Temecula Truck Accident Attorneys
Few experiences can match the shock and trauma of being hit by an 18-wheeler. The force of impact can result in devastating injuries that affect the victim’s career, relationships, and quality of life. Our Temecula truck accident attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we’re ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We have many years of experience taking on large motor carriers and their insurance companies. Our lawyers know the most effective strategies to employ during every stage of the proceedings, and we will use all the resources out our disposal to pursue the highest settlement possible. We’ve won more than $300,000,000 for accident victims and their families. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free consultation.
Types Accident Cases Our Temecula Truck Accident Lawyers Represent:
- Truck Accidents Involving Spilled Cargo
- Truck Accidents Caused by Overloading
- Rollover Truck Accidents
- Tire Blowout Truck Accidents
- Fatigue-Related Truck Accidents
- Brake Failure Truck Accidents
- Blind Spot Truck Accidents
- Fatal Truck Accidents
Who Might Be Liable for a Truck Accident?
After most collisions involving regular cars, one of the drivers involved is held liable for the other party’s damages, which are usually covered by the at-fault motorist’s insurance company. But if you were injured by a negligent trucker, it’s likely that his or her employer would be liable for your medical bills and other losses. Employers can be held vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees through the doctrine of respondeat superior. If, however, the trucker was an independent contractor, it’s likely that vicarious liability would not apply. Depending on the cause of the accident, there are many other parties who might be liable. Examples include:
- The Party That Maintained the Vehicle: Some trucking companies hire contractors to maintain their fleet. If negligent truck maintenance was the cause of your crash, the party that was hired to maintain the truck might be liable for damages.
- A Government Entity: Was your crash caused by poor road maintenance or negligent road design? If so, a government entity might be liable.
- The Company That Loaded the Cargo: Commercial trucks often transport tens of thousands of pounds of cargo. If the truck is overloaded or the cargo is imbalanced, the party that loaded the cargo might be liable for any accident that results.
- An Auto Part Designer or Manufacturer: If an auto part defect—either affecting your vehicle or the truck—caused the crash, the designer or manufacturer of that part or the vehicle itself might be liable.
Our Temecula truck accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the claims process no matter who was at fault for your injuries. We will conduct a detailed investigation to identify all potentially liable parties. Depending on the circumstances, pursuing compensation from multiple parties might increase your chances of receiving compensation for 100 percent of your economic damages due to California’s joint and several liability laws. Under joint and several liability, one defendant can be held liable for all of a victim’s damages even if multiple parties contributed to the damages. As such, if one defendant doesn’t have the insurance coverage to pay for their portion of your economic damages, you may be able to pursue the difference from another defendant.
Important Evidence in Temecula Truck Accident Cases
Strong evidence can be the difference between winning a fair settlement and having to go through the hassle of trial, or walking away with no compensation at all. Our Temecula truck accident attorneys have one goal: to get you fairly compensated as soon as possible. We will perform an immediate and comprehensive investigation into your case to compile all available evidence. If necessary, we will file subpoenas to collect evidence that’s being withheld. We can also bring in medical, economic, vocational, and accident reconstruction experts to provide testimony. Depending on the circumstances, we may use the following evidence to prove liability:
- The trucker’s receipts for gas, food, and lodging;
- Weigh station records;
- GPS data;
- Toll booth receipts;
- Data from the truck’s electronic logging device;
- Timestamped bills of lading;
- The cell phone records of the truck driver;
- The police report;
- Dashcam and surveillance footage;
- Data from the truck’s black box;
- Testimony from eyewitnesses;
- Documentation of the motor carrier’s training and operational procedures;
- Vehicle maintenance records;
- Testimony from expert witnesses;
- Photos of the crash scene; and
- Video footage of the accident.
To obtain a recovery of damages, it’s also necessary to prove the kinds of damages you’ve incurred and their value. Evidence of damages may include:
- Your medical records;
- Financial records to prove lost income and lost earning capacity;
- Receipts for any expenses related to the accident or injury;
- Vehicle repair estimates;
- Expert witness testimony;
- Your personal injury journal; and
- Photos of injuries.
Speak with a Temecula Truck Accident Lawyer Today: Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping truck accident victims fight for the compensation they need to get their lives back. We have won several multi million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients, but we are still dedicated to providing the personalized legal services of a small, neighborhood law firm. To schedule a free case review, send us a message or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.