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Big Rig Accident in Beaumont, CA

Beaumont Big Rig Accident Attorney

Have You Been Hurt in a Beaumont Big Rig Accident?

A large commercial big rig, such as a tractor-trailer manufactured by Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, or Peterbilt, may be 20 times the size of a standard passenger car when pulling a trailer. Given the extreme difference between the weight and mass of commercial big rigs and regular passenger vehicles, it is not hard to imagine how dangerous it is for the occupants of a regular vehicle when they get in an accident with a big rig-- not to mention the impacts on pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists.

Commercial Driver and Big Rig Regulations

Large big rig accident cases are quite a bit different from other car accident cases. Specifically, commercial vehicles and drivers are regulated more rigorously than regular cars and drivers.

Due to the inherent danger that these huge vehicles pose to other drivers, there are several laws and regulations at both the federal and state level to make sure that big rig drivers are safe.

These laws consist of:

  • Making sure that big rig drivers have proper training,
  • That their vehicles satisfy specified safety guidelines,
  • That operators follow regulations.

California commercial big rig regulations consist of:

  • Limiting how many hours a trucker can drive per day
  • How often they need to be tested for alcohol or drug use
  • How frequently their vehicles have to be inspected
  • The regularity of vehicle systems for maintenance and service
  • How loads must be secured

There are additional regulations regarding the transportation of dangerous materials. All of these guidelines and regulations are constantly being updated and revised to reflect the discovery of new risks and the development of new safety equipment.

Causes of Beaumont Big Rig Accidents

Big rig accidents are serious business. Due to the size difference between a commercial big rig and a passenger vehicle, it is important that big rig drivers are safe. However, just like any other automobile accident reason, there are some factors that tend to increase the odds of a big rig collision.

Common reasons for big rig accidents involve:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Lack of Training
  • Overweight big rigs
  • Drunk Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Roadway Hazards
  • Speeding

Prevalent Injuries from Beaumont Big Rig Accidents

Big rig accidents tend to cause more severe injuries than an accident involving two regular-sized vehicles. This is because the force behind a big rig is a lot greater. Big rig collisions have been known to cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, fractures, lacerations and scars, internal injuries, and much more.

In some cases people walk away from big rig accidents unscathed or with only minor injuries. However, others will suffer major injuries and might have pain, suffering, and disability. They commonly have enormous medical costs as well.

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Internal injuries

What Compensation Can I Get from a Big Rig Accident?

After a big rig accident, you're probably going to have medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may be stressed about how you're going to handle these challenges. This is where a qualified big rig accident attorney can help. They can handle your injury claim thoroughly, and guarantee you get maximum compensation for your injuries.

If a big rig accident causes injuries, you might be qualified to recover both economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages refer to losses with a monetary value associated with them. This includes:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning ability
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Household services
  • Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages refer to losses that do not have an exact monetary value associated with them. They are subjective and negotiable. These kinds of damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of activities
  • Loss of companionship
  • Worsening of prior injuries

The amount one can recover for non-economic damages differs. It depends on the extent of the injury (or injuries) and how much your life has changed as a result of the accident. The amount is negotiated by your lawyer and the insurance provider, or a judge and jury in court. Your lawyer will utilize their prior experience, and past settlements and jury verdicts when making settlement demands.

If You Have Been Hurt in a Big Rig Accident, the Beaumont Big Rig Accident Lawyers at Tim D. Wright Can Help

At Tim D. Wright, we believe commercial drivers and trucking companies must be held accountable when they are responsible for causing wrecks and injuries. The unfortunate fact is that some trucking companies and drivers fail to adhere to the rules and regulations that exist to keep the roadways safe.

When drivers and companies are under economic pressure to meet deadlines or to complete contracts, they can make bad choices that affect the safety of others, such as foregoing inspections, overloading trailers, operating without required safety equipment, or committing similar infractions. And more often than not, the result of these bad choices is an accident.

A qualified big rig accident lawyer in the Beaumont area understands all of the special factors that might be relevant in big rig accident claims. At Tim D. Wright, we are familiar with both California and federal commercial motor carrier regulations concerning vehicles and drivers, and we are diligent in investigating the possible causes and concerns that may affect issues of liability for commercial big rigs.

Even if the trucking company involved is based out of state, or the case might involve independent drivers, leased vehicles, maintenance contracts, and so on, at Tim D. Wright, we have the resources and experience to get results. The sad reality is that large big rig accidents frequently involve very serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and long-term disablement, and even death. If you are hurt in a wreck involving a large big rig, it is essential for you to partner with a law firm that has the ability to fight large companies, large insurance providers, and the law firms that defend them, and that has the resources to make detailed and timely inquiries into the facts and factors that apply in commercial trucking cases.

I am very satisfied and thankful with Attorney Tim Wright and his whole team for taking care and handling my fathers personal injuries case. Thank you all very much your staff is amazing, very helpful.
Abraham Ortega
The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright were awesome. They were professional, they kept an open communication with me through out the process.  Big shout out to Sergio and Mercedes for being very helpful with my settlement.
Frank Medina

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