Truck AccidentsUpdated on Saturday 11th February 2017
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A truck accident in California is sometimes more complicated than a regular vehicle accident. Because truck drivers are usually employees hired by transportation companies, the question that needs to be answered is who can be considered liable for the accident. The truck driver who has been injured can claim that the company that owns the truck can be held liable. Likewise, the company can also accuse the driver of negligence.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys will assess any case that involved truck accidents in the state of California. Our experts will look at the evidence and will help you build a solid case.
Liability for truck accidents in Los Angeles
Truck accidents can cause serious injuries to the driver and other individuals involved in the car crash and also result in important material damages, especially if the truck was transporting certain goods that can be irreparably damaged in the truck accident.
In Los Angeles, truck drivers are required to have a special license to be able to perform transport activities on large vehicles. Despite the measures taken by the authorities to ensure that the driver is suited for operating a large vehicle and despite the best efforts of transport companies that assess and hire trained professional drivers, truck accidents can be related to the driver’s negligence or non-performance. Driving errors can occur during longer routes and fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents.
It is extremely important to establish exactly why the accident occurred and who can be held liable for the damages. If the driver’s behavior caused the accident, he can be held legally responsible for the accident. The driver’s liability also involves the insurance company, if applicable. According to law, transport companies who hire drivers cannot completely distance themselves from the driver who produced the accident, if he can be held liable. The company can also be held accountable for the accident if the truck is clearly registered in its name and displays the name or logos of the company.
If you are involved in a truck accident in California, the first step after seeking appropriate medical care is to gather an actual and accurate accident recount documentation. You should get the accident report from the police and document the medical procedures that were necessary after the accident. You can postpone getting in contact with the insurance company and seek legal counseling. A truck accident attorney will be familiar with the insurance claim resolution method.
Our lawyers invite you to watch the following video for more information about personal injuries caused by truck accidents:
Legislation for truck accidents in California
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the regulating authority in the United States for the trucking industry. It has a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation and sets forth the rules and regulations regarding the maximum drive time and on-duty time for truck drivers, the inspection and maintenance requirements for large vehicles, requirements for weight distribution and loading and unloading requirements.
A driver who violates any of the rules set forth by the FMCSA or any other federal law can be presumed liable for the truck accident.
Our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles can help you solve issues regarding any truck related accident and can also help you if this unfortunate event resulted in wrongful death. You can contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys or sent an online inquiry to one of our experts if you have any questions.