Our Orange County lawyers are available and ready to help 24/7 to answer any questions you may have for your potential truck accident lawsuit. You could recover compensation through a settlement with the other party, or by a judgment from the jury when going to trial. 

Our attorneys have experience negotiating with third parties, along with trial experience. We provide customized legal assistance to our clients to make sure that all their concerns are addressed and they get compensated for their injuries.

According to the Department of Transportation, truck accidents are considered to be the most dangerous accidents that occur in California. Those involved in accidents with larger trucks are 75% more likely to pass away. This is because of the large size of the truck. Usually, trucks are around 50,000 pounds. When that comes into contact or collides with a smaller vehicle, the injuries could be severe.

Who is responsible for my injuries after a truck accident in Irvine?

There are several different parties that could be held responsible for your truck accident. But, keep in mind that this depends on the circumstances. For a more specific answer customized to your accident, contact our attorneys to schedule a one-on-one consultation and to discuss your case. The different  liable parties could include:

  • The truck driver: usually, the truck driver is to blame for any negligent actions, including texting while driving, speeding while driving, or fatigued driving.
  • The trucking company: in the event that the Irvine truck driver was working and on the clock at the time of the accident, you could also hold the trucking company responsible. The trucking company, as the employee’s employer is responsible for any negligent actions. The trucking company could also be held independently responsible for failing to properly train their employees.
  • Contractors: third-party contractors could also be held responsible in the event that the truck was owned by an independent third-party company.
  • Truck manufacturer: if the accident was caused by a defect in the truck, then the truck manufacturer and the truck retailer could be held responsible under a product liability lawsuit.

Are there specific requirements for driving a truck in Irvine, California?

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are specific requirements that a truck driver must have to meet in order to be able to drive such as a large vehicle. For example, truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license. Along with that license, they also need to attend mandatory training, through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and through their employer.

In the event that a truck driver did not have the proper license or training, they could be held responsible, along with their employer. Our top rated truck accident attorneys will investigate all the circumstances involving the accident to piece together exactly who is responsible, and what type of requirements the negligent party has not met.

Other examples of trucking laws include:

  • Height limit: California law requires that trucks have a height of a maximum 53 ft
  • Load limit:  trucks cannot be more than 80,000 pounds in weight
  • Trucking hours: drivers have an 11-hour limit when driving a truck. This is to reduce the risk of an accident caused by fatigue driving
  • Routes:  there are specific routes that truck drivers must take. These roads are wider, and much safer for a truck. 

What causes truck accidents in Irvine?

  • Rollover accidents: when a truck has a very heavy load, and a truck driver does not have proper experience, the truck could roll over or collide with other vehicles. Rollovers could crush other vehicles, and result in extensive injuries and even death.
  • Tire blowouts: a truck must constantly have its tires and motor maintained. When the tires are not maintained, it could result in tire blowouts, and the driver may lose control of the truck, and collide with another vehicle. 
  • Loose cargo:  a loose load on the truck could also cause extensive injuries when it crashes to other oncoming cars.
  • Speeding: truck drivers must maintain a safe speed at all times. In the event that they drive above the speed limit, there is a risk that they could lose control of the truck.
  • Fatigued driving: this has become a very serious issue in the state of California. All truck drivers must have proper sleep and training to continue driving the truck for long hours.
  • Poor road conditions: Loose gravel or cement on the road could cause a truck driver to lose control of the truck.

Should I hire an Irvine truck accident attorney?

Truck accidents could be very devastating, and so the accident can be very complex, especially with several different parties trying to prove how the accident occurred. Besides issues with liability, several parties may also suffer severe injuries, which will need thousands of dollars in medical treatment. An experienced Irvine law firm will be able to help you get the compensation you need, and navigate through this complex legal process.

What are the different types of trucks in Irvine?

 Trucks are a vague word used to refer to larger vehicles such as:

  • Big rig
  • Cargo trucks
  • Buses
  • Delivery vans
  • Tow trucks
  • Semi trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Tractor trailers
  • Tanker trucks

What should I do after a truck accident in Irvine?

  • After a truck accident, you could be nervous and frightened. Many clients are in shock after experiencing a car accident with another truck. After an accident, make sure that you take proper photos of the accident scene, along with the damage done to your vehicle.
  • You should also get medical attention to determine what injuries you may have suffered.
  • Contact a top-rated Irvine truck accident attorney to get started with your truck accident claim.
  • The key to a truck accident lawsuit is always keeping calm, especially immediately after an accident. 

How much does an Irvine truck attorney cost? 

Our Irvine truck attorneys have extensive experience holding negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions and for causing accidents. We understand that after a truck accident, many accident victims may not have money to pay for an attorney up front since they have thousands of dollars in medical bills from injury treatments.

We only get paid once we win compensation for you. Our attorneys will front the court costs, which could include filing fees, investigation fees, and deposition fees. If we win compensation for you, whether it is through a settlement, or through a trial judgment, we will then take an attorney fee, which is a percentage discussed with you prior to taking your case. 

What will our truck accident attorneys do?

From the minute you step in for a case consultation, our truck accident attorneys will get started on building your claim and determining which parties are responsible. Usually, since truck accidents are complex, they take months to years to piece together who the responsible parties are and how the accident happened.