California crops feed the entire nation and it’s a responsibility local farmers take very seriously. The nearly year-round agricultural industry means that fruits, vegetables, and grains are shipping out 24/7. Farms and orchards send big rig fruit trucks large and small out on local freeways and rural highways in a constant stream.
These sometimes enormous vehicles can take up a large portion of their lanes and yours. Unfortunately, a veer out of a lane or a truck driver hitting the brakes too late can put you and your family in danger. A fully-loaded truck can not only spill its load, but it can collide with other vehicles and cause major damage and injuries.
You may have been put in a vulnerable situation by a fruit truck driver’s mistake. It’s time to ask for injury support from the driver’s commercial insurance, but is that the only insurance claim you should file?
Take Advantage of a Risk-Free Consultation After a California Fruit Truck Accident
The fact is, you may have several insurance policies to draw from if you’ve been injured by a truck driver representing a trucking company or farm. Fruit truck drivers represent their employers and after an accident, there may be a local or national company that should be providing you with help.
You can find out what your injury may be worth and how many parties should be held liable by taking advantage of a free case evaluation. Maison Law provides these evaluations to every truck accident victim.
You’ll find out how to demand what’s fair from one or more insurance companies. If you need our services you should know that you won’t need any upfront money. We don’t charge you unless we win your case.
Fruit Truck Accident Dangers on California Highways
Fruit and vegetables are transported in many different types of trucks, but these vehicles are almost always bigger than your car or SUV. They also carry heavy cargo and truck drivers must take extra care to stay in control of these big loads.
That legal “duty of care” big rig drivers must observe when traveling in such potentially dangerous trucks is vital to every traveler’s safety. These large, heavy vehicles can carry added force into any impact. If your car, SUV, or motorcycle is struck, there’s also a chance your vehicle will end up underneath a higher-riding truck. Wide fruit trucks can also threaten pedestrians and cyclists along the roadway.
It’s also a frightening prospect to see a tractor-trailer full of produce pull across a highway in front of you. That produce may be in uncovered trailers, in heavy-duty cardboard boxes on pallets, or packed into a loaded down box truck. Those loads can be easily lost.
No matter how well they are secured, it’s never a given that a load won’t come tumbling down to pose a hazard to your vehicle. A load can also shift and send a big rig over on its side just feet in front of you.
Seeking Insurance Support After a Big Rig Accident
Your journey through recovery will be affected by the difficulty or ease with which you are able to secure insurance support. You’ll need assistance with every hospital bill and rehabilitation session fee you collect. You’ll also be missing valuable time at work and forfeiting paychecks at a time when you can’t afford to lose any income.
You’ll want to file an insurance claim against the at-fault party involved in your California Fruit Truck personal injury accident. But who can be held liable?
The big rig driver may have commercial trucking insurance. Or, if the vehicle is just a pick-up truck, they may simply have normal auto insurance. You can file a claim with these policies, but when a serious injury is involved, you are more likely to hit the insurance policy’s limits before you have all of your expenses paid.
The driver may work for a trucking company or a farm or an agricultural corporation. These companies may also have liability insurance for their employees. You should also include these insurance policies in any insurance claims you file.
There may be other parties who could have to contribute to your recovery, such as the manufacturer of a transport vehicle that malfunctions and causes an accident.
Your truck accident attorney would go over every detail of your accident to determine exactly where your insurance claims should be directed. Every piece of evidence is valuable when trying to convince insurance companies that their policyholders are fully liable for your pain.
What to Do After a California Car Accident Involving a Fruit Truck
The process of gathering evidence to hold an insurance provider accountable begins in the moments after your accident.
After a potentially devastating accident involving a fruit truck, you may be in no shape to take action on the scene. However, if you are physically up to it, try to grab a few important items that could prove to be powerful evidence in insurance negotiations.
These are just a few of the details to make sure to secure on the scene:
- See to everyone’s safety. If your vehicle is at risk of additional potential collisions try to get out of the way if possible.
- Call for Police and Paramedics. Let paramedics check out every injury. Go to the hospital if necessary. Allow police to write up a collision report and give them every detail you can remember. Including if the fruit truck driver was acting carelessly or recklessly before the impact. This report will be valuable evidence.
- Take photos. Show damage to vehicles. Show skid marks and the paths the vehicles were on before the collision. Show lane markings, traffic lights, and other signs. Take pictures of the big rig’s tires and tail lights. Show any signs or logos indicating the trucking company or farm the truck is from. If you have to leave the scene, ask someone with you or a helpful witness to take photos for you.
- Get information from witnesses on the scene. Talk to them about what they saw and find out how your California personal injury lawyer can contact them.
- Swap information with the produce truck driver. Know that what you say could be used against you later. Don’t make any statements about accident fault or how badly you are injured. You don’t need to concern yourself with these questions at the moment.
- Schedule a doctor’s appointment. Get all injuries documented, especially any pain that arises in the days after an accident. Save all medical invoices.
Contact a California Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member are seriously hurt in a fruit truck accident, consult with a California Truck Accident Attorney as soon as possible. There are benefits available to you and your family that insurance companies won’t be informing you of.
Attorney Martin Gasparian offers a free and confidential case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian works hard to make sure clients are allowed to rebuild their lives without worrying over hospital bills and lost paychecks.
A free case evaluation is also available to families who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident caused by a big rig driver. It’s critical that family members are informed of the support available to them after such a tragedy.