Truck Accident CausesTruck accidents can happen for many of the same reasons that car accidents can. Drivers may speed, tailgate, text while driving, run red lights and stop signs, and overall ignore right of way laws on the road. They may simply be careless while behind the wheel, which can place themselves and other drivers at great risk of injury. There are some causes of truck accidents that are more unique, however; they are:
- Improper weight distribution of materials in trailers, which can cause the trailers to swerve and fishtail
- Improper loading or uncovered beds with materials in them
- Lack of wide load signs or warnings about turns on the trucks, which can cause drivers to be too close
- Trailer failure, which may happen when the container is not properly hitched and can fall off
- Driver fatigue, which often occurs after truck drivers have been on the road delivering items for hours at a time
- Truck defects, such as blown or shredded tires, brake failure, and more
Procedure after a Truck AccidentYou should be sure to follow these steps if you were involved in a truck accident. It can be confusing for victims, especially if you were injured. You should not leave the scene of the accident and you should not hesitate to get medical help. If you do wait too long, the insurance agent can claim that you were hurt elsewhere or that you were not as injured as you claimed. This can greatly damage your claim and result in a longer or more difficult fight than is necessary.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.You should follow these steps after a truck accident:
- Get medical attention at once
- Hold on to your medical receipts and doctor’s notes
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Photograph the damage to your vehicle and to the truck
- Take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident, especially if there is surveillance footage or dashboard camera film
- Interview passengers or eyewitnesses so you can get their testimonies on what happened
- Request a copy of the police report if law enforcement showed up to direct traffic, clear the street, and conduct an investigation; the report will be available at the station after it has been finalized and submitted
- File a report with the truck driver’s company to let them know that an accident happened
- Write down the truck driver’s personal information, contact details, insurance details, company information, and more
Compensation from a Truck Accident LawsuitThose who have been hurt in truck accidents should be awarded the maximum compensation available under the law. It is only fair that the truck driver or truck driver’s company pay for the damages caused by the accident. The injuries you suffered could be extensive, and if you are unable to work or earn money, your expenses could quickly add up with no way for you to pay them off. We will strive to bring you the maximum settlement available, including coverage for the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, medication, and more
- Lost income from the past and future
- Property damage for your personal belongings, vehicle damage, lost items, repair costs, and more
- Pain and suffering for anxiety, PTSD, fear, emotional trauma, and other types of psychological suffering
Statute of Limitations on Truck AccidentsIn California, you have a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim against the responsible party for injuries sustained in an accident. If you do not file a claim within that time period, you will be legally barred from pursuing compensation and won’t be able to win anything. You should try to sue as quickly as possible once you have all your evidence. Memories will be clearer and the expenses won’t be partially paid. You will also not be in danger of missing a deadline. There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations, though. Minors who were involved in truck accidents do not have to adhere to the statute of limitations until they turn 18 years old, since those underage cannot legally sue.
Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.Further, individuals who were left physically or mentally incapable of filing a claim can wait until they return to normalcy before they sue, which may take some time. The defendant must also be present in the state if you wish to sue him; if he leaves, the statute will be suspended until he returns. If you are uncertain if you are eligible for any exceptions to the statute of limitations or if you do not know when your deadline is, you can reach out to our La Puente truck accident attorneys for more assistance. We will gladly help you determine the time left for your case, and we will even file everything for you if you hire us to represent you.
Free Second OpinionMany times, individuals call us asking for our advice about their cases because they are not sure if their current attorneys are doing all they can to win their claims for them. The lawyers may not be giving them any updates or they may be pressuring them to accept a laughably small amount of money. Sadly, this is common in the legal world. Attorneys will simply take on many cases and try to settle them in a rapid fashion so as to collect their checks quickly, while the victims suffer more from a lack of proper funds. We believe this is an act of bad faith and is greatly damaging to victims’ lives. If you want a free second opinion on your case, call our truck accident lawyers in La Puente. We will tell you if we believe your current attorney is doing everything in his power to win your case or if he is slacking off. If you wish to switch firms, we will make the process smooth and effortless. You deserve an attorney who puts you first and who will dedicate himself to you and your case.
Call (213) 389-3765 to schedule a free legal consultation.