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Truck accidents in California – what you need to know:

If you are living or working in California you need to know the laws in place for all traffic accidents. Truck accidents specifically. There are so many little things that you are just expected to know, yet no one tells you. Without having a good idea about the rules and regulations you may find yourself on the wrong end of a hefty fine or a settlement in court. California is a pretty liberal state, they have a reputation for being chilled and relaxed. But, that doesn’t apply everywhere. They have some very strict laws surrounding truck accidents that you need to be aware of. This article will you do just that.

How serious are truck accidents?

Truck accidents are far more serious than regular car accidents in almost every tangible way. First of all, trucks have a lot more power going for them. Great for transporting heavy loads, terrible when they are involved in a crash. The impact of a truck hitting anything or anyone is huge, the damage can be catastrophic. Additionally, trucks are regularly transporting goods. A whole truck with a full load is worth millions, meaning when accidents happen lawyers are going to get involved. As they do with anything when lots of money is at stake.

What injuries can be sustained?

The problem with trucks being in a crash is that whoever they hit is almost always worse off. Especially as the other party decreases in size, if you hit a truck the impact will be spectacular but the other party will probably be fine. If you hit a car, their car will be crushed. If you hit a motorcycle, it will be obliterated. This can lead to horrendous injuries for everyone involved. Commonly, broken bones, bruises, lacerations, and concussions are the norm. And of course the regular things like whiplash and panic attacks.

Do I need to file a police report?

In Los Angeles, and all of California, it is illegal to not file a report of any kind. You will be expected to stay on the scene until an officer responds. They will then take down both sides of the story as well as all contact details. You can file additional reports at the station with supplementary evidence if you feel so inclined. If you have dashcam footage, you are compelled to hand that into the station regardless of whether or not you think it will implicate you as the liable party. Compelled, but not legally required. You will also be expected to file a report with your insurance provider. That is normally handled by the companies that own the trucks, not the driver. Sometimes they are the same person, but not often.

What are some causes of truck accidents?

There are numerous reasons that a truck might be involved in an accident, what those reasons also tend to implicate who will be found at fault and or liable. For example, if there is a mechanical failure (like breaks failing) then the manufacturer or the depot who maintains the truck may be found at fault. If the truck was overloaded, and thus failed to stop in time, the driver and the depot might be found at fault. If dash cams reveal the driver made an error, then, of course, they will be found at fault.

Unfortunately, there is a problem in the truck driving community with driving under the influence. If you are found to have alcohol or narcotics in your system you will be found at fault. Even if it wasn’t arguably your fault, if you are drunk and involved in an accident you will be charged. Never get behind the wheel unless you are completely sober. A good rule is to ignore the legal limit and set yourself a personal limit of 0. It is the safest and most responsible decision you can make.

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How expensive can recovery be?

From the driver’s perspective, the biggest cost of being in an accident is medical bills and recovery. This includes lost wages and potential therapy that might be needed. Just a week in the hospital, with no major surgeries, can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, you may be forced to pay out of pocket even if it wasn’t your fault. Unless of course, you hire a professional to handle the proceedings for you. don’t just rely on your insurance company. Your insurance company would like nothing more than to refuse to cover your treatment.

If you are injured and cannot work, perhaps ever again, you are going to be at a loss trying to keep yourself afloat. You won’t be able to afford your mortgage, utilities, or even food. It’s a tough world for someone who can’t work, even with government help. If someone other than you is found to be at fault for your accident, they can and will be forced to cover your lost wages until a time you can work again. If you require therapy, to help you deal emotionally or physically, they will be forced to pay that too.

Do I need a lawyer?

You are not legally required to seek representation. You are, however, strongly compelled. Many people choose to represent themself because they think it is such an open and shut case. This is rarely how it plays out in court. The side with a lawyer will win almost every time, simply because the lawyer knows the laws better. That’s their job. Most lawyers will work on a commission based on the settlement. Out of everyone on “your side”, they are the only ones beside yourself who winning is in their best interest. Your insurance company will try to throw you under the bus at every step. If you are unsure about hiring a lawyer, or how they can help you, book a consultation. They are rarely expensive, sometimes they are even free, and they can help you tremendously. You don’t have to go through this whole ordeal alone, there are people ready and willing to help.

Contact Us About Your Truck Accident Today

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.

CALL US NOW ON: (310) 807-3083