Due to the monstrous size of a large truck compared to a passenger vehicle or motorcycle, accidents involving large trucks are usually very serious. Often truck accidents involve catastrophic injuries such as brain or spinal cord injuries, and even loss of life. Large trucks include semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and others.
Truck drivers of large trucks have specialized skills and training and must be licensed to work in their field. Because they are licensed professionals, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care just as lawyers, doctors, and engineers are for their work. When they fail to act under this due standard of care and cause harm to another person, they may be liable to pay for damages, including punitive damages.
According to the US Department of Transportation, each year in the United States approximately 4,671 people are killed in large truck accidents and another 106,400 people are injured. Statistically, when the truck driver is at fault for causing the accident, only 4% of the fatal crashes were caused by vehicle-related factors such as bad brakes or tires. Overwhelmingly, when the truck driver is at fault, the cause of the accident is generally due to human error or negligence.
Truck companies often have teams of attorneys available day and night who can reach the scene of a truck accident before the police even arrive. They may try to speak to you, asking seemingly innocent questions such as “are you okay?” The answers to these questions may be used against you later to try and downplay your injuries and potential damages.
If you can stand and speak you may be feeling very lucky and relatively “okay,” but that doesn’t mean you’re not seriously injured. Adrenaline itself can delay the realization of just how hurt you really are. People in an accident are not typically thinking about details like these, but the defense attorneys are trained, and they will try to take advantage of a vulnerable situation.
Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer immediately is critical to protect the compensation you deserve. Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys have experience fighting against some of the largest trucking insurance companies such as AIG, Liberty Mutual All State, State Farm, Farmers Insurance, Progressive, and others.