If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it is essential you seek legal help as soon as possible. A Gardena truck accident lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The Dominguez Firm has over 35 years of experience helping injury victims and has a 96%* success rate. Contact us today for a free consultation at (800)818-1818.
Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
Being involved in a truck accident is a very serious matter. If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, it is important to be aware of the common injuries that can result from these types of accidents. While some injuries may be minor, most are serious and can have life-altering consequences. The following is a list of some of the most common injuries that can occur as a result of a truck accident:
One of the most serious injuries that can occur in any type of accident is a brain injury. Given the size of most large trucks, those in passenger vehicles are at greater risk of suffering severe brain injuries in a crash. Symptoms of a brain injury include headaches, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, mood swings, and fatigue. If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms after a truck accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Spinal cord injuries:
Another serious type of injury that can occur in a truck accident is a spinal cord injury. These injuries can cause paralysis and other permanent damage. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and loss of coordination. If you or someone you care about has been in a truck accident and is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical help right away.
While usually not as serious as some of the other injuries on this list, broken bones can still be extremely painful and require lengthy recovery times or surgery. Common broken bone injuries from a truck accident include those to the arms, legs, hips, and pelvis.
Who are You Suing for Your Gardena Truck Accident?
You may wonder who can be held responsible if you’re injured in a truck accident. The answer depends on the circumstances of the accident. Still, there are typically three parties who can be held responsible: the truck driver, the trucking company, and/or the manufacturer of the truck or truck parts.
The Truck Driver
If the truck driver was at fault for the accident, they will be named as a defendant. This could be the case if the driver was speeding, intoxicated, not properly trained, or not taking proper rest breaks. In some cases, even if the truck driver wasn’t directly at fault for causing the accident, he or she may still be named if it’s found that he or she didn’t take reasonable steps to avoid the accident.
The Trucking Company
If the trucking company is found to have been negligent in hiring or training the driver, or if it failed to properly maintain the truck, then it can be named in a lawsuit for an accident caused by one of its drivers.
If a defect in the design or manufacture of the truck or one of its parts caused the truck accident, then the manufacturer of that component can be named as a defendant. This could be anything from a flawed tire to defective brakes.
Should I Try to Deal With the Trucking Transportation Company Myself Before Calling a Lawyer?
Absolutely not! Trucking transportation companies are for-profit businesses. If they can avoid paying our large settlements they will. They are notorious for aggressively defending themselves against accident claims, regardless of the severity of the injuries to those involved.
One tactic they may use is to tell you a personal injury lawyer will only complicate things. Nothing could be further from the truth. They do this to try and scare you into accepting a low offer and quickly close your claim.
Many truck accidents are caused by the following circumstances, all of them the fault of the trucking company:
- Unrealistic driver deadlines – this can lead to drivers speeding or ignoring traffic signs.
- A mechanical issue with the truck – this can be something as simple as faulty brakes or an overloaded trailer.
- Improper truck maintenance – if the trucking company is responsible for maintaining the trucks and fails to do so, they can be held liable.
Never deal with the trucking transportation company directly. They do not have your best interests at heart, regardless of what they might say to you.
Can I Sue if I was Partially to Blame for My Gardena Truck Accident?
Yes, California is a comparative negligence state, which means you can share part of the responsibility for your truck accident and still file a personal injury claim. A court would determine your percentage of blame and subtract it from your final compensation amount. So if you received $2 million but were considered to be 25% responsible for your truck accident injuries, you would receive $1.5 million ($2 million – 25%/$500,000 = $1.5 million).
A quick note here; don’t let any doubts about your role in the truck accident stop you from calling an attorney, especially if you were seriously injured. Accidents happen quickly, and in the case of a truck accident are terrifying. What you think happened may not have. This is especially true if you had to be rushed to the hospital from the scene of the accident. Instead, let The Dominguez Firm review your case to see if we can help.
How The Dominguez Firm Can Help Your Case
Truck accidents can cause serious injuries. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a Gardena truck accident, it is essential you seek legal help. A lawyer can help you build a strong case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. The Dominguez Firm offers free consultation at (800) 818-1818. Call us today!