We’ve seen severe injuries, including broken bones and even death, caused by accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Those injuries frequently require neck and back fusions or multiple surgeries. Commercial vehicles are so large that there’s a lot of force behind an accident, even a smaller accident. We handled one case where our client had such severe injuries, he had to have a back fusion, which actually left him with ED and incontinence.
Who Is Potentially Liable for My Injuries Suffered from a Commercial Vehicle or Trucking Accident?
Just as with a passenger vehicle accident, the owner of the vehicles insurance is the primary in California, so the first place we would look would be the insurance of the owner of the vehicle. The second place we would look is the driver of the truck. Some trucking accidents involve the tractor and the trailer having two separate owners. In those cases, there are multiple insurance companies to go after when determining fault.
I Was Hit by a Semi-Truck Near Orange County. What Steps Should I Take Immediately Following the Accident to Protect My Case?
The steps you should take following a trucking accident are similar to those after an auto accident: get the information of the driver who hit you, take pictures, and call the police to get a police report. You really want to make sure you get insurance information on the owner of the vehicle, the owner of the trailer, and the driver. If you’re injured, get to the hospital or to an urgent care as soon as possible and find out what your injuries are so the Dr’s can determine what the course of treatment will be.
Are These Cases More Complex or Difficult Than Passenger-Vehicle-Only Accidents Because You Have to Go up Against Big Insurance Companies?
Trucking cases are generally a little bit more complex because the injuries are going to be a lot more severe. These cases take a lot longer to handle, involve more doctors for treatment, and often require multiple surgeries. Because of this, there will be hundreds to thousands of pages of medical records and billing to go through and evaluate. The insurance companies will do more investigation-wise, including hiring experts. That makes a case more complicated.
For more information on Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases in California, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (562) 600-0807 today.