Trucks, whether small as a pick up track or large as an 18-wheeler, are some of the most dangerous machines on the road. Whenever there is a truck-involved collision, the person hit often sustains significant injuries. Fortunately, we at Car Accident Hotline stand ready and able to obtain the maximum compensation for victim of a truck-involved collision.
Truck accidents can occur to due pure error by the truck driver, slippery roads, driving at an excess speed, being inattentive to blind spots, and/or failing to properly maintain the truck so that it is safe for public use (for example, failing to maintain the tires, which results in a blowout, or failing to get the breaks checked, which results in break failure). When a truck breaks too hard, the other impacted vehicle may go under the truck. Similarly, when a truck rollover occurs, the risk to other vehicles and potentially pedestrians is high. Because of the grave danger that accompanies the operation of a truck, California and federal laws and regulations exist that specifically apply to trucks; these regulate weight of commercial trucks, licensure, training, sleep hours, and the like.
The attorneys at Car Accident Hotline are abreast of the applicable laws and regulations, and they can readily determine when a violation occurs. Truck accident can be very complicated and require the immediate attention of an experienced lawyer who will stand up against trucking companies or their insurance carries, who typically have unlimited resources. These unlimited resources include teams of lawyers and experts who are prepared to fight against any lawsuit filed as a result of an accident involving the truck. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you retain an experienced attorney to handle your case.
Here are some common questions about trucking accidents:
I was in an accident involving a truck. What should I do next?
A quick checklist of things to do after a pedestrian accident:
- Write down as much information as possible about the accident.
- Scan your vicinity. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact info.
- Gather and preserve evidence. This includes any photos or videos at the scene of the accident, the torn and bloody clothing you were wearing, or a medical journal detailing your physical injuries and pain.
- Get immediate medical treatment. This is important for your well-being and to document the physical trauma you have suffered.
- Contact an experienced injury attorney to immediately begin your claim.
Are trucking-involved accidents treated like a common accident between two cars?
An accident involving a truck should not be treated the same as a crash between two motor vehicles. The impact from a truck against a pedestrian, a bicyclist or the driver of a motor vehicle can be significant. As a result, the injured party is more likely sustain significant injuries or death in a collision. The injuries are often catastrophic and require more financial resources for the victim to recover or resume life as normally as possible.
individuals hurt in a trucking accident can obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, truck companies and their insurance carriers fight hard against paying the full amount that the injured victim is entitled to. This is why a personal injury lawsuit is often necessary to put the financial burden on the shoulders of the at-fault party or their insurance company.
I was injured in a hit-and-run. What should I do?
Call the police immediately. The police will arrive at the scene, investigate and create a report. Provide as much information as possible about the offending truck, including the make, model, color and license plate. You should then hire an experienced attorney to conduct a thorough investigation of the scene of the accident, and determine if there are any clues that can lead to the hit-and-run driver. Normally, trucks that are larger and easier to “catch” following a -hit-and-run; thus, any signs the injured party should try, to the best of his/her ability, to spot any signs that could identify that truck.
I was hit by a truck, but I don't think I suffered any major injuries because the truck was moving slow. What should I do?
It is common for severe injuries to first manifest hours or days after the accident. Inflammation/swelling can create a lot of pain and cause the victim to seek bed rest. You need to get checked out by a medical doctor.
An experienced attorney will help you protect your legal rights, such as negotiating with the insurance company or filing a timely lawsuit.
What should I do if someone from the trucking company (or their insurance carrier) calls me before I retained a truck accident lawyer?
Do not agree to make a recorded statement to the trucking company or their insurance carrier. Do not sign any forms sent to you by the trucking company and/or their insurance carrier. Immediately contact an experienced attorney like the attorneys at Car Accident Hotline.
What damages are recoverable in a truck accident?
In seeking a claim for injuries as a result of a trucking accident, the goal is to place the entire financial burden of an injury or death on at-fault party. Injured parties can be compensated for the following:
- Medical bills
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Resulting disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Additional damages may be available depending on the unique circumstances of the case. In some instances, loss of enjoyment life or loss of consortium may apply and entitle the victim to further compensation.
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