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Big Trucks and Little Roads Don’t Mix

Why Do So Many Truck Accidents Happen on Small Roads?

California’s roads age quickly. Not only is California the largest population in the country, but its roads and bridges show it. From freeways to country roads, the state regularly ranks towards the bottom in maintenance and upkeep. Furthermore, state funding for Caltrans and local construction regularly wasted.

The issue becomes even worse because of the heavy traffic on the state’s roads. Many large trucks supply cities with food and goods. Many of these items come straight from the inland part of the state. In fact, many of the smaller roads cannot handle such a large load. They cannot take the strain of modern tractor trailers. This is apparent especially in higher traffic areas. Each new car and truck adds extra weight and demise to the roads.

Example and Knowledge

Take, for example the crash in Temecula reported in Patch. A dump truck driver died due to a crash on a two lane road when it collided with another truck.

Many DPWs did not design for such a load. Furthermore, designers undersigned them and are not well lit. They were built for a different purpose in a different age. Caltrans is often aware of these issues yet has not fixed them. For drivers each one of these is a unique challenge. Often Caltrans and other agencies know of these issues and do nothing.

Truck drivers need to know the lay of the road before their route. However, state and local officials also need to keep the roads safe for passage. There is a unique responsibility to riders and motorists.

If you or a loved one were injured due to a road defect or flaw, contact the Ehline Law Firm APLC immediately. Our skilled attorneys specialize in cases like these. We’ve fought and won across the state for traffic accident victims. We leave no stone left unturned. Our team is second to none. We fight for safer roads and lobby the state on behalf of drivers everywhere.

Tesla Self Driving Truck Near You?

Tesla and the Self Driving Truck Dilemma

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Will this be self driving soon?

Tesla is in all of the headlines lately. And for more than just launching a car on the way to Mars. Elon Musk and his company wants to take over the car industry with bold ideas. Tesla’s top experiment is self driving cars. As of today, it is unclear whether the company can actually pull it off.

However, what is clearer are the inherent risks of the project. Self driving cars are among the riskiest things going technologically. Google the term self driving car and the results show up with “accident” as one of the top ones. USA Today reported on the fact that new self driving trucks will likely have the ability to choose who would die in an accident. Human nature is fallible enough. Imagine putting the life of your family in the hands of a number of circuits.

What is less obvious is the companies that will adopt the technology. One Tesla semi comes with a 300 mile range for $150k and another with a 500 mile range for $180,000. Ouch. Tesla claims it will start production in 2019 and several big corporations have them on pre-order, including Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Sysco, UPS, and even Wal Mart.

A Risk Foreseen With Big Rigs?

Each of the companies above are making a bet on tech that isn’t out of its infancy. Worse yet, they are a danger as they are currently constructed. Self driving car tech is likely decades away from fluency, not just a year or so. Furthermore, this over confidence is likely a fatal flaw in road safety and these companies’ plans.

However, poor ideas haven’t stopped people before. It appears that they will proceed. The numbers above represent just a fraction of these companies’ overall fleets. However, they may be a trend that is difficult to reverse once started. Once these vehicles are on the road they could represent a large shift away from the safety of motor vehicle travel we’ve grown accustomed to and toward something much less predictable.

At the Scene of a Truck Accident—Simple Steps to Take

Michael Ehline at the court
United States Supreme Court

The prize-winning attorney at Ehline Law Firm presents their valuable insight on the various steps to take in dealing with semi truck wrecks in the news and online. These tips include both pre and post incident. If you have further questions after reading this, feel free to call us toll-free. We quickly return your important calls. Also, we’ve received millions in money damages awards for injured consumers just like you.

Every Accident Comes with a Price

So we all know big rigs truck wrecks have a cost. Most of all, injuries and disabilities can last for years. Also, in some cases, it is stress, rather than a bodily harm. And while it would be best to avoid getting involved in an accident that is not always possible. Furthermore, in the United States, thousands of motor vehicles collide yearly. After a tragic event, there are important steps to take. Thus, you can help assist the attorney to win compensation in your case.

Why Must You Get Prepared For a Medical Alert?

Trucks weigh much more than cars. So getting involved in a collision with a truck can have devastating results. Furthermore, vehicle crashes occur with such frequency; it’s important for drivers to get prepared. Hence, they should have a cell phone. Also, these people should have a plan that includes providing information about medical conditions. There should also be easy to access this information. Some people use a wristband with a computer chip like this.

Most of all, a list of medications and allergies are essential for any first responder to be aware of. Consequently, in cases injuries are severe, they will be unable to confer this information. Hence, they could pass away due to wrong medication or treatments.

So emergency medical professionals cannot help you unless you assist them with this info. A plan of urgency should include having a pen and paper. Also, don’t forget a disposable camera, or a smartphone that performs this function. Last, a flashlight, traffic cones, and emergency flares are also handy.

A plan of urgency should include having a pen and paper. Also, don’t forget a disposable camera, or a smartphone that performs this function. Last a flashlight, traffic cones, and emergency flares are also handy.

When a driver gets involved in a collision safety is the primary concern.

  • If it is possible, move the vehicles to the side of the road or shoulder.
  • When the vehicles cannot get moved, you should place cones and flares on the road. Also, turn on the hazard flashers if possible.
  • Information should get exchanged, including names, drivers license information. Also, document license plate numbers, and addresses.

Why is Evidence is Important in a Truck Wreck?

Using a camera makes possible documenting the exact crash damages each vehicle has. But it is also important to document old injuries. This is because wear and tear cannot get used as new losses by the insurance company. Particularly relevant, photos can show insurance adjusters the position of the vehicles.

Also, pictures can show the damages directly after the collision. Getting witness accounts is also important. So if there are witnesses, obtain names, addresses, phone numbers. Also, jot down what they witnessed. Refresh their memories later. This kind of evidence is mandatory to win a larger monetary sum. Last, it is crucial to file a police report, for the insurance company.

Especially relevant, if police or CHP do not respond to the scene, you can do an over the counter report. Documentation is key to involve the insurance company. So even when the other driver offers to pay for the damages, get the above information. Defendants can change their minds after lulling victims into a false sense of security. While this can happen, it doesn’t have to.

So having this evidence is so important because it literally can decide if you win or lose the case!

How Does Ehline Law Firm Help You in Every Step?

When the motor vehicle accident involves a truck, photos hold clues to the cause of the crash. Adjusters also look at trailer overloading. Additionally, structural deficiencies and defective brakes or tires are easily captured on film. If the truck gets hauled away, it could get destroyed or repaired. This destruction of evidence can devastate your case.

Why Acting Fast to Gather Evidence in a Truck Crash is Paramount?

Legal experts that specialize can send investigators to the scene right away. Also, they take photos to piece together factors that contributed to the collision. If the truck gets taken away, lawyers send letters for the preservation of evidence. Furthermore, it will be important that investigators view the truck driver’s log. Most noteworthy, it ensures compliance with regulations for driving time and rest times.

Also, there are some common causes of trailer crashes. Hence, they include driver fatigue, improper maintenance, and overloaded trailers. Finally, there can be faulty or defective parts. So having this information can help Michael P. Ehline present a winning case. In this way, the strong, million dollars winning Ehline Law Firm helps obtain compensation.

This is money the victims are entitled to receive. Last, if there is more information you want to read about, please visit Also, you can call us at (213) 596-9642. We are ready twenty-four hours, seven days per week. What you should do is be prepared and use these tips to guide you in the meantime.

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Tractor Trailer Train Injuries and Legal Options

A train barrier, warning traffic lights.
A train barrier, warning traffic lights.

The large, lumbering sizes of trains and tractor trailers are simply amazing human achievements. These contraptions keep our modern economy running. They crisscross the country every day, whether it is raining, snowing, or windy with hailstorms.

Unfortunately, due to the weight and bulkiness of these heavy vehicles, they can inadvertently become involved in crashes with other traffic on the road. This is true as well as with people out and about, minding their own business.

When two or more of these giant vehicles with heavier loads are on a collision course with each other, it is tough to prevent such a crash. When either or both of these forms of transportation accident, there is a much higher risk of severe injury and death.

What about Defective Gates, Control & Warning Signage Problems?

The situation’s seen in the recent crash between a train and a tractor-trailer in New York City. The case was reported by WABC, which reported on the truck dragged about 100-200 feet by the train. Residents cited improperly working gates that may have contributed to the accident. Such inadequate signs and other safety controls are often the cause of such crashes. The companies or agencies operating them can become held liable for the accidents they cause.

The Many Potential Influences on a Crossing the Tracks Incident

Many factors could lead to such a crash. There could be operator error from either the truck driver or train engineer. Furthermore, there could be faulty parts or maintenance on either vehicle. There could be improperly working lights on the train or truck, leading to visibility issues. Seeing is especially hard when it gets dark out, or you’re in hazardous weather. There have been many cases where the safety apparatuses involved with the train, including crossing gates, signs, or other controls are not working. When this is the case, the agency in charge is liable.

Only a Skilled Attorney Can Help You Perfect Your Evidentiary Claims

Determining who or what is liable in such a case is the work of a skilled legal expert. An attorney like Michael Ehline and his team might get together a team of accident reconstruction pro and transportation experts. To find the variables involved with the help of the victim lawyers are retained. Along with witnesses, and experts, to determine the cause of the crash. The safety records of the truck company and train agency scrutinized and compared to the facts on the ground. Overall, the need for an experienced legal pro is essential.


Ehline Law Are Composed of Old Pros When It Comes to Trucking and Train Injury Claims 

L. A. train and truck expert Michael Ehline, his associates and staff of counsel, will bring his and their many years of experience to bear. His team at Ehline Law has helped represent hundreds of similar clients and got their lives back together. He is also able to work with medical experts to ensure you have the highest quality care. With the guidance on your malaise and tragic circumstances.

A Contingency Fee Attorney is Just a Telephone Call Away

Ehline Law works on contingency, able to not ask for a cent unless they recover for you. For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email them 24/7. They will come anywhere in California for a free, no-pressure consultation. Let their experience work for you.

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Train and Truck Paths and Crossings – Staying Safe

Truck Paths and Tracks
Danger Train Crossing

A modern transportation system needs a variety of means to convey goods and people. The same is the case across California, where thousands of roads and train crossings pose a particular danger to drivers and pedestrians. The size of trains and trucks alone have the possibility to cause catastrophic damage to any vehicle and person that it is in their way.

Railway Crossings Cause Accidents?

Unfortunately, train accidents are still an issue across the country, with thousands of locomotive-vehicle accidents, usually at the site of a railway crossing.

Why Is Medical Care So Important?

When you have been injured by a truck or train accident, there is the need for immediate medical care. The scope of injuries caused by these heavy vehicles often causes torsion injuries, broken bones, amputation, laceration, and even death. Many semi and train injuries will also require long and intensive periods of rehab until the patient is whole again. In some cases, the injury victim is never fully recovered. The need to pay for all of the medical bills and cost of suffering is high. So it requires the skill of a specialized attorney.

Attorneys Know How to Handle Truck Accidents.

Semi Pathway Wrecks HappenAn attorney specialized in the fields of train and truck accidents, such as one from the Ehline Law Firm is versed in how to handle such an accident. They have experience dealing with similar cases and have won hundreds in and out of court for injury victims, netting them millions.

They understand the need for qualified medical care and the means to pay for it and the cost of non-economic damages. There are many moving factors at play, including lost wages, pain and suffering, humiliating scars, and loss of affection from a loved one.

Attorneys Force Insurance Companies to Pay Up.

Couple that with an insurance company that doesn’t want to honor its policy or a truck or train operator that is acting recklessly, the need for a skilled attorney is apparent. Ehline Law’s attorneys have seen it all and have built up a reputation as some of California’s best litigators.

Their skill in and out of the court has earned the badge of ‘no better friend, no worse enemy’ among those involved in negligent injury cases. They’ll come to you anywhere in Southern California to hear your case 24 hours a day. Contact us today for more information.

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