Truck Accident Attorneys

A truck accident occurs when a vehicle 10,000 pounds or larger hits another vehicle or a pedestrian. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, around 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year, 5,000 of which are fatal.

Work with a Jacoby and Meyers California Truck Accident Attorney

Driving on freeways in California means we must share the road with 18-wheelers and semi-trucks. In fact, a 2017 poll ranked California as the top state with the most private and commercial big trucks at 14,037,539. There is currently a high demand for Palm Desert and Palm Springs truck accident lawyers, as the busy 10 freeway stretches across the country into California running right through the desert communities before it comes to a halt in LA. The best truck accident lawyer Los Angeles has to offer is in high demand, as LA County has an overwhelming surge of traffic, including semi-trucks, in addition to major trucking routes that cross the county. But ultimately, truck accident attorneys in California are always in high demand, regardless of the collision’s location.

If you have been injured in a collision involving a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, finding the right truck accident lawyer can be nerve-wracking. Jacoby and Meyers has the best truck accident lawyers in California, armed with a staff of true industry experts who work tirelessly to build your case. Our truck accident attorneys prioritize your immediate medical treatment and ensure you get the highest compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in California

Trucks of multiple sizes and types can cause severe accidents on the road and put other drivers at a higher risk. From your typical pickup truck used as a personal vehicle, to massive commercial big rigs, these vehicles tend to cause greater damage in collisions. Keep in mind that many big rigs weigh up to 20 times more than the average four-door sedan on the road and can leave surrounding motorists with critical injuries. A Jacoby and Meyers truck accident attorney can expertly research the crash, collect the right information from multiple sources, and tell your story to ensure you get the highest possible settlement for your pain and suffering.

Keep in mind that semi-trucks and other large hauling vehicles are subject to specific and strict laws. The regulations placed upon these trucks are meant to minimize the risk of major accidents, and the truck accident lawyers of Jacoby and Meyers have decades of experience in unearthing major violations, building the right case based on concrete evidence, and getting their clients the largest compensation possible.

Some of the common causes of a big rig catastrophe that warrants legal representation from a Jacoby and Meyeers truck accident lawyer include:

  • Faulty truck maintenance
  • Negligence by the trucking company
  • Truck driver errors
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Poor road conditions
  • Inclement weather
  • Unsecure or unsafe loads
  • Overweight loads
  • Transportation of hazardous materials

One of the primary leading causes of truck accidents in California is a trucking company’s failure to properly maintain their fleet. Whether these organizations skip maintenance appointments as a way to cut operational costs, or invest in cheaper inferior parts, any accident that can be traced to such an act of neglect automatically creates liability. In addition, California state law places hourly driving limits for truckers to follow. Many are under tremendous pressure to unload their cargo within strict deadlines in order to hit desired pay scales, and as a result they might ignore these guidelines. [Instead of saying "tend to ignore" I want to suggest maybe saying "might ignore" instead. These two sentences might be true, but I just have mixed feelings about putting these statements on this page. I think it's better to err on the side of caution and not make too many bold statements that might offend someone...just my thoughts, completely up to you! Might be OK with Jubin.][Understood. I read that narcotics lead to truck accidents, as many drivers take them. But your point makes sense.]With this kind of pressure, long distances, and potentially poorly maintained vehicles, drivers are often fatigued and distracted while operating trucks that roughly weigh 80,000 pounds or 40 tons, at speeds hovering around 65 MPH, that may or may not be properly maintained.

Your California truck accident lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers will harvest the necessary facts from the collision and reports, and work around the clock with a team of experts to ensure your story is told, you get the medical treatment you need, and the compensation you deserve.

How the Truck Accident Lawyers of Jacoby and Meyers Handle Big Rig Collisions

The experienced California truck accident lawyers of Jacoby and Meyers start, first and foremost, by ensuring that clients get immediate medical care. As a client is examined by a physician,[Almost 100% of the time we investigate the accident while the client is still treating with physicians, so you can probably remove "shortly after."][Changed ;)] our car accident attorneys simultaneously delve into the trucking companies. We know that these organizations have their own adjusters, investigators and attorneys who conduct their own research and draft up an analysis. Their goal, first and foremost, is to reduce the company’s liability. If they are successful in doing this, significant portions of your compensation will get eliminated, and you won’t receive a fair amount for your pain and suffering. It is crucial that you contact our truck accident attorneys immediately after seeking medical attention so that we can conduct our own investigation and build your case. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you have multiple options, and to truly understand the best path to follow towards a resolution, it is imperative to reach out to our personal injury lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers without wasting any time.

Once you call us, we assess the facts, do our investigation, and build your case. Then we negotiate with insurance companies and may even take them to litigation in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. If the driver violated any laws, or the company was negligent, we can take them to court to ensure you are awarded maximum compensation. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, call us today for a free consultation and get deeper insight into your case, and discover the right direction it can take.

Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer if I have Insurance?

Even if you have a great insurance policy, you should definitely contact our team of truck accident attorneys at Jacoby and Meyers. Truck accidents in Los Angeles, and from Sacramento to Palm Springs (and all across the state), are often more complex than other types of vehicular collisions. The main reason for this stems from insurance concerns. All trucking organizations in California are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These regulations mandate that trucks have various amounts of insurance depending on their types, and the materials they carry.

You may receive a temporary or permanent injury from a truck accident that limits your ability to support yourself, as well as your family. In these scenarios it is common for truck companies to argue with leasing and hauling organizations over which insurance provider should pay for damages. Furthermore, they will try to move a certain percentage of fault to the injured party to limit the amount of compensation they would have to pay out. Truck accident victims need personal injury attorneys that specialize in big rig collisions because these experts know how to navigate the labyrinth of insurance complexities that can likely emerge in your lawsuit.

Your Jacoby and Meyers truck accident attorney will take an aggressive angle in pursuing your case and will present it before the insurance company to get you the full compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation, and let the experts handle everything for you.

Common Types Of Truck Accident Injuries

The following are some of the most common truck accident injury questions:

  • What Should I Do After I Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident?

    Receive a full medical checkup to verify any injuries you have received. The longer you wait to document the occurrence and contact a lawyer, the less viable your case may be in court. In addition, federal regulations state that a truck driver’s log can be destroyed after six months if a lawyer fails to apply for a court order or other preventative measure. A truck driver’s log may be used as a piece of evidence integral to your case.

    Before giving a statement to an insurance company or the trucking company, you should contact an attorney. It is usually also wise to refrain from signing a medical release or authorization form before contacting a lawyer. The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers have experience with truck accident insurance claims, and can help you receive the settlement or verdict you deserve.

  • Do I Need a Lawyer If I Have Insurance?

    Truck accidents can be more complex than other types of vehicle collisions because of insurance concerns. All trucking companies in California are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which require trucks to have varying amounts of insurance depending on the type of materials they carry.

    You may receive a temporary or lifelong injury from a truck accident, limiting your ability to support yourself and your family. In such a case, trucking companies may argue with leasing and hauling companies over which insurance company should foot the bill. You need a lawyer who can get you the full coverage you need.

    The lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers are familiar with the maze of insurance difficulties that may crop up in a truck accident lawsuit. We will pursue your case aggressively and present it to the insurance company or court as effectively as possible.

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