Newport Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
Large commercial trucks routinely traverse busy roadways located throughout the Newport Beach region, including California State Routes 55 and 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). When these large trucks, including big rigs, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers, hit a smaller vehicle, the smaller vehicle’s occupants are the most likely to suffer serious injuries. These injuries often happen because of the collision force and the accident victim’s bodily movements inside their vehicle during the crash.
If you sustained injuries in a truck accident that resulted from a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence, you have legal options that you may consider. Specifically, you can file a personal injury claim with the responsible truck driver’s insurance company—or file a lawsuit in court.
Hire skilled legal representation to receive a fair monetary value for your truck accident claim or lawsuit. Our Newport Beach truck accident lawyers can protect you from insurance and trucking companies that take advantage of accident victims.
The knowledgeable Newport Beach truck accident lawyers at Bentley & More LLP are ready to assist you with every aspect of your truck accident claim or lawsuit. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for truck accident victims and understands how to properly and efficiently negotiate and litigate truck accident cases to a favorable resolution.
Our legal team can first meet with you to determine your eligibility for filing a personal injury claim. If you are eligible to proceed forward, we can assist you with filing your claim and negotiating a fair settlement with the truck driver or trucking company’s insurer. If that does not work, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and work to recover the monetary compensation you deserve through litigation.
Our law firm primarily handles catastrophic truck accident claims. However, we have positive working relationships with other local law firms and refer cases out regularly through co-counsel arrangements. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Newport Beach truck accident lawyer, please call us for more information.
Potential Truck Driver Negligence
Truck accidents in the Newport Beach area typically result from truck driver negligence. When truck drivers try to take shortcuts and drive recklessly or carelessly, they are more likely to cause accidents with smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, many of those accidents lead to debilitating injuries that require ongoing medical treatment—and lead to permanent pain—for injured accident victims.
Some of the most common negligent truck operations that lead to accidents include:
Distracted driving. A truck driver is distracted when they fail to watch the road. A driver may become distracted when they listen to loud music in the cab of their vehicle, adjust the radio volume, program a GPS navigation device, or fiddle with an electronic device, such as a cell phone or tablet, while driving. When a truck driver takes their focus off the road, they may not see a vehicle in their side view mirrors—or directly in front of them—causing a severe accident.
Driving under the influence (DUI). Some truck accidents happen because drivers consume alcohol or drugs. Passenger vehicle drivers are legally under the influence if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent. On the other hand, commercial truck drivers must obey stricter legal standards. This is because truck drivers operate large, dangerous vehicles for financial gain.
Alcohol can negatively affect a truck driver’s ability to drive safely. For example, it may cause a driver to become dizzy or lose concentration. Alcohol may also delay a driver’s reflexes and limit their reaction time, preventing them from stopping their truck in time to avoid a crash.
Truck accidents may also happen when drivers are under the influence of drugs, including stimulants. Some drivers resort to these drugs to try and keep themselves awake for long hours. However, these drugs sometimes make drivers sleepy and prevent them from operating their vehicles safely. If a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, their large vehicle may swerve out of control and cause multiple accidents with other vehicles.
Speeding. Truck accidents may also occur when a driver exceeds the posted speed limit. When a truck driver speeds, they may not slow down in time to avoid a crash—especially if they are following another vehicle too closely on a busy roadway. A speeding truck driver may also lose control of their vehicle quickly—especially if they speed in inclement weather conditions, such as heavy rain.
Failing to use side view mirrors properly. Since most large commercial trucks have long trailers, they must use their side-view mirrors to see traffic behind them. When truck drivers do not adjust their mirrors correctly or fail to use them while driving, they are more likely to cause a severe accident with another vehicle.
Violating state and federal motor carrier regulations. Truck accidents also happen when truck drivers fail to follow state and federal motor carrier regulations. The primary purpose of these regulations is to keep other roadway drivers safe and prevent accidents from occurring. Some of the most common motor carrier violations that lead to truck accidents include weight limit violations, improperly loading cargo onto a trailer, and failing to secure cargo properly.
When a truck driver violates weight limits or does not load cargo onto a trailer properly, the truck’s center of gravity may become offset, causing it to tip over while in motion. Alternatively, if the truck driver fails to properly secure cargo onto a trailer, the cargo may slide off the truck, hitting an oncoming vehicle and causing a severe accident.
Truck accidents can also result from defective truck parts or improper maintenance work that a repair facility performs on a tractor or trailer.
If you suffered injuries in an accident that resulted from one or more of these types of negligence, you might take legal action against the at-fault party. The skilled Newport Beach truck accident attorneys at Bentley & More LLP can help you take the appropriate legal action in your case to recover the monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Types of Commercial Truck Accidents
When truck drivers and trucking companies are negligent, several types of accidents may happen.
Some of the most common truck accidents that occur on roadways in the Newport Beach area include:
- Rear-end crashes
- Sideswipe accidents on a busy, multi-lane roadway
- Head-on collision
- Rollover accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- T-bone or broadside accidents
Of these various truck accidents, head-on collisions are arguably the most serious—especially if the vehicles are traveling at high speeds. Moreover, head-on truck collisions are the most likely to cause permanent injuries or fatalities.
Common Injuries in a Truck Crash
When a negligent truck driver hits a smaller passenger vehicle, the passenger vehicle’s occupants may sustain debilitating injuries. Various factors influence the nature and extent of a truck accident victim’s injuries.
Those factors may include:
- The speeds of the respective vehicles
- The number of vehicles involved in the crash
- The force of the collision from the large truck
- The way the accident victim’s body moves inside their vehicle during the crash
- Whether the accident victim’s body makes contact with something inside their vehicle, like the door frame, dashboard, window, steering wheel, or headrest
While some truck accident injuries are relatively minor, others leave accident victims with permanent complications. For example, a severely injured truck accident victim may need to reside at a nursing home or assisted living facility for the rest of their life.
Alternatively, truck accident victims may experience ongoing pain and symptoms every day going forward. To establish that a particular injury is permanent, a medical expert will typically need to state, by a reasonable degree of medical probability, that the injury will likely cause ongoing symptoms and complications for the rest of the accident victim’s life.
Some of the most common injuries that truck accident victims suffer include:
- Internal organ injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts and abrasions
- Permanent disfigurement
- Crush injuries
- Soft tissue contusions
- Broken bones
- Rib fractures
While you focus on recovering from your injuries, the experienced Newport Beach truck accident attorneys at Bentley & More LLP can start advocating for your legal interests. Our team can begin to gather your medical treatment records, medical bills, lost income documentation, police reports, witness statements, and other documents to use as evidence in your personal injury case. We can then help you prove the necessary legal elements of your claim or lawsuit to recover the monetary compensation you deserve.
Recovering Monetary Damages for Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accident victims in Newport Beach may recover monetary damages through their claim or lawsuit. The extent of an accident victim’s monetary recovery will usually depend upon the severity of their accident-related injuries, the extent and cost of their medical treatment, and whether or not they sustained permanent injuries or impairments in their truck accident.
Accident victims may recover the compensation they need through settlement or litigation.
Some common types of monetary recovery for Newport Beach truck accident victims include compensation for:
- Related medical expenses, including the cost of doctor visits, hospital stays, physical therapy, and medical procedures (such as surgeries)
- Lost earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Past and future pain, suffering, and inconvenience related to the accident
- Mental distress
- Loss of the ability to use a body part
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Loss of spousal companionship and consortium
Our legal team can assess which damages you may recover in your case and can help you take the necessary steps to maximize your total compensation award.
Call a Newport Beach Truck Accident Attorney about Your Legal Matter Today
If a negligent trucker injured you, you need experienced legal counsel advocating for you every step of the way. At Bentley & More LLP, our skilled lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to maximize the monetary recovery you receive for your truck accident injuries. Reach out to a Newport Beach personal injury lawyer.
We can help you file a claim with the at-fault driver or trucking company’s insurer and negotiate favorable settlement compensation on your behalf. If the insurance company does not offer you fair monetary damages, we can file a lawsuit, litigate your case in court, and aggressively advocate for you in all legal proceedings—including your jury trial or binding arbitration hearing.
Our goal is to maximize your monetary recovery, whether through settlement or litigation. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Newport Beach truck accident attorney, please call us at (949) 617-0938 or contact us online to learn more.
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Bentley & More LLP – Newport Beach Office
4931 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 617-0938