With most of their hours spent highways, commercial drivers face serious risk of injury. Some of the most devastating accidents that occur on California roads involve trucks and other commercial vehicles. If you have been hurt in an on-the-job traffic accident, the lawyers at Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel can help you vindicate your rights under state law. With more than 150 years of combined experience in the Greater Los Angeles area, we are adept at pursuing workers’ compensation claims and court litigation for injuries sustained in trucking and other commercial driving accidents.
Whether you drive, make deliveries or visit customers as part of your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for an injury suffered in an accident on the road. This remedy is in addition to any monetary recovery you may obtain in lawsuits against other drivers involved. If you have suffered a back and neck injury or other bodily harm in a work-related traffic accident, you should notify your employer immediately about the accident and your intention to make a workers’ compensation claim. Our knowledgeable attorneys can advise on how to get the benefits you deserve and on your potential rights against third parties involved.
Accidents involving trucks are among the most devastating on the road. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 27 percent of fatal crashes in work zones involved at least one truck. At 80,000 pounds, an 18-wheel trailer truck weighs 160 times more than the average 5,000-pound car. Not only is the impact of a mammoth truck much greater than that of a typical consumer vehicle but due to its size it can’t stop as quickly as a car, SUV or small truck. Large trucks also aren’t as agile at evasive maneuvers as cars, and truck drivers’ lines of sight are limited, with blind spots directly in front, on both sides and behind their vehicles.
Some of the most common causes of commercial accidents are driver-related, such as fatigue and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI). Other causes are poor truck maintenance and mechanical defects, factors that may be completely outside of the driver’s control. If you are involved in an accident in which you were a driver, you are entitled to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, even if you were partially responsible. Our experienced attorneys are knowledgeable about accidents involving commercial drivers and can present all options to help you make informed decisions and develop a sound legal strategy.
At Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel, we are certified specialists in workers’ compensation and have wide experience representing people injured in commercial driving accidents. To find out more, call 213-251-5900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles office.