Long Beach Truck Accident Attorney
Long Beach, California is a popular tourist destination, but it also has the one of the deadliest highways in California. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, in 2016, there were 790 automobile fatalities reported in Los Angeles County alone. Because of its location, the roads leading in and out of the tourist town are riddled with immediate and underlying hazards.
Fortunately, Ellis Injury Law is dedicated to helping Long Beach truck accident victims find some semblance of justice. That is why the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law offer truck accident victims a free consultation which includes valuable information.
Typical Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many reasons why accidents happen. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,237 fatal crashes and 344,000 injury accidents involved trucks in 2017. Unfortunately, simply because an “accident” occurs, does not mean that it couldn’t have been prevented. Here are the top five typical causes of truck accidents, as reported by Distracted Driver Accidents:
- Prescription drug use or improper use of over the counter drugs.
- Driving while intoxicated
Contact a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer to start seeking justice today!
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Knowing what to do, both immediately after a truck accident and beyond can save you money, but it can also save a life. There are two crucial time-periods after a truck accident. The first is your immediate response; is everyone OK? The second takes place after the smoke has cleared and the victims have had a chance to receive, if necessary, medical intervention. This time-period involves reparations, (which is where the Los Angeles personal injury attorney for Ellis Injury Law comes in!)
If you are able, here are some tips to documenting the accident:
- Photograph the damage to both vehicles. If possible, get as many angles as you can; front, back and both sides of each vehicle. If this isn’t possible, at least get documentation of the damage done to yours. The more images you have, the better. Make sure also to document the inside of your vehicle as well.
- Document the scene of the accident; notably the road– are there skid marks, broken glass, or debris from the accident?
- Take pictures of the intersection; including the street names, and any other identifying markers such as a mailbox, streetlights, bus stops, restaurants—these will serve to provide both context and location.
- Document the weather, as this obviously affects the condition of the roads, particularly if it’s raining, snowing, sleeting.
- If there are witnesses, ask them what they saw, and take notes.
After all the information is collected, contact the Long Beach personal injury lawyers at Ellis Law for a free consultation.