Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents
The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC represents plaintiffs in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving truck and commercial vehicle accidents.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
With restricted visibility and limited maneuvering capability, large trucks and commercial vehicles are a challenge to operate. Even the most competent truck driver must work to navigate an enormous truck safely and share the road with smaller vehicles. However, many commercial truckers suffer from fatigue, leading to a high rate of collisions with other cars and trucks on the road. Other common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Driver inexperience and/or improper training
- Speeding and/or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which may be used to stay awake for long periods of time
- Poorly maintained brakes, tires, headlights, or safety equipment
In order to determine whether the truck driver or trucking company violated California law or any of the safety rules outlined in the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations, it is imperative to carefully examine the company's records as soon as possible after the accident. Safety violations may involve:
- Exceeding truck load weight limits
- Exceeding maximum weight limits for truck equipment
- Lack of required safety equipment
- Tire tread depth
- Drivers’ hours
Perusal of records often reveals serious and even fraudulent violations of safety regulations, such as driving for long periods of time in excess of limits set by state and federal law. Having this information makes proving negligence much easier for plaintiffs; however, trucking companies are only required to maintain many of their records for six months. Our attorneys possess the requisite knowledge of commercial vehicle regulations and trucking company procedures to gather the necessary information and records to substantiate your strongest claim.
Compensation and Recovery
If the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver or trucking company caused your injury or the loss of a loved one, you may be able to recover monetary compensation. Recoverable damages for injured parties include both economic damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. However, injuries suffered in commercial accidents are often very serious, requiring surgery and extended hospital stays, and some trucks and trucking companies do not have insurance policies that will cover the full extent of costs spent on serious injuries. Not only do our attorneys have experience handling cases involving serious accidents and catastrophic injuries, we regularly take on large insurance companies.
Seek Experienced, Aggressive Representation
Our firm has significant experience advocating on behalf of clients involved in accidents with trucks and commercial vehicles. We will litigate your claim aggressively against all parties involved, so that you may receive fair and proper compensation for your injuries. Please contact the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your potential claim. We offer flexible appointment hours, and will meet with you in your home or the hospital if necessary. Se habla español.