Pasadena Attorney Represents Victims Seriously Injured in Truck Accidents
Handling California’s toughest truck accident cases
With so many large trucks and small cars sharing the roads, it’s no wonder that truck accidents often result in the most severe injuries of any kind of vehicular accident. The Law Offices of Pius Joseph has represented many Californians injured in truck accidents, and we’ve obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in verdicts for our clients. Truck drivers have a heightened duty of care in California. That means they must pull over in extreme inclement weather, must not be texting or using cell phone while driving, must follow special rules, and must not be driving excessive hours or while fatigued. In 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol, there were 5,065 truck accidents in our state in which people were injured — and 214 accidents in which people were killed. Our firm represents your interests in truck accident cases by matching the experts employed by trucking companies to discover and unravel critical evidence found at the accident scene that we can use on your behalf. We can give you peace of mind that your case is being handled effectively and efficiently, with monetary compensation for all the harms and losses.
What makes truck accidents different from car accidents?
Commercial trucks are bound to follow state and federal regulations that do not apply to personal vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs the actions of everyone involved in operating trucks including drivers, dispatchers, managers and trainers. The FMCSA contains detailed and complex rules, regulations and restrictions. Key regulations govern how long a driver can be on the road and outline driver responsibility in properly securing the load carried. The carrier’s regulation information must also be displayed on the truck’s exterior. Both federal and California laws make the trucks follow strict operational rules. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to handle the complexities of a truck accident case.
What should I do if I am involved in a truck accident?
If you’re in a truck accident, you should follow the same steps you would if involved in an auto accident:
- Stop at the scene.
- Call the police and report all injuries.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Get as much information as you can about the other drivers and vehicles involved.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Do not give any statements except to the attending law enforcement/emergency personnel.
- Contact an attorney.
I was involved in a truck accident. What can an attorney do for me?
You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your injuries, property damage and lost wages. In some cases, compensation for emotional injuries, punitive damages and attorney’s fees also may be available. An experienced law firm can navigate the complex procedures that follow a truck accident. We will evaluate whether you have a case against a truck driver, trucking company or equipment manufacturer in the event of a product failure. Truck accident attorneys need knowledge of the laws relating to trucks, discovery of truck procedures, black box information and documentation maintained by the trucking company effectively to take on an aggressive offense. We have handled these cases before and will do so over and over again.
Pasadena’s compassionate truck accident law firm
Being involved in truck accident is emotionally and financially taxing. The Law Offices of Pius Joseph works for you 24/7. We offer flexible office hours and free initial consultations. Our office is near the Pasadena Playhouse, convenient to mass transit. We serve Pasadena, the Los Angeles area and all of California. Call us at 626-397-1050 or contact us online to discuss your case today.