Motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks including semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, big-rig, and single-unit trucks are typically more complicated than run-of-the-mill car accident cases.
Some truckers are independent contractors and drive their own rigs, while others lease their rig or drive a truck owned by a trucking company. Bringing a personal injury claim against those liable may be difficult because there may be multiple insurance companies involved.
Trucking companies and their insurers are aware of the damage these collisions cause and have investigative and damage assessment teams to defend them against claimants. While the accident victim is in transport to the hospital, investigators representing the trucking company and insurance company are collecting evidence at the scene, interviewing witnesses, and mitigating their liability for the accident.
You are at a significant disadvantage against these truck insurance companies. For this reason, we would urge you to contact Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie’s experienced Truck Accident Attorney. Below are several causes of truck accidents:
- Semi trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, big rig, single-unit trucks weigh 20 times as much as a passenger vehicle.
- Occupants of passenger vehicles suffer the majority of injuries and deaths in crashes involving large trucks. Over 98% of the accidents resulting in death, occur to the passenger vehicle occupants, not the Large Truck occupants. (986 verses 42).
- Nearly 40% of large truck accidents occur when the front of the truck collides with the passenger vehicle. That shouldn’t be a surprise since it takes a Semi Truck nearly twice as long to stop. However, when a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the collision doesn’t stop the truck, it just keeps going.
- The LA Basin has a much higher percentage of trucks to passenger cars than most metropolitan areas because of harbors and refineries.
If you've been injured in a truck accident as a result of someone else's negligence, we urge you to contact us immediately to learn how to protect your rights, preserve critical evidence and obtain necessary medical treatment. Our personal injury attorneys have won over hundreds of million dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the past 40 years.
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