Today, our roadways are shared with vehicles of all sizes. The largest of them, including 18-wheeler trucks and tractor-trailers, are understandably intimidating to find yourself next to. These types of large trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger cars and can do major damage when involved in a crash.
While most may prefer not to travel alongside them, large trucks play an important role in our national and state economies as they haul goods across our highways. However, when something goes wrong — whether due to the actions of the driver or a vehicle malfunction — a commercial truck can cause catastrophic damage and, sometimes, fatal injuries to others involved.
Common Trucking Accidents Injuries
Every crash will look different, from causes and resulting damages to victims involved, but there are some common injuries that occur in 18-wheeler truck accidents.
Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, the injuries tend to be more severe than what’s experienced with other accidents on the road.
Some of the common semi-truck accident injuries include:
- Amputation and disfigurement
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Our attorneys have decades of experience helping victims of truck accidents manage their personal injury claims.
Put Skilled Attorneys on Your Side
If you have been seriously injured in a commercial truck accident, the Law Offices of Rice & Bloomfield is prepared to help. Our team of knowledgeable and skilled Los Angeles truck accident lawyers will establish where the fault lies for the accident and work to obtain the maximum compensation available for your case. We understand what it takes to prove liability and aggressively represent your rights.
Proving Liability After a Trucking Accident
There are many different factors that can cause a catastrophic semi-truck or 18-wheeler accident. So, it’s important to work with experienced attorneys who can help you investigate the cause and prove fault, for the best possible outcome for your case.
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The unfortunate truth is that most accidents on the road can be prevented.
Some of the common causes that have been found to lead to trucking accidents include:
- Brake failure
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Improper loading
- Inconsistent maintenance
- Poor training
- Steering failure
- Weather conditions
Out of the list above, some of these are clearly driver operating errors — others are management errors by the trucking companies who employ these drivers. Establishing where the fault lies in this type of accident can be complicated, but our team of attorneys has the know-how that can make all the difference for you.
Many people wonder what type of compensation they can seek with a personal injury claim or lawsuit after suffering injuries in a severe trucking accident.
While it ultimately depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident, just compensation usually helps to cover:
- Costs of medical bills: Serious injuries come with significant medical costs that could include surgery and extended hospital stays.
- Lost wages: If your injuries cause you to miss work for a period of time, an attorney can fight for you to be reimbursed for many of those lost hours.
- Lost earning potential: When your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may be able to claim these damages to your financial security.
- Property damage: Your vehicle was likely badly damaged, and your compensation can include this valuation in the final court-ordered award.
- Pain and suffering: It’s very possible that your quality of life is altered permanently after a serious trucking accident — this can play a major role in your settlement.
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