When you or a loved one has been injured, or killed, in a collision involving a large truck, you may want to consider speaking to a commercial vehicle accident lawyer Newport Beach CA has to offer.
A significant percentage of serious roadway accidents involve commercially owned service vehicles: semi trucks, delivery vans, construction rigs and hundreds of other types. For injury victims and the attorneys who represent them, the involvement of a commercial truck or another massive commercial vehicle adds nuances and complexity to the fight for compensation.
Commercial accidents can be devastating and lead to immaculate physical, emotional, and financial damage. Unlike a car accident, there are typically a number of factors to take into consideration and many places to look in order to determine the cause. Due to the nature of the matter, it is advisable to avoid seeking monetary compensation without the assistance of a Newport Beach commercial vehicle accident lawyer.
BRUNO | NALU is a law firm that understands the repercussions of accidents involving commercial vehicles such as 18 wheelers, delivery trucks, tractor trailers, and construction trucks. Guided by decades of experience and a tenacious determination to fight for the rights of victims, our lawyers are ready to listen to your story during a free consultation.
Anyone who has ever ridden alongside a commercial vehicle likely understands the immaculate differences in size and weight. A passenger vehicle weighs around 5,000 pounds and is no match for a 50-80,000 pound truck. The sheer impact of a collision can cause a disproportionate amount of damage to both people and property. When this happens, you need to have an experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer in Newport Beach CA on your side.
By and large, the drivers of commercial vehicles are both experienced and responsible. These people drive for a living, and generally do not want to put their special licenses and job at risk. However, accidents do happen. It is the duty of a commercial vehicle accident lawyer Newport Beach CA depends on to analyze black box data, dash cam footage, witness statements, injuries, and all available evidence to determine the cause of the collisions. The Department of Transportation cites the following factors that are associated with commercial accidents:
- Distraction while driving (i.e. using a mobile phone, eating, etc.)
- Impairment from drugs, alcohol, or fatigue
- Failure to yield right of way
- Obscured vision
- Brake failure
- Tire blowouts
- Vehicle malfunction
- Weather and/or road conditions
If a lawyer determines both drivers are partially to blame, a claim can usually still be filed. The primary difference will be the amount of compensation, which will be equal to the amount of liability for which the driver must be responsible. For instance, if a lawyer finds that the victim was 20 percent responsible for the crash, they may receive 20 percent less in monetary damages.
In addition to reviewing the extensive factors of a claim, a commercial vehicle accident lawyer Newport Beach CA respects might also look into whether or not any federal or state statutes, overseen by bodies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, have been violated. These might include:
- Lack of training or experience in driving a commercial vehicle
- Overloaded trucks
- Unsecured or improperly balanced loads
- Skipping mandated sleep breaks
- Driving too many hours
A good lawyer won’t only consider the truck driver as being liable, but also parties such as:
- The truck driver’s employer
- The owner of the truck
- The manufacturer of a faulty truck part
- The party responsible for shipping or loading the cargo
All of these parties are legally required to carry insurance; whoever is found to be at fault should be able to compensate the victims as soon as possible. Monetary compensation may be available to cover medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain, or wrongful death.
Sorting out issues of driver-vs.-company liability may be one challenge among many. Did the commercial driver violate specific state or federal safety regulations, and was he or she properly screened and monitored by the employer? Do you suspect that physical evidence may have been altered or concealed? Which specialized experts in accident reconstruction, medicine and other fields are needed to build and lock together a winning case?
Our husband-and-wife trial team at BRUNO│NALU delivers the rigor, diligence and passion required to win maximum compensation for individuals and families after commercial vehicle accidents. We bring together lead trial lawyer Keith Bruno’s dynamic, comprehensive approach to litigation — honed in well more than 100 jury trials — with a client-centered approach and the utmost attention to detail.
If you are an attorney whose evaluation of a commercial truck accident case, or any other complex injury claim, indicates the need for a proven, hard-charging trial lawyer, a call to us is the right call. We welcome all referrals, co-counsel opportunities and direct client inquiries regarding serious injury and wrongful death claims throughout California.