Truck Accidents Are Dangerous
Although most accidents in the US involve passenger vehicles, when an accident includes a truck there is a greater risk of death or injury to those in the passenger car. While only about 1 in 30 accidents involves a truck, about 1 in 10 fatal accidents does. And the outlook isn’t good for those in the car: when a truck accident results in a fatality, 5 times out of 6 it’s not the truck driver.
Passenger vehicles have no choice but to share the road with large commercial trucks (semis, tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers), and accidents happen: well over 300,000 did in 2012. That year, over 100,000 people were injured in large truck crashes and over 3,900 died.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck, seek medical attention. Then get in touch with a trustworthy California truck accident lawyer to evaluate your case.
Covering All The Angles.
A successful personal injury claim requires doing the work to get everything right. This is even more true when the injury is sustained in an accident involving a truck, because there can be many other factors to consider. Some of the additional items we focus on to strengthen your case include:
Who Is Involved?
The accident may only have been between the truck and your vehicle. But there are often several other parties who share responsibility. In addition to the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck, and others involved with maintenance, supervision, and other important factors, may need to be investigated.
Even more so than in a passenger vehicle accident, the driver of the truck needs to be investigated. Determining the driver’s training, credentials, licensing, driving record, mental state, and other attributes is important to your case.
The Driver’s Logs
A frequent contributor to accidents involving trucks is driver fatigue. Many semi drivers, tractor trailer operators, and 18-wheeler drivers are required by federal and state law to maintain detailed logs of their driving hours, rest breaks, and mileage. Access to these logs can be important when determining if a driver was operating unsafely.
In large truck accidents, the operating condition of the vehicle is an important consideration. The truck’s repair and maintenance records, inspection certifications, cargo manifest, and other documents can be valuable in moving a claim forward.
Why Choose Us?
If you have been unlucky enough to be caught up in an accident with a truck, it’s important to contact a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. Truck accident injury claims are complicated. A suit might lead to claims against the driver, the trucking company, and even the manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts if mechanical defect is found to be a contributing factor. An inexperienced firm might not be capable of pursuing damages against multiple parties simultaneously.
We have extensive experience with truck accident claims. We know what to investigate, who to speak with, which information to collect, and which avenues to pursue to develop the strongest claim possible for you.
Our firm is 100% focused on personal injury law, with no other areas of practice. Many firms pursue personal injury cases, but also dabble in real estate law, tax law, family law, and other areas. Or worse for a client like you, they focus on one of those other areas but only dabble in personal injury practice. We aren’t like that. We’re dedicated to personal injury only. This specialization enables us to be completely focused on relevant knowledge in the field and to stay current with all new developments. We believe in eliminating distractions and focusing on what matters to our clients.
Care and Commitment
Most lawyers see only dollar signs in personal injury cases. We see a person whose life has been changed suddenly and tragically, with a need for recovery and restoration. Our attorneys treat you with the kindness and care you hope for and deserve. We’re there when you most need a shoulder to lean on and will meet you where and when you need us most: in your home, at the hospital, or at the scene of the accident.
Proven Track Record
At the Law Offices of J. Chrisp, we back up our expertise with hard numbers. We have successfully concluded hundreds of individual cases through which we have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. For information on specific case facts and figures, ask to see some of our recent results.