Glendale Truck Accident Lawyer
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The Law Offices of Wax & Wax in Glendale can help you create a truck accident claim that is up to any challenge after you’ve been hit by a truck driver. We are backed by decades of collective legal and practice experience, so you know we can handle any part of your case. Insurance companies that sell policies to truck drivers and trucking companies are notorious for putting up a serious fight, but we’re famous for doing that for clients in need.
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Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents take various forms, like rear-end collisions, jackknife accidents, and more. When working on your case, our Glendale truck accident attorneys will want to get a better understanding of what sort of truck accident you were in and why it happened. Using our backgrounds and connections, we can investigate the crash to uncover evidence of its cause. In some cases, we can even work with expert accident reconstructionists when the available evidence is not enough to prove your case.
Different causes of trucking accidents include:
- Fatigue: Truck drivers often spend more than 10 hours a day on the road, which causes exhaustion. As exhaustion sets in, a trucker will suffer worsened reaction times, blurred vision, concentration issues, and problems with motor control.
- Speeding: To shorten their 14-hour shifts, some truckers will break the speed limit. Interestingly, truckers are paid by the mile driven, so they might even feel encouraged to speed because finishing a shift or route early does not cause them to lose any pay.
- Impairment: In an effort to fend off the worst effects of fatigue, some truckers will use stimulants and narcotics to keep them awake and alert. However, such substances always have side effects, like an inability to focus or worsened fatigue when it wears off.
Liable Parties for Truck Accidents
Truck accident cases can become complicated when determining all of the liable parties. It is unusual for only the truck driver to be liable. Careful consideration of the situation and involved parties could reveal that other people should contribute to your compensation for experienced damages.
Parties that are often liable for a truck accident are the:
- Truck driver who made a mistake while behind the wheel.
- Trucking company who employed the truck driver.
- Load crew who put cargo in the trailer and overloaded it.
- Truck part manufacturer who sold a defective part.
Importantly, not all trucking companies can be held partially liable for the accidents their drivers cause. This is because employers are generally immune from liability for crashes caused by an independent contractor, which is a separate employment category from an employee. Truck drivers are often hired as independent contractors just for this purpose.
Severe Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
It is a rare occasion when an accident between a big rig and a smaller passenger vehicle does not result in catastrophic injuries. The massive disparity between a semi-truck’s size and weight and that of most other vehicles means an awful amount of force will impact the smaller vehicle in a wreck. Anyone inside is at high risk of suffering a severe, life-changing injury.
Injuries often cited in truck accident cases include but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spine and spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurations
- Permanent disabilities
Valuing Your Truck Accident Claim
How much is your truck accident claim worth? It’s a fair question you have probably asked yourself a few times already. To get to the bottom of the answer, it can take some time and the guidance of a truck accident attorney in Glendale.
Damages that contribute to the value of a truck accident claim can include:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Medical treatment bills
- Lost and missing wages
- Pain and suffering damages
Each type of damage can be sorted into two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damage is related to a tangible cost that can be tracked on paper, like medical bills. Non-economic damage is related to an abstract form of harm, like emotional trauma or physical suffering. Punitive damage is the third type of damage that is used to punish the liable parties for egregious wrongdoing, but it is considerably rare, so it might not be available in your case.
Get More Information About Filing a Truck Accident Case
The Law Offices of Wax & Wax in Glendale is here to help you make the most of your truck accident case without putting more stress on your shoulders. We can manage your case from start to finish, so you don’t need to get frustrated by any of the insurance company’s tactics or the many legal details. Just put us on the case, and we will get everything moving in the right direction while always keeping your best interests and maximized recovery in center focus.