Oceanside Employer Negligence Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a collision with a commercial truck, 18-wheeler, or semi-trailer, the Oceanside truck accident lawyers of Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser are here to help you. We have spent our careers helping people just like you get the justice and compensation they deserve, and we have what it takes to hold the major trucking companies and their insurance carriers responsible for their negligent actions. If you have been hurt, you likely need help. Our team of experienced, compassionate truck accident lawyers is ready to put our experience to work on your claim.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an estimated one in ten highway deaths involve a large commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler. And while almost 4,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2016, two-thirds of the victims were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. Accidents involving 18-wheelers can be especially dangerous and deadly for motorists because of the sheer size and weight of these commercial vehicles. Not only do these trucks weigh 20-30 times more than a standard passenger car, but they are also much taller, take longer to stop, and are sometimes operated by sleep-deprived drivers putting all other motorists at risk of serious injuries in the event of a crash. And while the truck driver is fully responsible for their actions sitting behind the wheel, the chance of a serious accident with a commercial truck increases significantly when trucking companies also act irresponsibly and break the law.
In the aftermath of a trucking accident, it’s easy to blame the driver automatically, but many truck crashes are caused by negligent and careless trucking companies. Whether directly or in combination with driver’s actions, when trucking companies fail to do their jobs and cause an accident, you may be able to take legal action to pursue damages. Trucking companies have a duty to every motorist who comes across one of their vehicles on the highway, and when these employer’s act negligently, they need to be held responsible. At Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, the Oceanside employer negligence truck accident lawyers will fight for you to recover the financial compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Contact us today at (760) 512-1172 for a free and confidential consultation.
Why You Need a Trucking Accident Lawyer
For individuals injured in a truck accident, the road to recovery may be long and difficult. Fortunately, there’s hope. If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident because of a negligent trucking company owner’s actions, you may be able to recover financial compensation to help pay for your medical bills, wages lost from time off of work, and other costs that you never anticipated and were not prepared for.
Dealing with trucking companies and their legal teams or insurance adjusters alone can be a daunting task. Most people have little experience with personal injury claims and are unfamiliar with how to even begin the process of seeking compensation. That’s why you need a professional and experienced truck accident by your side every step of the way to help with filing paperwork, talking with insurance companies, and deciding whether to settle your case or take it to court.
Why Choose Us?
At the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, you get a legal team dedicated to providing help and compassion to victims that suffered serious injuries due to the actions of someone else. Not only is Yvonne Fraser experienced in handling truck accident cases, but she is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), giving her the knowledge to understand the seriousness of your injuries following an accident and exactly how much care you’re going to need now and the rest of your life. To learn more about your rights and how the Oceanside truck accident lawyers can help you, give us a call at (760) 512-1172 or fill out the form on our website.
What is Employer Negligence?
Along with ensuring the reliability and safety of its vehicles, trucking companies are also responsible for the quality of its employees. Federal trucking regulations exist to protect motorists on the roadway, and when trucking company supervisors or managers disregard these safety measures, serious accidents can occur. Some common example of employer negligence include the following:
- Long hours: In many cases, trucking companies disregard hours of service regulations so truckers can driver more miles, deliver more goods, and thereby save them money. When drivers fail to get the required breaks or drive longer than 11 hours in a day, it can cause driver fatigue putting the truck driver and other motorists on the road at risk.
- Negligent hiring practices: Before hiring a driver, trucking companies are required to do a series of screening processes to ensure the driver is fit for the job. If the employer hired a driver without administering a drug test, checking for any background of alcohol or drug abuse, completing a criminal background check or ensuring they have a commercial license, they can be held responsible.
- Poorly maintained trucks: When truck companies fail to maintain their vehicles properly, the consequences can be serious. Along with infrequent inspections and failing to keep vehicles up to maintenance regulations, trucking companies may also push tires or brakes past their recommended use. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, almost 30 percent of truck accidents were caused by faulty brakes.
Along with the examples above, you may also be able to take legal action against a truck company for inadequately or failing to train drivers, improperly loading cargo onto the vehicles, and a number of other negligent actions. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their vehicles and drivers are physically fit and prepared for the road, and when they fail to do so, they need to be held accountable.
The cruel reality of accidents involving trucks and 18-wheelers is they often result in serious, life-altering injuries for motorists, and in some cases death. And while the owner or manager of the truck company may not have been behind the wheel at the time of the accident, you can still hold them accountable. You need financial compensation to help pay for medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of quality of life, and the Oceanside lawyers at Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser will stand by you every step of the way to ensure you get it. Contact us today at (760) 512-1172 to schedule a free consultation.