According to 2019 data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), California has the second-highest rate of fatal truck accidents in the country. The vast majority of fatal accident victims – 83 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – are occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, big rigs, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
When a car accident occurs with a semi-truck involved, very often, those involved do not walk away unscathed. They tend to experience broken bones, brain trauma, soft tissue damage, and other life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, the attorneys at Freeway Law will help you pursue maximum compensation for your lost income, medical bills, and other damages you have incurred.
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern semi-truck accident cases. They can help you determine how to proceed when an unfortunate accident occurs. We fully dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you fight for fair and just settlement during difficult times.
Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Several negligence factors contribute to truck accidents in California. Truck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely. They breach this duty when they speed, violate Hours of Service Regulations, make illegal turns, or engage in other reckless behaviors. Trucking companies also have a responsibility to provide adequate training to their drivers and supervise them. This duty is breached when the company fails to supervise their drivers adequately. Based on the details surrounding your accident, you may be able to hold the following parties liable:
- The truck driver;
- The owner or company of the truck;
- A mechanic who worked on the truck;
- The company that loaded the truck; or
- Officials at a weigh station.
If a breach of duty contributed to your accident and you suffered an injury or loss as a result, you have the right to bring a claim against the liable party or parties.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?
Your past and future medical bills, cost of treatment, and cost of fixing or replacing your vehicle, will determine the amount of your claim. Other factors that can influence the amount you can recover could also include:
- The amount of income lost while incapacitated;
- Whether or not your injuries have affected your future earning capabilities;
- Whether or not you require home modifications to accommodate your injuries;
- Whether your injury caused lifelong disfigurement, scarring, disability, or the loss of a bodily function.
Our goal is to prove the truck driver’s negligence and/or the company to get you the compensation you deserve. You must not sign or accept any settlements from insurance companies before consulting with an experienced attorney. Speaking with an attorney is crucial when a trucking accident occurs. Insurance companies are more concerned with protecting themselves than compensating you for your medical bills or other trauma: they will either try to pay the least amount possible or avoid paying out altogether. Accepting such settlements without consulting your attorney could result in low-ball offers that may not include damages you are entitled to, including future medical expenses, emotional trauma, or pain and suffering.
To receive the compensation you deserve, you should consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Freeway Law. We are dedicated to obtaining the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. We also try to make this difficult time as stress-free as possible by providing the concierge service of speaking with insurance companies and auto body shops on your behalf.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to call us at (844) 443-7339 for a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and compensation.