Truck accidents are a common occurrence on California’s dangerous roads and highways. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be suffering with severe injuries and mounting expenses like medical bills or rehabilitation. You deserve to be compensated for any injuries or losses resulting from another’s negligence or harm. The dedicated team of attorneys at Dordulian Law Group will fight to ensure your rights are protected and you receive a maximum financial damages award for any eligible claims related to a Long Beach truck accident.
Truck accidents can cause severe destruction to property as well physical injuries to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Truck accident injuries are often more severe than those resulting from other motor vehicle collisions. California actually records the second-highest number of truck accident fatalities every year, with nearly 113 on average. Texas is the only state that exceeds California in annual truck accidents.
Most California truck accidents occur on highways like I-5, I-10, and I-715. Nearly 3,000 truck accidents occur each year in the U.S., with 200 to 300 truck drivers dying as a result. Sadly, a large proportion of truck accidents occur in Los Angeles County, including in and around Long Beach. If you are involved in a truck accident, the best decision you can make is to contact a qualified, top-rated Long Beach, California, truck accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group. You may be entitled to significant compensation for any damages related to your truck accident.
When someone is injured or killed in a truck accident due to another’s negligence or harm, one of the best methods for securing said financial compensation is a civil lawsuit. Truck accident victims in Long Beach and throughout California overwhelmingly choose Dordulian Law Group because of our experience, dedication, and past results demonstrating our sincere commitment to every client. We provide a combined 40 years of experience and have managed to maintain a 98% success rate throughout the years. Moreover, we have secured more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our injured clients, including truck accident victims.
We’ll fight to recover every ounce of financial compensation available to you after an unfortunate Long Beach truck accident. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and will guide you through the legal process from start to finish.
A truck accident need not be a massive collision with injuries and casualties to qualify for compensation. Truck accidents might include a fender bender where either the truck or another driver is simply unable to stop in time. Truck drivers often change lanes and sideswipe unsuspecting drivers. If a car driver reacts in time, they might slide off the road or crash into a barrier. In a worst-case scenario, a truck accident can result in the victim crashing into other motorists and causing a multi-vehicle collision.
At times, truck drivers are simply unable to stop due to a mechanical failure, such as a faulty brake line. In other instances, the attached trailer can suddenly sway out of control. Truck drivers face significant demands and often have to drive for extended periods of time. Some drivers may fall asleep at the wheel, or they might be intoxicated at the time of an accident. Even if you are unable to identify who caused your truck accident, one of our Long Beach attorneys from DLG can work to uncover those facts during an investigation. A thorough investigation is one of many steps the attorneys at DLG will take on your behalf after filing a personal injury lawsuit.
When pursuing a personal injury claim, injured victims may be entitled to compensation for damages suffered as a result of the negligence of another party. The type of damages, as well as the final amount, will depend on a few factors, including the extent of your injuries and the unique circumstances of the incident. A Long Beach, California, DLG truck accident lawyer will seek compensation for all applicable damages. Some typical damages that can be recovered through a civil lawsuit after a truck accident include:
Additional damages may be available depending on the facts pertaining to your specific truck accident. Dordulian Law Group always pursues a maximum allowable damages award in every case we handle.
Maneuvering a truck requires a specific skill set, which is why special care needs to be taken by truck drivers and others on the road. Truck drivers are required to complete training in order to operate a truck of any size. There is a much higher margin for error while driving a truck when compared to operating cars or motorcycles. Some common causes of driver error that can result in a truck accident include:
In addition to these causes, some specific truck driver errors can lead to accidents that result in serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries (and even death). Such errors include:
Given the potential for severe injuries and even fatalities in truck accidents, it’s important that drivers of all vehicle types maintain vigilance and drive safely at all times.
Truck accidents can result in considerable damage to property as well as people. The value of a truck accident claim can vary depending on the facts of the case and the severity of said damage. Depending on the extent of any injuries and the amount of negligence involved, truck accidents can result in substantial settlements or verdicts.
In February of 2021, a judge in California rendered a judgment awarding nearly $24 million in damages to a motorcyclist who was struck by a large truck. This lawsuit began with a petition for $35 million in damages, and the victim received around $5 million after $22.5 million was paid for past and future medical care. Additionally, the victim’s wife received $1.2 million for a claim of loss of consortium.
While a specific damages award figure can never be guaranteed in a truck accident claim, your DLG attorney will be able to provide you with a general estimate for how much your claim is worth based on the facts of the case.
A truck accident claim has four distinct parts that an experienced Long Beach lawyer from DLG will pursue when handling case. As we investigate your claim, we must determine whether or not the defendant had a duty of care towards you, the victim. A truck driver has a duty to drive safely, avoid accidents, and treat other people with care. A defendant obviously violates that duty of care when they disregard traffic laws and their driving results in an accident.
When we file suit, we must also demonstrate that the duty of care was violated at the time of the specific date and time of the accident. Medical records and police reports can help in this regard. We can use speed camera and red light camera footage, closed-circuit security footage from local businesses, as well as eyewitness accounts to prove the defendant violated their duty of care by injuring you.
We must then prove that you suffered an injury as a result of the negligence – an example of why you should always seek immediate medical attention after a truck accident to prove that you were hurt at the time of the incident.
Finally, we must demonstrate that the defendant’s recklessness or misconduct caused your accident and injuries (i.e. that your injury was not the result of a bike accident a week before).
Following any type of truck accident, it is strongly recommended that victims receive a thorough medical examination. Undergoing a medical exam provides documentation that can help support your claim. Regardless of the extent of any injuries (or lack thereof) following a truck accident, it’s always advisable that you seek medical care, as many injuries may not appear immediately and can manifest slowly.
Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries that bring with them lifelong consequences. You may face permanent disability as a result of a truck accident. Such severe injuries can lead to both physical and psychological consequences which will need to be addressed by a qualified medical professional.
Some common injuries that can result after a truck accident include:
Truck accidents routinely represent more than 10% of traffic accidents in America. Accordingly, everyone on the road should be especially diligent when driving near large trucks. Moreover, the occupants of large trucks only represent around 16% of all fatalities, meaning that victims in passenger cars, on motorcycles, riding bicycles, or on the sidewalk represent the remaining 84%. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that nearly 5000 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes across America in 2018, and nearly 60,000 caused injuries.
As stated previously, the first thing you need to do following a truck accident is seek medical attention. Call 911 and, if possible, move to a safe area until emergency services arrive. If you are able, take photos of the scene (including intersections, street crossing, signage, and any other pertinent information). If there are any witnesses, try to obtain their contact information as well. All of this will assist your Long Beach, California, truck accident lawyer in building a strong case on your behalf. Always take action according to what your injuries will allow, and never overextend yourself in the event of what could be a severe injury. In such cases, it is recommended that you ask someone you trust (if possible an uninjured co-passenger) to gather evidence on your behalf.
If you are unable to gather evidence due to an injury, focus on receiving medical attention above all else. Once all of your medical needs have been properly addressed by qualified professionals, contact your Long Beach, California, truck accident lawyers from Dordulian Law Group to discuss the circumstances of the accident. We will work with you to develop a strong legal strategy that best proves the facts of the case.
You should also report the accident to your insurance company, but do not give a statement without your attorney present. If there are any follow-up or long-term medical appointments, ensure you adhere precisely to any and all direction.
In most cases, California truck accident victims have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim in accordance with personal injury law. Some exceptions to this rule may apply, depending on the age (under 18) of the victim and if the truck driver happens to be affiliated with a government agency. In such cases, the statute of limitations may be greater or lesser than the standard two-year deadline. As such, it is important that truck accident victims contact a competent and qualified DLG attorney to ensure your claim is filed in a timely manner and you do not lose your opportunity for legal recourse.
After an unfortunate truck accident, you may be tempted to let the insurance company handle everything. You will likely be eager to close this chapter of your life as quickly as possible, and move on to a semblance of normalcy. However, you should consider that a truck accident may leave you reeling from financial loss for the rest of your life if the case is not handled properly.
Truck accidents are also known to cause some of the most catastrophic injuries and physical disabilities among all motor vehicle collisions. Knowing the potential ramifications of a truck accident highlights why it is so important that injured victims hire the best Long Beach truck accident lawyer to handle their case.
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Dordulian Law Group has over 40 years of combined experience handling truck accidents and knows how to work with insurance companies to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We employ two skilled attorneys who previously spent years working as defense attorneys for auto insurance companies on every truck accident case.
With our attorneys’ experience and knowledge relative to the tactics, dirty tricks, and methods for reducing claims to worthy truck accident victims that insurance companies are known for, our clients can be confident that their claim is in the best and most qualified hands by choosing Dordulian Law Group.
As with all of our personal injury cases, truck accident fees are based on a contingency agreement. That means you never a penny until we win for you and recover maximum financial compensation. Many Californians involved in truck accidents fear that they will have to pay additional attorney fees on top of their medical bills and other expenses resulting from the accident. But that is never the case with DLG.
The Long Beach truck accident lawyers at DLG are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a free consultation, reach out to Dordulian Law Group today at 562-502-8822, or fill out our online contact form.
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