Santa Monica Truck Accident Lawyer
Santa Monica is a beautiful coastal city in Los Angeles County and is one of the most popular places to live, work and visit in all of Southern California.
Although Santa Monica is not known as a real industrial hub, it does still see its fair share of large trucks and big rigs traveling n and around the city, especially on nearby freeways such as the I-10 and the 405.
If you, a family member or loved one have been injured in any type of truck accident in Santa Monica, contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
The reality is that a truck accident (like any accident) can happen anywhere, anytime.
Garbage trucks haven been known to hit a car while backing out of their driveway, and tow trucks are notorious for causing an accident while they are towing a truck (in a hurry) to a desired destination.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident here in Santa Monica call us for a FREE consultation.
Why Contact The Law Office Of Daniel Kim
Dealing with the aftermath of being involved in an accident with a truck is a complex and daunting task.
Daniel Kim and his experienced legal team have been helping the residents of Santa Monica for many years after being involved in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including commercial trucking collisions.
At the Law Office of Daniel Kim, we believe in putting our clients first and treating them with the utmost respect and compassion.
We have well over 1000 positive reviews from satisfied clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook that felt compelled to share their story.
We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you.
If you have questions about your case or your rights, how the process works, or even just where to begin, we encourage you to contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today.
We love being asked questions and strive to provide answers and the case plan to suit your individual needs.
Many truck accident lawyers in Santa Monica just want to get a fast settlement offer from an insurance company so they can get paid and move on.
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim we genuinely care about all of our clients, and Daniel won’t just take a cheesy offer from an insurance company.
Daniel Kim will fight for you and your family all the way.
More Facts About Daniel Kim
- 99% client satisfaction rating
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- We will help you get proper medical care.
- We use top investigators if necessary to prove your claim
Common Causes Of Santa Monica Truck Accidents
Anytime you have trucks mixing with cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians, the roadways get a little more dangerous.
Even small crashes can end up catastrophic because of the size and weight of the truck.
A loaded semi-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds versus a passenger car that may only weigh 2,000 pounds.
Trucks driving at high speeds, especially on major highways of freeways, can cause major injuries and even death when they collide with a smaller vehicle.
The most common types of truck accidents include:
Speeding – this is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents nationwide, but when it comes to trucks is even more deadly. A heavy truck will find it very difficult to stop quickly when speeding, especially when fully laden.
Tire blowout – this can cause the truck driver to lose complete control suddenly and without warning.
Jackknife – sometimes when the driver loses control, the trailer of the truck skids at a 90-degree angle and can take up the whole road, wiping out everything in its path.
T-bone – if a truck driver runs through a stop sign or red light it can cause a major accident, especially in a busy city like Santa Monica.
Rollover – occasionally when a driver loses control of a truck or it is not loaded correctly, the vehicle can roll over onto its side, crushing everything underneath it.
Tired drivers – many truck companies put unrealistic delivery schedules on their drivers, and the drivers do not pull over to rest when they should and are legally required to. Even though truckers, especially big rig or long haul drivers, have regulated driving limits and mandated rest periods, some do not follow them in order to get their load delivered on time. And this tired state can cause a trucker to run a stop sign or red light.
Substance abuse – driving under the influence or DUI is always dangerous, but that is especially amplified when it comes to trucks.
Bad weather – inclement weather such as rain and fog can make it very hard for a truck to see and slow down or stop in time to avoid an accident.
Common Trucks On Santa Monica Roads
Santa Monica has many regulations to help manage the presence of large vehicles on city streets.
These include dedicated truck routes and parking restrictions on trucks and all larger vehicles regarding height and width.
Smaller trucks like these, as well as box trucks, tow trucks, and U-Haul trucks, are common to see daily throughout the city, even close to the beach, parks, and schools.
The rise in popularity of online shopping and on-demand delivery services has seen a significant uptick in the number of delivery trucks and vans on the road.
Make sure to keep an eye out and be extra vigilant anytime there are trucks around no matter their size.
You can see them, but they may not see you.
Common Injuries From A Truck Accident
Unfortunately, injuries sustained in an accident with a truck can be a lot more serious than those of a smaller car or motor vehicle.
The sheer size and weight difference between a truck and a small car, SUV, or Uber can cause devastating injuries.
Truck accidents are notorious for causing massive injuries, and 99% of the time these injuries are suffered by the person driving the other vehicle – not the truck driver.
Getting compensated financially for any injuries you suffer is important, but our biggest concern is making sure you get on the path to recovery.
Some of the most common injuries include:
Broken bones – broken and fractured ribs, noses, ankles and wrists are most commonly reported.
Cuts and bruises – broken glass can cause lacerations, and bruising across the chest from the seat belt is usual.
Head injuries – concussion, TBI, and headaches may occur after an accident.
Neck and back injuries – neck sprain, bulging discs, and spinal cord injuries are all commonly reported injuries.
Loss of limbs – being trapped in or under a vehicle, or severe and deep cuts could require amputation.
Death – if a loved one was killed in a truck accident, a wrongful death lawsuit could be started.
If you were involved in a Santa Monica Truck Accident that resulted in any kind of injury, contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim immediately for a FREE no-obligation consultation.
And remember, there is No Fee unless we win your case.
How To File A Truck Accident Claim
Insurance adjusters are trained to get the insurance company out of paying you what you deserve or even getting you to admit fault or things that are not true.
Laws regarding truck accidents are complicated, to say the least.
Most commercial trucking companies carry large insurance policies and have an army of adjusters and lawyers to protect them.
Don’t try and take a shortcut thinking you can handle this on your own and will get a bigger settlement.
Chances are by doing this you will actually only get a fraction of what you could claim, or even nothing at all.
When you retain The Law Offices of Daniel Kim we will file all the necessary paperwork and be your representative to make sure your injury case goes smoothly and that you get the maximum possible settlement.
Santa Monica Truck Accident Statistics
While truck accidents are less common than the car on car vehicle accidents, the number of injuries stemming from truck accidents are higher than other smaller motor vehicle crashes.
There are more than 30,000 drivers licensed to drive in California with Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and that is not including all the truckers coming in from out of state.
In 2012, the NHTSA reported that there were 244 truck accident deaths in the State of California.
A report from 2015 showed that there were 97,000 injury accidents and over 3800 fatalities as a result of truck accidents nationally.
Throughout California, there were nearly 28,000 truck accidents in 2017 which resulted in 9.694 injuries and 359 fatalities.
How Many Hours Can A Truck Driver Legally Drive Per Day Or Week
Commercial drivers in California are only allowed to legally operate their vehicles for a maximum of 11 hours per day after a regulated 10 hours off the clock.
Depending on different circumstances and criteria, the maximum amount of time a California CDL driver is allowed to drive is between 60 and 70 hours a week.
Worst Roads And Intersections In Santa Monica For Truck Accidents
Santa Monica is a very busy and thriving city with over 93,000 residents and around 4.4 million people visiting each year.
That means a lot of people on the road, and a lot of trucks navigating traffic.
Some of the most dangerous streets and intersections in Santa Monica include:
- The I-10 Freeway.
- Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
- Ocean Ave and Colorado Blvd.
- Lincoln Blvd and Pico Blvd.
- Santa Monica Blvd and Lincoln Blvd
- Wilshire Blvd and 3rd Street.
- Montana Ave and 16th Street.
- 4th Street and Santa Monica Blvd.
No matter where in Santa Monica you were injured in an accident with a truck or what the circumstances were, contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today and let us help you.