From our offices in Encinitas, O'Mara & Padilla, Attorneys at Law, represents individuals injured (or who have lost a member of their family) in motor vehicle accidents involving semitrucks and commercial vehicles on Southern California roads.
Successful representation in semitruck crashes requires an in-depth understanding of federal and state laws regulating the Over-The-Road (OTR) freight industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates truck company owners and truck drivers with a significant number of rules governing:
- Truck driver drug and alcohol use and abuse
- Truck and trailer maintenance requirements
- Truck driver rest and sleep requirements
- Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training and testing
- Emergency stopping procedures
- Vehicle and truck driver records, log book entries
A Semitruck Crash Presents Unique Legal Issues
Unlike car accidents, in which both drivers are typically insured by their own insurance companies, OTR trucking companies may carry policy coverage, as well as self-insure for injury and wrongful death cases involving significant compensation. As you might expect, unscrupulous truck companies will do all they can to change or hide evidence, often going as far as having a local crash site investigator get to the scene within an hour of the accident. Securing the records and preserving the evidence requires a prompt response, an aggressive approach and understanding the law.
The Strongest, Most Effective Case Possible
When necessary, we work with a network of independent experts to prepare your case, including accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts and trucking industry professionals. You pay nothing if we do not help you recover compensation in a settlement or trial.
California Is One Of The Leading States For Truck Accident Deaths And Injuries
Every year in Southern California, hundreds of motor vehicle accidents involve large trucks and commercial vans. Many are the direct result of violations of the FMCSA regulations. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident with ANY KIND OF COMMERCIAL TRUCK, call O'Mara & Padilla to speak with one of our truck accident attorneys in Encinitas.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Semi Truck Crash Case With An Experienced Lawyer
Call our offices at 858-480-6182 or contact us by email to arrange an opportunity to meet with one of our truck accident litigation attorneys to evaluate your case.