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Large commercial trucks can inflict severe damage when an accident occurs. These incidents often lead to severe injuries, and those harmed deserve compensation. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we are here to help if you need a Santa Ana truck accident attorney by your side. We will not back down from insurance carriers as we work to secure the compensation you need.
After a severe truck accident occurs, it is crucial to work with a skilled attorney who can handle every aspect of your claim. Unfortunately, these specific incidents often put crash victims going up against well-funded trucking carriers and their insurance companies.
When you have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side, you will have someone with the resources necessary to completely investigate every aspect of your claim. This will include gathering the evidence needed, obtaining records from the trucking company, and speaking to any eyewitnesses. If necessary, your lawyer will work with expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
An attorney will also make sure that you are evaluated by trusted medical professionals so you can receive the care necessary to make as complete of a recovery as possible. Your lawyer will prepare your case for trial if that is what it takes to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Truck accidents can occur in a wide variety of ways, and in truth, they can be anyone’s fault. However, when truck drivers or trucking companies are negligent in their duties, serious injuries and even death can occur.
Truck drivers have significant responsibilities, and they must be properly trained. All drivers must carry their commercial driver’s licenses and be trained to operate the vehicles they are in. Some of the main ways that truck drivers cause collisions include instances where they:
Truck companies also have tremendous responsibilities, and they may ultimately be responsible for the negligent actions of the truck drivers. Additionally, trucking companies must ensure that all drivers are properly trained and licensed. Companies are responsible for regularly inspecting and maintaining each vehicle, per federal regulations. Trucking companies can be held responsible if they encourage drivers to operate beyond the allowable hours of service or if they encourage the overloading of the truck cargo.
Determining liability and the aftermath of a truck accident can be challenging, and this involves gathering a significant amount of evidence. In many cases, individuals are able to gather evidence right at the truck accident scene. This can include using some type of camera to take photographs of the causes of the incident, vehicle damage, injuries, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and more.
Additionally, eyewitnesses can provide valuable information about what they saw. This can include individuals near the roadway as well as those inside other vehicles around where the accident occurred.
However, determining liability will also involve gathering various types of evidence from the trucking company. This includes the electronic control module for the truck as well as the truck driver’s electronic logging device that tracks their hours. It may also be necessary to obtain records related to the inspection and maintenance of the vehicle.
If necessary, an accident reconstruction expert may need to come in to examine the evidence and put together 3D computer models of what likely occurred to show to an insurance carrier or a personal injury jury.
Any person injured in a truck accident caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver or trucking company needs to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file these claims in court. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is two years from the date the accident occurs. This means that a truck crash victim has a two-year timeframe with which to file a lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company.
Failing to file a lawsuit within this timeframe will likely result in the case being dismissed. Additionally, please keep in mind that insurance carriers involved in these cases also have deadlines. Often, insurance carriers require that a claim be reported within a day or two after the incident occurs, and failing to do so could result in a claim delay or even a denial.
There are various types of compensation that may be available to Santa Ana truck accident victims. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our team works diligently to recover both economic and non-economic losses on behalf of our clients. For a truck accident claim, this can include the following:
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of a truck driver or trucking company in Santa Ana, reach out to the team at DiMarco Araujo Montevideo for help as soon as possible. We have the resources necessary to handle every aspect of this claim on your behalf. We want to make sure that you recover complete compensation for your losses. Let us help make sure that you are not taken advantage of by insurance carriers or trucking companies. When you need a Santa Ana truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at (714) 783-2205.