Truck Accident Lawyer Los Angeles


Trucking accidents can be very complicated and not all lawyers in Los Angeles are prepared to deal with the complexities that may arise during litigation. In the wake of an accident, the driver can be held legally responsible if his or her behavior was the catalyst that led to the collision. However, there are other factors to take in consideration. Truck accidents often lead to more serious injuries and a greater number of legal complications than other traffic accidents. It is important to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible if you have been injured in a truck accident.

In most cases, the truck driver’s employer will be held liable if the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident. Sometimes trucking companies neglect to complete routine inspections and provide regular maintenance failing to comply with truck inspection and regulation safety. Trucks leave the yards with faulty brakes, poorly functioning lights, and inadequate tires. Employers can also be held liable if the accident was caused by overscheduling the driver or not providing enough training to the driver. Trucking companies are also required to inspect trucks on a regular basis. If the failure to properly inspect a truck leads to an accident, the employer could be held liable. However, Truck drivers can be held liable if the accident was caused by driver error, intoxication, or distracted driving. If a truck accident was caused by road hazards that should have been repaired, you may be able to hold the city, county, or state liable for your injuries. An investigation is vital considering under some circumstances it is important to analyze if the government/city could be held liable. Another factor to consider is if a defective part on the truck was to blame for the accident, the manufacturer of this part could be held liable for your injuries under these circumstances. 


The nature of these accidents often cause more serious repercussions than other accidents. Some of the most common injuries include:


It’s very common for victims to suffer broken or fractured bones during a truck accident because of the force of the impact. During a truck accident, the body is subjected to a tremendous amount of force. In the blink of an eye, your bones and internal organs suffer strain and damage.
It is important to go to the doctor as soon as possible after an accident to get checked out.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. The injury can be as mild as a bump, bruise (contusion), or cut on the head, or can be moderate to severe in nature due to a concussion, deep cut or open wound, fractured skull bone(s), or from internal bleeding and damage to the brain. Passengers inside the vehicle may hit their heads against the car’s steering wheel, dashboard, or windows during a truck accident.
The following are some of the different types of head injuries:

  • Concussion. A concussion is an injury to the head area that may cause instant loss of awareness or alertness for a few minutes up to a few hours after the traumatic event.
  • Skull fracture. A skull fracture is a break in the skull bone. There are four major types of skull fractures, including the following:
  1. Linear skull fractures.
  2. Depressed skull fractures
  3. Diastatic skull fractures.
  4. Basilar skull fracture.
  • Intracranial hematoma (ICH). There are several types of ICH, or blood clots, in or around the brain. The different types are classified by their location in the brain. These can range from mild head injuries to quite serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. The different types of ICH include the following:
  1. Epidural hematoma. Epidural hematomas are usually associated with a skull fracture. It occurs when a blood clot forms underneath the skull, but on top of the dura, the tough covering that surrounds the brain. They usually come from a tear in an artery that runs just under the skull called the middle meningeal artery.
  2. Subdural hematoma. Subdural hematomas occur when a blood clot forms underneath the skull and underneath the dura, but outside of the brain. These can form from a tear in the veins that go from the brain to the dura, or from a cut on the brain itself. They are sometimes, but not always, associated with a skull fracture.
  3. Contusion or intracerebral hematoma. A contusion is a bruise to the brain itself. A contusion causes bleeding and swelling inside of the brain around the area where the head was struck. Contusions may occur with skull fractures or other blood clots. Bleeding that occurs inside the brain itself (also called intraparenchymal hemorrhage) can sometimes occur spontaneously.
  4. Diffuse axonal injury (DAI). These injuries are fairly common and are usually caused by shaking of the brain back and forth, which can happen in car accidents, from falls or shaken baby syndrome. Diffuse injuries can be mild, such as with a concussion, or may be very severe, as in diffuse axonal injury (DAI). In DAI, the patient is usually in a coma for a prolonged period of time, with injury to many different parts of the brain.

Abdominal Trauma

One study looked at the National Pediatric Trauma Registry and found 8 percent of patients had abdominal injuries. Of these injuries, 83 percent were blunt force injuries, and automobile accidents accounted for almost 60 percent of those who were injured.

  • Liver: The liver is the most vulnerable abdominal organ, because it is so big and located in the upper right-hand corner of the abdomen. With blunt abdominal trauma, you can get a lacerated or bruised liver and increase your risk of shock from exsanguination or liver dysfunction. Often, it takes emergency surgery to correct the bleeding.
  • Spleen: The spleen is damaged most often in blunt abdominal injuries. It is the second most commonly-injured organ in the abdomen of children. When the splenic capsule is damaged, one can get a hematoma within the spleen. Should the spleen rupture altogether, a life-threatening hemorrhage associated with shock can occur. Rib fractures are associated with splenic injury about 20 percent of the time.
  • Pancreas: They are often injured in bicycle injuries when the rider impacts the handlebars. Doctors look for fluid around the pancreas as an indication of an injury to the organ.
  • Kidneys: Lacerations and contusions are possible. Bloody urine is a common sign of kidney injury and there can be leakage of urine into the abdomen.
  • Small Intestine: The small intestine is the major part of the viscera to get injured in a penetrating injury of the abdomen. The biggest problem is bowel perforation with air showing up on plain film or CT scan where it doesn’t belong. A bowel injury might also be associated with a bowel obstruction or an abscess. These require surgery.

Spinal Cord Injuries

If the spinal cord is impacted, compacted, or stretched due to the force of the impact, serious injuries may occur. Some victims may lose sensation and movement in parts of their bodies following a spinal cord injury. In extreme cases, the victim may suffer from total paralysis as a result of a complete spinal cord injury.


Truck accident cases are much more complex than other traffic accident cases, which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley at once to discuss your legal options.

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