What To Do After A Trucking Accident

As California's highways become more congested every year, the risk to drivers multiplies exponentially. Traffic accidents in California have increased significantly over the past 10 years, and one of the biggest dangers on the road are commercial truckers. While commercial trucking is a vital piece of our economy, a collision with one of these 80,000 pound behemoths can be an extremely dangerous situation for any motorist. According to the California Highway Patrol, accidents involving a semi-truck are more than twice as likely to be fatal than those involving passenger cars.

We've written before about ways to make the road safer for both you and the truck drivers we share it with. Unfortunately, even the best drivers are at risk of being in an accident through no fault of their own. Knowing your rights and the proper steps to take after an accident can ensure you receive compensation for damages and injury should you be involved in an accident with a trucker.

  • Call 911: Call as soon as possible to report the accident. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone else to do it.
  • Seek medical attention: If you or someone else is injured, get medical attention -- even if your injuries seem minor. Not all injuries may be visible or known, so it is important to see a doctor.
  • Exchange contact information: Get the insurance and contact information from the other driver or drivers involved. If there are any accident witnesses, exchange phone numbers and email addresses with them.
  • Document the accident scene: Take photos of the accident scene. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone else to do it. An important step to take specific to trucking accidents is to take photos of the trailer of the truck- often times cargo may carry third-party insurance policies that can help you receive your due compensation.
  • Document your medical treatment and injuries: Take photos of your injuries. Keep record of all doctor visits. This information will be beneficial when it comes time to file a claim.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company: Give the facts of what happened to the insurance adjustor, but do not admit fault. An accident investigation will determine the cause of the accident.
  • Call a personal injury attorney: Get a legal advocate on your side as soon as possible. At Injury Recovery Group, we offer a free consultation and you pay no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Trucking accidents are more complex than car accidents. Liability can stem from the truck driver, the trucking company and the company who owns the trailer being transported. Any and all of these parties may be named in a lawsuit.

Determining liability can be difficult. We diligently prepare your case by reviewing all evidence and examining all factors that may have contributed to the crash. This includes having a clear understanding of trucking industry standards and the ways each party could have contributed to the crash. Contributing factors may include:

  • Truck drivers working over their hours of service requirements, i.e. driving too many hours without taking a break
  • Alcohol or drug use by truck drivers
  • Inadequate training for truck drivers
  • Improper maintenance of cab of truck i.e. not replacing the brakes
  • Improper maintenance or loading of the trailer i.e. improper weight balance of the trailer making it more difficult to control

Unsafe drivers or unsafe vehicles can lead to disastrous outcomes on the road. Truck drivers and companies are responsible for safely operating their vehicles. When they fail to follow the rules, they can be held accountable. We will fight to make sure of that.

Do not wait to speak to us if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident. We will help you understand your options and provide strong and individualized guidance. Call our firm at 310-893-0062 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We speak Spanish and Farsi.

This does not constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship has been created.

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