Collisions on the road between standard automobiles and very large, powerful vehicles – like semi-trucks, tractor trailers or other similar commercial vehicles – can often result in very serious and sometimes life-changing injuries for those involved. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we’ve received from clients about seeking compensation following large truck accidents.
What is the Cause of Large Truck Accidents?
There are actually several different reasons that the driver operating a large truck might lose control of their vehicle, resulting in an accident. Most often, it is related to one or more of the following factors:
- Potentially dangerous weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Faulty or failed equipment
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Insufficient training
- A badly balanced or overweight cargo load
What Should I do if I Have Been Injured in an Accident With a Large Truck?
In the immediate aftermath, it’s best to call 911, remain in your vehicle if possible or at the scene of the accident until help arrives, and document any relevant information you can (collect contact information from other involved parties and witnesses, take photos of the vehicles and your injuries, etc.). Afterward, it’s best to contact an attorney to discuss your options, as well as keep track of any information about your injuries, medical treatment, or other related expenses.
Who is Legally Liable if I am Injured and not at Fault in an Accident With a Large Truck?
The answer to this question can be a little complicated. It usually depends to some extent on the factor(s) that are determined to be the cause of the accident (see above). Usually, the responsibility will lie with some combination of the driver, owner of the truck, and/or the trucking company – although there are other parties that could be found at fault outside of that, depending on the circumstances. For example, the company or facility that loaded the cargo could also shoulder some of that responsibility if the weight or distribution of the cargo is determined to be a contributing factor, or the manufacturer of the truck or equipment if a mechanical failure occurred.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Following an Accident With a Large Truck?
There are a lot of details that need to be taken into account in this type of accident and unfortunately, because there can be so many factors to take into consideration, seeking the financial compensation you need after you’ve been injured in such an accident can become a frustratingly complicated process. It is always in your best interest to speak with a truck accident attorney in Los Angeles who has the experience and the dedication to help you pursue proper compensation for your injuries and any other relevant damages.
Are you ready to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles? Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free evaluation of your case. The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani can help you get the compensation you deserve if you were injured in a truck accident.