Los Angeles, CA- Each year, there are approximately 500,000 accidents involving semi-trucks, tankers and other large commercial vehicles, according National Traffic Safety Board estimates. Accidents involving these large and powerful trucks are vastly different that car accidents. USAttorneys will discuss three of the main differences here.
Seriousness of injuries
While truck accidents are less common that car accidents in California, you are twice as likely to be killed in a truck accident then in a car accident. That is mainly due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles. Victims of truck accidents can suffer life-changing and debilitating injuries that can lead to a lifetime of medical costs. They may face long-term hospitalization, rehabilitation and permanent disability. The overall costs of commercial vehicle accidents was $87 billion according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Cause is Complex
Commercial truck accidents are far more complex than automobile accidents because a number of factors are at play. The driver can be at fault; a trucking company can be at fault or third party could be at fault. Cause of an accident cannot always be tied to just one person’s negligence and by holding all parties accountable, you can maximize the settlement amount you receive.
If you have been in a truck accident and plan to file a personal injury suit, USAttorneys urges you to retain a truck accident lawyer near their California location. Because they specialize in truck accidents, they are capable pinpointing the cause of an accident by examining all available evidence, including driver logs, black boxes and a trucking company’s safety record.
Multiple Parties can be responsible
In some cases, a truck accident is the result of driver error exclusively, and only the truck driver is responsible for compensating a victim. But there are many instances in which a variety of factors play a role and multiple parties are liable. Other accidents happen because a truck is in disrepair or not maintained properly or the load shifted. But often major truck accidents don’t have just one cause and are the result of a combination of negligent actions on the behalf of two or more parties.
Sometimes large trucks are sometimes owned by a specific trucking company, but they are instances in which a truck is owned by another company and leased to a carrier. Other times, a truck is also owned by the driver. With nearly 2 million commercial trucks in the U.S., determining who owns one can be difficult. An attorney can examine all records and determine which party is ultimately responsible for a victim’s injuries or family’s loss.
Time is critical and if you have been in a truck accident, we urge to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You will receive a much better settlement if you give your attorney all the time they need to work in your case. At USAttorneys, we have a team of truck accident attorneys in California who you can rely on to protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve.