Oxnard is home to a wide variety of industries. As home to the only deep harbor port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ventura county is host to many corporations and businesses that move goods in and out of the area. With this much commerce, large trucks, and truck accidents, are a common sight in Oxnard.

Has a truck accident injured you or someone you love in Oxnard? Was this accident caused by another driver’s negligence, resulting in severe injury or financial loss? If so, you should contact the Oxnard personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw right away. We have almost two decades of experience with personal injury law, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as a firm that gets the results our clients need. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible. Don’t let a truck accident drive you to financial ruin. Call today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Truck Accident?

A lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim against the responsible party’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party directly. Although hiring an attorney for your claim isn’t essential, not doing so may reduce the amount of compensation you receive and make the claims process a strenuous ordeal.

Your lawyer will help you in many ways. We will take on the task of building your claim and gathering evidence and documentation to support it while you and your family recover from your injuries. We will give you peace of mind because you’ll know that a qualified and experienced professional is in your corner, helping you every step of the way.

We can also help you understand how compensation is determined and how damages work. You can be compensated for more than just medical bills or property damage. The point of compensation for your injuries is to restore you to the same condition as before the accident, physically and mentally. Your lawyer can make sure that your settlement covers all the losses you or your family sustained.

You must allow an experienced attorney to review your claim before it’s submitted to the insurance company. We will make sure your claim is complete and free of errors that may delay payment or get your claim denied altogether. Insurance companies will sometimes use slightly devious methods to get the outcome they desire. They may not be outright dishonest, but they won’t be entirely forthcoming either. They may try to convince you that hiring an attorney isn’t necessary or that the first settlement amount they offer is more than enough to cover your losses. They will likely have a settlement check ready quickly, hoping to obtain your signature on a form releasing their customer from liability as soon as possible after the accident.

Your attorney is familiar with these methods and knows how to counter them. We will take point on any communication or negotiation with the insurance company and act as your advocate to help you get the maximum possible payout.

Why Hire OnderLaw to Represent Me?

OnderLaw has spent the better part of the last two decades developing a reputation as a firm that gets the results our clients need. This isn’t accidental. We know how important reputation is in personal injury law, and we use ours to help our clients get the fair compensation they deserve.

Our skills and experience are nearly unmatched in the field. We’ve successfully obtained over $4 billion in settlements and awards for our clients since 2002. Our tenacious team of legal professionals handle claims of all types, from truck accident claims to lawsuits worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

We don’t stop with our clients. We regularly donate time and money to causes and charitable organizations all over the country, such as MADD, Toys for Tots, and the Lupus Foundation of America.

We believe in treating our clients the way we’d like to be treated. You’ll find more than sound legal counsel at OnderLaw. You’ll find a group of compassionate, dedicated attorneys that genuinely want to help you and your family navigate a stressful time. We know what you’re going through, and we will support you through the entire claims process.

It’s for this reason that we operate on contingency. There are no fees due for our services until your claim is resolved. If we’re successful, we take a percentage of your settlement or award as payment. If we aren’t successful, we charge no fee.

Head to our Testimonials page to hear from past satisfied clients.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers in California must have additional training and licensing before they’re allowed to operate large trucks on public roads. Despite this, truck accidents are common, with a variety of causes, including:

  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Bad road conditions
  • Road construction
  • Inclement weather
  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Low light conditions
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Inadequate training
  • Fatigued driving
  • Aggressive driving

Common Injuries Suffered in Truck Accidents

Injuries from truck accidents are almost always more severe than car accidents due to the difference in relative size. Trucks are large vehicles. A loaded semi-truck can be over 70 feet long, 13 feet high, and weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, more than 20 times the weight of an average passenger car. Trucks are less maneuverable, have less visibility, and require greater stopping distances than other vehicles. Trucks are also more complex, with more systems requiring regular maintenance than passenger cars.

Some injuries from truck accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Amputation
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Coma
  • Death

Who Is Responsible for My Truck Accident?

Determining liability is also more complex for truck accidents than for car accidents. Trucks can often have multiple responsible parties aside from the driver. Depending on the circumstances, the truck driver, owner, trucking company, freight company, maintenance company, or truck manufacturer may all bear some responsibility. Trucking companies carry more insurance on their drivers than most passenger vehicles due to their increased risk. The federally mandated minimum required liability coverage depends upon the weight and cargo of the truck and can range between $300,000 and $5,000.000.

To obtain compensation, we must show with evidence that one or more parties were negligent in their responsibility to keep others safe while on the road. We must prove that one or more parties had a duty to behave safely, they violated that duty, and their negligence caused your accident and injuries.

Compensation for a Truck Accident Claim

We can help you obtain compensation for various losses caused by the accident, monetary or otherwise. The goal of obtaining compensation through a claim or lawsuit is to return you to the same state you were in before the accident, physically, mentally, and financially. Your lawyer will help you determine an amount of compensation that correlates with your losses, but in general, the more severe the accident or injuries, the more compensation you should demand.

Losses with a dollar amount attached are called economic damages. Some examples of economic damages include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Transportation
  • Lost opportunity
  • Property damage

Losses relating to the experience of the accident and injury are called noneconomic damages. These losses relate to your mental state and well-being and not the injury itself. There are several categories, such as:

  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Reputational damage

In some cases, you may also be eligible for exemplary damages. These can only be awarded by a judge or jury and are designed to punish the negligent actor for their behavior rather than restore you to your former state. They carry a higher burden of proof and can only be awarded in cases of extreme malice, oppression, or fraud. Talk to your attorney to learn more.

California Truck Accident Statistics

Here are some helpful statistics about truck accidents in California and elsewhere:

  • There were over 5,000 fatal crashes involving large trucks nationwide in 2019.
  • Large trucks made up 10 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes nationwide in 2019.
  • California had just over 3,700 fatal vehicle accidents in 2020.
  • 97 percent of accident fatalities involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2019 were occupants of the passenger vehicle.
  • Semi-trailer trucks caused 74 percent of deaths in large truck crashes in 2019.

Call OnderLaw Today

If a truck accident injured you or someone you love in Oxnard, it’s vital that you call OnderLaw as soon as possible. Due to California’s statute of limitations, you only have two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Call OnderLaw and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation. Don’t delay any longer. Call for a free, no-obligation consultation today.