Nearly 148,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that driver-related factors in truck crashes, such as truck driver negligence, accounted for 34% of fatal truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a large truck, including commercial trucks, and are looking to file a truck accident lawsuit, then call Hoybjerg Law.
Paul Hoybjerg is unlike other truck accident attorneys because he offers a personable approach to the circumstances surrounding his client's case. Our firm isn't intimidated by big truck company lawyers.
What Is A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In broad terms, an injured person can file a claim against the party who allegedly caused the injury through negligence. The lawsuit allows you to seek compensation, such as lost wages, medical bills/medical costs from medical treatment, and other pain and suffering costs.
If you believe your truck accident claim case is worth more than the insurance company offers, and the company's representative indicates it's unlikely the offer will increase during injury settlement negotiations, then you must take advantage of Hoybjerg Law's free initial consultation.
California's personal injury statute of limitations is two years, meaning if you or your loved one continues to suffer from injuries sustained during an accident, you can file a lawsuit.
Do not cash a check or sign paperwork if you've been in a truck crash without legal guidance. Doing so may limit your ability to seek legal recourse.
Our personal injury attorney, Paul Hoybjerg, can help you determine your lawsuit's scope and options when you meet with him.
Hoybjerg Law Firm's Process
Our law firm offers experienced truck accident, car accident, and semi-truck accident lawyers representing claims with common injuries, severe injuries, or wrongful death. If you have a commercial truck accident case, make sure you hire a trucking accident lawyer.
While each lawsuit differs, Hoybjerg Law follows a proven legal process to achieve results.
Free Initial Consultation
The aftermath of an accident can be disorienting, with insurance companies rushing you to settle, especially if you or a loved one suffered a severe injury. Our free consultation will allow you to get to know our law firm. We'll listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Our philosophy is that if we don't win, you don't pay, which is reflected in our free consultation.
Investigate The Accident
We obtain the police report about your accident, examine photos and videos from the accident scene and speak to relevant witnesses. When we have established liability, we begin to build your personal injury claim. A truck accident case may involve a truck accident attorney reviewing the black box to determine liability.
Build Your Claim
We want you to receive the care you need to live your life as close to how you did before your accident. When there is nothing more doctors can do, we help you gather your medical records, medical bills, and other medical expenses incurred. It's important to seek out Hoybjerg Law as early as possible so that you receive treatment and build your claim before the two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Negotiate A Settlement
We will send out a demand package – a collection of all the medical bills, future medical expenses, and documents that illustrate your injuries, wage loss, etc., since the accident – to the at-fault party's insurance company. Paul Hoybjerg and his team will negotiate in your best interest to ensure you receive a fair offer.
Litigate Your Case
While we hope to settle, there are times when your claim must go to court. Our team will aggressively represent you and pursue an outcome in your best interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Truck Accidents?
The No-Zone refers to the blind spots around a commercial truck where other vehicles can be difficult or impossible for the truck driver to see. These blind spots are larger and more numerous in a commercial vehicle than in a typical passenger vehicle. They can make driving dangerous to travel alongside or directly behind a truck.
The No-Zone typically includes the areas directly behind the truck and the areas directly to the left and right of the truck's cab. Trucks also have large blind spots in the front, particularly when making turns or driving downhill.
Commercial truck drivers are trained to check their blind spots frequently and to use mirrors and other safety equipment to minimize the risks of accidents caused by the No-Zone.
If the trucking company denies liability for the accident, you may need to take legal action to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. In such a situation, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney with experience handling serious trucking accidents and accident cases, like Paul Hoybjerg at Hoybjerg Law.
We will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. This may include obtaining witness statements, reviewing police reports, and analyzing data from the truck's black box.
A truck's black box, also known as an Electronic Control Module (ECM) or Event Data Recorder (EDR), is a device that records various data about the truck's performance and operation. The data captured by the black box can provide important information about the truck's speed, braking, acceleration, and other factors that may have contributed to an accident.
In the event of a truck accident, the data from the black box can be analyzed to help determine what happened and who may be responsible. This can be particularly important in cases where there are disputes about the cause of the truck crash, accident claims, or who may be liable.
If we can prove that the trucking company was negligent or responsible for the trucking accident in some way, you may be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
It's important to note that the trucking industry and companies typically have legal teams and insurance providers to defend them against liability claims. Therefore, in truck accident cases, it's crucial to have an experienced attorney who can advocate for your rights and protect your interests throughout the legal process.
If the truck driver involved in the accident is an independent contractor, the situation may be more complex than with semi-truck drivers employed by trucking companies. In general, a trucking company can be held liable for the actions of a truck driver if the commercial truck driver acted within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident.
If the truck driver is an independent contractor, the trucking company may not be directly liable for the accident. Instead, the driver may be held responsible for their actions, and any liability may be limited to their own insurance coverage.
That being said, it's still possible that the trucking company could be held liable for the trucking accident in certain situations. For example, if the trucking company fails to properly vet the independent contractor and hire a qualified and safe driver, they may be held liable for auto accidents from negligent hiring. Similarly, if the trucking company fails to properly maintain the truck, it may be held liable for any accidents caused by mechanical failures.
Overall, the liability in an accident involving an independent contractor can be complex and will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. It's important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help evaluate your options and pursue the compensation you deserve.
If a truck was overloaded or improperly loaded and caused an accident, multiple parties may be liable for the resulting damages. Here are some potential scenarios:
- Truck driver is responsible: The truck driver may be held liable if they were responsible for loading the cargo themselves or for checking the weight and distribution of the cargo before starting their trip.
- Trucking company is responsible: If the trucking company failed to properly train their employees on loading procedures, or if they pressured the driver to overload the truck to save time or money, they may be held liable for the accident.
- Loading company is responsible: If a separate company was responsible for loading the cargo onto the truck, they might be held liable if they overloaded the truck or loaded the cargo in an improper way that contributed to the accident.
- Manufacturer or supplier is responsible: If the cargo itself was defective or unstable and caused the accident, the manufacturer or supplier of the cargo may be held liable.
In any case, if the truck was overloaded or improperly loaded and caused an accident, the truck accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. It's important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help evaluate the evidence and determine who may be liable for the accident.
A Personable Personal Injury Lawyer
At Hoybjerg Law, your free case evaluation, legal counsel, and legal fees – your entire legal recourse – are paid for by your settlement. Our firm has the incentive to help you recover compensation because you don't pay if we don't win. That's our entire business model, including truck accident cases and other types of personal injury cases.
Most personal injury lawyers work for big law firms based in Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Paul Hoybjerg and his team live in the area they represent, ensuring Hoybjerg Law clients have a local advocate to reach a fair settlement.
Paul takes the time to listen to clients to determine the best strength of their personal injury case and has successfully won cases for his clients against major corporations and goliath insurance conglomerates that try to bully injured parties. Paul does not back down and advocates for his clients, ensuring their voices are heard, and their rights are protected.