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We Are Here To Help You With Your Trucking Accident.

The trucking industry plays a vital role in the American supply chain. Without these big rigs and individuals ready and willing to drive them, our lives would be much different. Although most truck drivers operate their trucks carefully and safely, others do not. Instead of contributing positively to society, they severely injure or even kill innocent motorists. If you or a loved one became the victim of a truck accident, you need well-versed Santa Ana truck accident lawyers to advocate for you. 

Truck accidents have been on the rise over the last several years. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 11 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2017 occurred in large truck crashes. Truck drivers and trucking companies, as well as other parties, must be held accountable for the damages they cause.  One way to do this is to hire a dedicated Santa Ana truck accident attorney to handle your case after you are injured in a truck accident.

California Truck Accident Statute of Limitations

It can take months or even years to physically and emotionally recover from a truck accident if you are even able to recover fully. Your recovery should be your top priority, but if you intend to seek compensation for your damages, it is imperative that you know there is a deadline to do so. Under California laws, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury case. 

If you or your Santa Ana truck accident attorneys do not file a lawsuit within those two years, you have no legal standing to receive compensation for your injuries under civil law. Missing this deadline could be extremely detrimental to your physical and financial health. It is best to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Trucks are large unique vehicles that are meant to efficiently carry loads of goods and items across the country. While they are good at doing this, the features that allow them to perform their tasks also make them more dangerous on California roadways. Trucks weigh much more than the average vehicle you encounter on the road, which makes them more difficult and slower to stop, as well as increasing the damage they can cause upon impact. In addition, if they are not loaded correctly, the shifting or sliding of their cargo can cause an accident.

A big rig can weigh more than 30,000 pounds, making it no match for the average car weighing 4,000 pounds. Their immense weight makes it more difficult for them to stop quickly and causes a harder impact. Truck drivers are also up higher from the ground than drivers of other vehicles are, giving them some added protection in accidents. While sometimes accidents occur that could not have been prevented or mitigated, the vast majority of trucking accidents are caused by driver error or negligence. The most common contributing factors leading up to a semi-truck accident are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Speeding and overtaking
  • Inadequate training and truck maintenance
  • Improper cargo loading

By using many different pieces of evidence, including police reports, truck maintenance reports, and witness statements, your Santa Ana truck accident lawyers can pinpoint the cause of your truck accident. Once they know what caused the accident, they can show how the truck driver was negligent. Their negligence must be proven; otherwise, you will not get a fair settlement or court award.

Other causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Lack of maintenance and safety inspections
  • Dangerous road and weather conditions

In many scenarios, the negligence of the driver or the trucking company causes a crash. The truck driver and the trucking company owe a duty of care to other drivers on the road. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, for example, by speeding on icy roads or not providing routine maintenance to the truck, they could be held liable for your damages in an accident. A seasoned truck accident lawyer in Santa Ana could help you file a claim for your injuries in the accident.

Who is Liable for my Truck Accident?

Vehicle crashes, especially those involving trucks, can be complicated when it comes to determining who is at fault. By working with an experienced Santa Ana truck accident lawyer, you could seek damages from the parties who are to blame for your accident. It is part of an attorney’s job to determine who is liable and to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the correct parties.

Liability may depend on if the truck driver was working independently and owns the truck or if they are employed by a company or leasing their truck. If another company is involved, they could be at fault as well. Other parties who might be defendants in a truck accident lawsuit include:

  • Additional drivers on the road
  • Government entities responsible for the condition of the roadways or lights and signs
  • The manufacturer of the truck or its parts

Turn to a Skilled Truck Accident Attorney in Santa Ana for Help

After a truck accident, many injured individuals do not know where to turn. For help recovering your economic and noneconomic losses, turn to us. Our experienced staff understands that this is a problematic and uncertain time of life. We are here to help lighten this burden.

Truck accidents are known for causing severe injury or fatalities. If you were in a truck accident or you lost a loved one as a result of truck accident injuries, you might not know where to turn. When it comes to receiving the compensation you deserve for your injuries, look no further than our skilled Santa Ana truck accident attorneys. We know how devastating these injuries can be, and we are committing to helping those who are impacted. Schedule your no-obligation truck accident case consultation today by calling Hess & Nghiem at (657) 333-5726 or connect with them online. At Hess & Nghiem, we are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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    5 stars from start to finish. I was introduced to Phil because I realized that after doing physical therapy after my accident, my med pay was going to run out. I was still in a lot of pain and still needed to be treated.
    He treated me like I was his only client and ensured that I received the medical treatment I needed. He’s super knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. Phil is very accommodating and is willing to work on your terms/time – he even helped me when he was out of town.
    I’m walking away with more than the numbers he promised. Thank you Phil for everything that you’ve done.

    Phil is an amazing attorney and I would highly recommend him to all my friends and family.

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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar.
    Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did.
    Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected.  Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

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    Phil is a great attorney. Very sharp, responsive and will keep you informed through your entire case.  I was involved in a car accident and with a pre-existing condition made my case difficult to prove.  Phil was very experienced and professional in helping me get a favorable outcome.  I would highly recommend Phil to anyone looking for an attorney that will fight for you until the very end. Thanks again Phil!

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    When working with lawyers you just never know who to trust but from my experience, you can trust Phil! He made time to meet with me face to face right after my accident and was very detail oriented. He was always available to answer all of my questions. He had my best interest at heart and went above and beyond his duties. I would definitely recommend his services to any of my friends and family.

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    Phil picked up my case when my previous lawyer went m.i.a on me. Phil took care of me by sending me to specialist to help on my lower back l4,l5 s1 and my shoulder dislocation and torn rotor cuff. He was always contacting me asking how’s my therapy and his assistants made contact via email and called. I’m very greatfull to have been recommended to him. He settled my case to what we agreed was great since he took the case before the 2yrs. I would recommend this firm to anyone in a heart beat.

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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar. Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did. Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected. Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

    Rudy G.
    Bar Assault
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    Not backing down, Phil and Ed pressed forward and never once compromised our position. After the insurance company kept increasing their offer and wanting us to negotiate, Phil and Ed refused to relent and accept anything less than what we initially asked. Basically, their response each time to the insurance company was pay our original demand or we are going to trial. It worked! Eventually, after bidding against themselves, the insurance company finally offered to pay the original amount we wanted. I couldn’t be more impressed with the way Phil and Ed handled my case. They really stood up for me and took on a case that was by no means a simple one. Thanks again fellas!

    Mark W.
    Personal Injury
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    I can’t say enough great things about Phil Nghiem. He was on my case from the minute I called him. He got things handled from day one immediately and made me feel supported and taken care of. His office staff was the same way, replied to every email immediately and addressed all of my concerns. I got into a car accident and called him, and I am SO GLAD I did. He got me the compensation I was entitled to and fought for me and my well being the whole way through. He took are of everything so that I just had to worry about getting my health back. He and his staff really care about YOU and do not treat you like another name in the book. They help you step by step and always keep you in the loop. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this excruciating ordeal.

    Kahiwalani M.
    Personal Injury
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    I’d like to start off by saying that Phil is incredibly passionate about what he does, he’s very kind-hearted, and he genuinely cares for his clients. I was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle with no insurance. Given the circumstances of my car accident, Phil was able to negotiate an incredible sum to be paid out by my insurance. It made my day when he was able to share the news. Most attorneys would have settled earlier in the case for significantly less. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and the end of my investigation was a success. Thank you again Phil, I am eternally grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.

    PS. Phil’s office is quite the drive for me, but he’s very accommodating and we managed to make things work with EASE. So don’t hesitate to contact him regardless of where you’re from because he’ll take care of you.

    Shawn N.
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    I was involved in a rear end accident and was referred to Phil from my chiropractor. Honestly I was nervous to take on an attorney because I was already overwhelmed by everything involving the accident but Phil really put me at ease. He took the time to explain things to me in a way I could understand and wasn’t pushy at all for me to hire him. I’m really glad I chose Phil because I literally didn’t have to worry about anything after that meeting. He set me up with one of his associates named Bri and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had questions. On top of that they worked hard to reduce my other fees and got me a nice settlement too! I’m thankful for all the help they provided and will definitely use them again if I ever need it.

    Yen P.
    Car Accident
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    I’m so glad I hired Phil to help me after my car crash. My car was totaled after a driver ran a red light and struck me. For days, I didn’t have a car to get to work and school. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney and eventually found Phil. He immediately got to work. My accident happened at an intersection where there was a restaurant. Phil personally went out to the restaurant and obtained video footage that captured the crash showing that I was not at-fault. I couldn’t believe that he actually did this. He then helped me get into a rental and get medical treatment. I am completely satisfied with Phil. He truly went above and beyond to get me through this difficult time in my life.

    Richard B.
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