Michael Ehline of ELFPI created this page to assist people hurt by big trucks. These are the large shipping container tractors with trailers moving in and out of the Port of Long Beach, and the city at large.
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ELFPI has years of valuable experience and has won significant awards granted by courts and juries. Because of this, ELFPI has the respect of friend and foe alike.
In fact, the firm has sued in numerous cases including commercial rigs.
We have sued in cases involving:
Getting involved in an 18 wheeler accident in the LBC usually results in major injuries.
Injuries like this can include:
Many truckers use their vehicles as portable parking lots for new and used cars. This helps to get vehicles quickly from the port to the local car dealership. Many are in and out of the port several times a day, stacked upon these large trailers.
But most passenger car occupants are clueless as to the dangers they actually face from big rigs. They don't know what is rolling down the highway in these storage containers. In all events, the trucks themselves have thick, sturdy frames.
Thus, they can easily crush a small car or SUV like an empty aluminum can. Therefore, the chances of killing people inside small vehicles is increased.
Dangers become compounded when considering shippers attempt to save money by skirting safety regulations.
It goes without saying that one should never drift, tailgate or crowd next to a big rig when they are traveling. If a person is injured as a result of a safety violation, or mere negligence, none of this matters. So while you are laying there in the hospital all you want is to get better.
Long Beach has a significant number of railway and flatbed trucks in operation at any given time. This stands it stark contrast to many other California cities.
Coinciding with this is the fact that this port city is home to:
This is just east of Carson. These crowded roads have many cars, motorcycles and freight liners. Traffic phasing problems have occurred near the Long Beach Airport at Signal Hill. Obviously, faulty signals mean a higher risk of an accident. Other high-risk areas include Palm Beach at the intersection of Ocean and Shoreline Drive.
Your dangers become increased when you factor in people:
Recently a person ran the stop sign at Long Beach Aquarium and rear-ended another vehicle. Sometimes trucks will tailgate on these same winding roads and roundabouts. Other times passenger cars and trucks don't signal and make improper turns.
Therefore, even when a less experienced driver is careful, collisions may be unavoidable. Compounding your dangers are that any one of those big trucks could lose control.
Several tons of metal could come crashing down on your car.
What do fire trucks, cargo and military transport trucks have several things in common?
Anyone on the road is a potential truck crash victim. In fact, in the U.S. a traffic accident kills a person every twelve to fifteen minutes.
Roadway collisions with motorized vehicles of this size often result in serious injuries. These injuries can change the victim’s life forever.
When an accident occurs due to a collision with a jack-knifed big rig, serious injuries can become sustained.
Jack-knifing of a big rig occurs when the trailer pivots and the truck and trailer create the shape of a “V.” When this occurs, the container slides across several lanes of traffic.
Thus, it can happen when the truck driver applies the brakes suddenly. The trailer sliding can hit other vehicles on the roadway. Hence, sometimes it results in serious injury or death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says motor vehicle collisions are the number 1 cause of death for Americans ages 8 to 34.
When hiring an attorney, they should be of good reputation and skill. Having a representative who understands the industry jargon is awesome. But even better if they understand the regulations and legalese.
Having a champion to act as your legal sword and shield is of paramount importance. So immediately after a bad wreck, you need an aggressive representative.
Ehline Law Firm has a stellar record when it comes to getting clients money in personal injury cases. ELFPI has multiple years of experience. This is necessary to handle the most complex injury cases.
Accident claims go against the insurance company of the at-fault party. When parties are under insured or uninsured, a person may file claims with their insurance. This is to recover damages. But insurance adjusters will be looking out for their own best interests.
So they may not offer a settlement that is fair. If this happens, lawyers may suggest filing a bad faith action against your insurance.
In some cases resolving truck accident claims happens through skilled negotiation. This is a form of mediation without filing your lawsuit.
Unfortunately, sometimes you can be forced to file a case and maybe to all the way to a jury trial. So if ELFPI can't settle, we make sure and name all known defendants and sue those negligent parties. We go the extra mile to get you paid either way.
But what if your truck accident results in a fatality? Well, in that case, your surviving family may file a wrongful death case in the Long Beach Courthouse. This legal claim will help your surviving family recover for their loss of financial and other support by the passed away victim.
It also helps get you paid back for:
But the estate of the decedent can also file a legal action called a “survivors action.” This would be a claim to recover compensation for the victim’s heirs and for the decedent's own pain, etc.
All of this stuff sound confusing right? But that's ok. Our Long Beach trucking accident lawyers can help to decipher this process for your. ELFPI will assist you in protecting your rights and obtaining the recovery you deserve.
To that end, we offer you a free telephone consultation 24-7. And if you're unable to meet in our offices, we can come to you at no cost to you.
Schedule an appointment by calling (888) 400-9721 or by using the contact form on the ELFPI website now.