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Trailer Accident in Glendale, CA

Law Offices of Tim D. Wright - Trailer Accident Lawyer in Glendale, CA

Have You Been Injured in a Glendale Trailer Accident?

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

Commercial Driver and Trailer Regulations

Large trailer accident cases are quite a bit different from other car accident cases. Particularly, commercial vehicles and drivers are regulated much more stringently than regular automobiles and drivers.

Due to the inherent threat 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 trailer drivers are safe.

These laws consist of:

  • Ensuring that trailer drivers have proper training,
  • That their vehicles meet specified safety standards,
  • That drivers follow regulations.

California commercial trailer regulations consist of:

  • Limiting the amount of hours a trailer driver may drive per day
  • How frequently they have to be tested for alcohol or drug use
  • How often their vehicles have to be inspected
  • The regularity of vehicle systems for maintenance and service
  • How loads need to be secured

There are added regulations regarding the transport of dangerous materials. All of these policies and regulations are constantly being updated and revised to reflect the discovery of new dangers and the development of new safety equipment.

Causes of Glendale Trailer Accidents

Semi-trailer accidents are serious business. Due to the size difference between a commercial trailer and a passenger vehicle, it is crucial that trailer drivers are safe. Nevertheless, similar to any other motor vehicle accident cause, there are some things that have a tendency to increase the chances of a semi-trailer collision.

Common reasons for trailer accidents consist of:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Lack of Training
  • Overweight trailers
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Distracted Driving
  • Road Hazards
  • Speeding

Prevalent Injuries from a Glendale Trailer Accident

Semi-trailer crashes tend to result in more serious injuries than an accident involving two regular-sized vehicles. This is because the force behind a semi-trailer is a lot greater. Semi-trailer 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 trailer accidents unscathed or with only minor injuries. However, others will sustain serious injuries and may have pain, suffering, and disability. They commonly have enormous medical bills as well.

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

What Compensation Can I Get from a Trailer Accident?

After a trailer accident, you're probably going to have medical bills, lost wages, and also pain and suffering. You may be stressed regarding how you're going to handle these challenges. This is where a knowledgeable trailer accident lawyer can help. He or she can handle your injury claim thoroughly, and make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries.

If a trailer accident causes injuries, you might be eligible to recover both economic and non-economic damages.

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

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Property damages
  • Household services
  • Various 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 types of damages include:

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

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

If You Have Been Hurt in a Trailer Accident, the Glendale Trailer Accident Lawyer at Tim D. Wright Can Help

At Tim D. Wright, we believe commercial drivers and trailer companies must be held accountable when they are responsible for causing collisions and injuries. The unfortunate fact is that some trailer companies and drivers fail to abide by 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 impact 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 outcome of these bad decisions is an accident.

A qualified trailer accident lawyer in the Glendale area knows all of the special considerations that might be relevant in trailer 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 assessing the potential causes and concerns that might impact issues of liability for commercial trailers.

Even if the trailer company involved is based out of state, or the case might involve independent drivers, leased vehicles, maintenance contracts, etc, at Tim D. Wright, we have the resources and expertise to get results. The sad reality is that large trailer accidents commonly involve very serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and long-term disablement, or even death. If you are injured in a collision involving a large trailer, it is vital for you to work with a law firm that has the capability 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 elements that apply in commercial trailer claims.

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

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.
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