Representing Injured Truck Drivers
Many people fail to realize trucking accidents are often caused by passenger vehicles and not truck drivers. More often than not, a commercial truck driver will exercise high levels of safety to try and avoid hitting other drivers but become involved in a truck accident due to the negligence of others on the road.
Truck drivers work long shifts and spend long periods away from their families. It’s a difficult job and being injured in an accident can be overwhelming. As a truck driver, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you explore your legal options, so you receive what you are entitled to.
Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
It’s crucial you have legal representation if you’re a trucker who’s been injured on the job. A qualified personal injury attorney can negotiate on your behalf and fight for you in court so you can receive the compensation you need to recover. Yarian & Associates, APC has a team of reputable attorneys ready to assist you.
Call (844) 291-1911 to schedule a time to speak with us. We assist injured truck drivers in areas such as Los Angeles, Visalia, Riverside, Fresno, Irvine and San Bernardino.
- On and Off-Road Truck Accidents
- Who is Liable for My Injuries?
- How are Injured Truck Drivers Compensated?
- Additional Resources
On and Off-Road Accidents
Truck drivers are exposed to scores of dangerous conditions. Not only are they required to get their job done quickly, but they are also exposed to hazardous weather conditions and required to load and unload heavy equipment. Listed below are examples of trucking accidents that can occur on and off the road:
- Vehicle Accidents: Truck drivers often drive on roads that are congested with passenger vehicles. These vehicles will often make quick maneuvers to get around the truck, which can lead to collisions. While a truck driver is in a massive vehicle, they can still experience whiplash injuries, lacerations and broken bones in a motor accident.
- Loading and Unloading Accidents: Truckers help fuel the economy by transporting goods. Once these goods make it to their destination, they are required to be unloaded. Cargo on commercial vehicles are often heavy and lifting them can lead to back, neck, should and rotator cuff injuries.
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents: Trucks are tall vehicles. Getting in and out of these vehicles can cause a trucker to slip and fall. Not only this, but truckers can also trip and fall over obstacles when loading and unloading truck beds. This can lead to broken bones and back injuries.
- Defective Products: It’s not uncommon for a truck accident to be the result of a faulty product such as defective brakes and brake systems, faulty tires, steering mechanisms and poorly maintained trucks. When these accidents occur, it can lead to an array of serious injuries such as broken bones, internal injuries, paralysis and death.
Who is Liable for My Injuries?
According to the U.S Department of Labor, tractor-trailer and truck drivers have the highest number of nonfatal injuries that require time off from work. Determining who’s liable for these injuries is essential for a personal injury case. Some of the entities who may be responsible include:
- The trucking company
- Manufacturer of the truck and it’s equipment
- The truck’s mechanic
- Other drivers on the road
To recover damages, you will have to prove the responsible party was negligent. Under California law, negligence is considered the failure to exhibit reasonable care to prevent harm. There are two ways a person can meet this definition:
- By doing something a reasonable person would not do in the same situation; or
- Failing to do something a reasonable person would do in the same situation
Examples of negligence can include a passenger vehicle swerving in and out of congested traffic at high speeds or a mechanic failing to install tires properly.
How are Injured Truck Drivers Compensated?
You deserve to be compensated for injuries sustained on the job. Compensation will allow you to cover the cost of your injuries, which can quickly become expensive. Some of the cost compensation can cover include medical bills, lost wages and truck repairs if you’re an independent contractor.
Listed below are various forms of compensation you may be eligible for:
- Workers’ Compensation: Many truckers who are injured while driving fall under the scope of workers’ compensation, even some independent contractors. By law, your employer is required to pay workers’ comp benefits, no matter who was at fault for your injuries. Workers’ compensation is a difficult area of the law, so you should contact an experienced attorney to ensure you are getting what you’re entitled to.
- The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance: You may be able to receive compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The basis of this claim is the other driver was negligent. Breaking traffic laws is a good indicator another driver was negligent. This can include speeding, distracted driving and crossing the center line.
- Personal Injury Claim: A personal injury claim may be your best option when injured in a trucking accident. This will allow your attorney to file suit against the negligent party and seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Keep in mind; you will not be able to receive both workers’ comp and personal injury damages if you file suit against your employer.
Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts – View data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation on truck and bus crashes. You can view data on fatal crashes, large truck injury stats and single truck accidents.
Workers’ Compensation in California – Follow the link provided to view a guidebook over workers’ compensation from the Department of Industrial Relations. You can find information on what to do after you get hurt on the job, how an attorney can help you and why you would need an attorney.
Truck Driver Lawyer in Los Angeles
As an injured truck driver, you have the right to compensation. Yarian & Associates, APC has proven experience representing injured truck drivers. As your legal counsel, we vow to do everything in our power to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Call (844) 291-1911 to schedule a time to speak with us. Yarian & Associates, APC assist clients in communities throughout Los Angeles County and Tulare County.