If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A truck accident can have devastating consequences, but our Moreno Valley personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and skills required to hold negligent truck drivers and truck companies accountable. 

In the aftermath of a truck accident, you may face lost wages, property damage, medical bills, and psychological trauma. An experienced truck accident attorney with OnderLaw will help you to pursue the compensation that you need to recover and rebuild your life. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. 

Why Do I Need A Lawyer? Why Choose OnderLaw?

Having a seasoned attorney in your corner can make all the difference in your truck accident case. At OnderLaw, our qualified truck accident lawyers have the knowledge and resources to review the facts of your case, evaluate your legal options, craft a winning legal strategy on your behalf, document and calculate damages you are owed, and pursue the compensation you are entitled to. 

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should not have to pursue a claim on your own. This process can be highly complex, and insurance companies will often try to dispute your claim or reduce your payout, further complicating matters. Our attorneys will help you navigate through the complicated claims process and can even negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, which could increase your chances of getting a fair settlement. 

Our attorneys have significant experience taking on truck accident cases. Since our founding, we have worked to recover over $3 billion for our clients. We will make sure that the insurance companies do not get away with a lowball offer to settle your claim. If we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, then we will not hesitate to take your case to trial and fight for your right to compensation in court. 

OnderLaw has been recognized by Super Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, among others. Nevertheless, our proudest achievement is the results that we have achieved for our clients. 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Commercial truck carriers in the United States are subject to strict regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established hours of service regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must abide by. Unfortunately, they do not always follow these rules, which can endanger other drivers on the road. 

Common causes of truck accidents include: 

  • Driving under the influence
  • Drowsy driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Improper or insufficient training
  • Hiring inexperienced drivers
  • Improper supervision of employees
  • Improper or inadequate maintenance of trucks
  • Hours of Service (HOS) violations 
  • Defective vehicle parts 
  • Improper securing of loads or cargo loading

Regardless of the circumstances that led to your accident, consulting with a knowledgeable Moreno Valley truck accident attorney will be your best bet at getting the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at OnderLaw have experience handling many different types of truck accidents, and we understand how to hold truckers and truck companies accountable. 

Common Injuries Suffered In Truck Accidents

Injuries in truck accidents are often severe and can have lasting impacts on those involved. Trucks are far larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle, which is why, in 2019, 67% of fatalities in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles. 

Many injuries from truck accidents can cause permanent disabilities and a negative impact on your quality of life. Some of these types of injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Concussions
  • Internal bleeding 
  • Psychological trauma
  • Paralysis 
  • Head and neck injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries                       
  • Whiplash 
  • Back injuries 
  • Fractures 
  • Lacerations
  • Muscle sprains, tears, strains

Some of these injuries can be long-lasting and cause permanent disabilities. The Moreno Valley truck accident lawyers of OnderLaw understand how these injuries can impact your ability to earn for your family, as well as the chronic pain and suffering your injuries can cause. Our attorneys will be able to get the compensation that you need to begin to move back towards a normal life. 

Who Is Responsible In A Truck Accident?

Proving liability in a truck accident can be a complex process, best handled by a truck accident lawyer. In a typical car accident, the at-fault individual is usually apparent, but liability can be much murkier in a truck accident. While the truck driver may be liable in part, the truck company, the truck owner, the truck manufacturer, negligent cargo loaders, and others could potentially also be partly responsible for an accident. 

The experienced Moreno Valley personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw will gather certain types of evidence to prove liability, including: 

  • Black box recorders: Sometimes called event data recorders (EDRs), a black box documents a truck’s movement and information about the truck’s communication. Black boxes can provide vital proof of liability, and your attorney will move quickly to gather and preserve this evidence. 
  • Surveillance footage: Surveillance cameras from properties or businesses near the crash site, ATM cameras near the scene, or even footage taken by bystanders at the time of a crash can help determine who is responsible in the wake of a truck accident. A lawyer will be familiar with the legal processes necessary to obtain such evidence. 
  • Hours of Service (HOS) logs: Truck companies are required by the federal government to keep hours of service (HOS) logs that track the amount of time that truck drivers spend behind the wheel. If a truck driver exceeds their hours of service limits, becomes fatigued, and causes an accident, then HOS logs could provide critical evidence of the driver’s negligence. 
  • Dashboard cameras: Dashboard cameras are important pieces of evidence, as they can show the truck driver’s perspective in a crash. A qualified Moreno Valley truck accident lawyer will have the resources to recover this footage, which can provide irrefutable proof of liability. 

Compensation For A Truck Accident Claim

Truck accidents can be devastating, especially for passenger car drivers who are in much smaller vehicles, resulting in more severe injuries. A knowledgeable Moreno Valley truck accident lawyer will be able to prove who is liable and recover the compensation that you need to get back on your feet. Compensation is designed to cover costs including: 

  • Property damage
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing rehabilitation costs, such as physical therapy 
  • Permanent disabilities stemming from the accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Psychological trauma

In some cases, you might also be able to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to “punish” a truck, truck company, or another party for excessively reckless or grossly negligent behavior.

Truck accidents can cause severe mental and physical trauma, which be very expensive to treat. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should not settle for anything less than what you need to make a full recovery. 

A qualified Moreno Valley truck accident attorney will document and calculate the damages you are owed and fight for the compensation you need to support yourself and your family through this trying time. The truck accident attorneys of OnderLaw understand what goes into a truck accident case and will work tirelessly to help you seek a fair settlement.  

California Accident Statistics

Both here in Moreno Valley and throughout California, truck accidents are sadly common, with 314 fatal crashes involving semis or other large trucks in 2018. Truck accidents have sadly been on the rise in California since 2008, when 283 large truck accidents occurred. 

Here in Riverside County, 15,359 individuals were either injured or killed in traffic-related accidents in 2018, the 25th highest rate of California’s 58 counties. Alcohol was involved in 1,794 of these crashes. Also among the accident victims that year were 875 motorcyclists and 370 bicyclists. 

Accidents caused by both trucks and other vehicles remain far too commonplace on California roadways, and the Moreno Valley truck accident lawyers of OnderLaw are working to hold those who injure others on the roadway accountable for their negligence. 

Call OnderLaw Today For A Free Initial Consultation

OnderLaw is here to help if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident. Truck accidents are often serious, and victims may face lifelong health conditions as a result. Trying to handle a claim for compensation while you are recovering from severe trauma can be particularly challenging. Let us take that burden off your shoulders by handling your claim for you. 

Our experienced Moreno Valley truck accident attorneys are here to bring justice to the negligent party or parties that caused the accident, and to help you pursue the compensation that you need to get on the road to recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only collect legal fees if we successfully secure compensation for you. 

Call the Moreno Valley truck accident lawyers of OnderLaw for a free, no-pressure initial consultation. We are here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case and review your legal options.