Truck Accident Lawyer

Traffic accidents involving semis, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks have a tremendous potential to cause devastating injuries or death to the occupants of smaller vehicles struck by these massive machines. When these accidents are caused by defective trucks or by the negligence of truck drivers and/or the trucking companies that employ or dispatch them, accident victims and their families may be entitled to financial compensation for the suffering they have endured.

trucking accident lawyer laIf you were injured or one of your family members was killed in a truck accident caused by someone’s negligence or a defective truck or other motor vehicle, you may be able to obtain damages for your injuries or loved one’s death through legal action against the responsible parties. The Killino Firm’s trucking-accident personal-injury and wrongful-death attorneys have extensive experience with truck-accident cases, including those arising out of accidents caused by truck-driver and/or trucking-company negligence or by defective trucks and other motor vehicles. Contact The Killino Firm at 213-623-2544 for a cost-free evaluation of your case and additional information about your legal rights and options.

Accident Injuries and Deaths Caused by Truck Driver or Trucking Company Negligence

Truck-driver negligence and incompetence is a frequent cause of truck accidents and resultant injuries and deaths. Trucking companies that employ or dispatch these drivers may also contribute to the occurrence of injury-causing accidents through their own negligence. Trucker or trucking-company negligence may result from violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) or from other failures to exercise reasonable care for the safety of pedestrians and occupants of other motor vehicles.

A truck driver’s violation of FMCSR, traffic laws, or rules of the road may be found to constitute negligence per se in an action seeking damages for injuries sustained in accidents caused by such violations. Thus, a trucker’s non-compliance with FMCSR hours of service (HOS) requirements may be found to constitute negligence per se in an action for injuries sustained in a truck accident caused by the trucker’s excessive fatigue due to non-compliance with maximum allowable driving times, for instance. A trucker’s driving while fatigued may also be found to constitute negligence in such an action, even if the trucker was not in violation of HOS requirements at the time the accident occurred. Truckers may also be found liable for trucking-accident injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by violations of FMCSR regarding alcohol and controlled substance use, pre-trip safety inspections, and other safety-related requirements, or by other instances of negligence, such as speeding, driving in an aggressive or distracted manner, following too closely behind other vehicles, or driving too fast for road or weather conditions.

Trucking companies that dispatch and/or employ truck drivers may also be found liable for traffic-accident injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by trucking-company negligence. As is true with respect to truck-driver negligence, trucking-company negligence may result from violations of FMCSR or traffic laws as well as from other instances of lack of care for others’ safety. A trucking company that negligently screens, hires, trains, and/or retains an incompetent truck driver, for example, may be found liable for truck-accident injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by the truck driver’s negligence, while a company that encourages its drivers to violate speed limits, drive too fast for road and weather conditions, and violate HOS regulations by requiring drivers to cover specified distances in unreasonable and unsafe periods of time may be found liable for truck-accident injuries and deaths determined to have resulted from a driver’s engaging in any such negligent behavior in order to comply with the company’s demands.

Accidents Caused by Defective Trucks and Other Motor Vehicles

Truck accidents may also be caused by defects in trucks, cars, or other motor vehicles. Trucks and other motor vehicles may be found defective when they are manufactured in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) or when they contain other defects in their design, manufacture, or warnings that make them unreasonably dangerous for their intended and reasonably expected use. A truck manufactured in violation of FMVSS Rule 121, for example, which requires most heavy trucks to be manufactured with air brake systems that enable drivers to stop within a specified number of feet (depending on load weights) when traveling at 60 miles per hour, may be found defective in a products-liability action seeking damages for personal injuries or deaths resulting from a truck accident caused by the truck’s non-compliant brake system.

When a truck or other motor vehicle is found to have had a design, manufacturing, or warnings defect at the time it was sold and at the time an injury-causing accident occurred, the designer, manufacturer, suppliers, assemblers, and others in the chain of the vehicle’s production and distribution may be held strictly liable for accident injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by the vehicle defect. Strict-liability actions allow plaintiffs to recover damages for injuries and deaths caused by motor-vehicle defects without proof that any of the defendants was negligent in producing the defective vehicle or in releasing it to the market.

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If you have been injured or one of your family members has died in a truck accident caused by someone’s negligence or a defective truck or other motor vehicle, The Killino Firm Los Angeles truck-accident lawyers can help you fight for justice from those responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death. Contact The Killino Firm at 213-623-2544 for experienced and aggressive assistance with your case.

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