Southern California is a major domestic freight shipping hub, and the volume of truckload deliveries has reportedly increased substantially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we noted in a blog from December 2021, four local Los Angeles-area freeways are ranked as having the highest traffic congestion in the nation.
With so many freight shipments coming in and out of Southern California, accidents involving 18-wheelers or big rig trucks can impact cars, motorcycles, and even pedestrians. If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler or commercial truck accident, you may be able to recover substantial financial compensation for not only medical bills, but also pain and suffering, emotional trauma, lost wages, and more through a civil lawsuit.
Dordulian Law Group’s dedicated and proven commercial truck accident lawyers are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have regarding your case, including how to file a claim, what the legal process entails, how long it may take to recover a cash settlement, and how much your 18-wheeler accident claim may be worth.
After an 18-wheeler or big rig commercial truck accident injury, making a complete recovery which includes your physical, emotional, and financial well-being can be a complicated and potentially intimidating process. But the commercial truck accident lawyers at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) have the skill, knowledge, and experience you need which will ensure your claim is handled properly and the maximum financial compensation you deserve is recovered.
Let’s look at 18-wheeler and big rig commercial truck accident claims in greater detail below. We’ll include information on recent 2022 truck accident statistics, an overview of what types of injuries commonly occur, details on what types of damages may be recoverable in your claim, and info on how to arrange for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation with a DLG commercial truck accident injury lawyer.
The most recent data provided by the National Safety Council (NSC) confirms that 4,842 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2020. That figure represents a 4% decrease from 2019, but a staggering 33% increase since 2011. Additionally, the NSC confirms:
In 2020, both commercial and non-commercial large trucks accounted for:
Moreover, in 2020, 107,000 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury. That figure represents a 10% decrease from 2019. Since 2016, the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes has increased 5% and the involvement rate per 100 million large truck miles driven has remained steady at 35.
Furthermore, 4,965 people died in large-truck crashes in 2020. The number of deaths decreased 1% from 2019 but is still up a remarkable 31% since 2011.
The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are:
Additionally, there were approximately 147,000 injuries recorded in large truck crashes throughout 2020. As the image below provided by the National Safety Council demonstrates, 18-wheeler and commercial big rig truck accidents involving injuries have increased dramatically in recent years:
Commercial truck accidents involving big rigs and 18-wheelers pose a substantial danger to the general public. Truck accidents can often cause serious or even catastrophic injuries, such as:
18-wheeler and big rig truck accidents can be severe for a number of reasons, including:
Commercial truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, with some of the most common causes including:
– Distracted driving: Sadly, commercial truck drivers are often distracted when behind the wheel. Whether it’s cell phones or other electronic devices, daydreaming, or reaching for a personal belonging, when a commercial truck driver causes an accident due to being distracted, it constitutes negligence under the law. Accordingly, if you suffered an injury due to an 18-wheeler or commercial truck driver’s distracted driving, you may be eligible to recover a significant amount of financial compensation through a civil claim with DLG’s experienced attorneys.
– Fatigued driving: 18-wheeler and commercial truck drivers spend countless hours on the roadways, with demanding delivery schedules often forcing them to operate these dangerous vehicles while fatigued. A lack of sleep can be equivalent to drunk driving, and commercial truck drivers who operate vehicles while fatigued and cause accidents should be held accountable through civil claims.
– Overloaded trailers: 18-wheelers and commercial big rig trucks need to be properly loaded and freight shipments need to not exceed federal and state guidelines. Sadly, in an effort to deliver more goods to consumers in less trips, 18-wheeler and commercial big rig trucks are often overloaded with freight. These overloaded trailers are often involved in serious accidents with cars, light trucks, motorcycles, and even pedestrians.
– Mechanical or product failure: 18-wheeler and commercial big rig truck accidents aren’t always the fault of the driver. In fact, product or mechanical failures commonly cause commercial trucking accidents that tragically lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. If you were injured in a commercial truck accident that was due to product or mechanical failure, you may be entitled to a large cash settlement for various types of damages.
– Impaired driving: As stated previously, 18-wheeler and commercial truck drivers are often forced to work extremely long hours with minimal amounts of rest. Unfortunately, impaired driving is not uncommon among commercial truck drivers, with alcohol, marijuana/cannabis, and even substances like methamphetamines frequently found to have been the cause of accidents that either seriously injure of even kill other motorists.
Truck drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles safely and in a manner which does not pose a danger to you as a car, truck, or motorcycle driver. But the trucking company also has a responsibility to maintain a safe fleet of trucks and a safe driving schedule for workers, to properly train all drivers, and to keep safety records up-to-date while complying with all mandated regulations.
If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, the experienced California lawyers at DLG will fight to recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve from all applicable defendants. This may include the truck driver as an individual, but a claim may also be filed against one or more of the following:
Truck drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to legally operate such a vehicle. Additionally, commercial and 18-wheeler truck drivers must complete a health check/examination and comply with operating their vehicles over a specific number of hours in accordance with state and federal regulations.
18-wheelers and commercial big rig trucks must undergo regular safety inspections, including complying with size and weight restrictions. Failing to complete such safety regulations constitutes negligence, and when a truck accident leads to an injury or even a fatality, justice can be pursued through a civil lawsuit for damages.
Truck accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical care and mounting expenses. Some common damages that the experienced and trusted truck accident attorneys at DLG will fight to recover on your behalf after an unfortunate incident include:
If an 18-wheeler or commercial big rig truck accident resulting from negligence or carelessness leads to a tragic fatality, a wrongful death claim may be filed. Commercial truck accident wrongful death lawsuits may be brought by surviving family members, and various types of damages that fall under three categories are typically pursued:
Examples of economic damages that may be recoverable in commercial truck accident wrongful death lawsuits include:
Examples of common non-economic damages that may be recoverable in commercial truck accident wrongful death lawsuits include:
When you’re injured in a truck accident, don’t settle for just any attorney to handle the important responsibility of fighting to recover maximum financial compensation for your claim. Choose California’s leading truck accident lawyers led by former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian. With over 100 jury trial victories and a 98% success record, you can have peace of mind knowing that your truck accident claim is in the best possible hands.
Unlike settlement mill firms that may be quick to accept a lowball of unfair offer for your 18-wheeler or commercial truck accident injury claim, we prepare every case for trial. With Dordulian’s courtroom experience, you can be confident that we’ll fight to recover the maximum financial damages award you deserve following a truck accident injury.
DLG’s experience and proven results are why California truck accident victims consistently choose us to handle their claims and help ensure that justice is served. We provide our clients with added advantages and benefits that can’t be found elsewhere:
Contact DLG’s Los Angeles, California, truck accident lawyers today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation. When you bring your truck accident claim to one of our skilled personal injury lawyers, we’ll begin an exhaustive process in pursuit of justice. With DLG, your claim is being handled by a dedicated and proven team. We will review all applicable facts related to your truck accident injury claim, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD Central Traffic Division detective, Moses Castillo, and put together an aggressive legal strategy with the goal of recovering the maximum financial compensation you truly deserve. We won’t rest until you receive the largest possible damages award for your truck accident injury.
Additionally, DLG’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee means all California truck accident victims are able to secure the absolute best legal representation available without ever having to worry about upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. You don’t pay a penny until we successfully recover a maximum financial damages award for your truck accident injury. If we don’t win, you don’t pay anything – it’s just that simple.
A commercial truck accident injury can be a devastating experience. You may be facing years of chronic pain and suffering while having to worry about mounting medical expenses and lost wages. Accordingly, an 18-wheeler or commercial big rig truck accident requires a skilled, trusted, and proven attorney to help ensure that you recover all applicable financial compensation needed to make a full recovery.
As a truck accident injury victim, you should never settle for an inexperienced or unproven firm that could put your claim in jeopardy and leave you with a final damages award that does not adequately compensate you for all injuries and expenses. Choose the experts at DLG who have the experience and proven results you deserve, allowing you to focus on what’s most important – your physical recovery and overall well-being. Let us handle the stressful details and fight to recover you a maximum financial damages award while you focus on getting back on your feet and returning to 100%.
For an 18-wheeler or commercial big rig truck accident injury, the best call you can make is to the experienced lawyers at DLG.
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