Driving is a very convenient way to get to and from home, work, shopping, hobbies and everything in between, but you’re sure to be familiar with the devastation that can result from road accidents. Car accidents can be bad enough, but when a truck driver loses control, the consequences can be even more widespread and severe. As a recent Los Angeles accident involving a FedEx truck shows, the experience can be traumatic even when you’re not physically injured.
FedEx Truck Crashes into Los Angeles Restaurant
Diners at the Renaissance Hotel on Airport Boulevard near LAX got more than they bargained for when a FedEx truck crashed through the restaurant wall around 6.30 pm on January 16. Luckily, only the driver, his passenger and one hotel guest suffered minor injuries, although witnesses report feeling terrified, and suspecting the bang and debris were caused by a bomb. According to both a FedEx employee and a police report, the truck accident occurred because of the driver swerving to avoid some kind of obstacle. The driver of the truck involved in the incident is said to have continued with his shift after dropping off the packages addressed to the hotel.
Who Is Liable After a Truck Accident?
As with a car accident, identifying who should be held liable after a truck accident can be a complex matter. For example, in the case of the FedEx truck mentioned earlier, there’s likely to have been a chain of events leading to the driver swerving and ending up in the hotel restaurant. Only an experienced truck accident attorney with a strong knowledge of Los Angeles laws has the skills required to correctly apportion liability and, therefore, obtain compensation for victims.
While every truck accident will have its own set of contributing factors, some of the most common reasons seen by Los Angeles attorneys include:
- Distracted or inattentive driving
- Driver not following appropriate safety guidelines
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Hazardously heavy loads, exceeding the limits set out by state and federal laws
- Inexperienced or insufficiently trained truck drivers
- Issues with a truck that has not been properly maintained
- Truck drivers speeding to try and make deliveries faster
- Unfavorable weather conditions making the truck difficult to handle
- Violation of various Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards
- Wet, slippery, or otherwise poor road conditions
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it can be likely for the truck driver to try to place blame on you, or another motorist, in an attempt to avoid accepting liability.
What to Do After a Los Angeles Truck Accident
If you’ve been injured, or your property damaged, as the result of a truck accident in Los Angeles, you need an expert attorney to help you obtain compensation for loss, damages and injury.
An experienced truck accident attorney will be familiar with the methods used by drivers and their employers to try and escape blame, and will dedicate resources and time to finding evidence to support your claim.