Most of us know that our roads are overly congested with traffic. One of the reasons for the overcrowding on our freeways and roads is the presence of 18-wheeler trailer trucks. We've all seen them, and most of us are wary of them, taking care not to follow too closely behind them or drive in their blind spot in the adjacent lane. And that’s for good reason – commercial trucks cause some of the most devastating accidents on public roadways.
Commercial trucks are important to our economy, and most drivers are hardworking people who drive safely and carefully. Unfortunately, some truck drivers and trucking companies are not so careful, and their negligence and carelessness causes accidents and injuries to motorists. The problem, of course, is that being hit with an 18-wheeler trailer truck is not like being hit by a regular car. Because of a trailer's massive weight, relatively "small" impacts can cause big injuries and even, tragically, death.
At KP Law, our Pasadena truck accident attorneys have fought on behalf of numerous victims who suffered injuries and losses in preventable auto accidents involving tractor-trailers and commercial trucks. We know the challenging issues present in these cases, and we have the experience and resources to fully address them as we fight to protect our clients’ right to compensation.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an auto accident involving a commercial truck, here are a view important things you should know:
- You have rights – When you are injured as the result of another’s negligent, careless, or wrongful acts, you have the right to hold that party liable for the damages you suffered by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits are civil actions that allow you to prove that another person or party (such as a truck driver or the trucking company) failed to uphold their legal duty of operating safely and, as a result of their negligence, more likely than not caused your injuries. When effectively handled, a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover financial compensation for damages you incurred as a direct result of your accident and injuries, including medical expenses, future medical needs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional injuries, and more.
- Truck accident cases can be complex – Because commercial trucks do pose serious hazards to public safety, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. Truck drivers and trucking companies must abide by a number of critical safety regulations designed to keep the public safe. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the damages victims suffer in preventable crashes. However, determining how and when these violations occurred, the underlying cause of a wreck, and how to clearly establish fault and liability can be difficult elements of truck accident cases. Compounded with the fact that trucking and insurance companies want to avoid paying out claims and these cases can quickly become a challenge.
- Trucking companies will fight – Truck companies and their commercial insurance providers are corporations in business to make money. As such, they are often more concerned with protecting their bottom line, and will not hesitate to put profits over people when it comes to defending against personal injury lawsuits, denying liability, or shirking full responsibility for an accident. What’s more, these corporations have extensive assets and resources to use to their advantage when fighting off claims. Because they are so intent on minimizing payouts, victims should be intent on retaining the legal representation they need to fight back and maximize compensation.
- A lawyer can make the difference – After an accident, one of the most important things you can do to protect your rights and your future is to work with an experienced lawyer. By having an advocate on your side, you can ensure the correct steps are being taken as you pursue a full and fair recovery of your damages. Our legal team at KP Law understands that injuries can create extensive burdens in the lives of victims and their families, which is why we strive to secure the maximum compensation possible. We do this by leveraging decades of experience and utilizing our resources to effectively level the playing field between our clients and the companies that work aggressively to pay them as little as possible.
Truck accidents are not easy experiences, especially when injuries are severe and recoveries long and difficult. During these difficult times, you can be confident about placing your trust in the proven personal injury lawyers at KP Law. As former insurance defense attorneys, we know how the other side operates, and we draw from this insight for the advantage of the victims and families we represent. Over the years, our team has handled numerous multi-million dollar cases, and we have the tools to tackle even the toughest matters.
Ultimately, we believe that when someone is injured by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, it is our job to fight for them to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. We have extensive experience representing people injured in truck accidents, from ensuring they receive the medical help they need to holding trucking companies fully accountable for their failures.
KP Law is standing by 24/7 to help and encourages you to reach out to our firm as soon as possible after an accident. Remember, time is an important factor in these cases. For a FREE consultation, contact us today.