Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, created this page to specifically assist people hurt by big trucks moving in and out of the Port of Long Beach and the city at large. With years of valuable experience and large awards granted to his clients by judges, juries, large insurance companies, and mediators, Ehline is a well honed legal pro. He is particularly skilled and suited to get you back on track after a big bang up by a commercial rig, such as a Mac, or Peterbuilt truck with balding tires, retreads, or that relies upon the trailer brakes, instead of the rig brakes to try and save money.
Being involved in an 18 wheeler accident in the LBC, usually results in major injuries, which can include head trauma, spinal cord injuries, paralysis or multiple fractures. These kinds of tragedies can also result in death from the severity of the injuries, such as internal bleeding. If you or a loved one has been in a light or heavy truck accident in Long Beach and the surrounding areas, consulting with a lawyer at our firm is something you should consider. We are experienced in this type of complex legal action. Our lead counsel is the recipient of many industry trophies, and has won gigantic sums of money for his past clients. The personal injury experts at Ehline Law Firm PC stand at the ready for your call.
Have You Been Injured in a Long Beach?
Many truckers use their vehicles as portable parking lots to get vehicles quickly from the port, to the local car dealership, and are in and out of the port several times a day. Depending upon the Bill of Lading, other shippers may be loaded with hazardous chemicals, or simply bob-tailing with nothing in tow.
Sometimes they driver is simply deadheading the empty truck back to another job somewhere else. Inter-modal containers are also very common along the 710 freeway, and most passenger car occupants are clueless as to what is rolling down the highway in these storage containers alongside them. In all events, the trucks themselves have very thick, strong frames, and they can easily crush a small car or SUV like an empty aluminum can, killing or badly hurting the people inside.
The dangers are compounded when you consider that shippers attempt to save money by skirting safety regulations, thus, tire carving, bad retreads and using the trailer brakes in lieu of the rig brakes mean a greater chance of a blown tread, especially when carrying an over-sized load. Bikers and people on foot are always at risk for flying treads as a result. It goes without saying that one should never drift, tailgate or crowd next to a big rig when they are traveling.
If you were injured as a result of a safety violation, or mere negligence, none of this matters while you are laying there in the hospital. But is definitely can matter when a jury or insurance evaluator is determining the case value of your claim. Ehline Law already has a canned approach to investigating and determining how to max the overall award in these types of claims. Contact us to learn more at 888.400.9721.
Long Beach has a significant number of railway and flatbed trucks, when compared to most other California cities. Coinciding with this fact, is the fact that this port city is home to some of the worst commercial driver wrecks seen in the U.S.. Non commercial vehicle occupants are at daily risk on the freeways and streets of this fair city. This port city has roadways that are often congested with cars, motorcycles and freight liners.
This can mean that even when a driver is careful, they may not be able to avoid being involved in a collision with one of these large trucks, like a fully filled cement mixer for example. The fact of the matter is fire trucks, cargo and military transport trucks all have several things in common. First, they are all high up off the ground, have cabs that are hard to see out of and many blind spots, are noisy, and unable to hear horns and other warnings as easily as a small car occupant can.
So setting aside the dangers to the environment of these behemoths, they are an immediate danger to anyone on the road. Collisions with motorized vehicles of this size, can result in injuries that change the victim’s life.
When an accident occurs due to a collision the jack-knifed big rig, serious injuries can be sustained.
- Definition of Jackknife
It is important to have an attorney that understands the collision between a passenger vehicle and the Long Beach jack-knifed big rig. Jack-knifing of a big rig occurs when the trailer pivots and the truck and trailer create the shape of a “V.” When this occurs the trailer slides across several lanes of traffic and can happen when the truck driver applies the brakes suddenly. The action of the trailer sliding across several lanes of traffic and can involve other vehicles on the roadway, causing serious injury or even death.
Due to the multiple parties and potential sources of recovery, these are considered complex legal claims that requires a staff of highly trained tort law specialists like Ehline Law Firm PC.
When hiring an attorney, they should be a of good reputation and also be skilled. Having a representative who understands the industry jargon, as well as the regulations and legalese is certainly a plus. Having a champion to act as your legal sword and shield is of paramount importance immediately after a bad wreck.
Legal representation cannot be delayed, as it can mean missing the deadline to file legal documents, witnesses that can’t remember details or are difficult to locate, and it could mean losing essential evidence. Ehline Law Firm PC has a stellar record of achievement when it come to getting clients money recovery in personal injury cases. This law firm also has the multiple years of experience necessary to handle even the most complex of injury cases. We are masters of disasters like this, and we are ready to put our mastery to work for you. Call now at 888.400-9721 to learn more.
Parties that are Commonly Named in Truck Accident Lawsuits Include:
- Truck drivers.
- Truck owners.
- Employers of the truck driver, when the accident occurs during their work schedule.
- Truck manufactures, when there is a poor design or defective part that contributes or causes the crash.
- Truck mechanics, when there have been improper repairs or there is a known defective part used.
- Government entities charged with maintaining roadways, signs and signals that create a hazard.
Accident claims are pursued against the insurance company of the at-fault party. When the party is under-insured or uninsured it may be possible to file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages, but they will be looking out for their own interests and may not offer a settlement that is fair. If this happens and a fair settlement cannot be reached your lawyer may suggest filing a legal claim against the insurance company.
In some cases truck accident claims can be settled through skilled negotiation or with mediation, however in some cases the only alternative will be to take the lawsuit to trial. When this occurs your lawyer will identify all the potentially liable parties, and proceed to trial. If there is more than one negligent party, this could increase the amount of compensation that is able to be obtained.
A settlement may be reached through negotiation or mediation, however when these fail then it will be necessary to go to court. When taking a lawsuit to trial your lawyer will determine all the negligent parties unique to your claim, and hold them responsible either in or out of the courthouse.
The settlement or award of compensation may include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Assisted living services
- Loss of income
- Reduction or loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
In the event that the truck accident results in a fatality the family may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This claim will help the family recover losses for the loss of financial support by the victim, love, companionship and other losses. The estate of the deceased may also file a legal action referred to as a “survivors action” to recover compensation for the victim’s heirs.
If you or a family member has been injured in an collision of this type, our Long Beach trucking accident lawyers can assist in protecting your rights and obtaining the recovery you deserve. We offer a free consultation, and if you are unable to meet in our offices to discuss your case, we can come to your home, hospital room or rehabilitation facility. Schedule an appointment by calling 888-400-9721 or by using the contact form on the website.