Committed To Protecting the Rights of Commercial Truck Accident Victims
Not all motor vehicle accidents in Los Angeles are the same. Commercial Trucking accidents are far more likely to result in catastrophic injuries and even death than car accidents. While trucking is an important part of American interstate commerce, it also poses a significant and growing threat to our roadways. Commercial semi trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When traveling at high speeds, they can deliver a devastating amount of force in a collision. A total of 3,921 Americans lost their lives in trucking accidents in the year 2012. An astounding 104,000 more were injured. These numbers mark an 18% increase over the previous year. Among those who died in 2012, 73% were not in trucks but in other vehicles on the road. Only 18% of those killed were truck occupants.
Although the majority of trucking companies and drivers are conscientious, the ugly truth is that there are built-in incentives to cut corners. Regulations on the national and state levels play an important role in protecting the public from trucking negligence. As the statistics bear out, however, regulation is hardly airtight when it comes to preventing accidents. Trucking outfits that recklessly endanger the public need to be exposed, prosecuted, and punished, in the interest of public sanction as well as just compensation to the victims. Our Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys have the skill and expertise to ensure that you get the justice you deserve if you’ve been victimized by trucks on the road.
One of the important first steps in the investigation of any trucking accident is to consider whether anyone on the trucking side has overlooked, ignored, or violated their required duties. Under national regulations governed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers are required to record hours of service, avoid fatigue, inspect and maintain vehicles, and be subject to background checks and drug screenings. Companies, for their part, must properly train drivers, maintain vehicles, and ensure that work schedules are reasonable in their demands.
Our Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys will also investigate a range of parties who may be liable for the harm you’ve suffered. This may include truck drivers, employers, owners, or other drivers on the road. In cases of intoxication, an establishment that over-served a driver may be held accountable as well. We consider every possible source and angle in our quest to get you the best possible settlement.
As experienced attorneys in Los Angeles, we are familiar with the havoc that trucking accidents can cause. Our state is second in the nation, behind only Texas, in terms of the total number of trucking accidents per year. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you’ll need to contact qualified Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys who are familiar with the legal and regulatory complexities that these cases entail. Contact our lawyers at Kristensen LLP today for a free consultation. Together we can decide if our firm is best positioned to deliver the just compensation you seek and deserve.