Lake Forest Trucking Accident Attorneys
The Experienced Counsel You Need
The past ten years have seen major developments in the trucking industry, from advances in the technology found in the vehicles on the road to significant changes in the rules and regulations that govern the industry itself. A truck accident is complex from both an investigation and litigation perspective. These complexities range from the impact of on-board electronics and the latest governmental regulations on hours of service to truck driver fatigue and the admissibility of simulations in court.
Our Lake Forest trucking accident attorneys represent plaintiffs in accidents involving semi-tractor trailers and 18-wheelers. Because of the large size of semi-tractor trailers and 18-wheelers (some up to 75,000 pounds) persons in automobiles who are struck by these trucks are at an elevated risk for severe injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Internal bleeding and internal injury to organs
- Severe bruising
- Burn injuries
Because of the heightened risks for big rig trucks causing severe injury if involved in an accident, several specific regulations have been implemented by the California Vehicle Code. Violation of any of these statutes, if that specific violation was the cause of the accident, is called negligence per se, which means that the elements of negligence required to be proven are deemed proven automatically due to the violation. Some specific truck oriented statutes include regulations regarding:
- Height and width
- Lane Restrictions
- Load Limitations
- Regulations for drivers on hours of service
In all big rig accidents, it is critical that certain steps be taken as quickly to preserve any evidence present, investigate the accident, interview those involved in the accident as well as witnesses, and file a claim before the statute of limitations.
To schedule your free consultation, call our dedicated Lake Forest trucking accident lawyers at (949) 855-0600 today!