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Big trucks, due to their large mass, can cause serious injuries in even minor accidents with smaller passenger vehicles. Through blind spot carelessness, distracted driving, or a multitude of other dangerous driving maneuvers, truckers can cause a deadly accident before another driver can react. If you suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an El Centro truck accident then, contact the El Centro personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys by phone (619) 237-3490 to learn more about your legal rights to compensation. Contact us today.

Gomez Trial Attorneys: Experience. Results. Determination.

Gomez Trial Attorneys works hard to obtain results for all of our truck accident clients. While we cannot guarantee the results of any claim, our past results speak for themselves—and we bring that experience to the claims we represent in the future.

Take a look at our past case results:

  • $2,750,000 awarded to a traumatic brain injury victim after a trucking accident
  • $13,500,000 awarded to the victim of a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident
  • $5,200,000 awarded to the victim after a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident
  • $1,000,000 awarded to the victim of a rideshare accident

Our experienced El Centro truck accident attorneys have the resources and know-how to tackle even the most complicated El Centro truck accidents. We fight to recover the funds our injured clients deserve for their injuries and losses, no matter how an accident happened or who might bear the blame.

A Look at How Truck Accident Injuries Can Affect Your Life

We just saw more than 4,000 deaths in big truck accidents nationwide—an increase over previous years. That number continues to rise even as other traffic fatalities show marked declines.

Serious injuries from such truck accidents can damage every facet of your life: your ability to work, your leisure activities, even your relationships with friends and loved ones. Injuries suffered by our past clients in truck accidents have included:

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can cause lifelong impacts to an individual’s ability to think, process, concentrate, and regulate emotion. A victim with traumatic brain injury may struggle to focus well enough to complete basic work assignments. Traumatic brain injury victims frequently suffer from short-term memory loss, which can lead to considerable confusion and frustration for victims. Victims with traumatic brain injury may also struggle with ringing in the ears, vertigo, and sleep disturbances, which can make it even more difficult for them to return to normal function.

Friends and family members of victims with an El Centro traumatic brain injury sometimes note personality changes that can make it difficult to maintain a relationship. In some cases, victims with traumatic brain injury may even require constant companionship to help provide guidance and watch over them as they go about their everyday activities.

Spinal Cord Injury

A complete spinal cord injury usually results in complete paralysis below the site of the injury. Victims may need to use a wheelchair to get around for the rest of their lives. In the case of spinal cord injuries high on the spine, spinal cord injury victims may become highly dependent on care and assistance from other people, since they may lose function in their hands, arms, and neck.

Incomplete spinal cord injury, in which the spinal cord does not sever completely, can still cause substantial complications in the victim’s life. Victims with incomplete spinal cord injury may have significantly decreased mobility and motor function below the site of the injury. They may struggle to return to normal work tasks or, in some cases, need to seek new, less-active employment.

Victims with spinal cord injuries may need to relearn how to perform many activities, including self-care tasks. Spinal cord injuries may also require substantial modifications to the victim’s home and personal vehicle, such as widening doorways, installing wheelchair ramps, and adding specialty equipment to the bathroom to make it easier for the victim to maintain independence.

Amputations

The force of the impact in a big truck accident is much larger than a El Centro car accident and can collapse a smaller vehicle’s interior on an occupant’s limb, resulting in a traumatic amputation or such massive damage to the limb that only removing the limb surgically will save the victim’s life. No matter which way an amputation occurs, however, survivors of these injuries face daunting challenges for the remainder of their lives.

Amputation victims often need substantial time to relearn how to perform basic life activities. It can take months before the victim heals sufficiently to receive a prosthesis. The victim must then learn how to use and adapt to life with an artificial limb. A victim who loses his dominant hand may need to relearn how to perform tasks with the non-dominant hand, while a victim who loses a leg may need to relearn how to walk and balance.

Some amputees adjust fairly quickly to a prosthesis, but others may need more time or, in some cases, cannot get a good fit with a prosthetic device, leading them to rely on a wheelchair or crutches to get around instead. Amputees who do use prosthetics must budget for regular replacement: on average, a prosthesis only lasts for around three to five years before its user needs a new one.

Burns

Burn victims face potentially deadly health complications and endure extreme pain while healing. Many burn victims also suffer from substantial scarring. Depending on the location of the burns on a victim’s body, that scarring can have a significant impact on the victim’s self-esteem or even make the victim reluctant to go out in public.

Burns can also restrict a person’s mobility, especially if the burns leave significant scarring near a joint. Severe burns can even result in a victim losing a limb. Burn victims also often suffer substantial psychological trauma requiring extensive therapy and counseling.

Our Experienced Lawyers Can Seek Compensation After a Truck Accident in El Centro

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we work hard to obtain the compensation our truck crash victim clients deserve for their injuries and losses. Simply having a skilled, seasoned El Centro truck accident lawyer from our firm on their side can increase the compensation the liable party or its insurance company may offer as a settlement, because it shows their commitment to pursuing the compensation they deserve.

Liability for an El Centro Truck Accident

The team at Gomez Trial Attorneys works hard to figure out who owes our clients money after an El Centro truck accident. Identifying all individuals and/or entities who have legal liability to a crash victim ensures that the victim has the strongest possible opportunity to obtain the full measure of compensation the law allows.

Every El Centro truck crash has its own unique aspects, of course, but our team frequently examines whether any of the following parties might owe money damages to our injured clients:

  • The truck driver. In operating massive, unwieldy vehicles that share the road with passenger cars, truck drivers have significant responsibilities. They must make sound decisions behind the wheel, and not engage in unreasonably dangerous behaviors like distracted driving, drunk driving, or ignoring the rules of the road. They must adhere to federal regulations limiting the number of hours they can spend on the road between breaks, and the total number of hours they can drive in a day and week. They must decide whether they can safely navigate during poor weather conditions, and they must inspect their trucks for any signs of disrepair or mechanical failure. Failing in any of these (and many other) duties puts the public at risk of truck accidents and catastrophic injuries, and puts the trucker (and his insurance) potentially on the line to pay damages to any crash victims.
  • The trucking company. An employer, including a trucking company, typically must answer for the wrongful actions of its employees. So, if the truck driver works for a company, then the company might also have liability for any of the types of failings described above. Trucking companies also, independently, have obligations to adhere to federal and state motor carrier regulations that promote trucking safety. They must also perform routine maintenance and repairs on their fleets of vehicles, and they must carefully screen their employees to weed out any who have unsafe driving records, poor health, insufficient training, or substance abuse problems. A trucking company that fails in any of these obligations faces liability for any accident to which its actions contribute.
  • Anyone who loaded the truck. Loading cargo in a truck requires care and precision. A load that shifts in a truck trailer or on its bed can cause a loss of control, leading to a jackknife accident or rollover, especially on wet or winding roads. Cargo loaders need to exercise caution with how they balance a load of cargo, and how they secure it. Mistakes can lead to crashes, which can in turn lead to liability for those individuals or entities.
  • Anyone who worked on the truck. Routine maintenance to keep a truck in safe working order includes replacing or servicing its fluids, belts, brakes, electronics, tires, windshield wipers, lights, mirrors, and signals periodically, among other tasks. Some companies perform this work “in house”. Others hire maintenance contractors, who face liability if they do not do their jobs well and a truck accident results.
  • Trucking manufacturers. The companies that make trucks and truck parts have a special duty not just to their customers, but to the general public too, to sell products that work as intended and do not contain unreasonably dangerous defects. Those manufacturers face legal liability for any accident caused by a defective, unsafe product they put into the stream of commerce.

These are just some of the parties who could have legal liability for an El Centro truck accident. No one can guarantee that all, or any, of them will owe damages for any particular crash. Injured victims give themselves the strongest possible chance of recovering their due by hiring experienced truck accident attorneys like the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys to handle their cases.

Potential Compensation for an El Centro Truck Accident

The compensation you may ultimately receive after an El Centro truck accident depends on the particulars of the crash and your injuries. Every case differs. As a general matter, however, victims of El Centro truck accidents caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions may seek to recover compensation for:

Medical expenses. Medical costs mount quickly when you suffer severe injuries. Even ambulance transportation from the crash scene to the hospital can cost as much as $1,200, and some ambulance companies add mileage on top of that. Expenses also include paying for care in an emergency room, the cost of any medical procedures you have to treat your injuries, and the cost of hospitalization.

We should also mention the additional potential costs of:

  • A stay in a long-term care or rehabilitation facility, especially if you require long-term treatment for your injuries
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Psychological therapy, in the case of severe trauma from the accident
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Modifications to your home in light of your injuries

Lost wages and benefits. Many types of severe injuries can prevent you from returning to work. Even broken bones can stop you from working in your usual capacity, especially if you work in a highly physical job. More serious injuries, including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, may stand in the way of you returning to your usual job activities forever. Current and future lost wages caused by a severe injury can rise into the hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars.

Pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life. Severe injuries inflict profound physical pain and emotional suffering. Those harms do not come with a “price tag” attached to them, but they deserve compensation nonetheless. So, too, does any decline in a person’s quality of life because of an El Centro truck accident injury, such as the loss of the ability to enjoy recreation or hobbies, or strain on personal relationships.

Speak with an El Centro truck accident lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys to determine the amount of money you may have the right to recover for your accident injuries.

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Did you or a loved one suffer serious injuries in a truck accident in El Centro? Do not wait to contact our experienced El Centro truck accident attorneys.

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Gomez Trial Attorneys
2299 West Adams Avenue, Suite 102
El Centro, CA 92243
(760)-259-2166

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