Encino Truck Accident Lawyer
Encino may just seem like a nice residential part of the San Fernando Valley with a population of approximately 61,500 people, but thanks to its location with the busy 405 and 101 freeways both bordering and crossing through the suburb, along with other busy roads such as Ventura Blvd, Encino sees more traffic daily than many other larger cities and neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.
Not only is there a lot of daily commuter traffic on these major thoroughfares, but there is also a lot of trucking activity as well throughout Encino.
Anytime there is an increase in trucks sharing the road with smaller passenger cars, Ubers, and motorcycles, the chances of being injured in an accident also increases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Encino truck accident, you will need experienced truck injury attorneys such as The Law Offices of Daniel Kim to fight for you against the negligent truck companies and their insurance providers.
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Before you decide to try and file a personal injury claim against the insurance companies yourself in the false hopes of saving money and a quick settlement, we beg you to remember that nearly all trucking companies have vicious attorneys and insurance adjusters on-call whose primary job is to reduce your compensation to pennies on the dollar or even zero.
You need to beat them at their own game and the only way to do that is to have an experienced truck accident injury attorney representing you.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have years of experience serving the residents of Encino and Southern California in recovering maximum compensation from injuries sustained in trucking accidents.
Daniel Kim and his powerful legal team are not intimidated by Metromile, Allstate, Geico, Progressive, Calco, Sentry, or any commercial insurance company.
We always negotiate cases aggressively no matter who they are.
When you contact the Law Offices of Daniel Kim for your free initial case review and consultation, we will start our own investigation to gain a better understanding of the events around the accident.
This includes interviewing any and all witnesses that may have seen the crash, and consulting with our own trusted and experienced medical professionals.
We have over 1000 positive reviews from previous clients on Yelp, Google, and Facebook, and our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.
Contact the Law Offices of Daniel Kim today.
Common Causes Of Encino Truck Accidents
Accidents involving trucks are usually far more serious than other motor vehicle accidents due to the sheer size and weight of the truck involved.
Truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and some of the most common include:
Blind spots – simply put, trucks just have more blind spots than a car. When a truck is changing lanes and a smaller motor vehicle is in one of its blind spots, a tragic accident could occur. Directly behind, in front of the truck, and the middle of the trailer on either side are the primary and worst blind spots. Remember that you may see the truck, but they may not see you.
Fatigued drivers – unrealistic delivery schedules can mean that truck drivers are often pressured to arrive at their destinations quicker than should be possible. Truck drivers have regulated amounts of hours they are allowed to drive per session, but some will drive longer to get a load delivered early or on time, causing sheer exhaustion. Unfortunately, exhausted drivers can have delayed reaction and response times, and could cause a serious accident.
Distracted driving – inattentive or distracted driving is becoming more of a problem every day with people behind the wheel texting, face timing, emailing, and looking at GPS. Truckers do this too and are often more dangerous than someone driving a smaller passenger car. Texting while driving is illegal in most states and can carry heavy fines when caught.
Impaired driving – driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and both prescription and over the counter pills can cause serious accidents and is a serious offense. Statistics show that with truck drivers, driving while under the influence (DUI) has less to do with alcohol and more to do with prescription and OTC medication. Pills like these are often used in the attempt to stay awake and alert to get those long hauls delivered. An FMCSA study found that approximately 45% of truck drivers that were involved in a reported accident had tested positive for prescription and/or over-the-counter medication.
Speeding – driving at excessive speeds is the number one cause of all traffic accidents across the US, but is even more dangerous when it comes to trucks. A speeding truck will find virtually impossible to stop quickly and will cause horrendous damage when it collides with a passenger car, motorcycle, Uber or other smaller vehicle.
Bad driving conditions – Like the rest of the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area, Encino has great weather pretty much all year round. It does not rain often, but when it does the roads quickly turn messy and slippery thanks to the buildup of oil and gasoline deposits. Trucks of all sizes will find it even more difficult to stop quickly in these conditions. Potholes, cracks in the cement, roadwork, and poorly marked lanes can also lead to hazardous driving conditions.
Equipment malfunction, overloaded cargo, maintenance issues, and inexperienced drivers are also all causes of commercial trucking accidents, but whatever the cause of your Encino truck accident, the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim can help. Call us today.
Common Injuries From A Truck Accident
Injuries and damages that can occur as a result of a truck involved crash are usually much more serious than if it were just cars or smaller vehicles thanks to the size and weight difference between a truck and a car.
Some of the most common injuries reported after an Encino truck accident include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
- Loss of limbs
You must seek medical treatment and assistance immediately following any motor vehicle accident, but especially one involving a big rig or any kind of truck.
Sometimes injuries may not reveal themselves for a while after the accident and can lead to serious complications.
Take a ride to the local hospital ER from the scene by paramedics if offered, and if not, get yourself there quickly
If you’re not sure what to do after being involved in a truck accident, or even if you have been to the hospital and don’t know what to do next, contact us at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim and we will help you.
What Kind Of Compensation Could I Receive After A Truck Accident?
The type of compensation you may be entitled to claiming after being injured in a commercial truck accident will be determined by a variety of factors such as the extent of your injuries and who was at fault.
We will build your case in the attempt to recover damages and as we progress through putting your claim together, we will begin to value what we believe your injuries and case are worth.
The types of damages you may be able to claim compensation for could include:
Economic damages – this includes all medical bills received as a result of the accident, loss of wages, physical therapy, property damage, at-home nursing care, and even modifications to your home if you need a wheelchair ramp, etc. We will use all doctor and medical reports, billing, the police report, etc to build this part of our case.
Noneconomic damages – future medical care, future lost earnings, pain-and-suffering and more are predictions from experts such as your doctor or specialist but are usually more difficult to prove, calculate and assign a dollar amount to.
Punitive damages – these types of damages are rarely awarded and the hardest to claim. In order to receive punitive damages, we will need to prove that the driver and/or trucking company was knowingly 100% negligent and the driver recklessly ignored all laws and regulations which led to causing the accident and the injuries sustained as a result.
Being involved in an Encino truck accident can be catastrophic and unfortunately the aftermath can be equally devastating as a result of the associated recovery and financial burden. And when you are trying to recover from serious injuries from a truck accident, the last thing you want to deal with is loss of wages and mounting medical bills. The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today are here for you to help take some of that stress away so you can concentrate on making a full recovery. Call us today.
Truck Accident Stats
There are approximately 3.5 million licensed truck drivers across the United States, with major delivery companies such as UPS and FedEx being the largest employers of truck drivers.
It was reported in 2017 that there were 27,982 truck accidents in California which resulted in 9,694 injuries and 359 deaths.
There were 2,691 reported injuries and fatalities in Los Angeles County, which was the highest number in the state.
Worst Roads And Intersections In Encino
Encino roads are some of the busiest in the San Fernando Valley and practically always have heavy traffic. The 101 and 405 freeways are the busiest roadways in the area, especially at rush hour and the end of the weekend.
The worst and most dangerous intersections are the entrance and exit ramps to the 405 and 101 freeways.
Some of the busiest roads in Encino include:
White Oak Ave.