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Sometimes an accident is the result of numerous things that no one could have foreseen or avoided. Other times an accident is a consequence of inattention and recklessness. When the latter happens, someone must be held accountable.
If you have been in an accident involving a truck, you can hold the trucking company responsible for damages. A California truck accident lawyer can help you develop and make your case against the company. They can ensure that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
If you are like most people, then you are in the habit of keeping your distance from the trucks you see on the road. This does reduce the risk of an accident but cannot completely prevent one from occurring. You may do your part to keep everyone safe. But if you encounter a driver who is not adequately trained and competent enough to be on the road, then you may find yourself in a smash-up with them.
Driver incompetence is a common cause of truck accidents. Although every truck driver is required by law to pass a commercial driver’s license exam, trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that all their drivers can operate in the various road environments they may find themselves in.
Driver fatigue is another common cause of accidents involving trucks. Truck drivers are required by federal and state law to rest after a certain number of hours on the road. There are companies that encourage drivers to violate these rules in order to meet deadlines. There are even companies that hold the prospect of termination over the heads of drivers who don’t deliver when they should.
Truck malfunction can also lead to a truck-involved accident. Truck companies are responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles in their fleet. Each truck should be thoroughly inspected and assessed before it is allowed on the road. A failure to do so can lead to catastrophic consequences.
The Truck Company, Not the Driver
You should have no qualms about taking legal action after a truck accident. You will not be going after the driver; it is their employer that you will be holding accountable. Truck companies work with large insurance companies to cover their vehicles and their drivers. The insurers tend to take the lead after a truck accident. And it is important to remember that they will not be looking after your interests or the drivers or even the trucking company, but their own revenue and profit. To get the compensation you deserve after a truck accident, you will need to take on two corporate entities: the truck company and their insurers.
You should not deal with either one without the help and advice of a California truck accident lawyer. If you are contacted by a representative, then you should refer them to your attorney. Do not make any promises, do not sign any document, and do not make any statements at all. Leave the matter to your lawyer.
What You Can Claim
A truck crash can be a devastating and disruptive event. If it is serious enough, it may put you into medical treatment for some months. Not only will you have to find a way to pay your monthly bills, you will eventually need to settle the bills for your treatment, rehabilitation, and medication.
You need not shoulder the burden alone. A lawyer who specializes in truck accidents can help you recover the money you are owed. You can claim the following:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
If the accident has led to the ruin of your life, if it has thrown you into financial chaos, strained your relationships to the breaking point, or forced you to give up your livelihood, you can claim compensation for these life-altering consequences. If your old life was ruined, you will need money to build a new one. An attorney can help you get all that you have coming to you.
No Win, No Fee
The attorney you hire should help ease your life situation, not make it any messier or more complicated. You should hire an attorney who is willing to work on a no fees unless we win basis. You should not be faced with lawyer fees you cannot afford to pay. An attorney who works under no fees unless we win terms is one who believes in your case and knows they can win it.
Getting What You Deserve
The primary aim of your attorney will be to get you the highest settlement possible. They will establish the value of the case straightaway. This is the amount of money that they will demand from the trucking company. Your attorney will arrive at this figure by speaking to your physician, independent medical experts, and your family. They will also investigate the circumstances of the accident and determine the actions and events that led to it.
Your attorney will send their own private investigators to gather whatever camera footage is available of the accident. They will also interview people who witnessed the accident, some of whom may have cell footage of what took place. Your accident attorney will also bring in an accident reconstruction expert who can develop a simulation based on damage sustained by the vehicles involved in the crash and the forensic evidence left at the scene.
The case need not go to trial. Indeed, the best personal injury attorneys know how to negotiate in a way that keeps the case out of court and compels the truck company to make a reasonable settlement offer.
The Doan Law Firm has the expertise and experience you need to get the damages you are entitled to after a truck wreck. We have 9 local California offices to serve you. The firm is open 24/7 and can be reached at (800) 349-0000. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, it is important to get legal representation straightaway. The Doan Law Firm is open 24/7 to help.
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