Truck accidents are among the most serious and disastrous crashes on the road. A big rig semi-truck can weigh up to 20 times what a normal car weighs, meaning injuries resulting from a crash can be catastrophic. Many victims even end up losing their lives. If you or your family have suffered from a truck accident, you should know that the law is on your side.
You do not have to face medical bills, lost wages, and other costs alone. You need to talk to a Los Angeles truck accident attorney. The Simmrin Law Group is here to help. We are a compassionate, dedicated law firm that works to achieve justice for the victims of truck accidents.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?
In theory, truck accidents follow the same rules of fault and liability as any other vehicle accident. The reality, however, is that trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road.
Truck companies and their drivers are held to very high safety standards. Even a small violation or a moment of inattention from the truck driver can count as fault. That means that:
- It is common for the truck driver to be the one at fault.
- In many cases, the truck company itself may also bear responsibility.
- Many truck accidents involve multiple vehicles, and a third party (neither you nor the truck driver) may be the one at fault.
Additionally, other parties such as the company that loaded the truck or the truck manufacturer could be to blame. The bottom line, legally, is that whoever was careless or “negligent” is the one liable for the accident. Never blame yourself if you are the victim of a truck accident.
Unfortunately, trucking companies and their insurers have very deep pockets. They will throw a lot of resources into avoiding responsibility. That is why an experienced truck accident lawyer will start by launching an investigation on your behalf. They will recover evidence of what really happened before it can be lost or destroyed.
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How Much Money Can I Win in a Truck Accident Claim?
The law gives you a right to financial recovery. You may seek two kinds of damages.
The hard costs of the accident include things like medical costs, lost wages, and the projected cost of all future medical treatment. These costs also include any loss of future earning potential if you will be unable to return to work.
The term general damages is used for serious losses that do not have a dollar value but undeniably cost you something. For example, you can be awarded additional money for serious pain and suffering, mental or emotional anguish, or permanent injuries or disabilities.
The general damages in a truck accident case can be substantial and are often the largest part of the money you will receive. Because of this, many truck accidents result in multi-million dollar settlements. It is not unusual to see settlement figures of $10 million or more.
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Trucking Companies Have Experience Fighting Lawsuits
Attempting to fight for compensation against a large trucking company on your own is not likely to have a favorable outcome. Even a small trucking company likely has faced multiple lawsuits from drivers injured in collisions with their vehicles over the years.
The company will typically have a high-priced legal team on retainer, who know all the tricks to use against accident victims.
To level the playing field, it is critical that you hire a truck accident lawyer. An experienced attorney will be aware of all of the tactics that the trucking company will attempt to use against you, as well as how to fight back. Consulting with a team of Los Angeles truck accident lawyers is the most important step you can take to protect your future after a crash.
What If My Loved One Was Killed in a Truck Accident?
That is a terrible loss, and we are sorry for what you and your family are going through. Unfortunately, we have worked with many families in this situation. We know that no settlement can possibly make up for it.
Our goal is to win your case both to get some sense of justice for your family and to make sure you and your loved ones are financially stable in the aftermath of the accident.
Legally, when someone gets killed in an accident, their family have all the same rights that the victim themselves would have if they were alive. That means you can recover the money you need, including all medical costs and other expenses. Additionally, you have a right to other damages as well:
- Final costs such as funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship if a spouse has passed away
- Loss of earning potential if the deceased was a breadwinner
This money can never undo what happened. Our hope is that it will help you find closure and be able to move forward without financial loss.
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How Much Does a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer Cost?
At the Simmrin Law Group, we do not believe in billing injury victims for money they do not have. In fact, we have a policy against charging any out-of-pocket fees to our truck accident clients. Instead, we prioritize getting you the legal help you need. Our truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis which means that you pay us only if we win you money.
Under our policy:
- You can consult with us for free.
- You do not need to worry about “billable hours” if you call us with questions.
- You pay nothing while we work on your case.
- If we fail to win you money, you will not owe us a thing.
If we win you money, we get paid as a percentage of the total amount recovered while you keep the lion’s share. We believe this is a risk-free way to provide you with professional legal representation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
After a truck accident in California, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit against the liable party. If you fail to file within this time frame, you will likely lose your right to claim compensation. You should also note that under special circumstances, the amount of time you have to file can be significantly reduced.
To ensure that you do not miss any deadlines, you should hire a Los Angeles truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Not only will hiring a lawyer early help you avoid missing due dates, but it will also put them in the best position to build a strong case on your behalf.
Talk to a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
Truck accidents are severe, painful, and life-altering. You should not have to face the aftermath alone. Let the attorneys of the Simmrin Law Group shield you and talk to the insurance companies on your behalf. We will investigate the crash, assemble hard evidence, and make sure you get all of the medical care you need, along with the money to pay for it.
Let us give you a free consultation to get you started. Fill out our online contact form or call us and get your free consultation today.