Harbor City Truck Accident Lawyers
Despite increasing inspections and more federal oversight, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks in the United States has increased by 42 percent within the last decade. Nearly 4,800 people are killed each year — mostly those traveling in passenger vehicles. If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident or if you’re a grieving family member who has lost a loved one, it’s worth your while to contact experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers to see if you have a case for compensation. In Harbor City, truck accident victims call Ellis Injury Law, a local firm with a reputation for successful settlements and jury verdicts.
We are pleased to serve you
Ellis Injury Law has served the 63,000+ residents of Harbor City for more than two decades. In addition to serving the 2.58 square miles of Harbor City, we also assist the surrounding area known as the Los Angeles Basin — from Harbor Gateway in the north, to West Carson and Wilmington in the east, to San Pedro in the south, to Torrance and Lomita in the west. With the 110 Freeway running straight through Harbor City, there has been no shortage of life-altering truck accidents in the region.
When a truck accident becomes a lawsuit
In the blink of an eye, an accident changes your life – sometimes through little to no fault of your own. That’s ultimately the difference between a truck accident and a lawsuit. If you primarily caused the accident, you may not be able to recover damages from the other party, or some restitution may be in order on your behalf.
However, there are a number of situations where a truck driver may be at fault for an accident:
- Fatigue / driving over federally allowed hours
- Distracted driving, including talking or texting
- Speeding too fast for the speed limit or conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to perform routine vehicle maintenance
- Driver inexperience and poor decision-making
Who is to blame for a truck accident?
Sometimes trucking firms are to blame for poor hiring, training, and retention, or for demanding that their employees falsify record books to drive more hours than they are allowed by law. Cargo loading partners could be held liable for an accident if improper securing of items in the truck caused the driver to lose control or tip. In rare cases, a truck manufacturer or maintenance personnel could be sued for their role in a crash. We’ve also seen cases where the government is held to task for failing to safely design and maintain a particular roadway where crashes are all too common. The possibilities are endless, but the only way to know for sure is to hire a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer and a team of investigators to look deeper into the matter and provide some closure for you and your family.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
It may surprise Harbor City residents to learn they can access a top Los Angeles personal injury attorney with NO MONEY UPFRONT. Consultations are always provided free of charge, and legal services are rendered on a contingency-basis only, meaning that the lawyer’s fees and expenses come out of the final settlement, rather than their clients’ pockets. A standard legal fee is a third of the settlement, but since lawyers typically win much higher amounts than self-represented plaintiffs, our clients always end up in a financial position better than when they walked into our office — with enough money to cover:
- Past, present, future medical bills
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Disability-related home modifications
- Funeral and burial costs (in the worst cases)
- Pain and suffering
In cases of gross negligence, a personal injury lawyer can argue for punitive damages, intended to punish the trucking firm for egregious conduct that led to the accident. Sometimes these amounts can reach tens of thousands of dollars in additional compensation.
Call Ellis Law, we’re here to help! Contact Ellis Injury Law for assistance with your truck accident claim in Harbor City, CA.