Los Angeles County Trucking Accident Attorneys
Your Southern California Trucking Accident Law Firm
Trucking accidents result in thousands of fatalities each year. The number of injuries caused by trucking accidents is just as alarming – over 150,000 each year. The Law Offices of Sef Krell represents clients in the Los Angeles area who have been involved in trucking accidents and helps them obtain the compensation they deserve.
Big Truck, Big Responsibility
Governmental regulatory agencies recognize the potential danger that trucks create on the road. Accordingly, there are many responsibilities that come along with driving a truck. Truck drivers must, for instance:
- Inspect their vehicle daily to ensure that it is safe, and keep records of the inspection. Depending on the type of truck, this daily inspection can be very comprehensive.
- Not operate their vehicle if fatigued, whether due to medication, illness, or any other cause
- Avoid consumption of drugs and alcohol
- Not drive over a designated number of hours each day
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, allow our Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident – examination of records pertaining to the truck driver’s responsibilities can help establish fault.
The Causes of Trucking Accidents and Determining Fault
As with automobile accidents, there may be many causes of a trucking accident. Some common causes include:
- Roadway defects
- Flat tires, tire blowouts
- Brake failure
- Trailers becoming unhinged
- Oversized vehicles
- Falling debris from the vehicle
Human error also plays a large role in truck accidents: Fatigue, distractions, failure to appreciate blind spots, and use of drugs and alcohol account for a large percentage of truck accidents.
The cause of your trucking accident is significant because your lawsuit must seek recovery from the appropriate party. For example:
Recovery may be appropriately sought from the government if a roadway defect or condition caused or contributed to the accident. Dangerous intersections, potholes, road debris, standing water, oil and gravel may all constitute roadway defects.
If the driver, by way of his own distraction, fatigue, or illicit use of drugs or alcohol caused the accident, would likely be named as a defendant in a lawsuit seeking recovery for injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.
Manufacturers may also be responsible and named as a defendant in instances where the brakes failed, the tires blew out, or other similar product failures occurred.
Additionally, the owner of the truck, the individual who leased the truck, or the shipper or company that loaded the cargo onto the truck may be responsible parties. It is best to consult with a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney prior to filing a lawsuit.
At the Law Offices of Sef Krell, our attorneys know how to fight for the recovery you deserve. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact our office today. We are available nights, weekends, and evenings.