Los Angeles Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys
The demands of the job often require truck drivers to work long days and nights in order to meet deadlines. Most truck drivers are attentive and conscientious professionals with excellent safety records. Some others purposely ignore both federal safety regulations and state traffic laws. That’s how tragedies occur, and our Los Angeles semi truck accident attorneys become involved.
The State with the Most Truck Accidents
A semi-truck and trailer can be well over 70 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When one of those gigantic machines is traveling at 55 mph and impacts with a passenger vehicle, serious lifelong injuries or fatalities are likely to result. It should come as no surprise that with California having the highest population in the United States, it also has the highest number of recorded truck accidents in the country. Our Los Angeles semi truck accident attorneys represent accident victims throughout California.
Passenger Vehicle and Trucker Fatalities
Occupants of passenger vehicles are terribly vulnerable when they’re involved in crashes with semi trucks. Those trucks can weigh more than 20 times as much as a passenger vehicle. Even on dry roads, they can take up to 40 percent longer to come to a complete stop. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3852 people died in large truck crashes in 2015. Of those, 69 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 16 percent were truck occupants. Another 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
As Los Angeles semi truck accident attorneys, we see certain patterns in semi-truck crashes. The following causes stand out:
- Drowsy or fatigued driving in violation of rules involving hours of service
- Overloaded or inadequately secured cargo
- Maintenance issues involving tires and brakes
- Rollovers and jackknifing due to excessive speed
- Insufficient driver training or experience
- Negligent driving like speeding, following too closely and abrupt lane changes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
It’s not uncommon for the insurer of a trucking company to dispatch an investigative team to the scene of a truck crash before the debris and mess are even cleaned up. That team will only preserve any evidence that tends to shift the blame for the crash over onto the victim. Victims need to preserve evidence that supports their version of events too. When you’ve retained our law firm, our experienced Los Angeles semi truck accident attorneys will want to preserve all evidence on your behalf. That’s why it’s so important to retain us as soon as possible after an accident. We can even ask a judge to order the trucking company and its driver to preserve any and all evidence in their possession relative to the crash and make it equally available to us for inspection.
Insurers of trucking companies know that they’re in for significant financial exposure when a careless and negligent driver causes severe injuries or fatalities. The law doesn’t require you to talk to or cooperate with their representatives. If you do that, you’ll probably make mistakes that will be used against you in the future. Critical evidence can get lost or destroyed, and witnesses can vanish.
Contact Our Los Angeles Semi Truck Accident Attorneys
If you are a victim who was injured in a crash involving a semi truck anywhere in California, or if a family member perished in such a crash, contact the Los Angeles semi truck accident attorneys at Karlin & Karlin right away. A consultation won’t cost you a penny, and there’s no obligation either. If we’re retained to represent you, we don’t even charge any legal fees unless we enter into a settlement or verdict on your behalf.