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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.