Truck/Semi Truck Accidents » Pacific Coast Injury Law Center

A semi-truck on a roadway in or around the greater Los Angeles area can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. In fact, special dispensations are available that can result in the weight of a loaded truck being even greater. The point is that if a commercial truck collides with a passenger automobile, the consequences to the people in the car can be devastating. In fact, when it comes to Los Angeles truck accidents, and the national average as well, 98 percent of all fatalities occur to people in the automobile involved in the collision and not those in the cab of the rig.

Every year, law-abiding motorists on the streets of Southern California are seriously injured in accidents with semi-trucks. If you are now part of that group, you need to understand the different types of compensation you may be entitled.

Pain and Suffering
In the aftermath of an accident, you undoubtedly have experienced, and continue to endure, a great amount of pain. You are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. This includes not only the pain and suffering you faced so far, but pain and suffering you reasonably can be expected to experience in the future.

Medical Expenses
In the aftermath of an accident with a semi-truck, you probably are facing a mountain of medical bills. Medical expenses represent another area in which you are entitled to compensation. As is the case with pain and suffering, you are entitled to be compensated not only for current medical bills, but also for those that reasonably can be expected in the future.

Compensable medical bills include those you may face for rehabilitation. Oftentimes, following a Los Angeles truck accident, a protracted period of physical and occupational rehabilitation is necessary. These are the types of medical expenses beyond those initially incurred for which you deserve compensation.

Lost Wages
Odd are you have missed a great deal of work following a truck accident. In fact, you may still be at a juncture in time that you have not been able to return to work at all.

Lost wages accumulates rapidly, and you are entitled to compensation for this loss. The sad reality is that you may never be able to return to a job you enjoyed and that paid you well. Therefore, you are entitled to be compensation for wages you lost to date also income that you will not be able to earn in the future because of the accident.

Mental Anguish
An accident with a mammoth semi-truck can be an emotionally horrific experience. If you find yourself experience emotional and psychological issues in the aftermath, you are not alone. Time and again, people involved in accidents with semis experience depression, anxiety and PTSD.

You are entitled to appropriate compensation for these types of problems as well, including payment for treatment and recovery for how these emotional and mental conditions impact your overall life.

Permanent Disability

The standard automobile is not match for a huge semi-truck in a collision. You may face permanent disability as a result of an accident with commercial truck. You are entitled to compensation for permanent disability as part of settlement of or judgment in your case.

What to do after a Semi-Truck Accident
If you are involved in a semi-truck accident, the following are some of the measures you should follow:

  • If you are seriously injured, get appropriate emergency care.
  • If you can get medical attention later, acquire the name and contact of the bus owner and driver or anyone who was a witness to the accident, including passengers
  • Obtain the bus license plate and identifying number
  • Take pictures of all the damaged property and vehicles, all injuries, and the scene of the accident
  • Look for video cameras that captured the accident
  • Consult a lawyer

An attorney is the best chance you have of getting the compensation you deserve after an accident. A bus accident lawyer will fight to acquire the compensation and evidence that bus accident victims deserve in accordance with the California law. These include:

  • Past and future medical, hospital, physical therapy, dental, and psychological charges
  • Past and future loss of earning capacity, loss of earnings including the time you missed at work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life or any activities that your injuries caused you to miss out
  • Past and future emotional distress, pain, and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Diminution in property value- the difference in the value of property after it has been repaired

Free consultations:
Our firm provides free consultations to victims and family members. We will travel to your location and review your case with you.

At Pacific Coast Injury Law Center, we take motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we do not charge any legal fees unless we make a recovery for you. When we do secure financial compensation for your damages, our fees are paid as an agreed upon percentage of that settlement.

What To Do After an Accident:
Most accidents are unexpected and almost always stressful. Sometimes accidents are unavoidable no matter how much care or precaution you take. If you are in a motor vehicle accident or slip/trip and fall, we are here to help you.

Be prepared before an Accident Happens:

  • Items to Keep Handy in Your Car:
    • Your insurance information
    • Pen and paper
    • A seatbelt cutting tool
    • Disposable Camera if you don’t have a cell phone with a camera
    • Cones, warning triangles or emergency flares in your trunk

Immediately After an Accident:

  • Stay calm, because getting upset will only makes things worse
  • Pull over to the shoulder and get to safety
  • Turn on your car’s hazard lights and if necessary use flares or cones
  • Make sure everyone is ok and call an ambulance if necessary or you’re in doubt
  • Call the police if there are injuries or there is significant property damage
  • Call your insurance company to report the accident and request a tow truck if necessary

Gather Information:

  • It is important to gather information in case you need to make a claim later on
  • Get the following information from all parties involved:
    • ​Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Make, model and year of the car
    • License plate number
    • Insurance carrier
    • Insurance policy numbeer
  • Take notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, and what you believed caused the accident
  • Take notes about what the other driver’s said or what you heard witnesses say

If Police are Present:

  • Get the officers name and badge or ID number or business card
  • Get police report number (so a police report can be requested once it is prepared)

Take Photographs of:

  • All vehicles, whether damaged or not
  • The accident location
  • The parties involved in the accident
  • People involved with the accident


  • Release your social security number to anyone
  • DO NOT ADMIT FAULT, even if you think you are
    • Often times people involved in accidents do not have a complete understanding as to why the accident happened, so it is important to not just assume it’s your fault

If you or your loved one has been a motor vehicle accident, give us a call today.


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