Southern California Attorneys Who Handle Truck Accident Lawsuits
A typical passenger vehicle is no match for a large truck in a collision. The average passenger car weighs around 4,000 pounds or less. A fully loaded tractor trailer, meanwhile, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. For this reason, truck accidents can result in catastrophic damage, and that damage is disproportionately felt by the occupants of smaller vehicles.
People hurt in these accidents often face a painful, stressful recovery. It is essential that victims speak with a truck accident attorney to ensure that their rights are protected in this critical time.
What Can a Truck Accident Attorney Do for You?
At RKVM Law, we treat clients as family. We believe our role is to improve the lives of our clients, and that goes beyond winning cases in court. It means being a helping hand and trying to make things as easy as possible for you in this difficult time.
A truck accident attorney can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses (including ambulance rides and hospital stays)
- Future Medical expenses for ongoing care or flare ups
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income (diminished earning capacity)
- Pain and suffering
If a truck accident has claimed the life of a loved one, his or her rights are not lost. We may be able to pursue a wrongful death case on behalf of your family. RKVM Law offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. Request a consultation now to speak with our team.
Truck Accident Law
Truck drivers and the companies that employ them have very specific obligations under federal and state laws. This is what makes 18-wheeler truck accident cases different from typical car crashes.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for overseeing trucking industry safety. Among other things, FMCSA laws govern:
- Driver training
- Truck maintenance and inspections
- Securing cargo
- How many hours a trucker can drive in a given period
- How much rest a driver must have between driving periods
- How a driver tracks driving time and break time on the road
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Medical screenings (for conditions like narcolepsy)
Trucking companies are obligated to keep records of their compliance with all of these regulations. In a semi truck accident lawsuit, an attorney will obtain this information as part of building a case.
Here’s an example of how the law might apply to a truck accident case. A trucking company may impose unrealistic delivery deadlines on its drivers. As a result, this fosters a culture in which drivers sometimes drive longer shifts than legally allowed, and they may alter documentation to hide this. If one of these trucks is involved in a serious accident, it is more than just the driver at fault. The trucking company itself can be held legally liable.
Each case brings with it a different set of circumstances. Truck accident law is a nuanced area of practice, so it’s important that you speak to a firm experienced with these kinds of cases. RKVM Law has years of experience litigating truck accident cases.
Truck Accident Statistics
Truck-involved crashes injured 138,000 people nationwide in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. In the same year, 3,852 people died in truck crashes — the most deaths since 2008.
Most of those who lost their lives in tractor trailer truck accidents were occupants of passenger cars:
- Passenger vehicle occupants: 2,646 deaths (69 percent)
- Truck occupants: 600 deaths (16 percent)
- Motorcyclists, pedestrians & cyclists: 563 deaths (15 percent)
Big rig truck accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads than highways, and far more likely to occur on weekdays than weekends.
Meanwhile, in California specifically, the state reported 2,473 truck accidents that resulted in injury in 2014. The counties with the most truck accident deaths are all in the southern part of the state, according to data from the FMCSA. Los Angeles County led the state in 2015 with 43 truck accident fatalities, followed by San Bernardino and Kern counties, with 35 and 27, respectively. I-5 and I-10 both average more than 1,000 truck accidents per year within Southern California.
Contact an Attorney at RKVM Law
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it’s essential that you understand your rights and options. You should speak with an attorney about your situation to get your questions answered.
RKVM Law offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, request a free consultation to speak with our team.