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A Guide to Truck Accidents in Los Angeles California

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Anyone who has lived in or around Los Angeles will attest to how horrifying the prospect of driving through rush hour traffic can be. Its chaotic, busy, and genuinely quite dangerous. You might think that by being in a big truck you are safe, which to an extent you are, but you are not immune. There is always going to be a risk of accidents. They may not be your fault, but you could still find yourself unfortunately involved. If you do happen to find yourself involved in a truck accident, knowing your rights and responsibilities is of the utmost importance. Here you will find a breakdown of everything you need to know about truck accidents in Los Angeles.

What are the causes of truck accidents?

There are many causes of truck accidents. Some are due to driver negligence, manufacturing errors, some are just unfortunate dumb luck. But, there are some things to look out for. People in smaller vehicles rarely truly appreciate the situation. They can be cocky, arrogant, and assume they can bully you out of the way. This is a common issue that truck drivers face daily Unfortunately, those same drivers are the reason for many accidents. People pulling in front of trucks without putting their blinkers on is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Additionally, since trucks are so big and heavy stopping in time can be damn near impossible. This is typically an issue for the surrounding cars, not the truck drivers.

How can I keep myself safe?

 

 

Staying sober and being as aware of your surroundings as possible is highly important. Having good vehicle awareness is also critical. And, of course, wear your seatbelt and follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, this is about the extent of what you can do. So many truck accidents are caused by civilians who simply don’t respect the truck and its driver. It may sound harsh, but treating all other drivers like they are a danger to themself and you will help ensure your safety. And theirs. If a truck crashes into a car it will total the car completely. The truck could suffer just a few bumps and scratches. It might sound exhausting, and it is, but you need to be the most responsible driver on the road.

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Who can be found at fault?

There are essentially three categories that who is at fault can fall under. First, you have the drivers themself. Be that you or the person that is involved in the accident with you. Second, you have person responsible for loading and maintaining the truck. This could be you, this could be your employer or your client. Lastly, it can also be the manufacturer of the vehicle’s fault. If you are fully sober and drive carefully, chances are you will never be responsible for an accident through the entirety of your career. Being sober is so important if you are on the job and you blow even the tiniest alcohol level when the police arrive at the scene you are at risk of being found at fault. Even if it wasn’t your fault.

What do I need to know? 

The most important thing to know is that when you are involved in a vehicle accident, trucks especially, that every little detail matters. The best way to ensure you get all the correct information on record is by having a dash cam on at all times and photographing your vehicle and the other vehicles involved in the accident. These images and videos will be vital for proving your innocense at a later date. It is perfectly fine to check up on the other people involved in a crash. Don’t be afraid to ensure they are safe and uninjured. Being polite, friendly, and offering to be the one responsible for calling the police is very important. If you are the person to call the police, you control the flow of information and the dialogue. If you call the police and say you were in a truck accident this will reflect you positively. If someone else calls them and claims you hit them in the accident, even if you didn’t, that will be on the record.

Do I need to file a report with the police and/or my insurance?

When you call the police, they will arrive at the scene as promptly as possible. If there are no injuries and everyone is safe, it may take a few hours of sitting around. Always wait inside the vehicle, not on the side of the road. When they arrive ask to file a report with the officer explaining everything that happened as truthfully as you can. If you are the person at fault, it is best to avoid openly saying this frequently. There is a very real chance that although you may be partially at fault, the manufacturer and other drivers may be too. You don’t want to allow yourself to be used as a scapegoat. Because shady insurance companies will jump at the chance to throw you under the bus.

How can a lawyer help me?

Hiring a lawyer to help you through the whole process is very important. Without one, you will be jumped on by everyone involved. Depending on the size of the accident and the amount of money on the line, who will stay by your side will vary. Your insurance company will try to avoid paying out on your behalf. Your employer will try to shift blame from them if it could have very real negative effects on the business. A lawyer will fight for you until the end. They have to, they have nothing to gain from choosing not to. Their credibility and their commission are based on winning your case. Everyone else “on your side” couldn’t care less. You could represent yourself, should it end up in court, but that can be problematic. If the other parties have a team of lawyers and you don’t they are going to overwhelm you with legal jargon and proceedings. It is a cruel practice, but that is the nature of the business for some people. Many lawyers work on a basis where you only pay if you win, so it is a low-risk high reward investment of your time.

Truck Accident Lawyers Los Angeles

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If you have been in an accident involving a truck, it is important that it is reported immediately so that all possible actions can be taken to ensure the best result for YOU.

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