Large truck accidents injure or kill thousands of people each year. Many truck accidents are caused by truck driver error. Trucking companies may also be liable for accidents if the company is negligent or guilty of wrongdoing. However, truck accident cases are complex. These types of cases required the assistance of experienced California truck accident attorneys.
Why are Truck Accident Cases More Complex Than Car Accidents?
There are several reasons why truck accident cases involving commercial vehicles, 18-wheelers, big rigs, and tractor-trailers are complex. Truck accident cases are more complicated because:
- The injuries in truck accidents generally involve catastrophic, life-threatening injuries that can result in permanent impairments and disabilities. The damages and losses can be significantly higher in truck accident cases because of the severity of the injuries.
- The fault for the truck crash can be difficult to determine and prove. Many large truck accidents involve multiple vehicles. These cases often require experts and engineers to determine how the crash occurred and locate evidence to prove fault.
- Liability is another complicated issue in truck accident cases. The truck driver may be at fault for the crash, but the trucking company, a loader, or shipper may also have some liability. Also, ownership of the vehicle can impact liability. Some drivers are owner-operators while other drivers may operate trucks owned by the company. These issues can complicate liability in a truck accident claim.
- Trucking regulations and laws complicate a case. There are rules for how many hours a truck driver may drive between rest periods as well as rules for load weights. Trucks are heavily regulated in almost every aspect. An attorney needs to understand the laws and regulations and how to use them to the client’s advantage.
- Trucking companies and insurance providers aggressively fight truck accident claims. The insurance companies often have teams of investigators, adjusters, and attorneys to minimize their liability for a crash.
- Evidence can also be an issue in these cases. The data from the truck’s black box, records from the trucking company, and other evidence can disappear if steps are not taken to retrieve and preserve the evidence.
Steps We Take to Protect Truck Accident Victims
Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys begin working immediately to gather and secure evidence in a truck accident case. We notify the truck owner and trucking company to preserve data, records, and information related to the truck, the driver, and the accident. We request copies of all information immediately. We also begin gathering other evidence, such as the police report, accident report, eyewitness statements, video evidence, and physical evidence.
In many cases, we employ experts to assist in the accident investigation. Commercial vehicles are complex machines. Having experts involved in the accident investigation is often necessary to determine fault. Our legal team continues to work to identify the liable parties and begin to gather medical records and other evidence of your physical and financial damages.
Our attorneys analyze federal trucking regulations and laws, as well as case laws and statutes that apply to your case. We work with your physicians to determine the severity and extent of your injuries, including any disabilities or impairments. We may consult financial and economic experts to help estimate the future costs of medical care, personal care, and loss of income to maximize the value of your claim.
Contact Our California Truck Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Review
Our California truck accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims and their families fight for fair compensation after a truck accident. We utilize our skills, experience, and resources to protect your best interests. Contact us today if you were injured in a truck accident.