Ask any Los Angeles truck accident attorney: recovering damages after a motor vehicle collision involving a truck is possible if you play your cards right, but extremely difficult.
You may run into a wide range of difficulties and complications when seeking compensation for injuries and damages sustained in a truck accident. Luckily, a lawyer with decades of experience in handling similar cases behind his or her back knows how to get past these difficulties with flying colors.
Instead of banging your head against the wall and trying to put up resistance against some of the best truck accident lawyers in California representing a trucking company and its insurance company, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our experienced truck accident attorney in Los Angeles at the Compass Law Group, PC and discuss your particular case.
When bringing a truck accident claim in California, you will most likely run into these common legal difficulties:
Falsification of records. Since the dawn of time, people and businesses have been falsifying records to avoid liability and enrich their pocket. And the trucking industry is no exception. For example, it is not uncommon for trucking companies to encourage or pressure their truck drivers to falsify logs that indicate how many hours the driver has been on the road without taking a break. Federal trucking regulations are rather strict about how many hours a truck driver is allowed to drive without a rest, but these regulations result in a tremendous loss of profit to trucking companies and their drivers. An experienced lawyers knows what tricks a trucking company may employer to bypass these regulations and falsify driver logs. While these falsifications are not visible to the naked eye, someone with vast experience in busting dishonest and unscrupulous trucking companies can help you get to the bottom and dig out the truth.
Inadequate implementation of procedures. If you file a personal injury lawsuit against a truck driver and his/her trucking company, they will most likely point to their rules and procedures in an attempt to avoid liability. But we all know that nobody follows 100% of all the rules set down on paper. If they did, there would be no car and truck accidents. A Los Angeles truck accident attorney can help you determine if the trucking company’s implementation of certain procedures has been inadequate or non-existent.
Several parties to blame for a defect. If your truck accident was caused by a defective equipment in the truck, you may have a product liability case on your hands. While it can potentially shield the truck driver and his/her trucking company from liability (unless they failed to properly maintain and inspect the vehicle), it creates a plethora of new legal difficulties for you and your lawyer. That is because there may be several parties to blame for the defective component or faulty equipment in the truck, which is why your lawyer will have to establish the liable parties.
Financial troubles. If you are up against a large commercial trucking company or a government entity, the risk of losing your case is enormous is you are not represented by a reputable law firm in California. That is because both government entities and large trucking companies have vast financial resources and they are willing to spend as much money as necessary to defend themselves against your claim. So your only chance to win the case is to either spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars from your own pocket, or hire a lawyer whose law firm has extensive financial resources to spare and is willing to put up a fight against wealthy defendants. Luckily for you, by hiring an attorney from the Compass Law Group, PC, you kill two birds with one stone.