Safe California drivers must already be on the lookout for some of the most careless motorists in the nation. And because California farms provide so much of the nation’s food supply and manufacturers provide so much tech and other goods, local drivers must also be wary of huge trucks on the roads day or night.
Drivers of giant delivery vehicles taking up half your lane may not properly look when they turn in front of you or come over on you to squeeze you off the road. You may be sent into a collision and get seriously hurt.
Assisting Victims After Truck Accidents in California
Once you find you’re okay and stabilized, you’ll want to talk to a California Lawyer with Maison Law to make sure you have everything you need to recover. A collision with a truck may involve the truck’s insurance provider or the insurance firm for the company that hired the driver. Your accident case may even involve a team of lawyers for the national corporation.
Don’t jeopardize your fair compensation in an accident you didn’t cause. Contact us for a free discussion about your case to determine just what you’ll need to make sure you’re able to heal with the help of the best medical care and get your life back on track.
Truck Accident Dangers in California
California’s fertile soil feeds the nation and the world. The manufacturing sector ships out cars, home goods, and hi-tech products across the globe. Those vital industries are great for the economy and provide jobs for millions of people.
California is a great place to live and work, but drivers do have to drive defensively around all of the giant trucks, semis, tankers, and farm equipment that can appear on our backroads and highways. They haul in and out of the state 24 hours a day.
If you’re driving to work in your car or SUV you might feel like you’re constantly dodging giants on the road. One mistake by a tired truck driver can have devastating results for the smaller vehicles on the road.
These are just a few of the dangers large trucks and shipping vehicles can pose to everyday drivers:
- Speeding Trucks: Loaded-down trucks may be going the same speed as the cars and motorcycles around them, but their weight can make them much harder to slow down and stop. Rain and ice can make these sudden stops even scarier if you’re in a truck’s path.
- Exhausted or Sleeping Truck Drivers: Truck drivers are subject to strict laws about how long they can continuously drive. There are ways to break these rules. Drivers can be on the roads when they aren’t fit for work.
- DUI Truck Drivers: Drivers can turn to alcohol or drugs to get them through their trips. They can suddenly begin to travel recklessly and lose control of their giant trucks. They may also be taking pills to keep them alert and awake, but these supplements can lead to problems too.
- Distracted Drivers: Just like any other driver, truck drivers get bored and can turn to a cell phone or a computer for entertainment. Some drivers can even watch movies as they travel. These distractions can prove deadly for any motorists who take their eyes off the road and any occupants in vehicles nearby.
- Mechanical Issues: Tires and brakes can be the biggest maintenance issue. Blowouts and brake failure lead to thousands of dangerous accidents a year. Improperly loaded tractor-trailers can also force a tire blowout or tip a trailer over.
Who Can Be Sued After a Truck Accident in California?
Truck accident cases involving professional drivers can get very complex because there can be so many different parties and insurance providers bearing responsibility.
- Independent Driver — You may have been hit by a local driver who is only covered by his or her personal insurance policy.
- Local Transport Company — Drivers may be working for a smaller, local delivery or shipping company that provides some insurance.
- National Distributor — That local company may be contracted out by a national distributor who works to move goods for large corporations.
- Large Corporations – These national and international companies may have their own in-house network of shippers. Companies like Amazon or Grimmway Farms can rely on their own drivers and also use local trucking companies or drivers when their orders are at overwhelming levels.
- Truck Manufacturer – If there’s a defect with the truck that causes an accident, perhaps there’s been a recall, the maker of the vehicle can also be called upon to provide compensation for their mistake.
One of these parties may be held responsible for your accident, or perhaps all of them depending on the circumstances. And when larger companies get involved, there’s always the chance that corporate lawyers get called in to work against you and try to prove their company isn’t liable for your injuries.
For all of these reasons and more, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer working for you to sort everything out for you while you heal. Sadly, the bigger the company that you must go through to find compensation, the bigger the fight you’ll likely have on your hands. But not to worry, Martin Gasparian, the founder of Maison Law, started his career working for large corporations and uses that inside knowledge to make sure regular people who are in serious need of help don’t get taken advantage of.
Contact a California Truck Accident Lawyer
An attorney representing your injury case can begin investigating and collecting evidence and testimony from your accident immediately. Insurance agents and corporate lawyers may begin to work every angle to try to discredit you and your claim. They may look into your past driving record or medical history to somehow cast doubt on your innocence in your current truck accident case.
These are just tricks to get you frightened enough to accept their lowball offers. That’s why it’s so important to build a strong case before they start to try to undermine you. Once they realize you’ve got an experienced attorney on your side they are much more likely to make you a fair offer that covers all of your medical care now and any needed in the months down the road.
If you are facing a long recovery with a serious injury due to the negligence of the driver of a truck or any large vehicle contact attorney Martin Gasparian as soon as you are able. Mr. Gasparian offers a free, no-obligation appraisal on your case and can determine just how many parties should be held liable for your accident and your pain. With Maison Law, you’ll get honest advice and the personalized attention to detail your case deserves.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of things can I get compensation for after an accident with a commercial truck?
Hospital bills and lost wages at work. The damage to your vehicle. A settlement or courtroom award can also earn victims money for travel to see doctors and counselors. Emotional hardships for you and your family as you all adjust to a new way of life due to a permanent disability or disfigurement.
What if the at-fault driver in my accident also faces criminal charges?
A criminal trial will be separate from your civil lawsuit. Your claim for damages doesn’t have to wait for a criminal trial to resolve. A truck driver may be facing DUI, Hit-And-Run, or other misdemeanor or felony charges, but your civil claim for damages can proceed separately.
Should I trust the insurance representatives that call me?
No. Insurance agents from any of the at-fault parties may call you asking for a statement on what happened. Tell them you won’t make a recorded statement. They are hoping you’ll make a mistake and say something that hurts your claim. Let your attorney handle these calls.