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Los Angeles Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a Los Angeles commercial vehicle accident caused by a professional driver, our lawyer can fight for your rights. Commercial vehicle accidents are often more complicated than a typical passenger vehicle accident, as multiple parties may be liable for your injuries. Commercial vehicle accidents also typically cause more severe injuries and greater damage. 

A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer from KJT Law Group can investigate your accident and identify all the individuals or entities responsible for your damages. The personal injury attorneys at our firm can handle all types of commercial vehicle accidents, determine the proper course of action, and fight for what you deserve.

We provide free consultations for truck and commercial vehicle accident victims in Los Angeles. Contact us today to discuss your next steps with our team.

Let Our Los Angeles Commercial Vehicle Collision Lawyers Seek Fair Damages for You

Injuries and outcomes following truck crashes vary widely. Some victims suffer injuries but fully recover. Others have lasting disabilities because of spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or other catastrophic injuries. Our Los Angeles attorneys carefully document the severity of your injuries, how they affect your life, and the expenses and losses you incurred. Then, we seek fair compensation based on what we learned. 

The common types of recoverable damages in commercial vehicle accidents include: 

Medical Bills

We will seek full compensation for your full range of current and future medical expenses. This includes all care, support, and treatment needs.

Income Losses

If you miss work or cannot return to your previous job after your accident, we pursue compensation for your income losses. 

Property Damages

We can recover money to repair or replace your vehicle and any other damaged personal property.

Intangible Losses

We ensure our clients are compensated for their non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and more.

Wrongful Death Damages

Our semi-truck accident attorneys also handle fatal collision cases. We can file a wrongful death action on behalf of your family if your loved one died from their commercial vehicle accident injuries. Contact us today to learn more about how these cases work and how we can help your family get justice.

Past Results for Commercial Vehicle Accident Victims

The commercial vehicle accident attorneys at our law firm have successfully represented accident victims throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Here are just a few examples of the case results we have achieved for truck accident victims recently:

  • A semi-truck driver needed multiple surgeries after being hit by another large truck. Our attorneys helped the injured driver recover $3,000,000 in damages.
  • We also recovered $2,800,000 in a case where our client sustained injuries in a rear-end collision with a garbage truck. Through arbitration, the driver and sanitation company were found liable for the accident.
  • We recovered $750,000 for pain and suffering for one Uber driver who was involved in an accident and required surgery and $875,000 for another Uber driver in a similar situation.

Each case is unique. There is no way to know how much your claim might be worth until one of our experienced truck accident attorneys investigates what happened, documents the recoverable damages, and values the possible payout. While we have had many successes for clients in truck crashes, these results do not indicate the outcome of your case might be similar. Let us review your case for free and discuss your options today.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers Identify the Liable Parties in Your Los Angeles Commercial Vehicle Crash

When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident in Los Angeles, many different parties could potentially be held liable for the resulting damages. These include:

The Driver

If the commercial vehicle driver was negligent when operating the vehicle, they could be held liable for any resulting damages.

The Driver’s Employer

The commercial driver’s employer is often vicariously liable in these accidents. When a worker acts negligently on the job, their employer may be responsible. 

The Vehicle Owner

Many times, the owner of a commercial vehicle will hire an independent contractor to operate the vehicle. When this occurs, both the owner and the driver may be held liable. 

The Manufacturer

If it can be proven that a vehicle defect contributed to your accident or injury in any way, you may have grounds to sue the company responsible for manufacturing or maintaining the vehicle or part.

Let Our LA Commercial Vehicle Crash Lawyer Gather Evidence and Build a Compelling Case

When our truck accident attorneys take on a trucking company, we know we need a compelling case to hold them accountable and recover fair compensation. Our experienced team identifies, preserves, and analyzes documents, videos, interviews, photos, and other information to build a clear picture of what happened and who is responsible.

As soon as your injuries are stable, contact our truck accident lawyer. We need to begin collecting evidence for your case quickly. Our attorneys have vast experience in complicated accident cases involving commercial vehicles and in many other practice areas. We will fight for the compensation you deserve.

Our Los Angeles Lawyers Know How California Defines a Commercial Vehicle

According to California’s Vehicle Code, a commercial vehicle is one used to transport people or property for profit. When most people think of commercial vehicles, they tend to envision a lumbering 18-wheeler truck. While large tractor-trailers are undoubtedly commercial vehicles, there is a wide range of commercial vehicles on the road. Generally, any vehicle being used in the course of business is considered a commercial vehicle, including:

  • Delivery trucks and vans
  • Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks
  • Cab trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Buses and shuttles
  • Taxis and limousines
  • Garbage trucks and sanitation vehicles
  • Ambulances and emergency response vehicles
  • Construction equipment, such as bulldozers
  • Farming equipment, such as tractors
  • Utility company vehicles
  • Motorhomes, campers, and other recreational vehicles used for professional purposes

Accidents involving these vehicles are often more complex than other accidents and require a thorough investigation. You might not even realize that you were in an accident with a commercial vehicle and how this affects your claim until a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles examines your case.

Examining Statistics Of Commercial Vehicle Accidents With Our LA Personal Injury Attorneys

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts, 5,837 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2022. This represents a 49 percent increase over the previous decade. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 11 percent of all motor vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2021 involved large trucks. 

Seventy-four percent of commercial vehicle accident deaths involved tractor-trailers, while some crashes involved both a tractor-trailer and a smaller commercial vehicle. Head-on collisions caused more deaths than other types of accidents — 31 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involved head-on collisions, 24 percent of deaths resulted from T-bone collisions, and 23 percent involved rear-end collisions.

These statistics paint a grim picture for drivers on the busy highways of Los Angeles. It’s clear that commercial vehicle accidents are far too common. As our attorneys know all too well, these collisions often harm numerous vehicle occupants and even pedestrians. Many victims suffer life-altering, catastrophic, or fatal injuries.

Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyers Handle a Wide Variety of Commercial Vehicle Collisions

Commercial vehicle accident claims are among the most complex and challenging cases we handle. They can occur in various ways and involve many types of businesses, agencies, and other entities. Some of the most common examples of commercial vehicle accidents are:

Truck Accidents

Many rules and regulations govern how over-the-road trucks operate. Semi-trucks, especially, must follow strict federal and state regulations and be maintained consistently to ensure their safety.

When a commercial truck driver acts negligently and causes a crash, you may have a claim against the driver and the trucking company that employs them. We often pursue cases against large companies in these cases and will not back down because of the liable party’s notable name or reputation. 

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle hits another in the back — usually because the driver failed to pay attention or allow enough space between vehicles. Rear-end collisions can be especially dangerous when a large truck is involved due to the potential for crushing damage to smaller vehicles.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Trucks pulling one or more trailers can be very heavy, so drivers must take extra care when operating these vehicles. A poorly secured trailer could jack-knife or detach and cause serious harm to other drivers on the road or even start a chain-reaction accident involving multiple vehicles. 

Bus Accidents

Buses are large and do not always have the same visibility or maneuverability as smaller passenger vehicles. Therefore, special training and licensing are required to operate a bus safely. Bus drivers should always pay attention and be aware of their surroundings to avoid crashes.

Taxi Accidents

For taxi drivers, their livelihood depends on having a good reputation for safe and timely service. However, sometimes, taxi drivers are involved in accidents due to negligence, carelessness, distracted driving, speeding, or other reasons.

Rideshare Accidents

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have become very popular in Los Angeles. Rideshare companies carry insurance designed to protect both passengers and other drivers in the event of an accident. However, these claims are complex. If you are involved in an accident while using a ridesharing service, it is important to understand each driver’s liability.

Delivery Van Accidents

Delivery vehicles can be dangerous when they are operated unsafely or insufficiently maintained by their owners. Large delivery vans often have big blind spots that can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles on the road.

Our Los Angeles Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Understand the Most Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Understanding why an accident occurred is vital to determining liability for injuries. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for your losses, including the driver, the owner of the vehicle, a parts manufacturer, or the company that leased the truck or hired the driver.

Our Los Angeles injury lawyers handle truck accident claims frequently and understand the common causes of large truck crashes and other collisions involving commercial vehicles. Some of the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents in Los Angeles:

Driver Fatigue

Drivers of commercial vehicles often work long hours and sometimes drive when they are tired, causing them to make mistakes behind the wheel that can lead to accidents.

Unsafe Driving Practices

Some drivers do not follow safe driving practices and violate traffic laws by speeding, tailgating other vehicles, or ignoring traffic signals. This type of behavior can increase their chances of causing an accident.

Mechanical Failure

The size and weight of commercial vehicles can cause mechanical failures if they are not properly maintained. Potential problems include:

  • Defective brakes 
  • Tires that fail if not replaced when needed 
  • Steering wheel or alignment issues

When a driver loses control of a commercial vehicle due to mechanical failures, it can cause serious accidents, especially if more than one vehicle is involved.

Contact a Los Angeles Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a collision caused by a commercial driver, the Los Angeles large truck accident attorneys at KJT Law Group are here to help. Call us now at (818) 507-8525 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal options.

If you were recently involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles or the nearby areas, call KJT Law Group at (818) 507-8525 and set up a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at our firm. Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our team today; call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online to get started.

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