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  • Over 550 combined Google 5-Star Reviews
  • Tens of millions won every year for our clients
  • We won’t settle for less than the maximum value for your case
  • 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’s Best Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help

The arduous circumstances faced by those dealing with the ramifications of a tractor-trailer accident in Los Angeles are nothing new to our experienced team. Our steadfast dedication to fair treatment and our profound knowledge of personal injury law can help you navigate these trying times.

 

Our collective of seasoned lawyers is experienced in handling tractor-trailer accident claims, delivering thorough legal assistance to clients pursuing legitimate redress. We take special care in putting your interests first, striving to secure the compensation that rightfully belongs to you.

 

Learn your legal options and get your questions answered below.

What Should You Do After a Tractor Trailer Accident in Los Angeles?

Experiencing a tractor-trailer accident can be both chaotic and stressful. However, understanding and implementing the right steps to take in the immediate aftermath is essential for ensuring your personal safety and the effectiveness of any potential legal claims.

 

Here’s what you should do after a tractor-trailer accident in Los Angeles:

 

  • Prioritize Safety: If possible, and if you are not seriously injured, you should move to a safe location, away from traffic, to avoid further damage or injury. Switch on the hazard lights, set up hazard triangles or road flares if you have them, and take any necessary steps to ensure another accident does not occur while you wait for help.
  • Seek Medical Attention: Assess yourself and others for injuries. Get medical help for anyone at the scene who’s bleeding or complaining of pain. Even if the injuries appear minor, call for help or take the injured to an emergency room. Many injuries are not noticeable at first and, for those looking to receive legal compensation, documentation of medical care is crucial.
  • Contact Law Enforcement: Report the accident to the police. An official record of the accident, particularly a police report, can be helpful when filing insurance claims or pursuing a lawsuit. Provide the police with accurate and detailed information about the accident. Ask the responding police officer how to obtain a copy of the police report and follow up within a few days of the accident.
  • Gather Information: Get the contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information, of any parties involved in the accident. Get the license plate number, make, model, and the trucking company’s name from the tractor-trailer. If there were any witnesses to the accident, try to get their contact information, as well.
  • Document the Scene: If it is safe to do so, photograph the accident scene, vehicle damage, skid marks, traffic signals, and relevant road conditions. Visual documentation may be the best way to convey these details to the insurance company or a jury.
  • Do Not Admit Fault: Be careful about making any statements that may be interpreted as an admission of fault. When discussing the accident with the police, the other drivers, or any witnesses, stick to the facts and avoid volunteering any of your own opinions.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: You should report the crash to your insurance company as soon as possible. You will need to provide your insurer with accurate information about the incident, but do not be quick to admit fault until you have met with an attorney. Your insurance company will guide you through the claims process.

The actions you take now can significantly affect the efficacy of your future legal case.

How Can You Determine Liability in a Tractor Trailer Accident?

After a tractor-trailer accident, a complete investigation is necessary to determine liability. Common factors that can contribute to the cause of a truck accident include driver negligence, defective equipment, or inadequate maintenance. 

 

The authorities, the adjuster, and the lawyers involved will get information from witnesses, the police officers or troopers who investigated the accident, and the truck driver’s log and maintenance records. Additional information may come from traffic cameras. 

 

A properly focused investigation, once the required evidence is gathered, will give your attorney an idea of who the responsible party might be. 

What Are Common Injuries Resulting From Tractor Trailer Accidents?

Tractor-trailer accidents often result in severe injuries due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. 

 

Common injuries include:

 

  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Soft tissue damage

 

Seeking immediate medical attention is crucial, not only for your well-being but also for documenting injuries in potential legal proceedings.

A combination of state traffic regulations and federal laws dealing with the trucking industry is used to address tractor-trailer accidents in California.

 

  • State Traffic Laws: In California, specified traffic laws pertain to every kind of vehicle on the road, including tractor-trailers. Laws concerning traffic lights and signals, stop signs, right-of-way rules, and speed limits apply to all cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and buses on the road. If a truck driver breaks one of these laws and thus causes a trucking accident, that can help to prove the liable party.
  • Commercial Vehicle Regulations: Tractor-trailers are classified as commercial vehicles and are, therefore, subject to additional regulations outlined by both Caltrans and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Some of these regulations include things like driver qualifications, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and cargo security.
  • Driver Hours of Service: California has strict rules about how many hours a commercial truck driver can operate their vehicle without taking a break. These rules are designed to minimize driver fatigue, a major factor in many truck accidents.
  • Vehicle Maintenance Standards: Maintenance on tractor-trailers is necessary to keep them operating safely and to adhere to various federal laws and regulations. When the maintenance is not performed at the manufacturer’s recommendations and standards, parts can wear out and fail, leading to accidents. Whether bad brakes, tire blowouts, mechanical failures, or steering component failures are the problem, a serious or fatal tractor-trailer accident is likely to follow.
  • Cargo Loading and Securement: Improperly loaded or unsecured cargo can lead to accidents. Cargo must be loaded and secured to prevent dropping, shifting, leaking, or escaping from the vehicle under all conditions likely to be encountered during the period of its transportation, as mandated by California law
  • Liability Determination: If the resulting investigation concludes that the truck driver had violated certain state or federal laws, then the accident victims may have a right to seek compensation for all medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the crash.

Understanding how California law handles tractor-trailer accidents is crucial for accident victims seeking justice.

What Compensation Can You Seek After a Tractor Trailer Accident?

Victims of tractor-trailer accidents may be entitled to compensation for various damages. This can include: 

 

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

 

Consulting with an attorney specializing in tractor-trailer accidents in Los Angeles is essential to assess the full scope of damages and pursue a fair settlement.

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