What To Do After A Truck Accident
Sacramento Accident Attorneys
Big rigs represent a danger on our roadways because of their size. According to the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the average big rig, semi-truck, semi-trailer truck, tractor trailer, and 18-wheeler traveling on California roads can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be as much as 75 feet long, while the average passenger vehicle weighs only 4,000 pounds.
Truck accidents often result in severe injuries or death. The CHP reports there are roughly 5,000 injuries from semi-truck accidents, with approximately 250 deaths each year in California. These accidents are avoidable if the driver pays attention to traffic and roadway conditions, drives at a safe speed, and maintains a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead. Big-rig crashes resulting in injury or fatality are potentially caused by the following:
- Excessive/unsafe speed
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Improper loading
- Drug or alcohol use
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Mechanical failure
- Lack of training or experience
If you are involved in a truck accident, seek immediate medical attention if necessary. Your health is first and foremost. However, it is important to ensure your rights are protected. The following is recommended in the event of an accident:
File a report of the collision as soon as possible. Gather the following information:
- time and location where the accident happened
- driver license numbers
- license plate numbers
- insurance information
- Names, address and phone numbers of anyone involved in the accident including witnesses
Take pictures if possible.
- Documenting the scene of the accident, vehicles involved, and your injuries are valuable evidence when pursuing a claim.
- Do not admit liability or discuss the accident.
Do not speak with the other insurance company or sign any papers.
- The at-fault party’s insurance company will call you after the accident. Before talking to an insurance company, contact an attorney first to discuss your legal rights. You do not want to make admissions of fault or liability to the other party. In addition, do not agree to any recorded statements or conversations with the insurance company. In the heat of the moment, things may have unfolded differently than you perceived.
- Keep all accident-related records.
If the truck driver and/or trucking company is found at-fault, the injured victims can seek compensation for accident related damages including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
Victims of a trucking accident are advised to contact an experienced lawyer who will focus on their case and protect their legal rights.
Our lawyers are experienced and have the resources to handle these cases. Call us for a free case evaluation at (916) 520-6639, or fill out a contact form.