Victims of truck accidents are protected by legal options

By |2022-01-03T18:06:44+00:00July 21st, 2017|

Trucks traveling on the roadways throughout California are regulated for the safety of those they share the roadways with including passenger vehicles, motorcycles and others. When truck drivers or trucking companies fail to follow regulations, or are negligent in some other way, and cause injuries to victims, they may be liable for the damages suffered by the victims and their families.

Depending on the circumstances, victims may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages through a personal injury claim for damages. Surviving family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a truck accident may be able to recover wrongful death damages through a wrongful death claim for damages. The liability of the truck driver and trucking company may depend on the relationship between the two so it is helpful to understand the legal complexities involved in a claim for damages.

Truck drivers and trucking companies may be liable when truck accidents result from overloaded semi-trucks or unsafe loads, unsafe truck drivers, poorly or inadequately trained truck drivers, truck drivers making unsafe emergency stops, poor or improper truck maintenance, a truck driver who has been drinking, a truck driver who is suffering from truck driver fatigue and may have violated rest and break regulations or a truck driver who is speeding or otherwise driving recklessly and causes an accident.

If a negligent truck driver or trucking company has caused a truck accident that resulted in harm, it is important for victims and their loved ones to be familiar with the legal resources available to them. Personal injury protections can help victims and their families address concerns that are likely to arise following a truck accident.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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