A semi-trailer can be more than 70 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In the event of an accident at highway speeds, one of these gigantic machines can do catastrophic damage. That’s why trucks must carry significant insurance.
California requires trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance coverage.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration governs the trucking industry across the United States. Although it has the same minimum limit, it might require even more coverage depending on the type of big rig and trailer an what is being hauled. For example, if a trucker is hauling hazardous materials, it’s likely that a minimum of $1 million in liability coverage will be required.
The Medical Bills from a Big Rig Crash Can Quickly Become Overwhelming
Just about anybody can be injured in a big rig crash. The victim might be a child, a parent, a road construction worker or even a famous comedian. The common thread running through all of these individuals is that the medical costs associated with their injuries could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then, there are the other damages issues like loss of earnings, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement or disability and the like. Fortunately, much like drivers of passenger cars, financially responsible truckers are insured for sums far greater than the minimum required liability coverage.
A Thorough Investigation of the Truck Crash Can Pay Off
Martin Gasparian is a California truck accident lawyer and the principal attorney at Maison Law. He’s acutely aware of the fact that personal injury damages resulting from a truck crash can be overwhelming. In the context of obtaining full and fair compensation for damages, an accident caused by a driver for a smaller trucking company can be problematic. That’s why Maison Law thoroughly investigates all of the circumstances surrounding a truck crash. Aside from the big rig driver, other individuals or entities might share responsibility for the accident. A trucking broker, loading service, mechanical repair service or even a truck manufacturer might also be held responsible for the crash and the injuries. Piece by piece it’s the objective of Maison law to build a solid case in order to obtain the maximum settlement or award that the client deserves.
Contact a California Truck Accident Lawyer.
If you were the victim of a semi-trailer accident, or you lost a family member in such a big rig crash, contact our California truck accident attorney at Maison Law as soon as you can, and you can arrange for a consultation with a truck crash professional at no cost to you whatsoever. You can tell us about how your crash occurred and how it has affected you, your work and your family. We’ll answer your questions and provide you with our opinion on how you should approach matters. If we’re retained to represent you, our objective will be to obtain the largest settlement or award possible.