San Pedro Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a truck accident, give us a call. The personal injury attorneys in our San Pedro office can help you pursue damages to help you get your health – and your finances – back on track sooner than later.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Collisions involving tractor-trailers can cause devastating injuries. Victims of truck accidents frequently face crippling, life-altering physical damage while navigating financial stress caused by mounting medical bills and lost wages.
Numerous factors can cause a truck accident, from defective auto parts to poor road conditions. A personal injury lawyer will employ different strategies based on the unique circumstances of each case to build your claim for damages.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause of the crash and will tailor our negotiation and litigation strategies accordingly.
Here at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent victims in trucking-related accidents including the following:
- Spilled cargo truck accidents
- Accidents caused by overloading a trailer
- Rollover accidents
- Tire blowout accidents
- Accidents caused by impaired or drowsy driving
- Blindspot truck accidents
- Truck accidents resulting in the wrongful death of a motorist
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Through our thorough investigation of your case, your personal injury lawyer will determine the underlying cause of the wreck and pinpoint the specific factors contributing to the adverse party’s liability.
Our truck accident attorneys have discovered some of the most common causes of collisions involve:
- Truck driver fatigue or distraction
- Impaired driving
- Failure to keep a lookout or to check blind spots
- Unsafe merging or lane changing
- Illegal U-turns
- Defective parts
- Mechanical failures
- Negligent truck maintenance
- Unsecured or improperly secured loads
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Truck Accident Claim
Even if you did not contribute to your accident, an insurance adjuster may try to argue that your injuries are not as severe as you’ve represented or that you haven’t taken steps to mitigate your damages. Strong evidence is vital to rebutting these claims.
A skilled truck accident lawyer will work to gather strong evidence by launching a thorough investigation. In many cases, your lawyer will hire expert witnesses to recreate the accident scene so that they can testify in court as to what likely happened and who was responsible for the accident.
Some types of evidence used to support a trucking accident claim may include, among other things:
- The Accident Report: This document contains details about when and where the accident occurred, as well as a police officer’s opinion about who caused the collision. Insurance companies tend to value these reports highly, so they are a critical piece of evidence.
- Vehicle Maintenance Records: Defective auto parts and equipment failure are common causes of trucking accidents in California – especially brake malfunctions and tire blowouts. Often, these defects are the result of a truck driver’s negligence in having a vehicle periodically inspected.
- Dashcam Footage: Many trucking companies install dashboard cameras on their vehicles. Our attorneys will find out whether the truck involved in your accident had a dashcam and will attempt to access its footage.
- Photos: Photographs of the accident scene can help us piece together what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a truck accident, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. We have decades of collective experience representing accident victims in negotiations with large motor carriers and their insurance companies. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online to set up a free case review.