Truck Accident Attorney – Serving All of California
Susan Handel focuses her practice in helping victims who have been severely injured or killed as the result of truck driver or trucking company’s negligence. Susan Handel is widely regarded as an expert personal injury attorney with a record of very successful results for her clients who have been injured in trucking accidents. Susan Handel has access to the country’s best trucking accident experts and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this complex area of the law. Trucking accidents are often complex, as they typically require an in-depth investigation and extensive knowledge of vehicle codes and regulations. As part of her personal commitment to each of her clients, Susan Handel makes herself readily available to answer questions and discuss the progress of each client’s case.
Trucking accidents are amongst the most dangerous and life shattering of all motor vehicle accidents. Someone is injured or killed in a trucking accident approximately every sixteen minutes. Large trucks weigh significantly more than a passenger car and require a much greater distance to come to a complete stop. Trucks also have an increased risk of rollovers during sharp turns. Far too often, the results of a crash involving a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle are fatal and catastrophic. Victims of truck accidents often suffer serious, permanent, or fatal injuries including severe trauma, concussion, brain injury, spinal cord injury, coma, fractures, severed limbs, physical and emotional pain and suffering and even wrongful death. Truck drivers usually do not suffer injuries in a collision with another vehicle because most trucks are over forty times heavier than passenger vehicles.
Because of the risk that large trucks pose to other motorists, truck drivers have a professional and legal obligation to exercise the utmost caution when on the road and obey the trucking regulations.
How is a “large truck” defined?
Large trucks, or commercial vehicles, are typically those that weigh more than ten thousand pounds. Some trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, including cargo. The shear size and weight of these vehicles on a roadway make them extremely hazardous, and an accident involving one can be catastrophic. Tractor trailers and 18-wheelers can be up to 75 feet in length, traveling at great speeds and making extraordinarily wide turns. Large trucks can include big rigs, buses, dump trucks, postal or mail trucks and more.
Who is responsible if a truck accident occurs?
Susan Handel can help you determine who is most responsible for a truck accident. The responsible party may include:
- Truck maintenance and repair companies
- Shipping and receiving clients
- Trucking companies
- Insurance companies
What should you do if an insurance representative contacts you after your truck accident?
After a collision with a large truck, victims may be contacted from the trucking company’s insurance representatives. Insurance companies are in danger of losing massive amounts of money as a result of these accidents, and will vigorously work to protect their financial interests. Therefore, it is important that you contact an attorney before speaking with the insurance company. Truck accident attorney Susan Handel can advise you of your rights and work to ensure that any financial settlement with an insurance company is superior and fair.