Legal Help for Victims of Truck Crash Injuries
Anyone who drives Highway 8 through La Mesa is pretty used to seeing commercial trucks. Commercial trucks‚ also called big rigs or semi-trucks‚ are a vital part of the economy‚ hauling goods across California and the rest of the nation. But‚ due to their massive size and speeds they can reach‚ semi-trucks can be dangerous. A fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80‚000 pounds‚ or about 20 times the weight of the average passenger car. This means any accident involving a commercial truck can be devastating.
On average‚ about 4‚000 people are injured in commercial truck accidents each year in California. These accidents kill more than 300 people annually. With the San Diego region being a major hub for Southern California truckers‚ accidents in La Mesa and other cities are common. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a big rig‚ don’t hesitate to contact an experienced La Mesa accident attorney.
Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers has helped many truck accident victims pursue the financial settlement they needed to cover their medical bills‚ lost wages‚ and other damages. Contact us today at (888) 233-5020.
Compensation for a Truck Accident in La Mesa
Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers has a long history of securing settlements for people injured in truck accidents. Here are the items a truck accident injury claim can pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
In the event of the collision leading to the death of a loved one‚ you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident in La Mesa?
Who is legally responsible for your La Mesa truck accident depends on the circumstances of your crash. If your crash was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of a truck driver‚ you may be able to hold them liable for the accident’s damages. Trucking companies can also be held liable for accidents if it can be determined they engaged in dangerous practices like overloading trucks or pushing drivers past hours of service rules.
Common Causes of Large Truck Collisions
Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers has helped many people get their lives back together after truck accidents. Over the years‚ we’ve seen many different causes of truck accidents. Here are the most common causes of La Mesa truck accidents our clients have reported:
- Negligent truck drivers (drivers speeding‚ driving recklessly)
- Fatigued drivers
- Overloaded/unbalanced truck loads
- Truck equipment defects
What is an Hours of Service Violation?
Federal laws regulate how many hours a trucker can drive within a given time period. Here are the current rules about how much a trucker can drive:
- The maximum average work week for truck drivers is 70 hours
- Truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week can resume driving if they rest for 34 consecutive hours‚ including at least two nights
- Truck drivers must take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift
Many trucking companies will break these rules to increase their production and make money. An experienced La Mesa truck accident attorney can investigate whether hours of service rules were violated in your accident.
Contact an Experienced La Mesa Accident Attorney
Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers is dedicated to securing the financial settlement you need to heal after a collision with a big rig in La Mesa. You can reach us at (888) 233-5020.