If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving a big rig, semi truck, bus, or other large commercial vehicle, our hearts truly go out to you. Our experienced California auto and truck crash team is here to help you and your loved ones get the justice and compensation you deserve.
For 20 years, Los Angeles-area big rig and semi-truck accident victims have found lawyer David Azizi to be a strong ally in truck crash cases. He has a 98 percent success rate in winning for them financial compensation from the parties responsible for their injuries.
We know that any serious auto accident is traumatic, yet crashes involving large trucks are often more so. A fully loaded big rig (also called an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer), extending up to 80 feet in length and weighing up to 40 tons, can hit with incredible destructive force.
Paying For Medical Expenses After a California Truck Crash
The settlements and verdicts we win for our injured clients cover the massive costs that victims of truck driver negligence often face, like:
- Ambulance transportation and emergency room services
- An extensive inpatient hospital stay
- Multiple surgeries to repair crushed bones or to save limbs from amputation
- Ongoing outpatient treatment by top doctors who specialize in treating severe injuries
- Ongoing physical therapy
- Medical equipment, including medical walkers or wheelchairs
Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer Gives Steps After Crash
Knowing the next steps to take after an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle is imperative. Truck crash attorney David Azizi answers the most talked about questions in this podcast episode. Play the episode below.
Compensation For Loss of Vehicle and Destroyed Property
The loss of use of your vehicle is a big deal. The truck crash legal team David leads recognizes that accidents with large trucks and commercial vehicles often leave a car undrivable, needing extensive repairs, and in many cases, a total loss requiring vehicle replacement. In some cases, additional property in the vehicle gets destroyed as well.
The damages we demand from the trucking companies always include the immensely valuable resource of a personal vehicle. Our team helps to determine the market value of your vehicle when replacement becomes necessary. We also recognize that you cannot function without transportation. Many of our clients will require a rental vehicle, an expense that escalates with each day, and we fight to make sure these expenses are included in the final amount we demand for you.
L.A. Truck Accident Law Firm Recovers Your Lost Wages
If you’ve had to miss work as a result of your injuries after an accident with a big rig, there is a positive path forward. The truck accident claim we pursue for you includes lost wages. Even if you are self-employed, California law allows the recovery of income lost as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Our law firm will often partner with a forensic expert to determine the extent of your injuries and future lost work to assist your claim in pursuing recovery of compensation for:
- Lost promotion and raise opportunities
- Lost bonus payouts
- Lost retirement contributions affected by a reduction or loss of income
- Lost earning capacity when your injuries may require a career shift
California Truck Accident Lawsuits Can Involve Millions of Dollars
In the video below, David talks about one recent truck case. In this incident, his client’s SUV was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler. The accident was even more serious because the force of the truck pushed the SUV into another big rig in front of it, crushing the vehicle between the two tractor-trailers.
It’s important to note that settlement amounts vary based on the unique circumstances of each case. The truck crash injury calculator can give you a basic estimate of what compensation for your claim might look like. To discuss the specific details of your unique accident claim with David, call us 24/7 at (800) 991-5292. We will quickly connect you with David for a free case review.
David is not a rookie when it comes to dealing with accidents that involve massive trucks. Having handled these cases since 1998, he knows the ins and outs of the laws and regulations that govern big rigs and semi-trucks, and he knows what to look for when investigating these incidents.
Crash Causes Seen By A Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
The Law Offices of David Azizi are highly familiar with the causes of big rig crashes. When the truck is the reason for the accident, investigators trace back to truck driver errors an astounding 89 percent of the time. In addition to trucker DUI and missing critical mirror blind spot detection, common errors include:
- Fatigue, including falling asleep at the wheel (cited in 7 percent of truck wrecks)
- Medical emergencies while driving
- Inattention, distraction or failure to notice outside conditions (blamed 24 percent of the time)
- Excessive speed, aggressive driving, tailgating or other poor driving decisions (faulted 38 percent of the time)
Vehicle issues, such as brake or tire problems, account for approximately 10 percent of such incidents. Environmental factors, such as inadequate signage, poor road design and weather conditions, cause relatively few such wrecks.
David’s extensive experience as a truck accident attorney means he also knows what kinds of evidence to demand from trucking companies. He not only requires the companies to produce the log sheets that can demonstrate driver fatigue, but he also subpoenas the data from EOBRs (Electronic On-board Recorders), made by Qualcomm and other companies. Similar to airplane “black boxes,” these record a variety of readings related to driver and vehicle performance.
Hiring an Experienced L.A. Truck Accident Lawyer For Your Case
Here, David explains further the advantages to finding a lawyer who is familiar not only with auto injury lawsuits but also with the more specialized field of big rig and semitruck litigation:
Who Is At Fault After a Collision With A Big Rig Truck?
Determining fault after a crash with a large commercial vehicle is an essential step in restoring justice when you have been wronged. In many cases we see, the trucker and/or trucking company holds full responsibility for the accident and your injuries. When you’ve been in an accident and it’s not your fault, we will establish the trucker’s liability and determine the amount of damages owed to you.
Even if you feel you might have contributed to the cause of the accident leading to your injuries, it’s essential to realize that California follows the practice of “Pure Comparative Negligence.” This means that if a judge or jury determines that you are partly at fault, you can still pursue a legal claim, and your final award of compensation will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault.
If you were hit by a truck and the total damages awarded to you equal $100,000, but you were also 10 percent at fault, you’d receive $90,000 (the full award minus 10 percent for your partial fault).
Bottom line, even if you think you played a major role in a crash with an 18-wheeler, cases that involve millions of dollars can still bring a significant recovery for your injuries and losses.
Filing a Lawsuit With a Truck Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
Your very first move after an accident with a large truck is safety and medical attention. Our team can assist with hospital records and encourage you to attend every doctor visit. This is for your own legal protection so that the defense cannot suggest that your injuries are not really that significant.
Our next move involves beginning legal action against the trucker and/or trucking company by sending a letter of representation showing that you have hired a truck crash lawyer, and then filing an official “complaint” with the court system. The complaint is the very first step to open your case. The complaint we submit will include the evidence gathered, the nature of your injuries, a claim that demonstrates how the trucker is responsible for the crash and injuries (known as “liability”) and the demand for justice and specifically, financial compensation (known as “damages”).
Once this complaint is submitted, we will receive an “answer” from the trucking company or insurers in which they will admit their liability and move forward toward a settlement offer, or, more commonly for these large cases, they will deny responsibility. If they do not admit liability, then we our truck crash law firm will file a lawsuit on your behalf. This means we are headed toward trial and litigation where evidence about your trucking collision case will be presented before a judge and jury to make a decision. In some cases, once a lawsuit is filed, the trucking company might decide to offer a settlement at that time.
If a settlement offer is fair and restores justice and compensation, that ends our dispute and you get a financial recovery for the accident. If the offer is not fair, or if a settlement is not offered, we will continue to fight your case all the way through trial until we get a favorable verdict from a jury.
David Azizi and the Los Angeles truck crash legal team win cases at a 98-percent success rate. On the very rare occasions he does not win, he does not charge his clients a dime. In other words, he doesn’t get paid until you get your settlement.
Justice With A Los Angeles Semi Truck Accident Law Firm
The large legal services corporation Avvo rated the Law Offices of David Azizi as “Superb,” and Expertise.com lists him on their Top 20 Personal Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles. Recently, the well-known Super Lawyers organization recognized him as a top L.A.-area attorney for the sixth time.
One of the things that makes David so effective among truck accident lawyers is his understanding of how insurance companies work. Many years ago, he himself worked in the insurance industry – the “dark side,” as David calls it – and he learned the many strategies these companies use to minimize the settlements they pay to injury victims. He decided he wanted no part of that and that he wanted to help accident victims and their families instead. He uses what he learned years ago to maximize the amount that his clients recover.
David handles every case personally and does not pass it along to a junior attorney. He explains to his clients upcoming steps in the legal process, and he alerts them to unpleasant things that opposing attorneys may try to bring up in court.
Begin Your Case Today With a Solid Big Rig Crash Law Firm
We urge you to call us at 800-991-5292 just as soon as you’re able. The sooner our team gets your case, the sooner we can get out to the accident scene with his investigative partners. Time is of the essence because evidence is sometimes lost due to weather or the work of repair crews. Witnesses’ memories also tend to fade with time.
Numerous people have told our firm that they want an attorney who fights hard for them in court but who listens well and is compassionate toward clients. David is that kind of attorney. We hear him speak frequently about the sympathy he feels for injury victims and their families. As a married father of three young children, he especially feels it when kids are involved.
David also prides himself on being accessible. He gives every client his cell phone number because he knows that questions will come up.
David is ready to stand with you as your advocate, just as he has for so many Southern Californians over the years. Remember, your consultation is free, and we will connect you with him any time of day, any day of the week. He has proven himself to be an experienced, effective and compassionate truck accident lawyer. He will be that for you, too.