San Fernando Truck Accident Lawyer
It’s almost impossible to drive around Southern California’s freeways and city streets without catching a glimpse of a familiar sight; an enormous commercial truck in front of you, beside you, or in your rearview mirror. Though instantly recognizable, most people don’t immediately equate that sight with a serious and direct threat to their safety. However, when you’re involved in a collision with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, tow truck, delivery truck, or other large commercial vehicle, the disastrous consequences of a wreck become evident very quickly.
The experienced San Fernando truck accident lawyers at Walch Law know the aftermath of a crash can wreck your health and financial future – that’s why we’ll fight for you to receive maximum compensation as quickly as possible. We know unnecessary delays keep you from the check and closure you need, so we work to get results so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today to get started!How High is the Risk of Truck Accidents in San Fernando?
San Fernando is a small city with 24,322 residents located just northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Though the town is small, the big city and other locations nearby are conveniently accessible thanks to its location near the massive 5, 405, 118, and 210 freeways. Though these dangerous freeways are helpful for getting around the LA metro area, San Fernando drivers need to exercise caution at all times to avoid disastrous accidents – especially around big rigs.
Recently, a FedEx big rig shut down the 5 freeway near the 170 split when it swerved to avoid another accident on the road, smashed through the concrete freeway barrier, and ended up on its side in the opposite lanes of traffic. This truck was one of the nearly 6 million commercial trucks registered with the state of California that travel the freeways near San Fernando every day en route to their final destinations.The Danger of Truck Accidents for Motorists
All motor vehicle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or even death, so no accident is ever a laughing matter. However, there cause for serious concern every time an accident involves a large truck. These hulking vehicles often weigh over 100,000 pounds, dwarfing regular passenger vehicles around them on the road. In addition to the size difference, most truck accidents generate greater impacts and cause more damage because the majority occur on highways, which have higher speeds and where vehicles tend to travel more rapidly than on city streets.
Both California and the federal government are aware the risk these trucks pose to others, so they enacted laws designed to protect the public that regulate:
- Truck driver licensing
- Truck transportation of hazardous materials
- Commercial truck speed limits
- Maximum hours truck drivers may drive within a single shift
- Commercial truck maintenance
Victims injured in truck accidents face an uphill recovery battle; disability and serious injury can not only wreck your physical health but lead to mounting medical bills for treatment and a lack of income if you can’t work. It’s common to pursue recovery by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party you believe is responsible and argue you are owed compensation because their negligence caused your damages.
If you can establish that your injuries were caused when the defendant acted or failed to act in a certain way and breached a legal duty of care owed to you, they may be liable and owe you compensation. Though drivers are the most commonly sued parties, any person, business, or government that acted negligently may be liable. It’s possible to recover from:
- Truck parts and vehicle manufacturers
- Truck owners
- Trucking companies
- Repair shops
- Governments with an agency responsible for building safe roads and maintaining safe conditions
- If you establish negligence, a court may order the defendant to pay damages for injuries you prove were caused by the accident. This can include:
- Medical expenses
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage
If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a large truck, you understand how painful and expensive the aftermath can be. You may even believe that because of your financial situation you can’t afford to hire an attorney to fight for the check you need and sense of closure you deserve. The experienced San Fernando truck accident attorneys at Walch Law believe everyone should be able to pursue damages if another party is responsible for their injuries; that’s why we take every case on a contingency fee basis. That means that until you get paid, you don’t pay us. Get in touch with us today to get your questions answered and see how our team can put our knowledge, skill, and resources to work for your benefit.