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!