San Dimas Truck Accident Lawyers
A truck accident is every driver’s worst nightmare. From that day forward, nothing is ever the same. Not only are you facing a long recuperation and uncertain recovery, but you do not know if you can ever return to work and bills are piling up. The San Dimas personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law thoroughly investigate your case and work hard to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Truck accident causes
While most truck accidents result from driver error, that is far from the only cause of such catastrophic crashes. The truck driver is often at fault due to:
- Driving under the influence
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to yield
- Illegal passing
Other frequent causes of truck accidents involve a lack of vehicle maintenance. Tire blowouts and brake failure may result in truck rollovers or jackknifing. The truck driver may exacerbate an already dangerous situation by panicking or overcompensating. Overloaded or improperly secured freight can also cause trucks to jackknife or rollover, or the goods can fly out of the back of the truck, endangering drivers and passengers in cars in the vicinity.
Truck accident injuries
Those who survive a truck accident should consider themselves lucky, but their injuries are often life-changing and permanently disabling. Many truck accident victims will need special care for the rest of their lives and may spend months or years in the hospital or rehabilitation facilities. Common serious truck accident injuries include:
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Multiple fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Vision or hearing loss
Should a victim succumb to their truck accident injuries, the family may decide to pursue a wrongful death suit.
Truck accident liability
Truck accidents often involve more than one defendant in a lawsuit. The defendant may include not only the driver but also the trucking company owners. It is possible a lawsuit may also name a repair shop responsible for truck maintenance if it appears mechanical problems contributed to the crash. The company responsible for loading the freight may also be a defendant if loose or shifting cargo played a role in the accident.
Because more than one entity is often responsible for a truck accident, compensation for truck accident victims is often larger than for those injured in auto accidents. A San Dimas truck accident lawyer with extensive knowledge of California and federal trucking regulations will determine who might prove liable for the crash.
California truck accident damages
In California truck accident damages, or compensation, may include:
- Medical bills, present and future
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Under California law, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. After that, the courts will not consider the matter. Additionally, depending on the details of the case, you may have less time than that. It is important to obtain a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Call today for a free consultation
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a collision with a truck, you need the services of the experienced San Dimas truck accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. Our track record speaks for itself, as we have recovered more than $350 million for our clients. There is no fee unless we win.