Causes of Truck AccidentsTruck accidents can happen for many reasons. There are some issues that truck drivers, like all drivers on the road, suffer from, collectively. For example, truck drivers have the tendency t speed, tailgate, fail to use turn signals, run stop signs and red lights, improperly merge, and ignore right of way laws like many others do. There is the chance that some truck accidents happen due to other parties. For example, many trucks have warnings that say to avoid passing on the right hand side, but drivers do it anyway. This can prevent the driver from adequately seeing the driver, and if he tries to merge, he could run the car off the road. However, trucks also have some specific laws and regulations. For example, trucks cannot travel in the left-most lane of a freeway and are generally relegated to the right lane with a speed limit of 55 mph. This is not always adhered to, and many truck drivers stay out of their designated lanes, especially when there is little traffic impeding their progress. When trucks are carrying containers or trailers, they should be properly filled and distributed. The contents should not be loose or shift around too much. For example, dump trucks and sand trucks may have loose gravel, garbage, sand, and more that can tumble. Load-bearing trucks can have equipment and other pieces of metal and lumber strapped down but not have a hazard or wide load sign. Further, workers could load trucks wrongly and make the weight distribution uneven, which can cause the container to fishtail out of control and roll over.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.Commercial truck drivers also are often on the road for hours at a time making deliveries. Although they are only legally allowed to drive for 14 hours, some will ignore this rule and continue to drive in order to make deadlines or ensure shipments. The trucks must also be adequately inspected and maintained. If they aren’t, then tires could blow out, trailers could detach from beds, brakes could fail, and much more. If you are driving near a truck, you should exercise caution. The road and weather could also contribute to accidents, so you will have to be doubly aware of your surroundings. If there is snow, fog, rain, hills, sudden drops, sharp turns, road defects, and more, accidents are more likely to happen. Trucks are harder to control in such circumstances. Don’t let the responsible party in a truck accident get away without paying you what you deserve. Call our Woodland truck accident attorneys today and we will strive to win your claim for you.
Truck Crash InjuriesMany times, the individuals who suffer the most damage in truck accidents are not the truck drivers, but the other people in regular automobiles. This is because trucks are larger and the drivers are higher up; lesser impacts do not always cause a ton of damage to the truck, but can completely total a normal vehicle. Some of the injuries we have seen in truck crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Brain damage
- Internal organ damage
- Closed head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord and disc damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations and puncture or slashing injuries
- Crushing damages
- Knee and hip injuries
- Paralysis and quadriplegia
- Severed limbs and digits
What To Do After A Truck AccidentA truck accident could leave you severely hurt and unsure of how to proceed. If you need emergency medical treatment, you should pursue it at once. You should not try to prolong the time between the injury and your visit to the hospital or the doctor’s office. It is crucial that you place your health at the top of your priority list.
Get started today by calling (213) 389-3765.The paramedics can detect what kind of injuries you suffered and if there are any that are not so apparent. The adrenaline may have masked you from feeling them. You should then gather your evidence. This can include:
- Pictures of your injuries
- Photos of the damage to the vehicles and of the environment
- Eyewitness statements and passenger testimonies
- Incident report with the trucking company
- Copy of the police report
- Copy of any surveillance, security, or dashboard camera footage
- Contact information, insurance details, and company details of the truck driver who hit you
Truck Accident Lawsuit Statute Of LimitationsIn the State of California, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a truck accident lawsuit. The statute of limitations is in place to preserve the integrity of cases and to prevent them from being potentially dragged out for too long. The sooner you file a claim, the more intact and complete your evidence will be, and your damages will be fresh and ready to be paid. You may be eligible for certain exemptions to the statute of limitations, though. If you were under the age of 18 years old, you would be able to wait until you turned legal age to follow the statute. You may have been left mentally or physically unfit and unwell and you could not file a claim in your state of being, which would allow you to wait until you return to normal health. Additionally, the defendant must be located in the state when you sue. If he vacates the state for any amount of time, the statute freezes until he returns. To ensure that you will not miss a deadline, contact a truck accident attorney in Woodland. We will file your claim for you and adhere to all time constraints.
Truck Accident Lawsuit CompensationVictims of truck accidents can receive ample compensation for their damages. You should not be expected to cover these expenses if you were hit by a truck; it should be the driver or company’s responsibility to cover your expenses. The value of your claim will be greatly determined by the extent and severity of your injuries, as well as the level of negligence you had in the accident. If you were forced to change jobs, you could seek disability pay and additional benefits from the responsible party.
- You could earn the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future
- Property damage
- Lost income from the past and future
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death expenses
Call (213) 389-3765 to schedule a free legal consultation.