Recently, a tragic auto accident involving a semi-truck took the lives of 7 people. Seven innocent victims who lost their lives because of the negligence of another person. The accident involved two commercial tractor-trailers and several smaller vehicles, including a van carrying children (5 of whom lost their lives). The other two fatalities included the drivers of the two tractor-trailers involved in the accident. Not all semi truck accidents are this bad, but many are. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident in Los Angeles and the accident was not your fault, know that you have legal rights.
The Possible Causes of a Semi Truck Accident
The possible causes behind a semi truck accident are many. Semi-truck drivers are faced with a challenging task: driving a very large vehicle that is notoriously difficult to maneuver safely and doing so for long chunks of time with very few breaks. Despite best efforts by many truck drivers and other drivers on the road, semi-truck accidents happen.
Some of the most common causes of commercial tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Distracted Driving, Such as Texting
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
- Driver Fatigue
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
- Poor Driver Training
- Truck Malfunction
- Improper Braking/Turning
- Failing to Look for Cars in Blindspots
How Does a Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuit Work?
A personal injury claim is a legal action in which the injured person — the plaintiff — sues the party or party who is responsible. In the case of a semi truck accident, the responsible party often includes the driver and owner of the truck — two parties. Your accident attorney will represent you and seek the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
Negligence and a Semi-Truck Accident Claim
In order to prove fault in an accident claim, there has to be negligence. Generally speaking, this means that a third party (business or person) was responsible for the truck accident because for doing something to cause the accident or failing to do something to prevent the accident. For example, a trucking company could be considered negligent and liable in a truck accident claim if they had failed to vet a driver with a history of drunk driving and that driver then caused an accident while intoxicated.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
With a skilled Los Angeles accident attorney at your side, you have a significantly higher chance at recovering the maximum amount of money possible when pursuing an accident claim. Whether through a jury trial or through settlement, the right lawyer will aggressively defend you and your legal rights. We have substantial experienced handling truck accident cases, such as a recent settlement for $4 million. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact the Ghozland Law Firm team of accident lawyers today.