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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

The LA Personal Injury Law Firm is a boutique law firm dedicated exclusively to representing individuals who have been injured or victimized by the wrongful or negligent actions of others in the greater Los Angeles area. We are passionate about our work and make it our goal to see that our clients receive full compensation for the injuries and pain they’ve suffered. We are committed to holding liable parties accountable and regularly take on government agencies, well-financed corporations, and large insurance companies, and individual defendants whose negligence caused our clients’ injuries. We have always championed consumer rights, so the clout, size, and financial strength of wrongdoers never deter us from our pursuit of justice. We believe that by defending the rights of injury victims, we are promoting the public’s safety and helping change the conduct and practices of wrongdoers.

Facing a serious accident or tragically losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligent actions is one of the most difficult experiences an individual can face. As if that’s not enough, you’re bound to face pushback from the individual defendant, their insurance company, the government, and other lawyers. In addition, you have to gather important evidence and file complicated paperwork in order to build a strong claim. The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can meet you in your time of need, all while you focus on healing and recovering your former health. We’ll use our in-depth knowledge and experience with personal injury law to build you a strong case and make the process of pursuing compensation easier. We provide personal care and legal guidance to people forced to struggle with the unwelcome disruption caused by a serious accident.

Our team is passionate about helping others and giving them a voice that defendants are always hoping to silence. Once we accept a case, we commit to you and put in the effort, time, and resources needed to achieve the best possible results. We understand the emotional and financial issues you’re dealing with and promise to handle you and your case with compassion and integrity.

We handle cases in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. For your convenience, we can come to your home, hospital room, or office to meet with and better serve you.  Moreover, since we work on a contingency basis, you don’t have to pay a dime unless we win. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an email, phone, or in-person consultation.

Call us at 310-935-0089 for a clear and honest discussion of your legal options.

Case Results

  • $1,000,000
    Commercial Accident
  • $800,000
    Truck v. Auto
  • $500,000
    Auto v. Auto
  • $500,000
    Medical Malpractice
  • $220,000
    Auto v. Bicycle
  • $200,000
    Auto v. Pedestrian
  • $150,000
    Slip and Fall
  • $125,000
    Auto/Pedestrian
  • $100,000
    Hit and Run
  • $100,000
    Auto v. Auto

Common Injuries that Lead to Los Angeles Personal Injury Claims

As your LA personal injury attorney builds your claim, you’ll need to be able to describe your injuries and produce proper documentation to prove them. The amount of compensation you’re owed will majorly be determined by the extent and type of your injuries. Here are some common injuries that may be sustained in an accident:

  • Head injuries including traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Back injuries including sprains, strains, bulging, herniated discs, thoracic injuries, lumbar injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cervical injuries
  • Neck injuries, including cervical disc nerve impingements, whiplash, cervical fractures, and sprains
  • Internal injuries, including internal bleeding, abdominal injuries, punctured or collapsed lungs

Body injuries, including fractures to shoulders, ribs, legs, feet, and arms

Recovering Maximum Compensation in Your Case

When clients contact us, most of them want to know one thing: the amount of compensation they’re entitled to. While we may not be able to give you an exact figure right off the bat, we’ll know how to come up with a value that satisfies all of your present and future accident-related needs. Factors that may be considered when determining the amount of compensation you’re owed include the facts of what really transpired, the extent of your injuries, your age and earning capacity, whether you shared a percentage of fault, and other situational factors. We can assign a value to each damage caused by the accident.

Potential damages you may be able to recover in your LA personal injury claim include:

  • Past and future medical costs including ambulance transportation expenses, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and chiropractic care
  • Expenses for braces, walkers, crutches, and prosthetic devices
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Reasonable funeral and burial expenses (in wrongful death claims)
  • The repair costs or fair market replacement value of property losses
  • Loss of consortium for spouses
  • Physical impairment and disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life

Grief, anxiety, emotional distress, and humiliation

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Why Choose The LA Personal Injury Law Firm?

There are many law firms practicing personal injury law in Los Angeles, and at a time when you feel more isolated and traumatized, it can be hard to know which law firm to choose.  We believe we are your best choice for the types of personal injury cases we handle. So, why should you choose us? Here are some of the primary reasons:

Complete Commitment to Our Clients

We’re zealous about fixing that which is broken. Our attorneys take pride in representing our clients and handling the unique challenges in their cases. Each of our LA personal injury attorneys are whole-heartedly committed to subscribing to the cause of a client’s case and representing them to the fullest extent of our ethical abilities. We put various levels of quality controls in place to make sure that our clients’ needs and concerns are taken care of in a speedy and satisfactory way.

Highly Experienced Legal Team

The lawyers at The LA Personal Injury Law Firm have handled hundreds of personal injury cases and gained a tremendous amount of experience doing so. We know how to build a strong case and negotiate with the liable parties and their insurance companies. We also know how to develop a case for trial if a favorable settlement cannot be reached. We hold ourselves to the top standards of quality and service. Also, to enhance the prosecution of our client’s case, we work closely with a group of brilliant and trial-tested professionals.

Always Accessible to Our Clients

Having a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer is. However, when you can’t reach your lawyer when you have an issue or question is incredibly frustrating. At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, we make it a priority to be available to our clients at any time of day. Our job is not just winning cases; we’re also focused on lifting the burden of frustration and worry from our client’s shoulders. If there’s an issue we can address, we don’t allow our clients to go to bed worried about it. We’re always accessible to our clients to give them peace of mind.

Information and Troubleshooting

A personal injury can make life spin out of control for most people. It can create a web of confusion and uncertainty. At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, we feel it’s important to put our clients in a position where they feel like they’re in control again. We communicate honestly and frankly, telling people what they should know about their case, not what they want to hear. We can provide an accurate road map of the legal process to help our clients know what to expect. Our attorneys know how to troubleshoot, spot, and resolve problems in a case while they’re still manageable. We never want our clients to be in the dark when issues arise.

Resourceful and Dedicated Law Firm

While our clients appreciate our exceptional service and personalized attention, we know that what matters most is getting results. This is why we devote vast amounts of resources, energy, and time into establishing your case. We have built a network of doctors, investigators, experts witnesses, and accident reconstruction experts to handle all personal injury matters. Our tenacious focus on getting results and ensuring that our clients get every penny they need and deserve has allowed us to recover hundreds of millions on behalf of our clients.

We are Caring and Compassionate

Everyone likes a tough attorney, and we believe we are tough. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t understand the difficulties faced by our clients due to their injuries. Our satisfaction comes from providing services that positively impact the lives of our clients and their families. Moreover, if you are unable to speak with us over the phone or visit our office, we will arrange for an attorney to visit you personally at your convenience.

Our “No Fees Unless We Win” Policy

We offer our legal services on a contingency basis. As such, we will not seek a refund for expenses advanced or charge a fee for our services unless we win your case. We also give our clients the written explanation of the verdict amount or settlement recovered for their approval before the case is closed.

Things to Do After Being Involved in an Accident

Since an accident is completely unexpected, the impact can leave you feeling frazzled and disoriented. Nonetheless, it’s imperative that you remain calm, assess the situation, and take the right steps to make sure that you and any other person involved are safe and have the proper documentation that will position you to recover compensation for your injuries. Here are the steps you can take to get you on track to a speedy recovery:

  1. Examine Yourself and Your Passenger for Injuries

Immediately after an accident, examine yourself and any other persons onboard for injuries. If there are any injuries, call an ambulance as soon as possible so you can be examined for injuries that you may not be able to identify. If you’re advised to go to the hospital, follow the recommendations even if you feel okay at the time. Be sure to request a complete examination and follow the orders for treatment.

  1. Call the Police

In most cases, especially if the other party was at fault, they may attempt to persuade you to settle the accident without having the police involved. By not reporting the accident, you can easily forgo any compensation you could have been entitled to. So, call the police so they can write up a report detailing the car crash. Also, ask for a copy of the report because your lawyer will need it when preparing your claim.

  1. Collect Evidence

The best time to find out how a crash happened is right after it occurred. It’s important to write down the contact information of everyone involved, including their names, driver’s license numbers, and addresses. Additionally, make sure that you take photos of the crash scene or ask someone to do it for you if you can’t. If there were witnesses nearby, try to get their contact information and written witness statements. Also, keep vehicle parts that broke as a result of the accident because they may help your attorney gather critical information on how the accident occurred.

Also important, take photos of your injuries, document your impressions of what hurts, and get a complete report from your doctor. These steps can better your chance of getting the recovery you need.

  1. Do Not Admit Fault

Even if you think the accident was your fault or you’re partly to blame, do not admit any wrongdoing. Even saying you’re sorry can be misconstrued and keep you from obtaining a recovery for damages. Also, do not tell the other driver you’re not hurt even if you don’t feel any pain. This can be used to deny or underpay your claim. However, don’t lie, just say you don’t know and will be seeking medical attention.

  1. Notify Your Insurance Provider

Many people who have been involved in an accident do not file a claim because they fear their rates will go up. Fortunately, California is one of only two states that make it illegal for insurance companies to raise rates when the policyholder was not at fault. Whether or not you were at fault, it’s important to report the accident to your insurance provider promptly.

  1. Contact an Attorney

Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney is the best move to obtain compensation from liable parties. At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, we will send investigators and experts to the crash site to analyze the situation and collect information. We’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases in the greater Los Angeles area and have the expertise to analyze your case and protect your rights.

Our Practice Areas

Personal injury cases are best handled by attorneys who have specialized expertise in this field. Unlike other law firms that try to be everything to everyone, we handle accident and personal injury cases only. By limiting our services to one area, we have developed a high level of capability and expertise in the field. This has led to exceptional service and results for each of our clients. We handle a broad range of personal injury cases in Los Angeles, which include:

Bicycling in the greater Los Angeles area has become an affordable commuting option as well as a popular form of recreation. Unfortunately, the increase in bicycle use has resulted in an increase in traffic accidents involving cyclists. Whether a bicyclist is on the bike lane, sidewalk, or sharing the road, motor vehicles pose a threat.

Most motorists tend to operate their vehicles with little-to-no disregard for cyclists, especially when sharing the road. Bicycle accidents happen in numerous ways, for instance when a careless driver drifts into a bike lane and swipes a bicycle rider, when a driver doesn’t see a cyclist making a turn on a busy street, when a cyclist is riding on the sidewalk and collides with a car, or when a cyclist gets hit by car coming out of a parking lot or driveway.

With the exposed nature of bicycles, even a minor impact with a motor vehicle can result in serious or catastrophic injuries to the person on two wheels. Unfortunately, there’s usually a prejudice against bicycle riders, placing full responsibility on them or wrongfully accusing them even when it’s not their fault. If you’ve suffered injuries while riding a bicycle, don’t allow the other party’s insurance provider to hold you liable for the mishap wrongfully. The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can investigate the case and collect evidence to help you prove your case.

Because of Los Angeles’ rapid growth, there has been a significant increase in the number of city and school buses. Unfortunately, the congestion associated with this population growth fuels the rate at which horrendous bus accidents occur. Whenever you board a city transit or put your child onto a school bus in Los Angeles, you fully entrust the bus driver, the bus company, and a host of others with you and your child’s. Passenger bus drivers and companies or the city department that regulates passenger buses owe a higher standard of care to passengers and fellow motorists than the typical driver. This due to the inherent risk related to driving large buses on the public roads, and the exceptional trust placed in them by the public.

Moreover, because of their large size, limited maneuverability, and lack of clear visibility, bus accidents usually lead to serious injuries, as well as fatalities that result in wrongful death claims. The question of who is liable for the crash is determined by the circumstances of the accident. Possible defendants in a bus accident include the bus company, bus driver, state or local governments, bus maintenance companies, manufacturer of the bus and/or its parts, school districts and boards, drivers of other vehicles, and affiliated tour operations and cruise lines.

After conducting a thorough investigation, the attorneys at The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can identify defendants, demonstrate negligence on their part, and hold them liable for damages.

Car accidents are common in southern California, with each year having a record of nearly half a million crashes. However, the reality of these boggling statistics never hits home until you or your loved one becomes a car accident victim. Car accidents occur in numerous ways, but most of them are caused by a driver’s bad decision, legally referred to as “negligence.” A poor decision compounded with the speed and the size of the vehicle can be a recipe for disaster. A motor vehicle accident can change your entire future. Severe injuries can hinder you from executing the simplest of daily tasks and leave your loved ones with the burden of taking care of you around the clock.

Serious car accidents frequently encompass injuries to the limbs, spinal cord, and head that can have devastating long-term health consequences. In most cases, these injuries are not instantly identified and only manifest later after the crash. Agreeing to the settlement offered by the insurance company without a detailed assessment of your bodily injuries could leave you without the necessary resources to take care of your long-term injuries.

At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, we’ll investigate every aspect of your car accident, including how and why it occurred, the parties at fault, your recovery options, and the extent of your injuries. We will earnestly fight to protect your rights and hold insurance companies to their promises.

Anybody who has been involved in a truck accident knows that it’s nothing like a common car accident. Trucks cannot maneuver nearly as well or stop as quickly as a car can. The sheer size and weight of some trucks significantly exceed what even some of the safest cars on the road can handle. For this reason, the damage that results from a truck accident is usually much greater than most other highway crashes. Moreover, despite the constant vigilance necessitated by California law as well as the safety standards imposed by shipping companies and manufacturers, hundreds of thousands of truck accidents are reported every year. The reason for this is poor judgment and carelessness.

Truck accident cases can be complicated and costly to prosecute. In a case, there may be several defendants liable and responsible for compensation, including drivers, trucking company, the truck and/or product manufacturers, distributors, and logistics companies. It can be complicated to sort out negligent defendants and hold them for your injuries and losses. This is one of the reasons why prompt investigation and liability review are critical in your case.

With the legal team at the LA Personal Injury Law Firm on your side, you don’t have to worry about resources and upfront costs. We have relationships with trucking experts as well as adequate financial resources to ensure your case will not be lost due to the lack of resources on the lawyer’s part.

Motorcycle riders get a bad rap in pop culture. They are usually portrayed as daredevils who cause trouble on the road as they dangerously weave in and out of traffic. Contrary to this popular belief, bikers are known to be some of the safest motorists on the road. However, even the most cautious and experienced motorcyclists are at risk for harm. Common causes of motorcycle crashes include unsafe change of lane, sudden stops, left turn accidents, and distracted, drowsy, drunk and drugged drivers.

The openness of a motorcycle provides limited protection to the rider, so motorcyclists rely on the rules of the road and personal awareness to protect themselves. However, when an accident occurs, the resulting injuries are usually severe and life-changing.

Defendants in lawsuits involving motorcycle crashes are usually quick to impose liability against the motorcyclist, and with how bikers are portrayed, juries and judges are likely to side with them initially. Prompt investigations by The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can turn a potentially losing motorcycle accident case into a victory. We work closely with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, vocational experts, and economists to understand the cause of the accident, the liable parties, as well as the damages. 

Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the U.S., with a population that is close to 4 million, as well as an influx of tourists each year. This may explain why pedestrian accidents in this city happen much more frequently. Although walking is deemed a great way to save gas money, reduce carbon footprint, and stay healthy, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed every year annually by distracted, intoxicated, aggressive, or otherwise negligent drivers. The injuries that result from these accidents are often catastrophic, life-changing, and fatal. The lack of protection renders pedestrians extremely susceptible to great harm.

Whether you were hit by a truck, car, bicycle, or motorcycle, you have the right to seek restitution from the person liable for your damages. This may not be as easy as it sounds because the defense in a pedestrian accident often argue that the casualty was crossing against the jaywalking, traffic light, or otherwise at fault. At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced at counteracting such arguments and majoring on the driver’s negligence. We will aggressively fight to obtain the medical care and restitution you deserve and give you time to heal, rest, and relax as we handle all the stressful tasks.

Cases involving wrongful death are incredibly challenging for the deceased’s family. In addition to dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one, you also have to bear the burden of knowing that the death of your loved one could have been avoided if the other party was paying more attention or being more careful at the time of the accident. At The LA Personal Injury Law Firm, we empathize with your family’s pain, and we can help to try and lessen the financial burdens. We understand that money can’t bring back your loved one, but holding the negligent party accountable can help bring some closure and help you address your family’s financial needs.

A wrongful death claim is typically handled by the civil court system. The surviving family members must show how the defendant is responsible for their loved one’s death to succeed in this type of case. A skilled wrongful death lawyer can help demonstrate whether the defendant acted intentionally, recklessly, or carelessly, how that behavior resulted in the victim’s death, and the effect it has had on the surviving family members.

Wrongful death cases in Los Angeles can be high-value cases and also tremendously multifaceted, given that they encompass complex areas of the law. A prompt and thorough investigation is necessary before evidence is destroyed, accident scenes are altered by further use, and witnesses disappear. Our experienced attorneys understand all the aspects of wrongful death claims and have the resources to prosecute these complex and expensive cases successfully.

Catastrophic injuries are different from other forms of personal injuries. While most personal injuries usually involve burns, cuts, and fractures that will heal and allow for a full recovery after some time, catastrophic injuries usually lead to permanent disfigurement or disability. Catastrophic injuries include amputations, injury to the brain, spinal cord injuries, loss of hearing, blindness, facial injuries, permanent damage to internal organs, multiple fractures, and injuries to nerves in the torso, shoulders, and arms (brachial plexus).

A catastrophic injury victim will need extensive emergency medical care and treatment, rehabilitative treatments and therapy, ongoing medical care, and often long-term and permanent support. An individual may never truly recover from the injuries, leaving them with lifelong financial and personal struggles.

Catastrophic injury cases can be devastating in many ways and are usually expensive to prosecute. A highly skilled and experienced catastrophic injury attorney can be able to handle these complex cases expertly and obtain compensation to bring respite from financial concerns. We work with economists, life-care planners, surgeons, vocational specialists, psychiatrists, and many other professionals to analyze your situation and determine what services our clients will need for the years ahead. Our goal is to help them thrive forever.

Trucking accidents are among the most devastating accidents that occur on the roads due to the large size of trucks. Of all the types of automobile accidents, truck accidents have the most severe damage and fatality rate. With the proper establishment of liability, victims of truck accidents can get ample compensation for their losses. For you to secure payment for a personal injury case revolving around truck accidents, proper investigation is necessary. Sufficient evidence is needed to establish the party at fault. Some of the potential defendants in a truck accident case include the truck driver and the trucking company, among others. The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can help you gather the necessary evidence to support your claim after suffering injuries in a truck accident.   

Evidence Required to Prove a Claim

Proving fault in a trucking accident can be complicated. Evidence is essential to help establish responsibility in a trucking accident. After involvement in a trucking accident, being able to obtain or gather evidence on your own can be difficult. It is particularly hard to gather evidence if you have suffered injuries in the accident because you need time to recover. An attorney can help gather the necessary evidence to support you with the case and enable you to get the compensation you deserve. Extraordinary claims call for substantial evidence. A truck accident is an unusual accident and may require more proof than a regular automobile accident case. What evidence is necessary for a truck accident case? 

Truck Inspection Logs

The inspection reports of the truck involved in the accident will help to prove whether the truck was in good working condition at the time of the accident. Was the truck safe to be on the road, or did it pose a danger to other road users? Missing truck inspection reports may be an indication that the truck did not undergo the inspections required by the law. Failing to have the truck inspected is a form of negligence and may render the truck company liable for the accident. The inspection report may reveal that the truck had some issues, but the trucking company still released the truck on the road without fixing the problems. In this case, the trucking company may be liable for the accident. 

Vehicle Wreckage

If your vehicle gets into an accident with a truck, the vehicle wreckage will provide significant evidence in the truck accident case. Any visible damage to your car will be an indication of what happened at the time of the accident. In accident cases involving trucks and regular vehicles, regular vehicles suffer extensive damages. Immediately after the accident, it is advisable to capture photos of your car showing the damages. You should also keep the car in its damaged condition after the accident until you file a personal injury case. If you repair the vehicle before filing a claim, you may lose valuable evidence, and this could determine the outcome of your case.   

Truck Maintenance Logs

The truck maintenance logs are just as necessary as the truck inspection reports. Before sending the truck to the next haul, the trucking company should ensure that they perform essential maintenance of the truck. The law requires a truck to undergo maintenance regularly. The maintenance records will show if the truck was in good shape to be on the road at the time of the accident. If the truck was faulty at the time of the accident, the trucking company might be at fault.

The trucking company may also be at fault for failing to take the truck for routine maintenance. At times, information from the maintenance records may render the maintenance company liable for the accident. For instance, if the truck underwent regular maintenance, but the experts fail to identify fault or damage, the maintenance company may be at fault.  

Truck Driver Employment Information

When a truck accident occurs, the truck driver's employment information will provide crucial evidence in the case.  The driver's qualification file contains essential information about the truck driver as required by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSR). Every trucking company must maintain a driver qualification file for every driver they employ. This file will include the employment application documents for the driver and the employment history of the driver, including the previous employer. 

Also contained in the qualification file is the annual review of the truck driver's driving records and the annual certification of violations. The file also includes the medical examiner's report outlining the health status of the truck driver.  The file also describes the road test certification details of the truck driver.

The truck driver's training file will also provide valuable evidence in case a truck accident occurs. The training file is almost identical to the qualification file but may contain additional information regarding additional achievements and specialized driving records of the truck driver. The trucking company has to ensure that it employs qualified drivers. The trucking company also has to update the skills of the truck driver through training. The qualification and training file will indicate whether the driver is competent. If the records reveal a lack of competence by the truck driver, the trucking company, or the driver's employer may be liable for the accident.  

Driver's Logbook

In California, the law requires all drivers to keep track of their driving hours in a logbook. By examining the truck driver's logbook, it will be evident if the driver exceeded the set hours on the road. One of the leading causes of truck accidents is fatigued drivers. If a truck driver operates a truck for many hours without a break, fatigue may occur, and the driver may not be able to concentrate on the road. The driver may feel drowsy or even sleep while driving.

A trucking company may force drivers to work for long shifts to boost their profits. The truck drivers may fail to object to the long working hours to be able to increase their earnings. In the case of working for long hours, both the trucking company and the truck driver may be to blame for the truck accident.

Driver Background Checks

Before hiring a truck driver, a trucking company needs to run the necessary background checks on the driver. By reviewing the background checks records, it will be evident if the trucking company conducted the investigations required on the driver before hiring him/her. The records will also reveal illegal hiring. It may also be evident in the files that the truck driver should not have been hired due to something that he/she did in the past. 

To be able to obtain and retain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in California, a truck driver has to meet specific standards. By checking the status of a driver's CDL, it will be evident if a driver is qualified to operate a truck.  

The truck company may also request for the medical certificates of the truck driver. The law requires truck drivers to undergo a medical exam every two years and to submit a medical report to their employers following the medical examination.  Failure to conduct medical reviews and provide medical certificates may render both the truck driver and the trucking company liable for the truck accident. Some medical conditions may require a truck driver to stay off the road. 

Alcohol and Drug Screening Results

To ensure that their drivers are sober, trucking companies may conduct unplanned alcohol and drug testing. However, not all trucking companies adhere to this requirement. Therefore, drug and alcohol testing results of lack thereof may be an indication of inebriation as a factor if a truck accident. 

A driver may also have to undergo routine drug and alcohol testing after a truck accident. A positive outcome in the drug and alcohol testing after a truck accident may be a great indicator that the truck driver is at fault for the accident.  If the driver has incomplete or missing drug and alcohol testing reports, the driver or the truck company may be liable for the accident. 

Proof of Truck Failure

Specific evidence may be necessary to prove a truck failure in a truck accident.  The information may include the repair records of the truck. The repair records of the truck may reveal that the truck had recurring mechanical issues. The documents may also show that no repairs were recently conducted on the truck. The trucking company may be at fault for failing to repair the truck.

The driver's pre and the post-trip inspection report are also necessary. The law requires a truck driver to perform a safety inspection of his/her truck before and after a trip. Failing to perform pre and post-trip inspection may render the truck driver liable for the accident. The truck driver may be mainly responsible if it is evident that the accident occurred due to preventable mechanical issues. 

The data from the truck's black box can help to reveal what happened immediately before the accident occurred. For instance, the accident may have occurred due to a lack of braking. Lack of braking may prove distracted driving by the truck driver. The black box may also reveal that the accident happened due to excessive speed, and this may prove recklessness and negligence of the truck driver.

Other than capturing the speed the truck was traveling at when the accident occurred, the electronic monitoring data will also reveal the time worked by the truck driver and any other automatically-recorded information. For instance, if the truck driver had operated the truck too many hours above the allowable limit, the black box will indicate this information.

Electronic Onboard Recording Devices (EOBRs) can reveal whether truck equipment failure led to the occurrence of the accident. Also, information captured on the GPS can help to show the location of a truck accident and the direction and the speed of travel.  

If a drive cam is available, it can provide valuable information. The cam can provide video evidence of the events that took place at the time of the accident. Cell Phone records can also help to reveal the cause of a truck accident.  If the call logs indicate that the truck driver was texting or calling at the time of the accident, it may be evident that the truck accident occurred due to distracted driving. This may make the truck driver liable for reckless or distracted driving, which is an indication of negligence. 

Trucking Company

The trucking company records may also provide valuable evidence in a truck accident. For instance, if a trucking company has a history of negligence or personal injury lawsuits, this information will be available on the records of the trucking company. The trucking company records may also help to reveal if the truck company has a history of failing to comply with the federal trucking regulations. From the trucking company's records, it will be evident if the trucking company has hired unqualified drivers in the past. The records will also indicate that the company has had many drivers involved in accidents. These facts may help to point out that the trucking company may be liable for the accident. 

Witness Statements

In truck accidents in California, witness statements are also relevant, and they heal a great deal in determining who is at fault for a truck accident. Witnesses refer to people who were physically present at the time the truck accident occurred. At times, it may be challenging to gather evidence from witnesses, especially if the witness suffered injuries in the truck accident and is not able to record a statement.  However, experienced investigators, your attorney, and the police can be able to engage the witnesses and get the required evidence from them. 

A witness can help to confirm a victim's version of the accident and help to determine the party responsible for the truck accident.  Your attorney can help to interview witnesses willing to corroborate with your version of the accident as you concentrate on the recovery from your injuries. 

Pictures

For you to show what happened and how much damage occurred at the scene of the accident, pictures will come in handy. However, due to the severe nature of truck accidents, you may not be able to take pictures immediately after the accident. However, you may request a loved one to take photos on your behalf. It is also essential to ask a person to take pictures of your injuries as you receive medical treatment. The police and the media may also take photos at the scene of the accident. Your attorney can assist you in obtaining the images from the press and the police and use them to support your case.     

Medical Records

After suffering injuries in a truck accident, you will be required to seek medical treatment for the injuries sustained. Your medical records will provide crucial evidence in the personal injury case. The documents will outline the injuries you have sustained and long-term prognosis. When receiving medical treatment, you should request the doctor to give you copies of the medical records and the medical receipts to show the money spent on paying for treatment. To build a strong case and to calculate the value of your case, your injury attorney will require copies of your medical records. 

Expert Testimony

Expert testimony is different from the statement obtained from regular witnesses. For instance, your attorney may use your doctor to testify and provide evidence of your medical prognosis and injuries. The attorney may also engage in an accident reconstruction expert. An accident reconstruction expert visits the scene of the accident and examines it to determine what happened. The expert may look out for features like skid marks on the road to determine who was at fault in the truck accident. Expert testimony will go a long way in determining the outcome of a case.  

Preservation of Evidence in a Truck Accident

After a truck accident, the defendant may try to do away with some evidence to reduce the impact of the personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, it is crucial to seek the help of a personal injury attorney who can issue a spoliation of evidence. This letter is a document sent by your attorney requesting the preservation of all the evidence and the information that is pertinent to your case. Failing to comply with the requirements of the spoliation letter may lead to significant consequences. If the trucking company or any other defendant in the truck case destroys evidence after receiving a spoliation letter, it will make the defendant look suspicious. 

Some evidence may be missing since it may not be possible to know all the evidence available. However, the spoliation letter may require the trucking company to maintain extensive documentation on both the driver and the truck involved in the accident. Some of the evidence that the spoliation letter may outline for preservation include the truck inspection reports, the driver logs, data from electronic onboard recording devices, and photos from the accident scene. 

The trucking company should not repair the truck wreckage before the victim or victims file a personal injury lawsuit. The trucking company may try to use the strategy of repairing the truck to help them eliminate evidence. The truck company may also repair the truck to ensure that it meets the regulation standards. This would help to wipe away any evidence indicating that the truck company was negligent in maintaining the truck.  Your attorney can have an expert inspect the truck immediately after the accident and document a report of his/her findings. Negligent maintenance standards of the truck would be sufficient in proving liability in a personal injury lawsuit.  

Evidence Required to Prove Negligence

Just like the regular automobile accident cases, truck accidents revolve around negligence. If a truck driver acts negligently, he/she will be liable to other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians for any damages resulting from the accident. The truck driver may be negligent for failing to exercise due care and for violating traffic laws. The negligence of the trucking company could also be the cause of a truck accident.  

According to California's negligence law, the negligent party is responsible for getting the injuries and damages inflicted on other parties. The plaintiff will have to prove various factors to show that the defendant was negligent in causing the truck accident. 

The victim has to prove that the truck driver owed his/her a duty of care. This aspect is easy to determine because, in California, a driver owes other road users, including other drivers and pedestrians, a duty of care. The plaintiff must also show that the defendant breached the duty of care. The victim must also prove that the defendant's breach of duty of care was a substantial factor in causing the victim's injuries. 

In California, the duty of care requires the defendant to use care and reasonable caution while operating a vehicle on the road. A driver has to look out for other road users whenever he/she is running a car on the road.  A driver has to look out for obstacles, pedestrians, and other vehicles while on the road. A driver also has a duty of ensuring that he/she controls the movement and the speed of his/her vehicle.  

Evidence that can help to prove that the truck driver breached his or her duty of care includes proof of distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield right of way, and improper lane changes. The truck driver may be liable for texting while driving and for failing to obey traffic signals.  

If there is evidence that a truck driver was violating California vehicle codes when the accident occurred, the driver may be guilty of negligence. The driver may be responsible for the injuries and the damages suffered by the plaintiff if the driver’s violation was a substantial factor in causing the accident. 

The trucking company may be liable if there is evidence that the company overloaded the truck or allowed overweight vehicles on the road by violating the California Vehicle Code 35551 VC. The trucking company may be at fault for allowing trucks with unbalanced cargo on the way. Allowing a driver to operate in violation of safety laws and failing to maintain trucks and trailers may also be a form of negligence. 

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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a truck accident, you will require ample evidence to support the case. The LA Personal Injury Law Firm can help you gather viable evidence to prove the negligence of the defendant. Contact us at 310-935-0089 and speak to one of our attorneys.

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