Truck Accidents Lawyers in California


Given the large size of the trucks, the lengthy hours that drivers are on the road and truck drivers’ willingness to disregard speed limits in order to meet deadlines, it is no wonder that every 16 minutes, a truck crash or collision occurs.  Trucking accidents, namely those involving big rigs, buses, and commercial vehicles, are often far more complicated than non-commercial car accidents. Injuries are often more severe, the question of fault may not be easily answered, and, there usually more parties involved than what you would find in an ordinary car accident.  For example, in addition to the truck driver having fault, sometimes the government or car manufacturer shares liability for the accident.  The trial lawyers at BD&J are used to taking on the largest corporations involved in these trucking accidents and has the resources necessary to prevail and obtain justice for their clients.  If you or your loved one were to find themselves in truck accident, you will want the help of BD&J Law Firm– the law firm with a track record of great success in trucking accidents.

Statistics

The occurrence of trucking accidents has been steadily increasing for the past twenty years. Trucking accidents now happen 20% more frequently than they did two decades ago, resulting in roughly 4,000 fatalities in the United States each year. Although trucking accidents account for only 3% of all vehicular incidents in this country, commercial trucks are capable of causing much greater harm than the typical passenger car.

Furthermore, according to a study published by the United States’ Department of Transportation in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks were 23% more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle accidents than passenger cars. However, it is not always a simple task to identify the faulty party or parties.

Determining Responsibility

Unlike a more common accident involving two passenger cars, a trucking accident may find the liable party in a wide variety of places. The driver of the car, the truck driver, or the entity who leased the truck could each be at fault in a given situation.

Moreover, it is also possible that the truck malfunctioned due to faulty parts, in which case the manufacturer of those parts would be at fault. In accidents involving a cargo load which has become dislodged, or when improper loading contributed to the accident, the loader or shipper may be found liable. When attempting to determine liability, there is often a great deal of contention between all potentially negligent parties, making for an all but easy process.

A passenger vehicle hardly has a chance if it is hit by a large truck. Injuries can be serious, and fatalities are common. A person who has been injured in a truck accident, or the surviving family members of someone who has been killed in a California truck accident are entitled to make a claim for compensation for their damages if the accident was the fault of the truck’s driver, owner, or other party responsible for its safe operation – a truck accident attorney at BD&J will help you better understand your rights and responsibilities.

Laws Regarding Trucking Accidents

There are federal laws and regulations in place that regulate the trucking industry. These regulations set standards to which owners, drivers, and trucking companies must adhere to be eligible to operate on public roadways. The primary agencies governing trucking are the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These bodies work in tandem to ensure every truck in operation is road-worthy and every driver well-prepared for the unique challenges of operating a commercial vehicle.

How Trucking Companies May Avoid Liability

In the process of determining fault, trucking companies often take certain measures to shield themselves. One such measure involves the company distancing itself from the driver, the truck, and any other potentially liable equipment tied to the company. The trucking company usually tries to argue that, though the truck bore its name, the vehicle was independently leased by the driver. In this case, the driver was not technically its employee at the time of the accident, and therefore is solely responsible for any damages.

One way a trucking company may create a distance between itself and the vehicle or equipment is by not purchasing the equipment under its name, but requiring its drivers to purchase their own vehicles and trailers. If the equipment is not owned by the company, maintenance, repairs, and inspections are not within the scope of its responsibilities, but rather the driver’s. Therefore, accidents resulting from a truck or trailer inadequately maintained would leave the trucking company without fault.

As with any claim, it is important to have the best legal representation you can find to maximize your likelihood of recovering compensation. Our truck accident trail attorneys have multiple years of experience in successfully bringing justice to those fallen victim to truck accidents

Have An Experienced Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney Handle Your Claim

Trucking accidents are particularly dangerous because of the scope and magnitude of crashes involving these commercial vehicles. If you have been affected by a vehicle accident involving a big rig or other commercial truck, contact the BD&J Law Firm and speak with a truck accident lawyer today. Our truck accident trial attorneys are skilled in assessing liability and assisting our clients in getting the compensation they deserve.