Truck Accidents

An Aggressive Approach to Truck Accident Claims

To many trucking companies and their insurers, truck accidents, injuries and death are just numbers - part of the cost of doing business. To those who have suffered catastrophic injuries or the loss of a loved one in a truck accident, the damages are all too real, personal and painful.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we have seen firsthand how these losses can devastate individuals and families. Because of this, we take special care in representing truck accident victims. Our personal injury attorneys bring specific knowledge of the trucking industry and the regulations that govern it to each and every truck accident case.

Troubling Statistics: In 2013, large trucks in California were involved in more than 250 fatal collisions and more than 5,000 crashes resulting in injury. Nationwide, the number of large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes grew by 26 percent between 2009 and 2015.

We Get Results for Truck Accident Victims

Our lawyers have achieved significant results for clients in trucking liability claims, including $14.4 million in an accident involving two deaths and a career-ending brain injury for occupants of a vehicle involved in a crash with an asphalt truck on the highway.

Truck drivers and trucking companies must abide by strict regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which governs everything from how long a driver can spend behind the wheel to truck maintenance, loading and required safety markings.

For example, after an accident causing significant personal injury or death, trucking companies are required to drug test the driver. However, they often fail to do so. When your physical and financial recovery is on the line, we hold trucking companies to the standard you deserve. We will ensure you are treated fairly and your claim is taken seriously, whether that means negotiating a fair settlement or taking the responsible parties to court.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Determining the cause of a specific accident takes experience, skill and investigative resources. Every accident is unique, but many stem from several common causes:

  • Speeding - A tractor-trailer can be a dangerous juggernaut even at normal freeway speeds. When a truck driver disregards the posted speed limit, they are much more likely to lose control of their vehicle - with devastating results.
  • Reckless or aggressive driving - Many truckers feel at home on the road because they spend so much time behind the wheel. However, the feeling that they "own the road" can lead to risky behavior, including cutting off other motorists, changing lanes without signaling appropriately, or speeding.
  • Impaired driving - Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and irresponsible. Driving a truck while impaired is inexcusable. If drugs or alcohol played a role in your accident, we will uncover the evidence and use it to strengthen your claim.
  • Driver fatigue - In the logistics industry, drivers are under tremendous pressure to make timely deliveries on very strict schedules. This sometimes leads truckers to get behind the wheel without adequate rest, or skip important breaks to make up time. When this happens, drivers may become fatigued, which contributes to many serious collisions.
  • Improper maintenance - Faulty equipment can compromise a driver's control of a large truck, causing the vehicle to swerve, jackknife, lose cargo or even stop completely on a crowded highway.
  • Improper loading - Most trucks you encounter on the highway are carrying loads of consumer products, supplies or other goods. It is essential that these loads are properly secured and balanced for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. Our investigators and accident reconstructionists can determine whether improper loading contributed to an accident, and who was responsible.
  • Lack of required safety markings - Trucks must be outfitted with certain signs and placards to identify potential hazards and guide other motorists. When these are missing, drivers cannot always make the best decisions about how to interact with the truck. A truck driver, their employer or a maintenance company may be legally responsible for any damages resulting from insufficient safety markings.
  • Unlicensed or underqualified drivers - A large truck moving at high speeds has tremendous potential for injury and destruction. In the interests of all drivers, it is important that truck drivers receive thorough training and licensing. However, that does not always happen. Bureaucratic oversight, lax safety enforcement and inadequate training can all contribute to the problem of underqualified truck drivers on the road.

Thorough Investigations

Our legal team investigates truck accidents to determine if any regulatory or safety violations contributed to the accident. If so, we will aggressively pursue compensation for the damages caused by this negligence.

Prompt and thorough investigation is essential to a successful truck accident case. Sometimes, sophisticated accident reconstructions are needed. Accident reconstructions can involve obtaining information from the electronic control module (ECM) or black box. Our in-house investigators will go to the scene of the crash, interview witnesses, take photographs and obtain other important data.

The Trucking Company Already Has Experienced Lawyers. Give Yourself the Same Chance for Success.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is very likely that the trucking company is already conducting its own evaluation and taking pre-emptive action to minimize their liability. The responsible party and its insurance company are likely looking for ways to pay out less than your claim is worth, or deny it altogether.

Commercial trucks have onboard technology, such as electronic control modules and black boxes, that can help your attorney piece together what happened and identify what caused the crash. However, that evidence can easily be lost if you wait too long after the collision. For the best possible result in your truck accident claim, it is always wise to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. The moment we know about your accident, we can go to work gathering evidence and building the strongest case for you. The trucking company has experienced representatives who handle accident claims every day. You deserve an advocate with the same experience.

Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers and Start Protecting Your Rights

To discuss your case, please contact the attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. We represent truck accident clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California and the entire state. We also consult with attorneys and clients nationwide.