Experienced Advocates For Victims Of Truck Accidents
Crashes involving semi trucks can be devastating for other drivers involved. They may face pain, severe injuries and extensive medical costs. Some may even lose their lives as a result of the catastrophic injuries they experience. Injured people and their families deserve to have experienced legal guidance as they seek justice.
At Law Offices of Eric Hershler, APC, we advocate for injured people and their families throughout California. Our firm has recovered more than $100 million for our clients, and we have the knowledge and experience necessary to address the complexities of trucking accident claims.
What Types Of Crashes Might A Semi Be Involved In?
Just as distracted or drunk driving, speeding and inclement weather can lead to accidents, these conditions can result in accidents like rollovers, rear-end accidents or sideswipes. Unfortunately, the size and weight of a big rig can lead to much more severe results in a crash.
The involvement of an 18-wheeler can also lead to unique types of accidents. Speeding, slippery road conditions or shifting cargo can cause a trailer truck to “jackknife,” an accident in which the trailer swings to the side. In other accidents, a vehicle could even be crushed beneath the body of the truck in an accident known as an “underride” accident.
Who Might Be Liable In A Trucking Accident?
Many different people and companies have a part in the operation of a semi truck, and the negligence of any of these parties could contribute to an accident. The individuals and businesses involved may include:
- Drivers – Safe operation of a large commercial vehicle often begins in the cab. Speeding, drunk driving, distraction and other negligent behavior behind the wheel can all put others at risk.
- Trucking companies – Trucking companies have a variety of responsibilities, including following hours of service regulations and maintaining vehicles. If they push drivers to overwork or do not perform routine maintenance, that negligence could result in a crash.
- Manufacturers – If companies that manufacture trucks and trailers sell a faulty vehicle, those defects could easily lead to brake failure and other serious malfunctions on the roadway. In the same way, the manufacturers of defective parts used in truck maintenance could contribute to accidents.
- Truck loaders – An unbalanced load in a trailer can make it difficult for truckers to control a vehicle, especially in inclement weather or on roads with tight curves.
Especially if multiple parties were involved, these different factors can make trucking accidents particularly complex. Thankfully, legal options are available that can help injured people and their loved ones hold all of these parties responsible for their part in an accident.
After A Collision, What Compensation May Be Available?
Because of the size and weight of large commercial vehicles, semi-truck accidents can lead to serious or even fatal injuries. Injured people and their families may be left without income from work and may face significant costs due to medical bills and damaged property.
Unfortunately, an insurance company’s initial offer may not address the many ways that a crash can impact your life, especially a severe collision like a truck accident. Having an experienced attorney to help you assess the true impact of your injuries and to negotiate with the insurance company can help you reach a fair resolution.
Injured people may also want to explore their other legal options. A personal injury claim can offer compensation for many of these challenges, including:
- Medical expenses, including the long-term cost of care for injuries
- Lost income due to time away from work
- Pain and suffering