Long Beach Truck Accident Attorneys

Trucking companies usually have robust insurance policies so they’re protected in case of an accident. Unfortunately, even if the motor carrier has insurance, recovering a fair settlement may still involve an uphill legal battle—especially if you were seriously injured or lost a family member in the crash. Our Long Beach truck accident attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and fight for the compensation you need to move on with life.

Motor carriers and their insurance companies have the resources to investigate and challenge any claim that comes their way. Our lawyers will level the playing field and make sure you are treated fairly. We have won numerous six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts, with some of our most notable victories coming in truck accident cases.

We offer free consultations to personal injury victims and their families. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to speak with a member of our team.

Truck Accident Cases We Handle in Long Beach, California

  • Accidents involving fatigue or distracted driving
  • Accidents caused by spilled or shifting cargo
  • Accidents caused by a tire blowout
  • Blind spot accidents
  • Accidents involving a vehicle rollover
  • Wrongful death accidents
  • Other truck accident cases

What Does “Vicarious Liability” Mean in Truck Accident Claims?

Courts in California recognize the doctrine of respondeat superior, which means an employer can be held vicariously liable for the negligence of its employees under some circumstances. For example, if the driver of the truck that hit you was texting behind the wheel, that driver’s employer might be vicariously liable for the resulting damages as long as the driver was acting within the scope of his or her employment at the time of the crash.

There are, however, certain circumstances when a truck driver is an independent contractor, in which case the doctrine of respondeat superior would not apply. In this scenario, the best course of action may be to bring a claim against the truck driver’s auto insurance policy.

Our Long Beach truck accident lawyers can perform a thorough investigation to find out if vicarious liability applies to your case, and to identify all potentially liable parties. Due to California’s joint and several liability law, one defendant may be held liable for 100 percent of a plaintiff’s economic damages, even if that defendant was not 100 percent liable. This law may come into play, for example, when one defendant doesn’t have the insurance coverage to pay for their share of the damages.

How Will My Truck Accident Lawyer Prove Negligence?

While it is sometimes clear who is at fault in an accident, this is not always the case. The opposing party and their insurer will do everything in their power to minimize their liability, and that could mean shifting the blame to you or someone else. To prevent and overcome liability disputes, our Long Beach truck accident attorneys perform meticulous investigations to compile all available evidence. If necessary, we can also file subpoenas to obtain evidence and bring in various experts to provide deposition and testimony.

The kinds of evidence we use to prove liability will depend on the circumstances but may include:

  • The Police Report: outlines various facts about the crash and observations of the responding officer;
  • Eyewitness Deposition: may be used to corroborate your version of events and to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the crash;
  • Expert Witness Deposition: can be used to discern the proximate cause of the crash;
  • Video Footage: may show what happened just before the crash;
  • Photos: can be used by accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the accident;
  • Cellphone Records: might show that the at-fault driver was using his or her cellphone just before the collision;
  • Black Box Data: should provide information about the truck driver’s performance including high speed, average speed, brake usage, and hours on the road;
  • Operating Procedures: could show that the motor carrier was negligent in its hiring or training practices, thus putting other road users at an unreasonably high risk of injury;
  • Maintenance Records: might show that the truck was negligently maintained; and
  • Receipts and Bills of Lading: may be used to prove that the truck driver violated the Hours of Service regulations by staying on the road for too many consecutive hours.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Long Beach Truck Accident Lawyer

Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need to make informed decisions. With many decades of combined experience representing accident victims and their families, our lawyers know what it takes to achieve successful outcomes against even the largest motor carriers and their insurance companies.

You won’t be charged anything for the consultation, and we handle personal injury and wrongful death claims on a contingency fee basis. Use our Contact Form or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a case evaluation.

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