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Trucks transport everything from bottled water to manufactured homes. Unfortunately, with the rise in the number of trucks on the road, there has also been an increase in truck-related accidents and fatalities. For the past 10 years, there has been a steady increase in truck-related fatalities across the United States. These accidents don’t just affect the victims, they also affect families and communities.

If you were in a large truck accident in San Bernardino, you may file a claim for financial compensation. To learn more about your rights, contact our San Bernardino personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys on (619) 237-3490 for a free case evaluation.

Our Case Results

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we fight for the rights of our clients. Every accident is different, but for many people, a truck accident can have a severe impact on a person’s physical, mental, and financial health. After an accident, it’s our job to help our clients get back on their feet. Over the past several years, we have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in settlements.

While we can’t promise a specific outcome in any new case, below are some of our previous case results:

  • $2,750,000, brain injury/truck accident settlement.
  • $531,388.83, truck accident jury verdict.
  • $1,698,750, auto accident jury verdict.
  • $10,800,000, brain injury/cervical fracture jury verdict.

Each day, it is our goal to achieve extraordinary results for ordinary people. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact one of our California personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys.

The Leading Causes of Truck Accidents

With the sheer number of more trucks on the road—according to the U.S. Census, the number of truck drivers on the road is at an all-time high—accidents are bound to increase. Even so, the truth is that truck drivers can prevent almost all accidents if they drive safely and pay attention to the dangers on the road.

Trucks are different from other vehicles. They have large blind spots and take longer to stop than smaller vehicles. Your actions can save your life or the life of someone else. The leading causes of truck accidents include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a problem that plagues millions of drivers, and truck drivers are no different. Truck drivers typically drive long distances at a time. This causes many drivers to turn to mobile devices to listen to music, communicate with others, or just check the map. Unfortunately, it can just take a matter of seconds for an accident to occur. Often, distracted drivers are easy to spot. If you see a distracted driver, do not attempt to pass. Keep your distance and report any dangerous driving to emergency services.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Swerving;
  • Failure to use signaling devices;
  • Sudden speed changes or braking; and
  • Following too closely.

Speeding

People underestimate the dangers of speeding. Speeding increases the amount of time it takes to stop and reduces reaction time. For a large truck, every second counts. Recent data shows that speeding continues to be a top concern for large trucks. During a one-year period, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 32 percent of fatal truck accidents involved a driver-related factor.

Of these, “speeding of any kind” was the most common issue. If a truck is speeding behind you, do not attempt to get them to slow down. Instead, move over and let them pass. If you think the driver may have lost control of their vehicle, pull over to the side of the road and call emergency services.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way

As drivers, we depend on other drivers to follow the law. It’s how we know when to go, when to stop, and when we can turn. When one driver fails to yield the right of way, the other driver has little time to react. Understand this risk every time you get on the road. Truckers can prevent accidents by taking extra precautions in high-risk areas and intersections. They need to look both ways before they enter an intersection, even at a green light. Avoid known dangerous intersections, and always be alert.

Blind Spots

One of the main problems with blind spots is that many drivers forget they even exist. For large trucks, blind spots are a big problem. On a typical semi, the blind spots extend 20 feet directly in front of the truck and 30 feet to the rear. On the driver’s side, stay out of the lane directly next to the truck from the truck’s mirror until the back of the trailer. On the passenger’s side, avoid the two lanes adjacent to the truck from the front of the truck to beyond the back of the truck.

Accidents happen when truck drivers fail to clear their blind spots before turning or switching lanes. If you are in a truck’s blind spot and it attempts to merge into your lane, honk your horn so the truck driver knows you are there.

Following Too Closely

Impatient truckers on busy San Bernardino roads may follow other vehicles too closely. With passenger vehicles, this may result in a rear-end accident. But for large trucks, the issue is underride and override accidents. Underride and override accidents happen when a passenger vehicle becomes pinned underneath the cab or trailer of a large truck. While rear guards may prevent some underride accidents, they are not always effective. Additionally, current laws do not require trucks to install guards on the sides or the front of the truck.

Common Injuries in Truck Accidents

Even seemingly minor accidents can lead to serious injuries. Accidents that involve high speed or drugs or alcohol are often catastrophic. After an accident, it’s important to see a doctor right away, even if you feel fine. Symptoms may not show up until hours or days after the initial injury. Common injuries include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. These injuries happen as the result of a serious jolt or blow to the head, or a penetrating head wound. The term traumatic brain injury covers a wide range of injuries with varying symptoms. It is not uncommon for symptoms to show up days after the original injury. If you experience symptoms of a TBI, go to the doctor right away.

Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness;
  • Mood changes;
  • Difficulty sleeping;
  • Loss of consciousness; and/or
  • Slurred speech.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. Victims of large truck accidents are especially at risk. The force of an accident can be enough to bruise or cause serious injury to the spinal cord. When this happens, permanent paralysis is often the result. Like traumatic brain injuries, symptoms may not show up right away. The risk of permanent damage increases as swelling around the spinal cord continues to increase. If you experience any symptoms, talk to a doctor right away.

Symptoms include:

  • Extreme back pain;
  • Numbness or tingling;
  • Difficulty walking;
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control; and/or
  • Difficulty breathing.

Broken Bones

Broken bones can cause pain and loss of function. In many cases, a patient with a broken bone will make a full recovery. However, in more serious cases, there may be permanent damage. If you believe you have a broken bone, do not attempt to put any weight on the area or do any lifting. This can make the injury worse.

Treatment options will vary, but may include:

  • Surgery;
  • Splinting;
  • Casting;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Occupational therapy;
  • Bracing; and/or
  • Traction.

Mental Health Injuries

While most people think about the physical injuries, mental health injuries are also a serious concern after any accident. Accidents are traumatic. They leave victims with a sense of loss of control and fear. It is not uncommon for someone to struggle to cope with the emotional effects of an accident for months after it happens.

Common issues include:

  • Depression: Depression is a serious mental health condition. Sadly, many people who suffer from depression don’t seek the care they need. Symptoms include severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of interest in activities, difficulty sleeping, and thoughts of suicide or death.
  • Anxiety: According to the World Health Organization, one in 13 people suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is defined as a persistent worry or fear that doesn’t go away. Symptoms include restlessness, fear, constant worry that something bad is going to happen, and difficulty concentrating.
  • PTSD: Although often thought of as an issue for combat members, PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. People with PTSD may experience nightmares, flashbacks, or have difficulty moving on. These symptoms can worsen over time and often require professional treatment.

Don’t feel afraid to reach out for help after an accident. A mental health professional may recommend counseling, medication, or alternative treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.

Your Rights After an Accident

California law allows accident victims the right to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process and help you understand your rights. There is no way to determine the exact amount of a potential settlement, but we can look at some factors typically considered in a personal injury claim.

These include:

  • Medical bills: Medical bills will be one of your biggest costs after a truck accident. Treatment for serious injuries can easily cost $100,000. You should not have to cover the cost of these bills yourself. Though coverage may vary slightly depending on the insurance carrier, covered costs often include doctor visits, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and mental health counseling.
  • Lost wages: When an accident leaves you out of work, you still have to pay your bills. A personal injury suit can help you recover lost wages for the time missed from work as a result of the accident. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may claim future lost income.
  • Residential modifications: A serious injury can impact your ability to move around your house. In this case, you may need to make modifications to make mobility easier. This may include wheelchair ramps, handrails, stairlifts, or other adaptive devices.
  • Pain and suffering: Accidents can cause serious physical and emotional pain. There is no easy way to put a price tag on this pain. However, the law allows you to pursue compensation for these types of losses. In most cases, compensation for pain and suffering is determined by the severity of your pain and its impact on your day to day life.
  • Wrongful death: Unfortunately, serious truck accidents can lead to the death of a loved one. When this happens, a wrongful death claim can help the victim’s family recover costs related to the accident. This may include outstanding medical debt, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as funeral and burial costs.

Injured? Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys’ San Bernardino Truck Accident Lawyers

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John Gomez, Truck Accident Lawyer

After an accident, you want someone by your side who will fight for your rights. Truck accidents are complicated and getting what you deserve isn’t always easy. The sad truth is that insurance companies prioritize profits over people. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we know how difficult an accident can be. We fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve.

California law allows accident victims two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury suit. While this may seem like a long time, when it comes to truck accident cases, it’s not. Your attorney needs enough time to gather evidence and prepare a strong case. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can be on your way to recovery. Stand up for your rights; get the care you deserve. To learn more about what to do after a truck accident and to speak to one of our attorneys, contact our office at (619) 237-3490 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.

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“Mr. John Gomez and his team, Gomez Trial Attorneys, are very passionate about the work they do. They never left us alone and were always in our corner every step of the way. Never once during the process did we ever feel we were in this by ourselves. They are very diligent, thorough and compassionate at the same time. We had a delicate case and they always made sure we were comfortable. The made it easy for us to meet with them and very accommodating. They definitely did all their homework and of course, the result was a positive outcome.”

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