If a commercial vehicle crashes into yours and you get injured, your case will be more complex than the standard automobile accident. There may be multiple liable parties and multiple insurers to deal with, so you need an expert to cut through the legal red tape.
The insurers will not look out for your best interests, so you need a Rancho Cordova car accident lawyer on your side to help you. Let our team use our knowledge and skill to get you the compensation you’re owed after a commercial vehicle accident.
Commercial Accidents Put You at a Disadvantage
Once a crash with a commercial vehicle happens, you can be sure that the business will contact their lawyers and insurance companies right away. They will send investigators to look for evidence that will reduce or limit their liability toward you.
Many commercial vehicles are far heavier than a standard passenger car, so the chances of significant injuries or fatalities is higher. While you’re getting medical treatment, the adjusters may already be at the scene.
Protect your interests by contacting our Rancho Cordova commercial vehicle accident lawyers as soon as you can after your accident. We will start our own investigation into the crash and fight against claims that would reduce your compensation.
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Getting the Evidence We Need
The first task we have is getting the evidence necessary to figure out who is at fault. Our attorneys will search for or subpoena information we need like:
- Driver’s logbooks
- Physical evidence like pavement marks or broken parts
- Vehicle inspection logs
- Medical records
- Toxicology reports on the driver
- Cell phone records
- Crash reports
- Eyewitness accounts
- Event data recorder reports
- Expert testimony
- Documentation of prior violations by the driver or the company
- Images captured of the crash, the scene, the injuries, and more
Even if the case seems obvious, we need to have the evidence to back the claim in order to negotiate well or convince a jury. Some of this information is too difficult for an injured layperson to get on their own, but we can get it for you. The right evidence can make all the difference in your success.
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Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
All the usual causes of vehicle accidents apply to commercial accidents, like speeding or failing to yield, but there are some that are specific to commercial vehicles. Some of these errors may allow you to hold the business accountable in a lawsuit or an insurance claim along with the driver.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the commercial vehicle industry and its operations. Many businesses and drivers violate these rules in order to meet deadlines or raise profits. If we can find violations, that can establish negligence and help you win your case.
One common violation is driving beyond the hours of service allowed by law. Drivers can only drive for a certain number of hours straight through before they’re required to take rest breaks. A driver’s logbook and the truck’s data recorder can reveal whether they were breaking the rules.
Shifting cargo inside of a commercial vehicle can cause things like rollover accidents, over-steering, cargo spills, and other hazards. Sometimes the blame for an accident can lie on whoever loaded the vehicle, and that may not be the business that’s towing the cargo. Our Rancho Cordova commercial vehicle accident lawyers can help you make a claim against whoever loaded the cargo if this is so.
Vehicle Maintenance Errors
Commercial vehicles often have higher mileage and require more maintenance than other vehicles. Yet some companies put off maintenance because of the costs of repairs. If we discover they ignored maintenance requirements, or they did repairs incorrectly, we can use that evidence to prove negligence.
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What Damages Can I Recover in a Commercial Vehicle Accident Case?
Your costs after an accident may be more than you can bear. You also deserve compensation for your non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Triumph Law can help you recover these damages and ensure your case is worth as much as possible. You can recover damages like:
- Current and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages, commissions, bonuses, and retirement income related to your injuries
- Property damage costs for your vehicle and belongings
- Pain and suffering caused by your accident.
- Emotional harm and mental trauma costs
- Loss of enjoyment of life, if you cannot take part in former activities thanks to your injuries
You have the right to seek compensation for all the losses you’ve suffered, but getting them takes the help of a commercial vehicle accident lawyer. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve and don’t trust the insurance company’s first offer. Take it to Triumph Law first.
Will My Case Need to Go to Trial?
Some people think that a business will have enough money to force a case to go to trial, but nearly all personal injury cases settle out of court. Going to trial takes a lot of time and money, and it’s also very stressful for both sides.
Another disadvantage for businesses is that civil cases are public records. Once the trial starts, the story of what happened will get exposed to the public. This can cause reputational damage to the company they want to avoid, even if they win the case.
That said, our Rancho Cordova commercial vehicle accident lawyers know that trial is sometimes necessary to achieve justice. We will pursue cases to their utmost if we cannot come to a fair settlement. Ask us about our trial experience during your consultation.
When You Need a Triumph, Contact Triumph Law
Our attorneys have helped many clients triumph over negligent parties and get just compensation for their injuries. Now it’s your turn to see what we can do for you. To get a free case evaluation and consultation, contact Triumph Law anytime to schedule.
We will listen to your story and explain your legal options and how we can help you. If you hire us, our services are free unless and until you win compensation. If you get nothing, you will owe us nothing. Don’t let your chance for compensation slip away. Call us now.