Truck Accident Attorney Serving Ontario, California With 26+ Years Experience
Ontario is known as an industrial and transportation hub for Southern California and the West Coast. This region has a larger influx of commercial trucks and heavy duty machinery than most other cities in California. This creates a recipe for an increased likelihood of accidents involving heavy trucks. Due to the size and weight of a commercial truck, accidents involving big rigs, semi trailers and 18-wheelers in Ontario can result in significant personal injuries and complex legal claims. When a semi or other large commercial truck has an accident with a car, those in the smaller vehicle often sustain catastrophic injuries, if they survive.
The Paris Firm is experienced in handling the challenges posed by complex truck accident cases in Ontario and the greater Southern California area. Attorney Eric Paris has been representing people injured in truck accidents for over two decades. We will demand that the trucking company and its insurer preserve evidence, including the “black box” data recorder, dash cam if available and the driver’s log books.
Who’s Liable When a Truck is Involved in an Accident?
Every truck accident claim is unique and must be studied carefully to determine all possible sources of liability. Responsible parties may include:
- The owner of the truck
- The truck driver
- The owner of the trailer
- The trucking company
- The warehouse that loaded the truck
- The shop that maintained the truck
- The maker of defective tires, brakes, or other parts
- The company that designed the road
The Most Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for numerous reasons. Causes often include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Distracted driving – texting, mobile phones, in cab televisions, Etc.
- Improper driver training
- Defective tires
- Lack of reflective materials
- Lack of underride guards
- Improperly designed, constructed, or maintained roads
- Lack of roadway hardware, such as guardrails
- Improper signage
- Speeding, failure to yield, tailgating
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violation of hours of service regulations
- Improper loading
- Improper maintenance
Often times truck drivers are not violating safety rules for the first time. Sometimes they have a record, and this may be known to the trucking company, which may choose to ignore the driver’s record, or, in some cases, may encourage some dangerous behaviors to ensure timely deliveries.
Wrecks involving Commercial Trucks and Vans
Our truck accident law firm represents clients injured in truck accidents involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:
- Semi trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Delivery vans, such as UPS and Fed Ex vans
- City & Municipal Trucks
- Public Utility Vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Dump trucks
- Cement trucks
- Emergency vehicles
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a truck accident in Southern California, you understand how serious truck accidents can be, the overwhelming size of the vehicle capable of crushing everything around it. You also understand how hard it can be to get a fair claim for your injuries out of the trucking company’s insurance company, which likely wants to blame you (or your lost loved one) for the accident.
Do I Need an Attorney to Pursue my Ontario Truck Accident Claim?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to the negligence or carelessness of a commercial truck driver, you have the right to obtain financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. Call The Paris Firm today at (909) 551-4040, serving car accident victims in Ontario, California, and schedule a no obligation consultation. If there is no recovery there is no fee and there are no up-front out of pocket fees. Our firm advances costs on behalf of our clients.