When someone is hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, finding out what led to the collision is crucial. Because there are so many variables and potentially liable parties, these cases can be quite complex. You may find yourself facing multiple lawyers and insurers.
The driver, the driver’s employer, and those responsible for the commercial vehicle will all have attorneys, but who will be looking out for your best interests? Having a personal injury lawyer on your side is essential in such a situation.
Triumph Law has seen the mental and physical toll that truck accident injuries can take. We know it is crucial to recover the maximum amount possible for people who have been hurt. Let our team use our knowledge and experience to get you the compensatory damages you are rightfully owed.
Protecting Your Interests in a Commercial Vehicle Accident
Car accidents can range from minor scrapes to life-threatening disasters. Accidents involving commercial trucks, on the other hand, are almost never minor and often result in significant injuries or even fatalities. Other issues exist, in addition to the injuries that frequently occur.
As soon as the crash happens, the business that is responsible for the commercial vehicle will alert its lawyers. The lawyers and insurance companies will deploy investigators to the scene. These investigators begin working to find evidence that can reduce or limit their liability and put your claim at risk.
Their interests are protected even before the first responders leave the scene. You can protect your interests by calling a commercial vehicle accident attorney with our firm so we can begin investigating the crash and preparing our case against the negligent parties.
Evidence in a Commercial Transportation Accident
In the aftermath of an accident involving a commercial truck, a lawyer may first investigate possible causes to determine who is at fault. Evidence is a critical element in determining liability and proving your claims
A commercial vehicle accident attorney will be able to efficiently gather or subpoena the following information:
- Physical proof, such as broken vehicle parts
- Pavement markings
- Vehicle inspection logs
- Event data recorder (EDR) or “black box” data
- Cell phone records that can reveal texting while driving or distracted driving
- Driver’s Logbooks
- Medical documents and toxicological reports of the driver
- Expert medical or accident reconstruction testimony
- Police report
- Documentation of the trucking firm’s prior infractions
- Eyewitness accounts and statements
- Images captured by surveillance cameras, dash cams, witness cell phones, or traffic cameras
Although the party at fault may be evident, you still need evidence of negligence to make your case and negotiate effectively. Having a commercial truck accident lawyer on your side is crucial because the correct evidence can transform your case’s outcome.
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Common Commercial Vehicle Accident Causes
Several universal and specific factors in the commercial trucking sector can contribute to an accident involving a large truck. They include:
In many instances, these errors are the result of scheduling pressures and hauling goals, which result in fatigue, speeding, and driver distraction.
While drivers may be held liable for their errors, it is also possible for the trucking company to be held responsible when drivers are pushed to exceed the hours of service allowable by law.
Improperly Loaded or Secured Cargo
Shifting cargo can generate imbalance, which can lead to rollover accidents, loss of control of the vehicle, cargo spills, and other problems. If the cargo loading company fails to load or inspect properly, they can be liable for a crash.
Inadequate Vehicle Maintenance
The high mileage that these vehicles see necessitates a higher level of maintenance, yet because downtime might result in lost income, maintenance may be disregarded. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer will understand where to look to discover if any maintenance requirements were ignored.
Infractions of FMCSA Standards
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes stringent safety regulations on major commercial operations, but these regulations are frequently disregarded in order to fulfill deadlines. A commercial vehicle accident lawyer will have knowledge of these standards and can look for any violations that may be applicable to your case.
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Recoverable Damages in a Commercial Vehicle Accident Case
If all of the damages are not adequately accounted for and collected following a trucking accident, you may be put in a difficult financial situation.
Your commercial truck accident attorney will make a thorough accounting of all of your economic and non-economic damages to ensure that you pursue the maximum compensation possible.
- Medical costs: Current and future medical expenses for treating your injuries
- Property damages: Repairs or replacement of your vehicle and personal belongings damaged in the crash
- Lost wages: Loss of income due to the time you missed for the treatment of your injuries
- Loss of future income: If you become disabled or cannot return to your previous job, this will be taken into account
- Loss of enjoyment: If you can no longer participate in activities you once enjoyed, the loss of enjoyment of life can be non-economic damage that is considered in your claim
- Emotional harm: Emotional and mental trauma like PTSD, anxiety, or depression can be caused by an injury accident. These considerations are another part of the non-economic damages
In California, you have the right to seek compensation for any and all losses you suffered as a consequence of a commercial vehicle accident. An attorney will fight to get you the most money possible and make sure that all losses are covered.
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Because of the complexity of a commercial vehicle accident claim, you need an experienced attorney who will fight to get you the results you need. The Triumph Law Firm can help you understand your legal options in the initial consultation with no obligation to you.
Our firm has recovered substantial compensation for other commercial trucking injury victims, and we may be able to help you. Get in touch with us to assess your claim at no cost.
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