According to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration there were over 475,000 large truck accidents reported across the country in 2016. Of those accidents, 105,000 involved injuries and close to 4,000 of them were fatal.
In California there were 322 large trucks involved in fatal accidents. As Montebello truck accident attorneys know, when truck accident injuries are not fatal, they are often severe and debilitating.
Truck accidents can be very complex due to the severity of injuries, trucking rules and regulations, and the involvement of multiple vehicles.
When large truck accidents lead to a fatality, California permits certain close family members to bring a wrongful death claim in order to recover damages the family members have suffered due to losing their loved one. Things like loss of the decedent’s financial support and services may be included in recovery. Sometimes survival actions are available as well, depending on the circumstances of the case. These claims are brought on behalf of the decedent’s estate to recover for the injuries and damages the decedent suffered prior to his or her death.
Due to the complexity of truck accident cases and the severity of injuries that are frequently involved, it is important to find an experienced truck accident attorney who is a skilled insurance negotiator and trial attorney. Insurance companies will settle for as little as possible and they are not concerned with whether or not you are fully compensated.
If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident, contact a Montebello truck accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
Commercial trucks that drive through Montebello, Los Angeles County, and all across California are much larger and deadlier than all other types of vehicles on our roads combined. Truck drivers owe a duty to fellow motorists to drive responsibly to avoid preventable truck accidents.
When this duty is breached, the truck driver, his or her employer (trucking company), shipping company, or even a truck manufacturer can be held liable for the crash. Due to its devastating and permanent nature, a truck accident injury can seem like the end of the world. But it shouldn’t feel this way if you are represented by a Montebello truck accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm.
A large commercial truck traveling at high speed is inherently dangerous to the drivers and passengers of all smaller vehicles around it. But a truck driver can make it even more dangerous by exceeding the speed limit, running red lights, operating a truck while intoxicated, operating an overloaded truck, or engaging in other illegal maneuvers and behaviors.
Commercial trucks are a common sight in Montebello and all across Los Angeles County, which is why it makes sense for drivers of smaller vehicles to learn a few basic tips to avoid truck crashes:
No matter what you choose to say to a truck driver at the scene of the crash, you should not sound sorry or say anything that sounds as if you are admitting fault. The other driver could presume that you are to blame even though the accident was clearly the result of that driver’s negligence.
Our Montebello truck accident lawyer advises you to remain calm at the scene, ask if the other party is fine, avoid apologizing or admitting liability, and state only the facts.
It’s important to say the truth and nothing but the truth when speaking to a police report and filing a police report at the scene of your truck crash. Sure, you may have an opinion about how your accident was caused, but now is not the right time to voice that opinion. After the police report has been prepared, contact a Montebello truck accident attorney from The Hayes Law Firm to discuss your opinion and start developing your legal strategy.
Yes, but only after you have talked to a skilled lawyer. It is vital to contact your insurance company to begin the claims process, but there are many pitfalls and legal obstacles created by insurers to minimize and deny your claim. Often, insurance companies in California stop at nothing to pay victims as little as possible.
So make sure you speak to a knowledgeable and skillful attorney first in order to not jeopardize your claim and let your lawyer handle all the negotiations with insurers to maximize your recovery and expedite the legal process.
Let our lawyers prepare a free evaluation of your case today. Contact The Hayes Law Firm to find out more about your legal options. Call our offices at 323-477-1415.
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At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.