LOS ANGELES SEMI TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Truck accidents involving an 18-wheeler, tractor trailers, semi-trucks and large fright carriers do not have to occur at high speeds to leave devastating damage and severe injuries. Due to the sheer weight of a tractor-trailer, a typical automobile can be crushed at low speeds. Some estimates today put the number of catastrophic accidents at ten percent. Finding the right representation can be difficult, personal injury lawyers Fisher & Talwar would like to make it easier for you to obtain just compensation for your truck accident injuries.
Truck accidents can happen out of nowhere and change the lives of our loved ones forever.
Frequent causes of truck accidents in Southern California:
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driving
- Worn out tires
- Overweight and unsafe loads
Since many truck drivers’ pay depends on the number of miles driven, it is only logically foreseeable that accidents will occur. There are various regulating laws that truck drivers and companies employing them are supposed to abide by, but often neglect. Our lawyers can help determine if the driver or the company employing him/her was negligent and responsible for the accident.
California Truck Accident Liability
Liability in truck accident cases is typically assessed under the negligence standard. Put simply, negligence is the failure to take proper care when performing an action. Of course, applying the negligence standard to real world situations can become extremely complicated. If liability is disputed in your Los Angeles truck accident case, you need to contact an experienced attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to comprehensively review your claim and help you prove the four required elements of negligence, those being:
- Duty: A duty of care is a legal obligation to watch out for the well-being of another party. Your attorney will need to establish that the defendant actually owed you a duty of care and what exactly that duty of care entailed.
- Breach: Once you establish the standard of care, you will then need to prove that the defendant deviated from their legal duties. This is known as a breach.
- Causation: You will also need to prove that there is a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and your truck accident injuries. Without that causal link, you will not be able to prove liability.
- Damages: Finally, you must also prove that you sustained real harm. While this may sound simple, it is still critically important. You will only be able to recover compensation to the extent that you can document your damages.
Many Parties Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident
Commercial truck accident cases are especially complex because several different parties may bear liability for your injuries. In fact, multiple parties may even share liability in your case. Parties that are often found liable for Los Angeles semi-truck accidents include:
- The truck driver;
- The driver’s employer;
- The owner of the truck or trailer;
- The company leasing the truck or the trailer; and
- The truck manufacturer.