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Best Truck Accident Lawyers in Santa Monica

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Monica Truck Accident Lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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8484 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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5.0 (9)
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5.0 (5)

Why choose this provider?

Golden Gate Legal advocates for individuals who have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another person or company. The firm serves clients in and around Santa Monica, handling truck accident cases involving drivers or trucking companies who have failed to adhere to intrastate and interstate road safety laws and regulations. The team helps victims and their families recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and general pain and suffering. One of its lawyers, Matthew Bourhis, is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Personal Injury

Attorney Information

Attorney NameBar StatusExperience
Ritsa Gountoumas - FounderActive7 yrs

8484 Wilshire Blvd, #870, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Why choose this provider?

Setareh Law APLC Injury Lawyers safeguards the rights of people in Santa Monica. It offers personalized legal services to individuals who have been hurt in a truck accident. The firm guides clients in navigating the claims process and negotiates with insurance companies and accountable parties to help them pursue monetary compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Its principal partner, Daniel Setareh, has been practicing personal injury law for over 15 years.

  • Personal Injury

1875 Century Park East, Suite 1860, Century City, CA 90067

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4.8 (70)
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5.0 (1)

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Sunset West Legal Group provides aggressive representation for the injured residents of Santa Monica. It helps individuals injured in semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents recover compensatory damages for their injuries and losses. The firm handles personal injury cases stemming from Uber/Lyft accidents, dog bites, and wrongful death. Payton Kashani, the firm's founder, represents clients in state and federal courts. He has made it his mission to help injured individuals get their lives back from traumatic events through compassionate representation.

  • Personal Injury
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FAQs

  • What does a truck accident attorney do?

    A truck accident lawyer is a personal injury attorney specializing in truck accidents. These lawyers help their clients navigate the legally complex terrain of truck accident law by gathering evidence, sending demand letters, negotiating with insurance companies, and preparing the case for trial.In most cases, they are personal injury lawyers who specialize in this particular type of claim.

  • Who can be sued in a truck accident case?

    Truck accident liability is a notoriously complex area. In car accidents, liability is typically shared by one or more drivers, but that’s not always the case with truck collisions. These are just a few of the parties that may be responsible for truck accidents and subsequent injuries:

    • Equipment owners, including leasing companies
    • Truck drivers who are reckless, intoxicated, or make mistakes
    • Trucking companies accountable for hiring and keeping records
    • Maintenance providers who are negligent or fail to perform routine tasks
    • Loading personnel in accidents caused by shifting loads
    • Third-party drivers, especially in multi-vehicle collisions
    • Equipment manufacturers that sell defective parts
  • What do I need to know about truck accident cases in court?

    In truck accident cases, as in all personal injury cases, the burden of proof rests on the plaintiff or party filing the lawsuit. To prevail in court, the plaintiff must prove four things:

    • The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, such as having a legal responsibility to hire qualified drivers and maintain safe equipment.
    • In negligence claims, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached this duty.
    • The plaintiff must show that they suffered damages or experienced harm.
    • Finally, the plaintiff must prove that these losses were a direct result of the defendant’s breach.

  • What are the common causes of truck accidents?

    Driver error is the single most common cause of motor vehicle accidents, but a variety of factors come into play on busy highways and secondary roads. Other potential causes of truck accidents include the following:

    • Inadequate or improper driver training
    • Severe weather, including rain, sleet, ice, and fog
    • Dangerous roadways, potholes, and construction zones
    • Improper loading, excess weight, and shifting cargo
    • Reckless driving involving intoxication or distractions
    • Faulty equipment, such as failing brakes

  • Can I sue if I was hit by a truck owned by a big company?

    Yes, all trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers and maintaining safe equipment. However, a lengthy investigation may be required to document the scene, establish contributing factors, and hold the company responsible. Personal injury attorneys generally focus on the following points during the investigation:

    • Checking the truck driver’s record
    • Securing phone records to prove distracted driving
    • Photographing skid marks and road conditions
    • Verifying the truck’s weight and maintenance history
    • Establishing the driver’s physical and mental health
    • Reviewing logbooks to identify times of service violations
    • Checking for previous violations to establish a pattern of misconduct

  • How many semi truck accidents are there per year?

    In the U.S., it's estimated that there are 500,000 large truck accidents per year with an average of nearly 1,400 per day, according to data collected from police reports. Of those 500,000 accidents, approximately 4,000 result in a death. The majority of semi truck accidents are caused by mechanical defects and driver fatigue.

  • Can I sue for being hit by a semi truck?

    If you have been injured in an accident with a semi truck that is not your fault, you are entitled to compensation for the damages to your vehicle as well as for your medical bills, time missed from work, and other damages suffered. You can sue if the person or company refuses to offer fair compensation.