Los Angeles Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers

A semi-truck is one with a detachable trailer, which does not have a front axle and is supported by the road tractor itself. When detached from the truck, the trailer is supported by extendable legs. It is attached to the road tractor via a heavy-metal cylindrical pin called a kingpin, while the fifth wheel enables a semi-trailer to rotate, adding stability and enabling the truck to turn. 

A semi-trailer is designed to transport freight and may be in the form of an enclosed container-like structure, refrigerated compartment, flatbed, or tank. Due to the many complexities of a semi-truck, accidents are likely to occur. Our Los Angeles semi-truck truck accident attorneys are familiar with each type and its hazards to motorists on the road. 

The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani is experienced with representing all types of personal injury cases.

Semi-Truck Accident Statistics

Accident settlements involving semi-truck accidents reach upwards of $20 billion annually. About half of that goes to personal injury victims. About 5,000 people die each year in automobile accidents caused by or involving semi-trucks, while about 700 truck occupants die in crashes. In most accidents, the truck was pulling a single trailer.

Semi-Truck Accidents in the News

October 19, 2018: A semi-truck was one of four vehicles involved in a crash on the 118 Freeway near Porter Ranch; the fire department assisted in extricating four people from the truck.

September 12, 2018: In a 210 Freeway crash in Pasadena, a semi-truck overturned, blocking an offramp and killing the 60-year-old driver.

September 2, 2018: A semi-truck and BMW collided on the 60 Freeway, in South El Monte; the drivers of both vehicles were killed, and witnesses said the trucker couldn’t slow down to avoid the sedan. 

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

The size and weight of a semi-truck increase the risk of accidents, given it takes longer to slow down. There are many reasons why an accident can occur in the first place. Some of the most common factors include:

Truckers often drive for thousands of miles in a short time. While federal regulations limit daily driving, fatigue remains a leading cause of accidents.

The law requires truck drivers to properly maintain their vehicles. Worn brakes or tires, unsafe trailers, and engine problems can cause fatal crashes.

Distraction is an issue our truck accident lawyers in Los Angeles often encounter. Cell phone, radio, and GPS system use, or even eating, can be distracting activities.

A lack of experience or training can increase the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, trucking companies often hire less experienced drivers to pay them less per mile.

If cargo is loaded improperly, its weight may not be evenly distributed. The truck may be difficult to maneuver and be more likely to jackknife.

Other potential causes include:

  • Poor road conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Wide turns
  • Blind spots

Typical Semi-Truck Accident Injuries

  • Paralysis

  • Internal Bleeding

  • Road Rash

  • Scars

  • Whiplash

Have You Been in a Semi-Truck Accident? Call The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani

If you’ve suffered semi-truck accident injury, we can help determine who is liable and bring in expert witnesses to defend your case. Truck companies work with powerful law firms and have multi-million-dollar insurance policies. With our experience, we can fight for you and negotiate on your behalf. Even if you are a truck driver injured in a crash, we can get you a settlement that covers your expenses, so long as you are not at fault for the accident.

You can depend on our semi-truck accident attorneys in Los Angeles to hold any liable party accountable. For more information, call 888-952-2952 or contact us to receive a free case consultation.

Reference Links:

Common Questions After A Truck Accident

Defects In Trucks Lead to Major Inquiry

Dozing Drivers & Truck Accidents

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