Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC created this page to specifically assist people hurt by big trucks moving in and out of the Port of Long Beach. With years of valuable experience and large awards granted to his clients by judges, juries and mediators. Ehline is particularly skilled and suited to get you back on track after a big bang up by a commercial rig, such as a Mac, or Peterbuilt truck with balding tires, retreads, or that relies upon the trailer brakes, instead of the rig brakes.
Being involved in an 18 wheeler accident in the LBC, usually results in major injuries, which can include head trauma, spinal cord injuries, paralysis or multiple fractures or broken pelvis. These kinds of tragedies can also result in death from the severity of the injuries. If you or a loved one has been in an 18 wheeler accident in Long Beach and surrounding areas, consulting with a lawyer that is experienced in this type of complex legal suit.
Have You Been Injured?
Were you or a family member injured in a truck accident? If you were consult the truck accident specialists at Ehline Law Firm, PC for a free consultation to evaluate your case and know your legal rights. Ehline Law Firm, PC has represented thousands of clients with successful outcomes in their claims in an assortment of serious and catastrophic claims.
The drivers in Long Beach are at risk daily on the freeways and streets of being involved in a truck collision that result in injury. The port city has roadways that are congested with cars, motorcycles and 18-wheelers. This can mean even when a driver is careful they may not be able to avoid being involved n a collision with one of these large trucks. Collisions with trucks of this size can result in injuries that change the victim’s life. When you or a loved one has been injured in a Long Beach truck accident, it will be beneficial to consult a highly regarded truck accident lawyer as fast as you are able.
The accomplished truck accident attorney has the knowledge necessary to assist in recovery of compensation for the injuries sustained, including medical expense, pain and suffering, and loss of income. The Ehline Law Firm, PC has a history of excellent results in thousands of personal injury case, with many being truck accident claims.
Hiring an attorney, they should be a of good reputation and a skilled truck accident lawyer. Legal representation cannot be delayed, as it can mean missing the deadline to file legal documents, witnesses that can’t remember details or are difficult to locate and it could mean losing essential evidence.
Ehline Law Firm, PC has a stellar record of 98.8 percent recovery in personal injury cases and the year of experience necessary to handle even the most complex cases.
There are actions that can be taken after being involved in a truck collision to protect your rights in the future, including:
- Obtaining medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t feel you have been seriously injured, there are some injuries that take hours, days or weeks to have symptoms.
- Do not admit fault in the accident or even partial fault.
- Notify your insurance company about the accident, but to not provide a recorded statement without consulting your lawyer.
- Retain the services of a qualified lawyer, who specializes in truck accidents, as soon as possible.
- Do not speak to the other party’s insurance company. This should be referred to your lawyer to handle.
- Provide any information, pictures or witness contact information from the scene of the accident to your attorney.
Parties that are Commonly Named in Truck Accident Lawsuits Include:
- Truck drivers.
- Truck owners.
- Employers of the truck driver, when the accident occurs during their work schedule.
- Truck manufactures, when there is a poor design or defective part that contributes or causes the crash.
- Truck mechanics, when there have been improper repairs or there is a known defective part used.
- Government entities charged with maintaining roadways, signs and signals that create a hazard.
Accident claims are pursued against the insurance company of the at-fault party. When the party is underinsured or uninsured it may be possible to file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages, but they will be looking out for their own interests and may not offer a settlement that is fair. If this happens and a fair settlement cannot be reached your lawyer may suggest filing a legal claim against the insurance company.
In some cases truck accident claims can be settled through skilled negotiation or with mediation, however in some cases the only alternative will be to take the lawsuit to trial. When this occurs your lawyer will identify all of the liable parties and proceed to trial. If there is more than one negligent party, this could increase the amount of compensation that is able to be obtained.
A settlement may be reached through negotiation or mediation, however when these fail then it will be necessary to go to court. When taking a lawsuit to trial your lawyer will determine all of the negligent parties and hold them responsible.
The settlement or award of compensation may include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Assisted living services
- Loss of income
- Reduction or loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
In the event that the truck accident results in a fatality the family may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This claim will help the family recover losses for the loss of financial support by the victim, love, companionship and other losses. The estate of the deceased may also file a legal action referred to as a “survivors action” to recover compensation for the victim’s heirs.
If you or a family member has been injured in an collision of this type, the Long Beach truck accident lawyers can assist in protecting your rights and obtaining the recovery you deserve. We offer a free consultation and if you are unable to meet in our offices to discuss your case, we can come to your home, hospital room or rehabilitation facility. Schedule an appointment by calling 888-400-9721 or by using the contact form on the website.