Most Los Anglicans have encountered a close call with a semi-truck on any of the major freeways. For a driver of an average size vehicle, a near side-swipe by a big rig can make it feel like there’s nothing on the road more dangerous than large commercial trucks.
While shipping trucks are vital to the economy, they’re also capable of triggering life-altering or deadly accidents in a split second. Because of the size difference between commercial vehicles and the average passenger car, truck accidents rarely end well for the innocent parties in other cars.
It’s only getting worse as time goes by. Since truckers are constantly under pressure to deliver on ever-tighter deadlines, it’s all too easy for them to push themselves too hard and cause a catastrophic crash because of fatigue or distractions.
While there are rules and regulations in the trucking industry to minimize accidents, there are some bad actors in leadership roles that too often look the other way, and enourage unsafe driving habits. The trucking industry is notorious for ardently defending its drivers through tough litigation and a seemingly impenetrable shield that leaves crash victims out on a limb. Without help, victims are forced to fight powerful and well-funded insurance companies that strive to avoid paying them the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
However, there are several ways accident victims can make their fight easier. Most personal injury attorneys are well-versed in negotiating with insurance companies. Unfortunately, many of them don’t understand the human anatomy, and how a person’s body truly reacts to significant injuries.
Working with a genuine, respected medical malpractice attorney gives you’re a resource with all the knowledge and experience to negotiate your case. Trucking companies will aggressively try to avoid paying your claim; working with the right attorney – one who has proven themselves suessful in jury trials, and has a deep understanding of the extent of your injury – can help you hold them responsible for the losses you and your family have faced.
With a registered nurse on staff, and deep knowledge of physiology and anatomy, Michael Oran is uniquely positioned to dissect medical and police reports, estimate the lifelong ramifications of the injury sustained, and successfully deliver the right care for your injuries, and the maximum compensation possible.
No other law firm can compare.
California Truck Crash Statistics
Commercial vehicles and bus crashes are, unfortunately, more common than you might think. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of commercial vehicles on the road has been increasing annually since 2013. This is connected to several alarming statistics about the danger these vehicles pose.
- Commercial vehicles and buses are responsible for less than 10% of all vehicle miles traveled annually
- Commercial vehicles have gotten heavier on average annually since 2013
- Nearly 1 in 8 of all fatal traffic accidents in the US involved at least one commercial vehicle despite making up less than 1 in 10 road users.
- California is second only to Texas in terms of deadly truck accidents nationwide.
- Truck drivers only make up 16% of deaths in fatal accidents.
Essentially, large vehicles have an outsized effect on the deadliness of America’s roadways. Truck accidents are far more likely to kill and injure innocent bystanders than the drivers themselves.
However, with the right legal representation, accident victims can fight back and prove their injuries and need for care. When you’ve been significantly injured, or a loved one has lost their life due to a wreckless or negligent truck driver, you need a battle-tested, trial-proven attorney who refuses to back down.
Call another attorney first, then give us a call. You’ll see why we’re different.
Causes of California Truck Accidents
Despite being held to stricter safety standards nationwide, truckers often cause accidents due to negligence or distraction. While these drivers are being forced to meet increasingly strict deadlines, failing to meet safety standards and causing an accident is inexcusable. According to the FMCSA, the most common causes of truck accidents and driver error include:
- Brake problems from poor maintenance
- The effects of prescription medications
- Driver fatigue
- Being lost or confused
- Failure to stop for required signals like crosswalks
- Failing to pay attention to the road
- Other road conditions, such as congestion or poor maintenance
Out of all of these items, only the last one is not necessarily the driver’s fault. In almost every case, driver error is the cause of truck crashes.
When it’s clear that the trucker was at fault for an accident, their insurance company may switch tactics to reduce their liability. Instead of proving fault, they may try to show that your injuries are actually mild and don’t require significant medical care. If they succeed, you may lose out on important treatment and remain injured for life.
Working with a medical malpractice attorney – not just any personal injury lawyer with some clever radio advertisements – can help you avoid that result. A genuine medical malpractice attorney works with on-staff medical professionals to determine the true extent of your injuries, ensure you receive the proper care for your unique injuries (especially significant or catastrophic injuries), and negotiate with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve.
And if the insurance company doesn’t provide you what you deserve, we’re very comfortable proceeding to court (we have decades of successful trial verdicts).
Unlike the other side, your medical malpractice attorney has your best interests in mind and will use their in-depth knowledge of injuries and accidents to fight for the full settlement you need to return to normal life .
Serious Accidents Require Serious Legal Assistance
Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous risks of the road. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a commercial vehicle accident, you’re not alone. Working with the qualified California truck accident and medical malpractice experts at the Law Offices of Michael Oran, A.P.C can help you advocate for the compensation you need to recover from your losses. Reach out at (213) 454-0002 or online to set up your free consultation and discuss your case.