Car accidents are scary, and they are especially scary when a truck or commercial vehicle is involved. These types of accidents typically involve more than one vehicle and result in serious injury.
You should never try to recover compensation from a truck or commercial vehicle accident alone, and you should never try to fight off injustice without the right legal team at your side.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a truck or commercial vehicle accident in the state of California, contact the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC immediately to get the compensation that you rightfully deserve. Contact us online or call us now at (314) 963-9000 for a no-risk, no-obligation consultation. The call is free. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you do not owe us anything until we recover compensation for you.
Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
The answer is clear and simple – Yes, you need a truck accident lawyer if you want the best possible resolution of your accident claim. A lawyer has the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to fight injustice and recover full and fair financial compensation for you.
Truck accidents result in significant compensation. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers know large amounts of money are at stake, and you can assume that they already have a legal team working to deny the serious injuries that they caused. This is unfair and unjust; however, we see it happen all the time.
To ensure trucking companies are held responsible for their mistakes, we highly recommend that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can work to gather evidence, prove the responsible party was liable, and recover compensation for you.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
We put trust in truck drivers and trucking companies to drive responsibly, maintain protocol, follow regulations, and do everything in their power to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies do not always act as they are required to, which can result in serious consequences.
The following are common causes of truck accidents that could have easily been avoided:
- Distracted driver
- Intoxicated driver
- Drowsy driver
- Negligent driver
- Improper hiring
- Improper training
- Improper supervision
- Hours of Service (HOS) violations
- Improper maintenance
- Defective vehicle parts
- Improper cargo loading
Whatever the reason for your accident may be, even if it is not on this list, it is critical that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. A lawyer will be able to help you gather the evidence needed to show who is liable for the accident and to make the responsible party provide compensation for your injuries.
Proving Liability after a Truck Accident
Lawyers have been trained to gather evidence and determine which party is at fault.
There are multiple evidentiary elements that a lawyer can use to prove liability after a truck accident, including but not limited to:
- Black boxes
Black boxes are event data recorders (EDRs) on trucks that document their movement and record certain information over time. Trucking companies know that black boxes can be used against them, and therefore they will likely try to destroy them after an accident. That is why it is critical to contact a lawyer immediately. A lawyer can obtain a black box by sending a preservation-of-evidence letter to the trucking company.
- Hours of Service (HOS) logs
Trucking companies hold a responsibility to follow federal Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations. These regulations ensure that drivers are not being overworked and provide requirements on driving lengths and rest times. If a trucking company violates Federal HOS regulations, they should be liable for the damages that they caused.
- Dashboard cameras
Dashboard cameras are cameras that are mounted to truck dashboards. These cameras were made to influence drivers into proper driving behavior, as it can be easy to identify the responsible party from this device.
- Surveillance footage
If the accident occurred anywhere near a surveillance camera from any storefront, highway camera, or even if a casual observer managed to obtain footage of the accident on video, these could be gathered and used to determine the cause of the accident and which party was at fault.
We highly recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible if you are a victim of a truck accident. A lawyer knows how to gather the evidence needed to prove liability on the responsible party. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. The sooner you call a lawyer, the sooner they can get to work.
Common Injuries Suffered in Truck Accidents
Due to the size and weight of trucks and commercial vehicles, they often cause serious injury when they are involved in accidents. Injuries from these types of accidents can include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle Strains and Sprains
- Internal Bleeding
- Internal Organ Damage
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Neck Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Unfortunately, the injuries go beyond this list and are sometimes long-term or even permanent. Whatever the injury may be, hiring an experienced legal team is your smartest move.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you are likely stressed and severely injured. You should be focusing on resting and recovering rather than fighting with trucking and insurance companies. A lawyer should be the one that is fighting on your behalf. Let a lawyer do all the hard work for you, just as they are trained to do.
Compensation for a Truck Accident Claim
The compensation owed to you depends on the severity of the damages caused by the accident. You may be entitled to significant compensation if the accident resulted in serious, sustained injury or time off work.
Insurance companies will try to pay you less than what your claim is worth, and this happens more often than you would think. Do not let insurance companies fool you: they do not work in your best interest, and they will do anything they can to get out of paying you money that you rightfully deserve.
It is critical to have an experienced legal team at your side. The lawyers at OnderLaw, LLC will fight aggressively to get you the maximum compensation warranted for your losses.
What Can You Be Compensated For?
If you have been severely injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Damage to Your Property
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Physical Therapy or Chiropractor Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Grief and Emotional Counseling
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Punitive Damages
Truck and commercial vehicle accidents cause financial damage, physical damage, and emotional damage. In some situations, these damages have a permanent impact.
Do not settle for anything less than what you rightfully deserve. You are likely suffering from emotional and physical pain. The last thing you should be doing is fighting with companies that don’t want to compensate you for their mistakes. Therefore, we highly recommend that you hire an experienced legal team to fight on your behalf.
Remember – trucking companies and insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind. However, your lawyers do.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
At OnderLaw, LLC, we hold truck drivers and trucking companies to a high standard, just as they rightfully should be. Our team has detailed knowledge of state and federal laws that govern the trucking industry. We have experience taking cases to trial, and we have the skills to recover compensation.
Our team provides strenuous legal representation and fights to help you recover your losses. With over $3,000,000,000 in settlements to our credit, you can rest assured that we know how to fight tirelessly and passionately for you. We hold responsible parties accountable for their mistakes, and we work to get responsible parties to pay you the money that you deserve.
We are proud to be listed on the following: Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, Litigator Awards, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, The American Trial Lawyers Association, The American Society of Legal Advocates, and Top 50 Verdicts in the US.
Overall, we are most proud of the successes that we have had for our clients. If you are looking for a legal team to do all the hard work for you, look no further than OnderLaw, LLC. We are here to help you. We are here to fight for you. We are here to win for you.
Make your fight our fight.
We Want To Help You
If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a truck or commercial vehicle accident in Los Angeles or throughout the state of California, OnderLaw, LLC is the legal team that you need. Contact us online or call us now at (314) 963-9000 for a confidential review of your claim. We provide a no-risk, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you do not owe us anything until we recover compensation for you.
At OnderLaw, LLC, the client comes first. We don’t win unless you win. Call us now for a free initial consultation at (314) 963-9000 today.