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Injured in a Trucking Accident?

When a fully loaded 18-wheeler, weighing 80,000 pounds or more, collides with a passenger vehicle, the car occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries or even death from a semi-truck accident. Despite federal regulations designed to reduce safety hazards, truckers are still involved in many accidents with passenger vehicles.

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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large trucks in one recent year were involved in 60,000 police reported traffic crashes that caused injuries and another 3,341 crashes causing death. There were 3,757 people killed and 88,000 injured in big truck crashes that year.

Injuries can involve:

When a truck driver’s careless driving causes an accident resulting in serious injuries, the trucking company will have insurance company lawyers to fight against potentially huge lawsuits. It takes a dedicated legal team of experienced, aggressive litigators to win cases against big commercial trucking companies.

At Andrade Law Offices, we are not intimidated by insurance companies or the resources big trucking companies have at their disposal. Steven R. Andrade has a reputation as being a lawyer who is not afraid to take any case to trial, and this is no exception as a truck accident attorney.

With more than 30 years of trial experience and extensive personal injury litigation expertise, Mr. Andrade has the knowledge and skills needed to handle high stakes personal injury claims. Our clients have been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate them for their injuries.

California Trucking Crashes

According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 235 fatal truck involved collisions and 5,092 truck involved collisions causing injuries in California in 2012. As a result of these crashes with trucks, 261 people died and 7,340 were injured.

In a March 7, 2011 article in the Daily Beast, the 101 Corridor was ranked #9 among America’s 50 worst commutes — for good reason. This mountainous and heavily congested route is a horrible place to drive and has been the setting for a number of trucking accidents.

Common Causes of a Semi-Truck Accident

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic Enforcement, has targeted crash-causing violations frequently committed by drivers of commercial vehicles. Common violations include:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane changing
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper turning
  • Driving while tired
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Parking on the shoulder

NHTSA reports that these moving violations can cause serious crashes and lead to driver disqualification. Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies receive numerous calls every day reporting commercial drivers committing these serious violations.

How Our Firm Can Help Individuals Injured in Truck Accidents

At Andrade Law Offices, we help clients injured in truck accidents obtain the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve to, hopefully, enable them to move forward with their lives. Mr. Andrade is also active in APITL America, an association of plaintiff interstate trucking lawyers dedicated to putting the brakes on unsafe trucking companies.

Our firm has a strong history of recovering settlements and awards for our personal injury clients. In one case, Steven Andrade won a jury verdict of $60.7 million. It was the second highest jury verdict in the State of California for that year. He has been awarded membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Following are a few settlements and awards obtained by Andrade Law Offices:

  • thumb1Settlement of $1.25 million for pedestrian seriously injured in a crosswalk
  • t-thumb2Mediation award of $1.15 million for victim of collision involving motorcycle and car
  • t-thumb3$1.1 million award for auto accident victim who sustained neck injury and wrist injury
  • t-thumb4$540,000 award for accident victim who sustained serious back and leg injuries
  • t-thumb5$250,000 settlement for pedestrian who sustained severe knee injury in auto accident
  • t-thumb6$190,000 for passenger injured in car accident

 

Here are comments from a satisfied client:

Impressive Defense!

I was very impressed by Steven Andrade’s expertise and knowledge in his field of law. We prevailed in what I believe to be a fair judgement as a result of his talent. Mr. Andrade spoke with well articulated confidence that commands respect in the courtroom. He was also generous with his time, and I felt well taken care of by him and his staff during a very stressful time. In addition, I admire Mr. Andrade’s “old school” style, it’s hard to find attorneys with his class and integrity. He’s solid as a rock, it was a relief to have him on my side!

– Alicia L.
Santa Barbara

We offer a free initial consultation to prospective clients. When you work with our firm on a personal injury matter, you pay us no fees until we win your case. There is no fee if there is no recovery. Andrade Law Offices is committed to aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve.

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