Orange County Truck Accident Attorney
A semi-truck or 18 wheeler tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When it travels at 70 miles per hour along a highway, it has twice as much energy as it does when it travels at 50 miles per hour. When a motorist in the average sedan or compact car is hit by an 18 wheeler at high speeds, the consequences and injures are often catastrophic. In 2004 alone, 5000 people died in truck accidents and 116,000 were injured. At the West Thomas Law Firm our Orange County truck crash attorneys have close to 30 years of experience working with truck injury victims. These cases are far more complex than the typical auto accident and take a high level of skill, experience, and resources to settle or to bring to trial.
Why are truck accidents so different?
When motorists are injured in a truck crash, they are dealing with multiple responsible parties that usually don’t come into play in a typical auto accident. Semi-trucks, bob-tail trucks, delivery trucks, flatbeds, and all other types of commercial vehicles, are usually driven by an employee working for an employer. The employer’s insurance carrier will be involved, and often these are specialty carriers who have at their disposal some of the best truck accident investigators, attorneys and adjusters. It’s not uncommon for some trucking companies to have their own team of experts and attorneys at the scene of an accident before most truck crash injury victims have time to gather their wits. At the West Thomas Law Firm when you become a client, one of our accomplished truck accident lawyers will coordinate multiple investigations to determine liability. This could include
- The truck owner for negligence
- The truck for manufacturer equipment defects
- The truck driver for negligent driving
- The truck repair facility for faulty repairs
- Other parties in the accident for liability
Interviewing witness, police reports, site investigations, medical exams, and all the details involved make prosecuting a truck accident injury expensive and time consuming. Recent studies have shown that as many as 20% of truck crashes are due to negligence on someone’s part. Only a competent Orange County truck crash attorney can tell if your accident is caused by negligence.
Can’t I just wait for their insurance company to call?
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it would be a serious mistake to wait for their insurance company to contact you. You should immediately seek medical attention for a full examination even if you don’t appear injured. When you’re hit by a large truck with the powerful force they carry, internal injuries such as spinal cord damage, brain damage and other injuries can result.
What should I do if I’m hit by a truck?
Preserve as much evidence as you can. Seek medical help for a complete exam. Don’t discuss fault. Call the West Thomas Law Firm for a free truck crash consultation as soon as you are able.
Call for Free Truck Accident Consultation – (800) 730-3950
Most large truck accidents result in serious physical injury. If you have suffered injury as the result of a truck crash, or a family member has been killed, call for a confidential consultation with an experienced and caring Orange County truck crash attorney. We will give you sound advice and explain all of your options.
What will it Cost to Hire the West Thomas Law Firm Truck Crash Lawyer?
Once we decide to take you on as a client, we get paid only if we win your case. We charge no up front fees or costs, no filing fees, or court costs. We get paid when you get paid.
We have Los Angeles truck accident attorneys, Riverside semi truck accident lawyers, San Bernardino trucking accident attorneys and Las Vegas truck accident lawyers ready to help you if you have been injured. Contact us for a free consultation.