Encino Truck Accidents Attorney

Trucks travel at high speeds, and truck drivers do not always drive carefully.  The result? a serious or fatal tractor-trailer accident.  Accident victims and their families face long and difficult recoveries

  • The Castranova Law Offices obtained a large settlement when I was hurt by a drunk driver even though I had no car insurance.
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    Paul Demelo
  • Mr Castranova went to trial on my case and was victorious when the other party tried to wrongfully take my home.
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    Sarah Entz
  • Mr Castranova got my son a generous settlement in court when he was injured in a school ground accident, he can now have a more secure future.
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    Laura Nelson
  • Mr Castranova will fight for you in court. He got me settlement of over $700,000 when the bus company that injured me did not want to compensate me for my injuries.
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    Gale Peterman

At the Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova in Encino, California, we are strong advocates for accident victims. In every case we handle, we work tenaciously to help our clients get medical care and maximum compensation for their losses.

Contact our firm today at 818 817 7778.  In a free consultation, attorney Elia J. Castranova can review your case and explain what our firm can do to help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

Skillful and Determined Representation

Elia J. Castranova will direct a comprehensive legal effort to get results for you.  Because trucking companies and drivers often dispute the cause of accidents, we will carefully investigate how the accident happened, employing a professional accident investigator when necessary.  We will also determine whether the trucking company may be responsible for failing to properly service their vehicle or failed to monitor their driver’s hours.

Mr. Castranova will also pay close attention to the medical needs of the victim, and can arrange for specialized diagnostic tests and medical treatment to be paid for from the proceeds of your settlement or verdict.  The Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova will work diligently to help you obtain maximum compensation for all your losses.

Compassionate Counsel, Aggressive Advocacy

At the Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova, we understand the serious nature of your case.  We will stand with you throughout the entire legal process — offering comfort, providing counsel and doing everything we can to help you through your crisis.  In the legal arena, we will be your strong advocate, seeking full and complete compensation for you.

Contact an Encino Truck Accident Lawyer

For a free consultation with Elia J. Castranova, contact us online or call us at  818 817 7778.

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TRUCK ACCIDENTS

In the case that a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, or an automobile driver is involved in an accident with a “big rig” truck, the results can be devastating.  When you consider the sheer weight and size of a tractor trailer or another large truck in comparison to a person, even a person in a passenger vehicle, it is easy to see the danger present in these accidents.  In these types of truck related accidents injuries are often very severe, including such injuries as fractures, disc bulges, disc herniations, paralysis, and even fatalities.  Truck accident cases require, on the part of the attorney, extensive discovery in documentation that not only is the truck driver or truck company at fault, but perhaps they were negligent in some other way as well.

When these accidents occur and the injuries are severe, the main thing to keep in mind regarding negotiations with the insurance company for trucking companies is that they usually have very high limits, upwards of a million dollars and sometimes virtually no limit at all.  So, it is important when handling severe cases that we not sell your case short by accepting settlements that are far lower than what you would obtain from a jury’s judgment in a court of law.  When facing litigation our office will launch a extensive discovery process.  A common violation involves drivers exceeding maximum allowed driving hours before minimum rest is required, often resulting in driver fatigue, so we would take a look at driver logs.  We will also look at the trucking company’s maintenance records, which are public record and frequently found in online databases, for frequency in servicing including brake maintenance.  Many of these larger trucks have built in computers that will show all performed maintenance.

Frequently when a big rig is involved in an accident, the driver may cause an accident, or side swipe a passenger vehicle without even knowing that it happened, or the driver may refuse to admit that it happened.  So what we have to try to show, because there are not always witnesses, is that there is some other lapse on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.  These same computers through which we discover maintenance history could also provide very valuable information about the accident.  Such facts could including the time in which the breaking began and the time that the impact actually occurred, the speed of the truck before the brakes were applied and the speed of the truck at the time of the collision.  Our firm believes that this information, which can usually be accessed rather easily, can be instrumental in these truck accident cases.  With proper discovery practices and the help of experts in interpreting gathered information we are able to determine if there were any violations in laws or customary industry safety procedures, which could aid tremendously in obtaining the recovery our clients deserve.