Large commercial trucks are everywhere, and we are seeing more and more truck accidents involving these large commercial trucks, 18 wheelers, and trailers. As more and more people buy goods online, the amount of trucks driving all over to transport the endless supply of consumer goods has exploded. Of course, with the ever increasing number of trucks on the roads, often with tired and over-worked drivers, there is also an ever-increasing number of truck accidents.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or trailer, contact Kuzyk Law immediately. Our personal injury attorneys handled dozens of cases just like yours every year. Call now at (661) 945-6969.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
A common cause of truck accidents is fatigue. A tired driver can be as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Truck drivers get fatigued or tired from driving too many hours in a day, or driving too long without proper breaks. Truck drivers might drive too long due to pressure to meet distance or timing goals set by their employers.
That means that the employer and others may potentially be liable for the damages caused in a truck accident. And very often, there is much more insurance coverage available in connection with a truck accident when compared with a car accident.
Another common cause for truck accidents is overloading. If a truck is too heavy, it can result in unusually long stopping distances, which can result in a rear end collision. Trucks have weight limits for several reasons, and the top reason is safety. Overloading a truck makes it inherently less safe on the road, and this dangerous practice causes hundreds of accidents each year.
If the truck is packed or secured improperly, it can cause an uneven weight distribution, which makes the truck unstable and can cause a truck accident. For example, if the rear of a truck is too heavy, the required distance to stop the truck is greatly increased, and an otherwise avoidable rear-end collision might happen as a result.
Again, this makes the driver, owner of the truck, shipping company and owner of the freight and others all potentially liable. For example, whichever of these companies is the company responsible for loading and weighing the cargo would be directly responsible.
Unfortunately, truck accidents very often cause serious injury or death due to the very high weight of the big rig colliding with much smaller vehicles. When a big rig tips over or jack knifes, it becomes 30 or 40 tons of metal that devastates everything in its path. The damage from accidents involving trucks and semi-trucks can be huge, can completely destroy any vehicles involved, and can cause massive injuries and even death.
Potentially life-altering emotional trauma, along with massive medical bills, permanent injuries and ongoing, expensive medical care, and loss of future earnings, are very common with truck accidents. All of these can result in the victim being entitled to compensation and reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, future earnings loss or wage loss, and future treatment.
What To Do After a Commercial Truck Accident
Immediately after you and those involved have received proper medical treatment it is crucial that you consult with a truck accident lawyer so that you can protect your rights and become fully informed of your alternatives. Kuzyk Law’s truck accident attorneys will help you file your lawsuit and arrange a settlement with the insurance company or company that owns the truck.
Should the opposing party not wish to settle, then we will go to court and fight on your behalf to get the compensation you are entitled to. Most cases do not go to court, however, and are settled amicably instead in a much faster, more informal process, through negotiation and/or mediation.
In these cases, it is vital that Kuzyk Law’s truck accident lawyers negotiate on your behalf so that we can get you the maximum reimbursement and compensation for the damages, pain and suffering, medical bills and lost earnings you suffer. We can also recommend excellent doctors to help you on a lien basis if you do not already have your own medical doctors picked out.
When to Contact Your Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are in an accident, you need to file your complaint within a set period of time, called a “Statute of Limitations.” You should get advice from one of our truck accident attorneys as soon as possible so you are fully informed on your rights, and so you do not miss your deadline to file a lawsuit, otherwise, you can lose your claim.
Contact our highly skilled truck accident lawyers as fast as possible to pursue your claim, because the longer you wait, the greater the chance that the amount of money owed to you will decrease. You could even lose your right to a claim entirely.
It is of paramount importance that you hire legal professionals who specialize in settling and litigating truck accident cases. Working with an inexperienced lawyer could mean losing out on huge amounts of money which you deserve.
Kuzyk Law has fought hard for injured victims for over 43 years. Call us today!