Truck accidents can be especially stressful, painful, and life-changing compared to other motor vehicle crashes. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had the driver or trucking company complied with the state and federal regulations that are intended to improve highway safety. If you were injured as a result of a truck driver's carelessness, it is important to contact an attorney who has experience handling this type of claim. Although truck accidents bear some similarities to car accidents, there are several complex aspects of these cases that may benefit from sophisticated legal representation. At Omofoma Law Firm, our Downey truck accident lawyer is familiar with the regulations that apply to this industry, as well as the unique dynamics that apply to investigating a truck accident. We are ready to assist you with asserting your legal right to compensation.Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Although truck accidents come in many forms, there are certain common situations in which drivers can find themselves injured after being struck by a massive vehicle. Poor vehicle maintenance is a major cause of truck accidents. If a vehicle is not maintained properly, the driver may lose control or lack the ability to brake safely. Equipment failures are common on these vehicles because of their size and complexity. There are far more moving parts and mechanisms on a truck than a regular passenger vehicle. Improper cargo loading can also cause accidents, especially when the cargo shifts during transit and either spills onto the roadway or causes the driver to lose control. Lack of driver training, substance abuse by drivers, driver fatigue, and driver distraction are also common causes.Bringing a Claim for Compensation Following a Truck Crash
A truck accident attorney in Downey can help a victim bring a claim for compensation against the driver of the truck, as well as possibly the trucking company that contracted with or employed the driver. Under California law, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent conduct of their employees if it occurs during the course and scope of business. This means that if a truck driver was driving under the influence at the time of the accident, for example, the trucking company can be held liable for any damages that the driver caused. This is one reason why it is critically important to investigate your accident with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney who has experience with this type of claim. The trucking company may also be independently liable in certain situations, such as if it failed to perform an appropriate background check before retaining the driver or failed to perform appropriate maintenance on its vehicles.
In the lawsuit, your Downey truck accident attorney will need to prove that the defendant(s) did not use appropriate care and skill when driving or maintaining the vehicle, or in the operation of the trucking business. Showing a violation of a state or federal trucking regulation can be strong evidence of liability. For example, federal regulations place limits on the number of consecutive hours that drivers can operate a truck, and there are stricter standards for driving under the influence when a commercial truck is involved. Finally, since these accidents can cause such devastating, life-changing, or potentially fatal injuries, it is important to seek the maximum amount of compensation that you need. Our legal team is prepared to assist you with ensuring that you receive as much financial assistance as possible following the crash.Explore Your Options with a Dedicated Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer
Accidents when a truck strikes a car or motorcycle are traumatic and complex. We have seen firsthand what a victim and his or her family goes through after an accident and sometimes well into the future. Our team will investigate your claim diligently and ensure that your legal rights are asserted to the fullest extent possible. We represent victims in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, including Long Beach, Downey, Manhattan Beach, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lakewood, Monrovia, Pacoima, Pico Rivera, Redondo Beach, South Gate, Van Nuys, Whittier. Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Orange, Santa Ana, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, and other cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Call us now at 213-455-4050 or contact us online for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in the Downey area.