Escondido Truck Accident Lawyers

More than 26 million commercial trucks travel our nation’s highways, including 2.4 million semi- trucks, which weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. In 2010, commercial trucks traveled 397.8 billion miles, creating a sometimes intimidating presence on the road. Trucks are essential to the American economy, but their size and ability to do significant damage to drivers and passengers in smaller passenger vehicles makes them a hazard to others. More than half a million large trucks were involved in accidents in 2010, causing 5000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries, a substantial increase from the previous year, according to data supplied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Trucks are difficult to maneuver and have larger blind spots, adding to the danger posed by their size and weight. Drivers of large trucks that travel interstate routes require specialized training, and trucks are subject to federal and state laws concerning maintenance and inspection, liability insurance, maximum loads, rests, and consecutive hours on the road.

Driver Negligence: the Most Frequent Cause of Truck Accidents

Driver error is the most common cause of accidents involving trucks. Drivers may lack sufficient training concerning safety procedures or may not have mastered the skills required to handle a large truck. Driver distraction, fatigue, speeding, DUI, and unsafe turns and lane changes, turning too sharply, and running the wheels off the road are among the driving behaviors that can cause accidents for which a driver can be held liable. Other types of truck driver and trucking company negligence include overloading a truck, not properly securing a load, and failing to adhere to legally required maintenance schedules.

At the Liljergen Law Group, we are thoroughly familiar with state and federal trucking regulations as well as with pursuing compensation for victims of serious and catastrophic truck accidents. These are some of the many accident types we handle that frequently cause injuries and fatalities.

  • Rollovers
  • Jackknifes    
  • Tire blowouts
  • Underrides
  • Hazardous material releases
  • Oil spills
  •  Fires
  • Collisions with pedestrians or bicyclists

Truck Accident Injuries

We regularly handle many very serious injuries from commercial truck accidents, including:

  • spinal cord injuries
  • brain injuries
  • herniated disc injuries
  • sprain and strain injuries
  • joint injuries
  • nerve damage
  • broken bones
  • burns
  • scarring
  • complex regional pain syndrome
  • internal organ injuries
  • post-traumatic stress disorder, driving phobia, and other psychological problems
  • wrongful death

It’s important to use a personal injury attorney extensive experience specific to truck accidents, which require familiarity with state and federal trucking regulations and an understanding of the complexities of high-value catastrophic injuries that are caused by truck accidents. In addition, your attorney should have the research and investigation skills to determine different parties that might be in some way liable for your injuries. These may include drivers, owners, mechanics, inspectors, and others.

Truck Accident Investigation

At the Liljegren Group in Escondido, we have the experience and resources to investigate and document liability and damages, and are able to call upon traffic safety engineers, accident reconstruction specialists, and medical professionals who can testify as expert witnesses in your behalf. We will obtain records to determine if the driver or owner of the truck that injured you was in compliance with safety and maintenance regulations, and whether the driver had spent excessive hours driving without required breaks or had a history of impaired driving. Because evidence can sometimes be covered up, we will move quickly to document the circumstances surrounding the accident and to preserve evidence of liability.

Answers about Your California Truck Accident Injury or Wrongful Death Claim

As soon after the accident as possible and before speaking with any insurance adjuster or trucking company representative, call the Liljergen Law Group in Escondido to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. We will provide clear answers to all of your accident-related questions and let you know what legal options you have.