Glendale Truck Accident Lawyer Advocates for Victims   

Reputable California attorney pursues compensation from negligent defendants     

Southern California is home to two of the busiest ports in the United States: the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. From those two entry points, commercial trucks carry goods to consumers throughout the country. California agriculture also relies on trucking companies to transport their products to market. Unfortunately, commercial vehicle owners and operators sometimes fail to use proper safety measures, putting people on I-5, I-405, I-10 and other congested arteries at risk. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash involving a big rig, Geragos Law Group in Glendale is prepared to help. Attorney Matthew Geragos has more than 30 years of legal experience and takes on liable individuals and companies to secure the compensation our injured clients deserve.

Common causes of Southern California truck accidents

Tractor-trailers traveling at highway speed possess devastating force, and even a slight lapse can trigger a catastrophic collision. There are many potential contributing causes in truck accident cases, such as:

  • Aggressive driving to meet a deadline
  • Driver error
  • Driver fatigue
  • Alcohol or drug impairment
  • Mechanical defects due to manufacturer error or poor maintenance
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo

Truck accidents can also occur because of poorly constructed or maintained roadways, in which case the government entity responsible for the road could be liable.

Severe injuries resulting from truck accidents

The mass and force of a commercial truck increases the likelihood that someone in a passenger vehicle will suffer severe harm. It is not uncommon for such crashes to cause the following injuries:

  • Loss of limbs
  • Crush injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Wrongful death

Regardless of the particular injury, the outcome of your personal injury claim will determine if you can pay your medical bills and replace your lost income while you recover.

Importance of hiring an experienced truck accident attorney

Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney can greatly improve your chances of obtaining fair compensation. An attorney who understands state and federal trucking regulations can use subpoena power to access documents that might show the trucking company violated safety regulations. Perhaps in the company logs, there is evidence the driver had exceeded the number of hours allowed before taking a required break. Alternatively, a dispatcher could have a vehicle that failed a safety inspection back into service without maintenance. Armed with this information, your attorney could make a persuasive case that the trucking company contributed to the accident and should be responsible for the damages that resulted.  

Even when liability is clear, victims of accepting a settlement offer from the defendant might be very costly. Insurers use a variety of tactics to evade their obligation and it can be tempting to take what’s been promised, especially when facing financial pressure. By hiring a determined advocate, you can learn the true value of our claim and increase your chances of getting the settlement you deserve.                             

Contact a skillful truck accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation

Geragos Law Group in Glendale provides aggressive personal injury representation for victims of commercial truck accidents in Southern California. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 213-652-2129 or contact our office online.