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Truck incidents represent a unique subset of vehicle accidents. Commercial trucks are large and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In comparison, the typical passenger vehicle only weighs around 4,000 pounds. The average person can’t drive a commercial vehicle without a specialized license, and many professionals play a role in the commercial trucking industry. Truck drivers aren’t always responsible for accidents on the roadways.
When trucking industry professionals and other drivers make negligent mistakes, innocent drivers and passengers may suffer catastrophic injuries or death. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo in Riverside, we represent truck drivers, passenger vehicle drivers, and others who have suffered injuries as a result of a serious truck accident.
Most truck accidents are entirely preventable, which is why many victims file lawsuits in the aftermath of an incident. Trucking companies are heavily regulated, but strict guidelines do not always prevent human error. Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
Other causes for trucking accidents may include distracted driving, DUI, inadequate training, or failure to brake.
Truck drivers are not always liable for trucking incidents. In the state of California, anyone who contributed to an accident can be held liable for a percentage of the incident. A trucking company may bear responsibility for the accident. In some cases, a third party may be responsible – a parts manufacturer, technician, or a roadwork agency may share some or all liability in an injury claim.
The trucking company has no doubt been the defender in countless truck accident legal proceedings and they probably have a team of experienced defense lawyers ready to do all that it takes for you not to win the case. When a trucker is involved in an accident, they radio their dispatcher. The dispatcher then gets the trucking company’s lawyers and investigative team to the trucking accident site usually within the hour. Their legal team sometimes gets there faster than even the tow trucks, ambulance, police, or fire trucks. They immediately start to defend the case and possibly even destroy, hide, or change the evidence. If the large company you will be up against in court is legally defending their case within an hour of the accident, shouldn’t you be too? Call us as soon as you can as we can help you preserve the evidence and protect your side of the case. It is important that you are proactive when facing the above and hire some of the best Riverside County truck accident attorneys at our firm as we’ve been representing truck accident victims since the late 1970s. If the accident already happened and you did not get a lawyer to the scene, it will still be alright as we can take the case from here. Rest assured that most people do not think of calling a lawyer at the time of the accident and we still have a great track record of success handling trucking accident cases.
If you are a trucker or another on-duty employee injured in a trucking accident, you have the right to workers’ compensation benefits under state law. Through workers’ compensation benefits, you may be eligible to receive compensation for all related medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation. If you cannot work, temporary or permanent disability may play a significant role in your ability to move forward after a serious accident.
As an injured commercial driver, you may also have the opportunity to hold a third party accountable for accident injuries. In addition to helping you through the workers’ compensation process, our firm handles cases against third parties including freight loading companies, manufacturers, and others.
Truck accidents are complex cases that often involve several liability factors and a variety of injury types. The attorneys at DiMarco Araujo Montevideo are comfortable with addressing a truck accident from a number of angles. We have earned a strong reputation for success in the field because of our comprehensive approach to litigation and our commitment to client recovery.
Allow us to help you through your truck accident case so that you can focus on healing. For a free case evaluation, contact our firm in Riverside today.