Commercial trucks are behemoths on the road and are responsible for transporting cargo from ports to storehouses. Indeed, they are important vehicles and are commonly seen streaking along freeways and highways. Motorists driving their vehicles alongside these large trucks, however, must always exercise safety and defensive driving. In fact, the slightest of driving errors can result in disastrous consequences.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics revealed that in 2012, an estimated 333,000 large trucks—described as having a gross weight rating of greater than 10,000 lbs—were involved in traffic crashes. At least 3,921 people died in these crashes, while approximately 104,000 people were injured. Both figures were an increase from the previous year, but the most significant statistic is this: occupants of other vehicles accounted for 73 percent of the total number of deaths and injuries in large truck accidents.
As the above statistics reveal, accidents involving trucks are some of the most dangerous traffic incidents affecting other vehicles. These unfortunate incidents are often caused by driver negligence, lack of truck maintenance, lack of training on the part of trucking companies, and questionable practices imposed on truckers by their employers.
Based upon California law, an accident victim is entitled to compensation for the losses he or she suffers in a truck accident, including, but not limited to the following damages: property damage, past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Therefore, the expert advice of a legal professional is essential to dealing with not only the trucker, but also the trucking company and/or its insurance company.
The victim of an accident is well advised to contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes. Our personal injury law firm specializes in handling truck accident claims and is staffed with professionals working to assert your rights no matter how complex the case.
We are fully committed to providing you with the top notch legal representation you deserve, which is why our law firm offers a “No Recovery, No Fee” arrangement. If you have been injured as a result of a truck accident, do not delay. You should immediately contact a truck accident attorney in Los Angeles from the Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes at (310) 854-5917 or toll free at (877) 242-4410. You can also send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Case Submission Form found at the top right hand portion of this page.