Covina & West Covina Truck Accident Attorney With 26+ Years Experience
Covina and West Covina have one of the busiest freeway which connects Los Angeles County to Riverside & San Bernardino Counties. Anyone who’s driven on the 10 fwy between the 606 and 57 freeways in rush hour can tell you that there’s no shortage of commercial trucks traveling through this area. Consequently, this area has a large number of heavy duty trucks navigating the local freeways and roads. In fact, an elderly West Covina woman was killed in 2016 after being run over by a flatbed truck in the parking lot of the Eastland Center shopping mall. When a semi or other large commercial truck has an accident with an average car or pedestrian, the victim often suffers catastrophic injuries, if they survive.
The Paris Firm is experienced in handling the challenges posed by complex truck accident cases in Covina and the greater Southern California area. Attorney Eric Paris has been representing people injured in truck accidents for over two decades. Although West Covina is about 25 minutes away from The Paris Firm in Chino Hills, our attorneys have handled numerous cases locally and all throughout Los Angeles County. Like all law firms, after our initial consultation at our office or your home or hospital, most of our communication can be done via phone and Email – but we never really leave your side.
When a Truck has an Accident, Who is Liable?
Every truck accident claim is unique and must be studied carefully to determine all possible sources of liability. In order to better answer your question, we ask that you call us now at (909) 551-4040 to discuss your incident. However, 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 city that maintained the road
What are 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
It’s not unusual that driver’s are violating rules for the second or third time. Sometimes they have a record of irresponsibility which may be known to the trucking company, who may choose to ignore the driver’s record, or, in some cases, may encourage dangerous behaviors to ensure timely deliveries. Since trucking companies and drivers are sometimes incentivized with bonuses for early or on-time delivery, they have been known to engage in dangerous tactics to meet a deadline.
Collisions involving Commercial Trucks and Vans
Our lawyers represents clients injured in truck accidents involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:
- Semitrailer trucks (big rigs)
- 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 or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a truck accident in Covina, you understand how serious truck accidents can be. 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 may try to blame you (or your lost loved one) for the accident.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Pursue My Truck Accident Claim?
Maybe. If there were no injuries and very little vehicle damage you may be able to negotiate a fair settlement on your own quickly. However, if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury 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 and expenses you may incur in the future. This is something you don’t want to tackle on your own. Call The Paris Firm today at (909) 551-4040, serving car accident victims in West Covina, 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.