Truck Accident Lawyer in Northridge CA

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Northridge Truck Accident Attorney

Have You Been Hurt in a Northridge Truck Accident?

A large commercial truck, such as a tractor-trailer manufactured by Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, or Peterbilt, might be 20 times the size of a conventional passenger car when pulling a trailer. Given the extreme disparity between the weight and mass of commercial trucks and regular passenger vehicles, it is not tough to imagine how risky it is for the occupants of a normal car when they get in an accident with a big rig-- not to mention the impacts on pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists.

Commercial Driver and Truck Regulations

Large truck accident cases are quite a bit different from other vehicle accident cases. In particular, commercial vehicles and drivers are regulated much more stringently than regular cars and drivers.

Due to the inherent threat that these huge vehicles present to other drivers, there are several laws and regulations at both the federal and state level to make sure that truck drivers are safe.

These laws include:

  • Ensuring that truck drivers have adequate training,
  • That their vehicles satisfy defined safety requirements,
  • That operators comply with regulations.

California commercial truck regulations consist of:

  • Limiting how many hours a trucker may drive each day
  • How frequently they must be tested for alcohol or drug use
  • How often their vehicles need to be inspected
  • La regularidad de los sistemas del vehículo para el mantenimiento y el servicio
  • Cómo hay que asegurar las cargas

There are additional regulations concerning the transport of hazardous materials. All of these guidelines and regulations are regularly being updated and revised to reflect the discovery of new dangers and the development of new safety equipment.

Reasons for Northridge Truck Accidents

Semi-truck collisions are serious business. Due to the size difference between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, it is essential that truck drivers are safe. However, similar to any other motor vehicle accident reason, there are some factors that tend to increase the possibilities of a semi-truck accident.

Common reasons for truck accidents consist of:

  • Fatiga del conductor
  • Falta de formación
  • Overweight Trucks
  • Conducir en estado de embriaguez
  • Conducción distraída
  • Peligros de la carretera
  • Exceso de velocidad

Common Injuries from a Northridge Truck Accident

Semi-truck collisions tend to result in more severe injuries than a crash involving two regular-sized cars. This is because the force behind a semi-truck is a lot greater. Semi-truck accidents have been known to result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, fractures, lacerations and scars, internal injuries, and much more.

In some cases individuals walk away from truck accidents unscathed or with only minor injuries. However, others will sustain major injuries and may have pain, suffering, and disability. They commonly have enormous medical expenses also.

  • Lesión cerebral traumática
  • Lesiones de la médula espinal
  • Huesos rotos
  • Laceraciones
  • Lesiones internas

What Compensation Can I Get from a Truck Accident?

After a truck accident, you're probably going to have medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You might be worried concerning how you're going to manage these challenges. This is where a qualified truck accident attorney can help. They can handle your injury case carefully, and ensure you get maximum compensation for your injuries.

If a truck accident results in injuries, you might be qualified to recover both economic and non-economic damages.

Los daños económicos se refieren a las pérdidas con un valor monetario asociado. Se trata de:

  • Gastos médicos
  • Salarios perdidos
  • Pérdida de la capacidad de ganancia
  • Rehabilitación profesional
  • Daños a la propiedad
  • Servicios domésticos
  • Various out-of-pocket costs

Los daños no económicos se refieren a las pérdidas que no tienen un valor monetario exacto asociado. Son subjetivos y negociables. Este tipo de daños consiste en:

  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Emotional anguish
  • Pérdida de placer de las actividades
  • Pérdida de compañía
  • Empeoramiento de lesiones anteriores

The amount one can recuperate for non-economic damages varies. It depends on the extent of the injury (or injuries) and how much your life has changed as a result of the crash. The amount is negotiated by your lawyer and the insurance company, or a judge and jury in court. Your lawyer will use his or her previous experience, and past settlements and jury verdicts when making settlement demands.

If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident, the Northridge Truck Accident Lawyers at Drake Law Firm Can Help

At Drake Law Firm, we believe commercial drivers and trucking companies need to be held accountable when they are responsible for causing wrecks and injuries. The unfortunate fact is that some trucking companies and drivers fail to adhere to the guidelines and regulations that are there to keep the roads safe.

When drivers and companies are under economic pressure to meet deadlines or to complete contracts, they can make bad choices that impact the safety of others, such as foregoing inspections, overloading trailers, operating without required safety equipment, or committing similar offenses. And generally, the result of these poor decisions is a crash.

A knowledgeable truck accident attorney in the Northridge location understands all of the unique factors that might be relevant in truck accident cases. At Drake Law Firm, we are familiar with both California and federal commercial motor carrier regulations concerning vehicles and drivers, and we are thorough in investigating the possible causes and issues that might affect issues of liability for commercial trucks.

Even if the trucking company involved is based out of state, or the case may involve independent drivers, leased vehicles, maintenance contracts, and so on, at Drake Law Firm, we have the resources and knowledge to get results. The sad reality is that large truck accidents commonly involve very serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and permanent disablement, or even death. If you are hurt in an accident involving a large truck, it is vital for you to work with a law firm that has the ability to fight large companies, large insurance providers, and the law firms that defend them, and that has the resources to make thorough and timely inquiries into the facts and variables that apply in commercial trucking claims.

At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients to get the compensation they require to recover. We won't let you accept unfair treatment from other law firms and we will defend you from beginning to end. If you need help with Truck Accidents in Northridge, California, give us a call at (844) 513-7253 for a FREE consultation or visit our website at DrakeLawGroup.com to get started on your case today! 

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