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  • 30 combined years of legal experience 
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HHJ Trial Attorneys proudly serve victims who have suffered from serious injuries. HHJ is one of San Diego’s premiere personal injury law firms.  We’ve obtained over ten million dollars for our clients within the last 4 years alone and have been voted the Best Litigation Firm for the last 3 years through the San Diego Union Tribune. All three partners have been voted as Super Lawyers and have received coverage from local and national news outlets.

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Khala BarkusKhala Barkus
19:33 25 Sep 22
Michael and his team were so great during this entire process. They helped me to get a pretty significant settlement from my case and they were never delayed in any of the processes. I am confident that had I not "fired" the first attorney that I started to work with and called HHJ trail attorneys, I would not have gotten the results that I got with HHJ. You can't go wrong with working with these guys to settle your case.
TylerTyler
21:09 25 Aug 22
Michael and the HHJ staff were extremely helpful from the start of my case less than a year ago. From the time I had my accident, to having doctor appointments set up to the final conclusion, it couldn’t have been a smoother process from beginning to end. Michael is very detailed and organized and always has your best interest at heart. He is very responsive and is always on top of it. I didn’t have to do much other than show up to my doctor appts and respond with info that was needed. I would without a beat use Michael and his team again if needed. HHJ is the best in Southern California!
Claudia LopezClaudia Lopez
21:41 08 Jul 22
Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm, HHJ Trial Attorneys, took on our legal case. Mr. Adam Hepburn came recommended, luckily. We can't thank Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm for their stellar work throughout our entire legal case. If I had any questions or concerns, Mr. Adam Hepburn would quickly address my concerns either via email, cell phone or even on text. Mr. Adam Hepburn was very truthful, thoughtful when explaining the facts of my case, and extremely professional. If you're on the fence with hiring Adam Hepburn and his firm, don't be, he's the best in the field. Adam won my case! Must hire him and his firm if you need his type of services.
FergalFergal
15:00 20 Apr 22
Michael and the team at HHJ Trial Attorneys have taken the best care of our Clients after they have being involved in road accidents. The care, attention and commitment they provide to all their clients is extraordinary as are their life enhancing results - HHJ Trial Attorneys = Best In Class.
Anne FranksAnne Franks
14:41 20 Apr 22
Michael at HHJ Trial Attorneys is a professional Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers group. This group is very is highly recommended! They are very professional compared to other firms. If you are looking for a quality group of attorneys that will get the job done, this is the one to call!
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Los Angeles' Best T-Bone Truck Accident Lawyers Helping You Navigate Your Claim

In Los Angeles, accidents can and do regularly happen, and when those accidents involve T-bone collisions with commercial trucks, the outcomes can be especially devastating.

At HHJ Trial Attorneys, we know how difficult it can be to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from a T-bone collision. We’re familiar with the suffering caused by such trauma, and we work hard to help our clients recover.

We understand that the consequences of a truck accident can be jarring, and you may have serious concerns regarding your legal rights and options.

What Causes T-Bone Truck Accidents in Los Angeles?

There are a variety of factors that can lead to a T-bone truck accident in Los Angeles. Understanding each is imperative for both prevention and determining liability.

 

  • Failure to Yield: A truck accident of this nature is often caused by distracted driving, making an overly aggressive move, or misjudging the speed of oncoming traffic
  • Reckless Driving: Los Angeles traffic is no stranger to reckless driving behavior, such as driving too fast, changing lanes too abruptly, or running red lights, and all of these driving behaviors can produce a T-Bone crash. 
  • Traffic Signal Violations: An often-seen cause of T-bone crashes is a disregard for traffic signals and signage, most typically a driver running a red light. Failing to adhere to traffic signals can be due to inattention, fatigue, or simple disregard.
  • Blind Spots and Limited Visibility: Almost all larger trucks carry severe blind spots, and driving these vehicles through Los Angeles’ crowded streets multiplies this challenge. Problems occur when trucks and tractor-trailers initiate turns or change lanes without proper situational awareness.
  • Inadequate Training: Sufficient training is vital for commercial truck drivers. The responsibilities of a truck driver are different from those of a car driver, and operating a commercial truck requires specialized skill and knowledge. A lack of this skill and knowledge can often result in accidents that could have been avoided.
  • Vehicle Defects: Defects in either the truck or another vehicle involved could be the cause of the T-Bone accident if the brake systems, steering mechanisms, or other critical components are malfunctioning.

Comprehending these factors is fundamental not just for T-Bone truck accident victims and their families but also for new drivers looking to drive in Los Angeles.

How Can Liability Be Determined in T-Bone Truck Accidents?

Proving fault in a T-bone truck accident is a crucial part of pursuing compensation and holding accountable the party or parties responsible for your injuries or a loved one’s death. 

 

With the unique complexities inherent in T-bone truck accidents, determining who is at fault requires an in-depth investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

 

Here are key factors and considerations in the process of determining liability:

 

  • Traffic Laws and Regulations: In a T-Bone collision, liability is largely determined by compliance with traffic laws. Investigators look to determine whether the truck driver or any other driver involved in the accident was compliant with traffic signals, signs, and right-of-way rules.
  • Witness Statements: Insight into how the T-Bone truck accident occurred can be best provided by the perspectives of those who witnessed the incident as it unfolded. By obtaining detailed statements from eyewitnesses, we can verify the exact series of events and thus challenge or support the stories of those directly involved in the accident.
  • Surveillance Footage: T-Bone accidents that occur in intersections or in close proximity to businesses may also be captured on surveillance cameras that may have recorded the collision.
  • Accident Reconstruction: In disputes over liability, accident reconstruction experts may be retained to recreate the accident. These experts analyze physical evidence, vehicle dynamics, and other factors to provide a scientifically supportable analysis of how the accident occurred.
  • Truck Driver Actions: Examining whether the truck driver was speeding, distracted, drunk, tired, or reckless can provide valuable insights into the cause of the collision.
  • Maintenance and Inspection Records: Negligence on behalf of the trucking company includes putting a vehicle on the road that is not mechanically safe or improperly loading a truck so that it is unreasonably dangerous. Maintenance and inspection records can provide important evidence as to whether mechanical failures or defects were involved in the collision.
  • Black Box Data: Event data recorders, colloquially known as “black boxes,” are frequently found within commercial trucks. These devices record information about the speed of the vehicle, the application of the brakes by the driver, and other information. The data contained on these devices is frequently very important when determining how and why a particular truck accident occurred.
  • Driver Statements: The initial statements by the truck driver after the accident are often of critical importance. Statements of fault, different versions of how the accident happened, or pointing blame elsewhere may weigh heavily upon a jury’s decision of liability.
  • Road Conditions and Visibility: External factors, such as weather conditions, road visibility, and roadway conditions, play a major role in the determination of liability. The question then becomes to what extent did those external factors make a bad situation even worse.
  • Vehicle Damage Analysis: Scrutinizing the damage to each vehicle can help to reconstruct the T-Bone accident. The location of the point of impact, the severity of damages, and the path the vehicles followed can all provide vital information as to how the crash happened.

Determining liability is a nuanced process that requires a thorough analysis of various contributing factors to establish accountability accurately.

What Steps Should You Take After a T-Bone Truck Accident?

A T-bone truck accident can be a confusing and traumatic experience. Taking immediate actions and careful steps after the collision is important not only to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights, but also to start building the framework for possible legal action.

 

  • Get Medical Help: Your health comes first. Be sure to obtain medical treatment for any injuries to make sure they’re properly treated by medical professionals. Some injuries may not show up right away, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Document the Scene: Use a camera or your smartphone to document the scene where the accident occurred. Make sure to capture the position of the vehicles, any visible damage, skid marks, and the surrounding environment. These photos and videos will serve as crucial evidence when it comes time to move forward with settlement negotiations or a trial.
  • Exchange Information: Collect the contact information along with insurance details of the truck driver as well as the passengers or drivers of other cars involved in the accident. Talk with any eyewitnesses and obtain their contact information, as well.
  • File a Police Report: Contact local law enforcement to report the T-bone accident. Make sure the responding officers get a good grasp on the details, as the police report will be an important document for both insurance claims and court.
  • Preserve Evidence: Try to collect any tangible proof pertaining to the incident. Broken pieces of your car or the other party’s vehicle or personal belongings that were in your car at the time of the accident may become important down the line as proof to establish who is at fault or to prove the total sum of compensation and damages.
  • Do Not Admit Fault: Do not admit fault or say something that could be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Stick strictly to the facts.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Promptly notify your insurance company about the T-Bone truck accident. Present the provider with accurate information using facts and refrain from conjecture

Taking these steps after a T-Bone truck accident empowers you to navigate the aftermath with a clear plan. 

Fight for Compensation With Experienced Help From Our Attorneys

If you’ve been involved in a T-Bone truck accident in Los Angeles, HHJ Trial Attorneys can provide the expertise and support you need. 

 

Our experienced team understands the complexities of these cases and is committed to helping accident victims seek the compensation they deserve.

 

Fight for the compensation you deserve by contacting HHJ Trial Attorneys for a free consultation.

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