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Accidents involving large commercial trucks can create extensive property damage and catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, individuals often have a hard time recovering compensation after these incidents occur. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we are here to help if you need an Anaheim truck accident attorney by your side. Let us handle every aspect of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Freeways abound throughout and around the Anaheim area. With five different freeways, the 55, and the 57, there are plenty of opportunities for individuals to operate around these larger commercial trucks. Additionally, when we consider that Anaheim is home to popular tourist attractions and sports teams, the reality is that the roadways are always crowded.
The state of California does not publish data specifically focusing on how many large truck accidents occur in specific areas around the state. In fact, neither the Department of Transportation nor the Department of Public Safety for California release statistics related to commercial truck accidents.
When we look at information provided by the National Safety Council, we can see that nearly 5,000 individuals lost their lives as a result of large truck crashes during the latest reporting year of data available. Additionally, the NSC says that 147,000 people were injured as a result of large truck incidents.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks occur in a wide variety of ways. Just like any other type of motor vehicle collision, these incidents often are caused by the careless or negligent actions of a driver. When we examine truck driver actions that cause crashes, we often see the following issues arise:
However, accidents involving commercial trucks can also be caused by the truck company, not just the driver. Companies have tremendous responsibilities when it comes to ensuring roadway safety. Some of the most common ways that truck companies cause these accidents include:
There may be various types of compensation available to victims of large truck accidents in the Anaheim area. Our Anaheim personal injury attorneys worked diligently to recover both economic and noneconomic losses on behalf of every client that we help. This includes, but is not limited to, the following in these situations:
Determining fault in the aftermath of a large truck accident can be challenging. First and foremost, this involves gathering as much evidence as possible. In many cases, individuals can gather evidence at the scene of the crash, usually by using a phone or another type of camera to take photographs of everything. This includes debris, vehicle damage, injuries, traffic and weather conditions, and more. Additionally, if there were any eyewitnesses at the scene, their names and contact information need to be written down as soon as possible so they can be contacted later on.
However, a skilled truck accident lawyer will work to gather additional types of evidence in the days and weeks that follow the incident. This will include:
There are various ways to go about filing a truck accident claim in California. First, the vast majority of commercial truck accident cases will be resolved through a settlement with the insurance carriers involved. This will likely include filing a claim with your auto insurance carrier, who will in turn, file a claim against the truck company’s insurance carrier. All of this sounds rather easy, but it is not. Even if you think your case will be resolved through a settlement with an insurance carrier, you still need to work with an attorney who can handle every aspect of the situation on your behalf.
In the event the insurance carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement, or if they deny the claim, it will become necessary to file a civil personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. This is a complicated process, and it puts the case into the civil court system in California. It is crucial to have an attorney with experience handling complex injury claims file the case on your behalf and begin the discovery process with the other party (parties) involved.
If you or somebody you love has been injured or sustained property damage in an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company in Anaheim, reach out to an attorney immediately. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, we understand how complicated these cases can be, but we have the resources necessary to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and legal teams to help ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. When you need an Anaheim truck accident attorney by your side, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at (714) 783-2205.