Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries that can require extensive medical treatment.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver. The state of California provides that those who are injured in a truck accident due to someone else’s actions are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Contact our experienced California personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw today for a free consultation. We will review your case with you and present you with your best options.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you need adequate legal representation that knows how to navigate through complex personal injury laws and can best help you receive justice and appropriate compensation. At OnderLaw , you’ll receive more than just adequate legal representation. You’ll receive representation from experienced personal injury attorneys that will go above and beyond in your time of need.
OnderLaw was founded nearly two decades ago on the principle of seeking justice for our clients. For previous clients, we earned close to $4 billion in settlements. Our hard-working attorneys have earned numerous awards for our hard work and have been recognized by several attorney rating services.
Aside from the stellar legal representation that we provide for every client, we are also here to support our clients while they manage their road to recovery. We lead with compassion and empathy in dealing with each one of our clients, understanding that they are facing a difficult challenge in trying to move forward in the aftermath of their accidents. We will do the same for you.
Given our understanding of the difficult time you must be going through right now, you will have no financial obligation when you decide to have us represent you. Our firm operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you only pay when we get money for you. We will take an agreed-upon percentage of any compensation we obtain on your behalf.
Truck accidents occur due to a number of reasons, including:
The injuries that drivers and passengers involved in a truck accident sustain are similar to the injuries sustained in a car accident but can be much more serious and life-threatening, given the size of the trucks and the force of impact (semi-trucks weigh between 30,000 and 80,000 pounds). Drivers and passengers can suffer:
Our firm will conduct a proper investigation to help determine who was responsible, or at fault, for this accident. This is important because California is an at-fault state: if someone harms you, they must fairly compensate you.
This is especially the case if it is found that the employer bypassed the necessary routine maintenance and inspections for the truck or hired an untrained or unqualified driver. Even further, if it is determined that the truck suffered some mechanical malfunction, the manufacturer of the truck could be held liable. If the cargo was loaded by a separate entity, and improper cargo loading was the cause of the accident, the cargo loading company could be held liable.
In some cases, it may be determined that both you and the truck driver share in some responsibility for the accident — also known as pure comparative negligence. If you are found to be partially responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if your actions are found to have been 20 percent responsible for the accident, and the truck driver’s actions are found to have been 80 percent responsible for the accident, your potential compensation will be reduced by 20 percent.
Most trucking companies carry liability insurance for their truck drivers. Depending upon the type of cargo and the weight of the load, the minimum insurance liability limits are between $300,000 and $5,000,000. Your attorney can get a copy of the trucking company’s insurance policy to determine the available amount in your case. Just because the company carries the minimum limit, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the entire amount.
In California, you may be entitled to three types of compensation, or damages: economic damages, noneconomic damages, and exemplary damages. The difference between economic and noneconomic damages is that one type of damages can be assigned a specific dollar value (economic damages), and the other is much more subjective and doesn’t have a defined dollar amount (noneconomic damages).
The types of economic damages you may be eligible to recoup are:
The types of noneconomic damages for which you may be compensated include:
Finally, you may also receive exemplary damages. Exemplary damages are damages that are awarded when the actions of the person who harmed you were particularly oppressive, fraudulent, or done with malice. However, these damages are exceptionally rare. A judge or jury only grants exemplary damages when the defendant’s actions were so gross that the judge or jury wants to make an example of that person in order to deter any future repeat of that action.
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If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you need legal representation. Our attorneys are here to help. Contact OnderLaw today. While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, but we can guarantee that we will provide you with the best legal representation possible. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. Call us or contact us online now.