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Truck Accidents

California truck accidents involve some of the worst injuries that we see as personal injury attorneys.  Unlike collisions between two passenger vehicles, when a big rig or semi truck hits a car, light truck or SUV, there is a much higher potential for serious injury or even death.  A fully-loaded commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while a typical passenger vehicle weighs in the neighborhood 3,000 pounds. There is little doubt that when these two vehicles collide, the smaller, lighter vehicle will likely suffer more damage — along with its occupants.   Because the injuries suffered in trucking accidents are typically very serious, it is all the more important that you hire an attorney with experience in handling trucking accidents to handle your case.

Highways and freeways snake throughout California, and are used by semi trucks and tractor trailers to transport goods through the state and to other states.  The sheer number of commercial trucks on our roads increases the chance that you may be involved in a truck accident.  At the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, our knowledge of the laws governing truck accidents — both state and federal — means that we are uniquely equipped to advocate for you.   Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation or to learn more about how we can help you.

Causes of Truck Accidents

There are many possible causes of truck wrecks.  Like all other drivers on the road, truck drivers may fall prey to the same types of bad driving behaviors that many Californians engage in: speeding, distracted driving, and aggressive driving.  Yet truck drivers also carry a special commercial drivers’ license and are held to different standards than other drivers.

For example, federal law imposes limits on how long commercial truck drivers can be behind the wheel without a break and how long these breaks must be.  These rules, known as hours of service regulations, are meant to protect both truck drivers and others on the road from the dangers of drowsy driving — a leading cause of truck accidents.

Yet many trucking companies have compensation systems that reward drivers for getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible.  For some drivers, this may mean speeding.  For others, it may mean ignoring hours of service regulations in order to hit their goals.

In other cases, trucking companies may fail to properly train their drivers on techniques such as defensive driving or even safe operation of their trucks.  Something as simple as failing to secure a load properly can have disastrous results for other drivers on the road if (for example) a log rolls off of the back of a tractor trailer.  The Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn will analyze all angles of your truck accident case to determine how it occurred — and who may be held responsible for your injuries.

Filing a Lawsuit in A California Truck Accident Case

Truck accident cases are often challenging for a number of reasons.  First, there may be multiple possible defendants in the case, including the driver, the trucking company, the vehicle or equipment manufacturer, or even the manufacturer of a hazardous material being shipped. Second, there are complex federal and state laws that govern interstate trucking and must be taken into account in any truck accident case.  Third, trucking companies often have large insurance policies — and even bigger teams of lawyers.  This can make truck accident cases particularly high-stakes, as the insurance adjusters will work hard to avoid paying out on a claim.  A skilled California truck accident attorney will be able to level the playing field and fight for your rights. 

Work with a California Truck Accident Attorney

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you will need a lawyer who knows both the law and the unique issues that may pop up in these cases. The Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn has the knowledge and resources to successfully litigate truck accident cases.

We will evaluate the facts of your case and determine who is responsible for your injuries — and then file a demand with the appropriate insurance company for your damages.  If we cannot negotiate a settlement, we will file a lawsuit and advocate for your right to compensation. that you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation.

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