck parts

The Trucker’s Insurance Company Can Be Difficult to Deal With

Submitting a claim against an at-fault party means you will be dealing with that party’s insurance company. When a trucker or trucking company is to blame for your accident, you will likely be dealing with the trucker’s insurance company.

The insurance company will try to fight your injury claim — no matter how much you may deserve compensation. The insurance company will work to minimize the value of your claim and may even try to avoid paying your claim altogether.

The insurance company may use these tactics to lower your claim’s value:

  • Placing blame for the truck accident on you
  • Trying to get you to accept a settlement that does not meet your needs
  • Recording your statements and using them against you
  • Denying all or part of your injury claim

These tactics are meant to keep money in the insurer’s pocket, rather than where it belongs — in yours. Speaking with the insurance company on your own can harm your case. Have your lawyer talk with the insurance company on your behalf.

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Truck Accident FAQs

Truck accident claims can be more challenging than the average injury claim in Los Angeles. You probably have many questions about the process. Talk with a truck accident lawyer at Custodio & Dubey LLP if you have case-specific questions. An attorney can answer your questions in a free case review.

In the meantime, our Q&A has general answers to questions our firm commonly receives about semi-truck accidents.

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Am I barred from submitting a truck accident claim after a certain amount of time?

Yes. In California, you will be barred from submitting a claim two years after the date of your truck collision. This is known as the statute of limitations for personal injuries.

Who could be liable for a semi-truck accident in Los Angeles?

Many different people could be liable for a truck wreck. The truck driver could be responsible as well as the trucking company, a loading company, a government agency, a mechanic, a manufacturing company, and others.

What types of damages can I receive from a successful injury claim?

You can receive many different types of damages, especially when your truck accident has a significant negative effect on your life. You may receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, mental trauma, mental health treatment, lost life enjoyment, and past and future medical expenses.

What is the personal injury claim process like for a big rig accident?

The process starts with an investigation into the accident itself. Fault needs to be determined and proven. Next, you must assemble your case by including evidence of fault and of the serious nature of your injuries. Then you must calculate your losses and make a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Insurance negotiations will follow your demand. If a settlement cannot be reached, you case could go to trial.

Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Any kind of vehicle collision can cause serious injuries. However, truck crashes are known to cause severe and permanent injuries. The injuries you sustain in your Los Angeles truck crash will affect how much compensation you will receive.

For example, if you have sustained an amputation because of your wreck, you will be looking at tremendous life changes. You might lose your ability to work, and you could suffer ongoing emotional damages.

No matter what type of injury you sustained in your crash, you deserve to receive compensation for your losses. These injuries are common in semi-truck crashes:

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Broken Bones

Broken bone injuries can be very serious and could impact your mobility for life. Your injury may never heal properly, leading to chronic pain and limited range of motion.

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Severe Burns

Burn injuries are often thought of as surface wounds. But they can go deep into muscle and other tissue, negatively affecting your range of motion and causing substantial pain.

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Organ Damage

Damage to vital organs is obviously detrimental to your health. You must be fully compensated for this injury, as your health may never be the same again.

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Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injury can change you forever and even alter your personality. Brain damage can affect your mood, mobility, memory, cognition, and balance.

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Loss of Limb

The loss of a limb is a debilitating injury that could mean substantial life changes for you and your family. When someone else caused you to suffer this type of loss, you deserve full compensation.

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Spinal Damage

Damage to the spinal column can be catastrophic, leading to partial or total paralysis. Your injury claim must provide for full compensation for your serious spinal injury.

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How Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

Have been involved in a commercial truck accident that wasn’t your fault? Let the Los Angeles truck accident lawyers of Custodio & Dubey LLP help you demand the financial compensation you deserve. You can trust our team to:

  • Pursue an in-depth investigation to recover each piece of potentially relevant evidence, especially those documents in the possession of the trucking and freight companies involved in the accident.
  • Make sure you are able to get quality medical treatment.
  • Work with accident reconstruction and trucking industry experts to review the evidence and develop an effective case that shows how your accident occurred and who was at fault for the crash.
  • Determine all available sources of compensation, including the trucking companies’ stacked insurance coverage.
  • File your claims for compensation and vigorously pursue a settlement that provides you with full and fair compensation.
  • Prepare for your claim to go to court, if necessary, and show the other side we intend to get you the full financial recovery you need and deserve.

Schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a Los Angeles truck accident attorney from Custodio & Dubey LLP. We can discuss your case and answer all your questions.