Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney

Truck accidents can often be much more complicated than mere auto accidents, involving multiple parties, companies and entities that may be held liable for resulting injuries and loss. Because of the complexities involved in a truck accident claim, seeking the advocacy of an experienced attorney is vital to protecting oneself and getting back on one's feet.

Proven Experience in Truck Accident Injury Cases

One of the most important aspects of seeking an attorney is understanding their specific personal injury experience. Even within the practice of personal injury, different attorneys may have more experience handling more complicated claims, such as accidents involving commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers. After handling countless truck accident lawsuits and claims, David Shoop understands the details and interactions necessary for helping injured clients seek fair compensation for the injuries and loss tied to the negligence of a truck driver, employers and even maintenance companies involved.

In addition to experience handling trucking accidents, having access to resources, including personnel, finances and experts, is imperative to fully understanding the minute details tied to a commercial vehicle accident. David Shoop has access to necessary people and experts who can fully investigate a truck accident while revealing important details that can help clients recover, pay medical bills and get their health and well being back on track after enduring serious injuries, wrongful death, brain injuries or catastrophic injuries.

Aggressive Representation for Those Injured In Truck Accidents

Insurance companies representing trucking companies are often quick to begin their own investigations and usually have their clients' interests at heart no matter what an injured victim endures. Understanding the various tricks and tactics used by insurance companies and their representatives is an important part of protecting an injured client's best interest and effectively representing the family of those killed in a tragic truck accident. With a clear comprehension of the laws, details and different parties that may possibly be involved in a commercial or trucking accident, David Shoop has the tools necessary to aggressively represent clients and their family members who may not be able to take on the multi-million dollar insurance industries.

The high truck traffic that exists across the state of California and throughout the Los Angeles region makes it vital that truck companies and employees are following established standards and regulations in an effort to protect other drivers sharing the road, David Shoop has the resources to hold negligent companies and drivers responsible for carelessness leading to a commercial wreck.

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Truck Accident Statistics

SEMI & HEAVY TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • Almost thirteen percent (13%) of the more than 15 million trucks nationwide are semi trucks, tractor-trailers and big-rigs/18-wheelers.
  • Large truck accidents are extremely dangerous; the vast majority of truck accidents result in at least one fatality or wrongful death.
  • Fatal tractor trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, $13.1 billion of which is the cost associated with loss of quality of life
  • For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. road ways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs

COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • The average cost of a commercial truck accident is about $59,150
  • Nearly 90 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error-either on behalf of a truck driver, other drivers, other vehicle passengers, cyclists or pedestrians
  • About 75 percent of commercial truck accidents are caused by drivers of other smaller passenger vehicles, rather than the truck driver
  • Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents

TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURY STATISTICS

  • About 130,000 individuals are injured each year in truck collisions
  • About 22 percent of all truck accidents result in injuries
  • In most truck accidents (about 70 percent), there are no injuries or deaths-only property damage

DRIVER IN FATAL COLLISONS

DRIVERS IN INJURY COLLISIONS

Total

At Fault

Percent At Fault

Total

At Fault

Percent At Fault

STATEWIDE VEHICLE TYPE*

Passenger car

2,615

1,351

51.7

206,805

96,837

46.8

Passenger car with trailer

14

10

71.4

269

149

55.4

Motorcycle/scooter

484

318

65.7

11,784

6,531

55.4

Moped

1

1

100.0

64

32

50.0

Pickup or panel truck

646

331

51.2

29,262

14,766

50.5

Pickup or panel truck with trailer

36

10

27.8

727

331

45.5

Truck or truck tractor

84

28

33.3

2,457

1,220

49.7

Truck or truck tractor with trailer

172

42

24.4

2,848

1,133

39.8

School bus

6

296

92

31.1

Other bus

28

6

21.4

1,320

469

35.5

Emergency vehicle

22

8

36.4

1,319

505

38.3

Highway construction equipment

3

1

33.3

26

12

46.2

Other

13

6

46.2

354

165

46.6

Not stated 1/

120

46

38.3

28,636

14,415

50.3

TOTAL

4,244

2,158

50.8

286,167

136,657

47.8

-Source: https://www.chp.ca.gov/Programs-Services/Services-Information/SWITRS-Internet-Statewide-Integrated-Traffic-Records-System/SWITRS-2013-Report#2013section3

Truck Accident Resources

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, using data culled from U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), uses interactive graphs to show the trends of fatalities from accidents involving large trucks from 1975-2015. The most striking piece of information: There were 3,852 deaths from accidents involving large trucks in 2015 alone.

As per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled one of the most comprehensive resources on large truck accidents (it's a lot of information that might be more easily accessed through a downloadable PDF).  A key takeaway from the report: " Of the approximately 411,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2014, 3,424 (1 percent) resulted in at least one fatality, and 82,000 (20 percent) resulted in at least one nonfatal injury. "


Updated August 1, 2017.