Cupertino Personal Injury Lawyers | Accident Lawyers
Cupertino Truk Accident Attorneys
Truck accident victims face not only crippling, life-altering physical damage, but also financial stress due to mounting medical bills and lost wages. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in California, consider reaching out to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for help. Our experienced truck accident lawyers will investigate your crash, gather evidence, and file a lawsuit on your behalf against the potentially liable parties.
Collisions with Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicles are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which imposes regulations on drivers and the companies that manage them. Evidence of failure to abide by these standards can form the basis of a negligence claim.
Examples of commercial vehicles include:
- Truck-trailer combinations
- Livestock carriers
- Cement mixers
- Utility vehicles
- Box trucks
- Moving trucks
- Dump trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Hazardous materials (Hazmat) vehicles
- Passenger buses
If you were involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, a different set of rules will apply to your case. Our Cupertino truck accident attorneys are well-versed in FMCSA regulations and know how to investigate commercial truck accidents, so you will be in capable hands when you work with us.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Our truck accident attorneys have handled claims arising from all types of careless and reckless conduct by truck drivers, motor carriers, maintenance providers, and manufacturers.
Through an in-depth investigation into the crash that caused you harm, we may uncover evidence of:
- Driver fatigue
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Unsafe lane changing
- Distracted driving
- Deferred truck maintenance
- Wide turns
- Unsecured cargo loads
What Can I Do to Protect My Claim?
As a victim, you will need to work hard to preserve your claim. Your attorney may advise you to do the following:
- Seek as much treatment as you need. The claims adjuster will want to know whether you have done your part to address your injuries and heal. In legal terms, this is known as “mitigation of damages.” You have a duty to mitigate your damages. As such, delaying medical treatment may hurt your chances of recovery. To avoid running into disputes involving mitigation of damages, your attorney will probably encourage you to visit a doctor as soon as possible after the wreck to obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Decline to make recorded statements (unless your attorney instructs you to do so): It is standard practice for insurance companies to collect recorded statements from claimants once they have been involved in an accident. To avoid making a statement that can be used against you, decline putting anything in writing or recording any statements unless your attorney directs you otherwise.
- Minimize your digital footprint: To protect your claim, it is generally prudent to keep a low profile online. To avoid making any statements that can be used against you, stay off the social media grid.
Discuss Your Case with A Truck Accident Lawyer.
Our attorneys have decades of collective experience representing accident victims in negotiations with large motor carriers and their insurance companies and are here to represent you. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case assessment.