Burbank Truck Accident Lawyer
With many busy industrial areas, commercial districts, the Hollywood Burbank airport, and major freeways such as the I-5 and CA– 134, Burbank sees a lot of trucks and large commercial vehicles on a daily basis period
Driving in any area where there are a lot of big rigs, delivery vehicles or 18 wheelers is always a little more dangerous.
Drivers should exercise caution to help avoid accidents which could result in very serious injuries.
It is bad enough to share the roads with teenage drivers, uninsured motorists, and Uber drivers, but semi-trucks can cause the most damage in an accident.
If you, a friend, or family member has been injured in a Burbank Area truck accident, please contact the Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
Why Contact the Law Office of Daniel Kim
Anytime you need to contact an insurance company after an accident, things can get very complicated very quickly.
This is especially true when you are involved in an accident with a truck, as quite often the injuries sustained and damage to your property is much greater than a regular car accident.
Daniel Kim has been helping victims of Burbank truck accidents for years, and knows exactly how to deal with the insurance companies.
At The Law Office of Daniel Kim, we believe that the client comes first.
We will listen to you, treat you with respect and compassion, and help get you on the road to recovery.
During our initial meeting we will gather information, ask questions about the accident, look at photos and dash cam video (if available), and explain a little about how the law works.
Daniel Kim is an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney that is not just looking to settle quickly for an easy payday.
We will do whatever is needed and for as long as it takes to ensure you get the right medical treatment and the maximum amount of compensation possible.
If you have questions about what you should do after being involved in a truck accident or how the process works, then call us today for a FREE phone consultation.
We encourage you to ask any and all questions you might have.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
Daniel Kim has over 1000 positive reviews from past clients on Google, Facebook and Yelp testifying to his commitment and results.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim works on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay anything unless we win your case.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, or any kind of motor vehicle accident for that matter, you will need a trusted and experienced lawyer representing you.
Contact us Today.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Settlement Worth
Injuries and damages sustained when involved in an accident with a commercial truck or 18-wheeler are often very severe and can have long lasting affects on the victims life.
Once you are released from the hospital and are beginning to heal from this horrific experience, it is natural to wonder what your truck accident case might be worth, especially when you start seeing the medical bills pile up.
We will do our very best to answer your questions when you initially contact us.
But each accident is different and situations may change throughout the process, depending on the accident circumstances and how the victim is recovering.
Commonly awarded compensation could include medical expenses, surgery costs, loss of wages, rehabilitation, property damage, and future medical care.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim will use our extensive experience and knowledge handling similar cases, as well as our aggressive negotiation skills, to win you every dollar you’re owed.
We will fight the insurance companies all the way to make sure you are made whole and happy with your end result.
Common Reasons For Truck Accidents In Burbank
Even though there are specific rules and regulations to make trucks on public roads safer, accidents still occur.
California has laws that govern the amount of time a trucker can drive, the size and weight limits of trucks and their cargo, and individual cities often have roads and areas that tractor trailer and heavier trucks are not allowed.
Some of the most common causes for truck accidents in Burbank include:
- Speeding – always a leading cause of semi-truck accidents.
- Equipment failure – tire blow outs and other parts of the truck not in great working order can cause major and sudden accidents.
- Driver fatigue – this is heavily scrutinized and regulated by the trucking industry.
- Bad weather – rain and fog in particular can cause havoc with heavy trucks and their ability to stop quickly.
- Unrealistic delivery deadlines – California state law does enforce hourly and daily driving limits, but unfortunately not all truckers abide by these rules.
Turning without enough room, dangerous roads, improper lane changes and merging, and driving under the influence are also all common reasons for truck accidents.
How To File A Truck Accident Claim
Many victims of truck accidents think that they can handle their injury case on their own, or that their friend or family member that took a few law classes in college can help.
This is a mistake.
The laws around truck accidents are very complex, and trying to navigate these as well as the insurance companies will soon reveal itself to be an absolute nightmare.
It won’t take long before you realize that you need a professional to handle this for you.
That’s where we come in.
When you retain The Law Office of Daniel Kim, we take over and do all the dirty work for you.
We contact the insurance companies, file all necessary paperwork, conduct independent investigations, and keep track of everything to ensure all you need to do is concentrate on making a full medical recovery.
Don’t make mistakes.
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Common Trucks on Burbank Roads
Because Burbank is such a commercially diverse city, there are trucks of every shape and size on the roads throughout the city every day.
Some of the more dangerous trucks to watch out for include:
- Garbage trucks – these heavy and loud trucks are the most common in residential neighborhoods, close to homes, schools, and parks.
- Flatbed trucks – the large trucks often carry heavy loads that are strapped down in the open. Debris from a flatbed truck is dangerous and also a road hazard for all motor vehicles.
- Semi trucks – also known as “Big Rigs” and “18 Wheelers,” these enormous trucks can cause severe damage, injuries and even death.
- Delivery trucks – these are more and more common on Burbank streets every day as more people and businesses order goods through services like Amazon, UPS and FedEx.
Burbank Truck Accident Stats
A 2017 report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles says that there are over 450,800 commercial trucks registered throughout the state.
Anytime there are a significant number of trucks on the road, the chances of being involved in an accident increases. And anytime a smaller vehicle collides with a much larger truck, the more serious the injuries tend to be.
In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that a deadly truck accident occurs nearly 11 times each day, with between 4,000 and 5,000 people dying from major large truck accidents each year.
On top of that, as many as 100,000 people suffered major injuries as a direct result of being in an accident involving a truck.
In 2017, there were 5 fatal accidents reported in Burbank, with hundreds and hundreds of injury accidents also filed.
What Percentage Of These Accidents Involved Drugs or Alcohol
Driving under the influence or “DUI” is still a major problem in Burbank and throughout the State of California.
Approximately 11% of all motor vehicle accidents reported in California were caused by someone operating the vehicle while under the influence.
A recent national FMCSA study concluded that nearly 45% of all truck drivers involved in an accident were taking some kind of prescription or over-the-counter medication.
12% had a non prescription stimulant in their system, and 15 percent tested positive for marijuana.
However less than 1% of truck drivers had alcohol in their system.
Dangerous Roads and Intersections In Burbank For Truck Accidents
There are a large number of streets and intersections to look out for in Burbank, but the following have been reported to be especially dangerous for truck, tractor trailer and large commercial vehicle accidents:
- Northbound Interstate – 5 at the Alameda Ave exit
- Victory Blvd between Alameda Ave and Western Ave
- West Alameda Ave and Buena Vista Street
- Westbound CA-134 Ventura Freeway at the Hollywood Way exit
Additionally, heavy traffic along San Fernando Rd (especially near Buena Vista Street and the industrial areas north of Downtown Burbank), around the Hollywood Burbank Airport, and along Empire Ave near the Metrolink rail line are known trouble spots for commercial trucking accidents.
At the end of the day, the reality is that if you were involved in a collision with a truck or big rig, you may be struggling to deal with costly property damage, loss of wages, and life altering injuries.
With the help of our legal team at The Law Office of Daniel Kim, we can help you move forward, get the treatment you need, and build a strong case against the insurance companies to make sure you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Call us TODAY.