The Mason Law Firm | Truck Accident Attorneys | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

Statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, reveals that in 2005, accidents involving large trucks resulted in  5,212 fatalities.  Here is some more statistics to ponder:

The legal weight for an 18 wheeler in the U.S., without an oversize or overweight permit, is 80,000 lbs. (i.e. 40 tons).  In comparison, the average passenger vehicle weighs somewhere around 5,000 lbs.  Because of this enormous difference in weight, occupants of passenger vehicles are more likely to suffer serious injuries in accidents involving passenger vehicles and large trucks.

What are some of the potential causes of accidents between a large truck and passenger vehicle?

1.   Driving too fast and/or too close.

The length of time for an 18 wheeler to stop is generally 40% greater than that of a passenger vehicle.  This estimate may change depending on the weight of truck’s load, the road conditions and whether or not the truck is bobtailing (no trailer attached).  If a truck is driving too fast for the road or weather conditions, it can cause a major accident if traffic in front of it suddenly stops.  Similarly, if a truck driver is driving too close to the vehicle in front of him and the vehicle stops, then the truck may not have sufficient time or distance to stop before striking the passenger vehicle.

2.    Driver Fatigue.

According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must keep a log, showing his hours of operation and their off-duty hours.  So, a long-haul truck driver  is generally allowed to drive up to 11 hours in a 14 hour time period, which cannot be extended with time off for meals and fuel stops.  At the end of the 14 hour time period, the driver must take at least a 10 hour break, regardless of the number of miles he has driven.  After the 10 hour break, he can resume driving his truck.

Furthermore, a truck driver may not drive after 60 hours of on-duty driving in a 7 day (consecutive) period.  He can resume his on-duty driving after taking at least 34 consecutive hours off.  These laws were put into place to reduce driver fatigue.

3.    Load Shift.

Sometime, a load on a truck is not tied down properly.  As a result, it shifts during transport and the weight of the load can cause the truck driver to lose control of his truck.

Legal Rights of Victims

Victims of truck accidents generally suffer serious injuries.  Due to the severity of such injuries, it is very important to contact an attorney familiar with truck accidents.

We, at The Mason Law Firm Truck Accident Attorneys, are very familiar with truck accidents and the type of injuries that can result from such accidents.  The Mason Law Firm is managed by Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian, whom, as a former insurance defense attorney, defended truck drivers involved in major accidents.  Hence, he is very familiar with truck accidents, ranging from T-bone collisions, to side-swipe collisions to rear-end collisions.

Additionally, he has litigated truck accidents all throughout California, including, but not limited to, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Palm Springs/Indio area.

Truck Accident Attorney Mason Rashtian has an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubble – the highest rating an accident attorney can achieve in the fields of legal ability and ethical standards.  If you have been injured in a truck accident, please give The Mason Law Firm a call.  We will evaluate your case and educate you as to your options.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.  Please visit our website at

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The Mason Law Firm has 3 convenient locations:

Santa Clarita Valley

27240 Turnberry Ln, #200, Valencia, CA 91355
Tel: (661) 362-0805


3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 533-1671

San Fernando Valley

15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 533-1671

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The Mason Law Firm | It Is Important to Sue Multiple Parties In a Personal Injury Action | Personal Injury Attorney | Mason Rashtian

What is a personal injury action?  A personal injury action refers to any incident where someone suffers physical and/or emotional injuries.  Classic examples of personal injury actions include:

  • Accidents (car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and construction);
  • Slip and falls;
  • Dog bites and animal attacks;
  • Electrocutions;
  • Burn Injuries;
  • Food poisoning and
  • Defective products.

If you are involved in a personal injury incident and are in need of filing a lawsuit, be sure that you file your lawsuit against as many defendants as possible.

For example, you are the lead car involved in a three car accident.  In the accident, your vehicle (identified as vehicle 3) first gets hit from behind by the middle car (identified as vehicle 2).  Then, the middle car (vehicle 2) is struck from behind by another vehicle (identified as vehicle 1) and pushed into your vehicle a second time.  You are injured in the accident and need to file a lawsuit.  Under this scenario, you should file your lawsuit against both the middle vehicle (vehicle 2) and the vehicle behind him (vehicle 1).

Why?  First, you need to protect yourself for liability purposes.  If you sue only one of the two drivers, then he or she will simply deflect liability by blaming the other driver not named in the lawsuit.  This is typically called the “empty chair” defense.

Next, you need to protect yourself on the issue of damages by maximizing your chances of recovery.  What if you sue the driver of the middle car (vehicle 2) only, but that driver only carried a minimal policy of $15,000 and your injuries exceed that amount?  If you sue both vehicles, then you can go after both vehicle 1 and vehicle 2 to recover for your injuries.

Disclaimer:  This article is brought to you by Mason Rashtian of The Mason Law Firm.  This article is only for informational purposes and not meant to serve as legal advice.

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