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Truck Accidents

Seeing semi-trucks on the road is a daily occurrence in California. Our constantly growing agriculture and shipping industries use large trucks to ship goods across the entire country. Unfortunately, this means truck accidents are all too common and happen almost every day.

These accidents are much more complex and severe than a car crash and can be incredibly difficult to navigate on your own. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call Curtis Legal Group right away to get started on your case.

What to Do if You Are in a Truck Accident

No matter what type of roadway accident you are in, the first steps to take always involve calling emergency services and seeking medical attention for any injuries you suffered. Even if you do not feel hurt, and are able to walk away from the truck accident, there are injuries that may not appear until the shock of the crash has worn off. Get evaluated by a medical professional after any accident you are involved in – whether as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian.

If you are physically able to, obtain contact and insurance information from the truck driver, details of the truck company they work for, as well as the same information for any other vehicles involved in the semi-truck collision. Also be sure to get contact information from any witnesses. In a truck accident, it may be more difficult to speak to the truck driver to get their insurance information and trucking company details as they will try to avoid taking blame for the accident. If you find the truck driver does not want to speak to you, ask the police to help. The police will secure the scene and document what happened in a police report, including company and insurance details. Make sure to take pictures and videos to document the scene of the accident if you can, or ask a witness to take pictures and videos if you are too injured to move. This evidence will be critical for our legal team to use while helping you in your case against the trucking company.

The third step after a big rig accident is to call the truck accident attorneys at Curtis Legal Group. We will guide you through the complicated legal process of filing a case against the truck driver and/or trucking company. The trucking company will have a team of lawyers, as well as at least one if not more insurance companies trying to speak to you. Do not speak with them – they will try to use any information you give against you and do not have you best interests in mind. Let our team of personal injury lawyers handle all communications with insurance companies and protect you being under-compensated for your suffering.

Truck Accident Injuries

Accidents involving trucks often result in more serious injuries to the parties involved, given the fact that a truck is so much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians often suffer devastating injuries. Broken bones, internal bleeding, and organ damage are very common after a trucking accident. Traumatic brain and spine injuries can also occur which can lead to conditions including chronic pain, paralysis, permanent impairment, and even death. Fatalities are also, sadly, more common in trucking accidents than in passenger vehicle crashes.

The physical and emotional injuries sustained in a trucking accident can alter your life dramatically. Your injuries may leave you unable to work, resulting in lost wages for you and your family. The medical bills associated with your recovery may cost you thousands of dollars that your insurance may not cover. Your injuries may also require long term physical therapy and treatment. Emotionally, you may be scarred from this incident and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, and depression. All of this can be extremely overwhelming and you may not know where to go next. Having a legal team on your side with extensive experience dealing with trucking accidents will help you make it through the recovery process and will make sure your bills are covered.

Who Is at Fault?

Curtis Legal Group is here to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve after a trucking accident. We will investigate who is responsible for your suffering. Unlike a typical car accident, there are many different options to explore when determining fault. The truck driver’s actions may be to blame but they may not be the only liable party involved. The truck driver may have been speeding, ignoring road signs, using a cell phone while driving, or driving while intoxicated, among other dangerous driving behaviors. Any of these reckless behaviors could have caused the crash; however, we also know trucking companies routinely engage in unsafe activities to make a profit that put others on the road at risk.

There are strict rules truck drivers are required to follow, but some trucking companies do not follow those rules. For example, a truck driver is only allowed to drive a certain number of hours each day but trucking companies often encourage drivers to ignore federal law to complete more shipments, resulting in drivers being fatigued and driving dangerously. Trucking companies are also known for not properly maintain their fleet of trucks, resulting in trucking accidents caused by equipment breakdowns. Additionally, goods improperly loaded on a truck could have caused a semi crash by making the rig unbalanced and able to topple over. These are just some of the avenues to explore when determining which parties to hold liable for your injuries.

California Truck Accident Lawyers

Curtis Legal Group is here to help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially from your trucking accident. Once we have investigated your case, we will engage all parties involved who should be held responsible to obtain the maximum amount of financial compensation for you. We have dealt extensively with trucking companies and their insurers and understand they will do whatever they can to pay as little as possible. By aggressively negotiating on your behalf, we will obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family.

While the majority of these cases are settled out of court, sometimes an agreement cannot be met, and a trial is necessary. Our expert truck accident team is experienced at presenting our clients’ cases to juries and judges alike, and we know how to dispel the defense team’s arguments. No matter how your case proceeds, we will fight for you every step of the way.

We know how difficult life can be after a trucking accident. At Curtis Legal Group, we partner with our clients to focus on the legal process, so they can focus on recovering. If you or a loved one have been in a trucking accident, contact us. You have limited time to file your case, so contact us today!


Frequently Asked Questions

How common are truck accidents?

In the state of California, nearly 3,000 truck accidents that result in injuries occur each year. The average number of truck accidents resulting in fatalities is 113 per year. The majority of truck accidents occur on the highway, so the more time you spend driving on the interstate, the greater your risk.

What are the primary causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but the following are the most common: 

  • Reckless driving
  • Improper lane switching or turning
  • Driving under the influence
  • Not allowing enough space for stopping or turning
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Violation of other commercial motor vehicle laws

Any of these reasons are potential grounds for a lawsuit against the driver and the company they drive for, among other potential defendants.

What are the main types of truck accident injuries?

Injuries from truck accidents range in severity, and often include back and spinal injuries that may lead to paralysis, neck injuries, head and brain injuries, internal injuries, rib and torso injuries, lacerations, broken bones, airbag and seatbelt injuries, and more. Large commercial trucks, due to their size, cause serious injuries to the driver and passengers of smaller vehicles.

What should I do after a truck accident?

The first thing to do after a truck accident is to seek medical attention. Then as soon as you or a loved one are able, contact a personal injury lawyer. If the truck driver was at fault for your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation. It is best to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident when the details are fresh in your mind and the case can be more openly investigated.

Should I hire a lawyer after a truck accident?

If you want to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer. When insurance companies are involved, they try to pay as little as possible toward any claim. But when you hire a lawyer, you have a much better chance of getting higher compensation for your truck accident injuries.

How can a truck accident attorney help me?

A truck accident attorney will establish and prove your case against the driver, trucking company, or even the truck manufacturer and other potential defendants. An expert investigation of the accident can reveal the cause of the accident which will help determine who is responsible. An attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve from whoever was at fault for the accident and your injuries.

Can I sue the truck driver’s company for my injuries?

Yes, in some cases the trucking company that employs the driver can be the entity you are suing. It all hinges on fault. If the driver is at fault due to their own negligence, recklessness, or carelessness, they are most likely one of the parties that can be held liable for the accident. But if the carrier who employs the driver does not uphold the law, such as failing to provide proper training, employing drivers with negative driving records, or allowing or encouraging drivers to drive beyond the maximum number of legal hours, the trucking company may also be liable.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

It is difficult to determine how much your case is worth without speaking to a lawyer. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to give you a general estimate of your case value range after listening to the facts of your case. They will be able to give you a more accurate estimate after conducting an investigation and compiling research.

How long does a truck accident lawsuit take?

Truck accident cases are complex and involve multiple parties, which means they can take at least a year, but most often take longer. Standard car accident cases average between 12 and 18 months, but with commercial truck accidents the case duration can be significantly longer. If the case is settled before going to trial, this timeframe may be shorter.