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Semi-Truck Accident in Pasadena, California

Law Offices of Tim D Wright - Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer in Pasadena, California

Have You Been Hurt in a Pasadena Semi-Truck Accident?

A large commercial semi-truck, such as a tractor-trailer manufactured by Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, or Peterbilt, might be 20 times the size of a conventional passenger vehicle when pulling a trailer. Given the extreme disparity between the weight and mass of commercial semi-trucks and normal passenger cars, it is not difficult to imagine how dangerous it is for the occupants of a standard car when they get in a collision with a semi-semi-truck-- not to mention the impacts on pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists.

Commercial Driver and Semi-Truck Regulations

Large semi-truck accident cases are quite a bit different from other car accident cases. Specifically, commercial vehicles and drivers are regulated more stringently than standard vehicles and drivers.

Due to the inherent danger that these huge vehicles present to other motorists, there are multiple laws and regulations at both the federal and state level to make sure that semi-truck drivers are safe.

These laws include:

  • Ensuring that semi-truck drivers have sufficient training,
  • That their vehicles satisfy specified safety guidelines,
  • That drivers abide by regulations.

California commercial semi-truck regulations include:

  • Limiting the amount of hours a semi-trucker may drive each day
  • How often they have to be tested for alcohol or drug use
  • How frequently their vehicles must be inspected
  • The regularity of vehicle systems for maintenance and service
  • How loads must be secured

There are added regulations concerning the transportation of dangerous materials. All of these rules and regulations are constantly being updated and modified to reflect the discovery of new risks and the development of new safety equipment.

Reasons For Pasadena Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi-semi-truck crashes are serious business. Due to the size difference between a commercial semi-truck and a passenger car, it is important that semi-truck drivers are safe. However, similar to any other motor vehicle accident reason, there are some things that have a tendency to increase the odds of a semi-semi-truck crash.

Common reasons for semi-truck accidents involve:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Lack of Training
  • Overweight semi-trucks
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Distracted Driving
  • Roadway Hazards
  • Speeding

Prevalent Injuries from a Pasadena Semi-Truck Accident

Semi-semi-truck collisions have a tendency to cause more severe injuries than a crash involving two regular-sized vehicles. This is because the force behind a semi-semi-truck is a lot greater. Semi-semi-truck accidents 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 individuals leave semi-truck accidents unscathed or with only minor injuries. However, others will sustain severe injuries and might have pain, suffering, and disability. They commonly have massive medical costs also.

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

What Compensation Can I Obtain from a Semi-Truck Accident?

After a semi-truck accident, you're likely going to have medical expenses, lost wages, and also pain and suffering. You may be worried about how you're going to manage these challenges. This is where an experienced semi-truck accident attorney can help. He or she can handle your injury case carefully, and make sure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

If a semi-truck 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 bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Property damages
  • Household services
  • Miscellaneous out-of-pocket costs

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

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of pleasure of activities
  • Loss of companionship
  • Worsening of previous injuries

The amount one can recuperate for non-economic damages varies. It depends on the extent of the injury (or injuries) and how much your life has changed due to the crash. The amount is negotiated by your lawyer and the insurance provider, or a judge and jury in court. Your attorney will use their prior experience, and previous settlements and jury verdicts when making settlement demands.

If You Have Been Hurt in a Semi-Truck Accident, the Pasadena Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers at Tim D. Wright Can Help

At Tim D. Wright, we believe commercial drivers and semi-trucking companies must be held accountable when they are responsible for causing accidents and injuries. The unfortunate reality is that some semi-trucking companies and drivers fail to comply with the guidelines and regulations that are there to keep the roadways safe.

When drivers and companies are under economic pressure to meet deadlines or to complete contracts, they can make bad decisions that affect the safety of others, such as foregoing inspections, overloading trailers, operating without required safety equipment, or committing similar infractions. And typically, the result of these bad choices is a crash.

A qualified semi-truck accident lawyer in the Pasadena area understands all of the unique factors that may be relevant in semi-truck accident cases. At Tim D. Wright, we are familiar with both California and federal commercial motor carrier regulations regarding vehicles and motorists, and we are thorough in examining the possible causes and issues that might affect issues of liability for commercial semi-trucks.

Even if the semi-trucking company involved is based out of state, or the claim might involve independent drivers, leased vehicles, maintenance contracts, etc, at Tim D. Wright, we have the resources and knowledge to get results. The sad reality is that large semi-truck accidents commonly involve very serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and permanent disablement, or even death. If you are injured in a crash involving a large semi-truck, it is important for you to work with a law firm that has the ability to fight large companies, large insurers, and the law firms that defend them, and that has the resources to make thorough and timely inquiries into the facts and aspects that apply in commercial semi-trucking claims.

For more information about Semi-Truck Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys in Pasadena, California, contact Law Offices of Tim D. Wright at (323) 379-9995 or visit our website at​​ TimWrightLaw.com for a Free Consultation!

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