Commercial Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love was involved in a California motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer, semi truck or any other commercial truck, you may be wondering what to do next. After obtaining emergency medical assistance for any visible injuries, you can take a few other steps to protect your interests. At the law firm of Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we recommend that you:
- Have a doctor highly experienced in motor vehicle accident injuries examine you.
- Write down the license number for both the cab and the trailer of the truck involved.
- Write down the truck driver’s license number, insurance information, name and contact information.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
- Photograph the scene of the accident, including vehicle damage, any physical injuries, skid marks on the road and any other visible evidence.
- Request a copy of the police report.
- Talk to our Los Angeles commercial truck accident lawyer, Scott J. Corwin, as soon as possible. We can help you preserve other types of evidence — such as truck driver logs and data — before it disappears.
Scott J. Corwin is a distinguished member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). Clients are grateful to him for the $125 million he has put in their pockets over his 20-year career. Why work with an average lawyer when you can hire a 6-year Southern California Super Lawyer?
Commercial Trucking Accident Injuries in the Los Angeles Area
Commercial truck accidents are extremely dangerous for the involved motorist. Commercial tractor and trailer combinations are often 75 feet long and can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. So the motorist is always the loser when involved in an accident with a commercial truck. The injuries sustained by the motorist are often quite severe, as a result.
Federal guidelines state a property-carrying big-rig driver has an 11-hour driving limit with a minimum of 10 consecutive hours off duty; passenger-carrying drivers have 10-hour driving limits with at least 8 consecutive hours off duty. Furthermore, truck drivers are required to have eight hours off for every 10 hours of driving (source: fmcsa.dot.gov). The National Highway Transportation Safety Association reports that driver fatigue is responsible for more than 30 percent of all truck accidents, as many truck drivers violate these regulations. Truck drivers have to meet unrealistic deadlines, and therefore they work long hours and often ignore regulations. As a result, truck driver fatigue is one of the primary reasons for commercial truck accidents. In a CDC survey, 24% of drivers said they “often” continued to drive despite fatigue.
Other factors contributing to commercial truck accidents include improper maintenance, faulty brakes, hauling improperly loaded cargo and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Two Important Things to Remember About Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Do not give a statement to any insurance companies until you have first talked to your lawyer. The insurance companies may try to twist your words or trick you into admitting guilt.
- Do not sign any papers from your insurance company until you have consulted an attorney. If you sign a settlement agreement for less than your case is truly worth, you will lose out on the full amount of money you may require for future medical care and other needs.
Consult Our Los Angeles Commercial Truck Accident Attorney
After a commercial trucking accident in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties or the neighboring areas of California, it is wise to speak to an experienced truck accident lawyer about your rights and options in a free initial consultation. Simply call Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, toll free at 800-946-9440, or contact our Los Angeles office online.