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"On November 23rd a truck coming towards me lost his lugnut and it went through my windshield. It hit my face like a bullet. Needless to say, I had to go through extensive surgeries and so much pain. I contacted Fontana Injury Law Group to help deal with the insurance company, the trucking company lawyers, and the exorbitant medical bills. I am so glad to have found an amazing and caring attorney here. Their honesty and eagerness to help is outstanding."
Joe B. Fontana, CA
Getting involved in a trucking accident might only take an instant, but the physical and emotional scars often last a lifetime. If you’ve recently sustained an injury after getting involved in an accident with a trucker, then it’s important to speak with a Fontana truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. In order to protect your rights and secure your deserved compensation consult with Fontana Injury Law Group.
Are you currently struggling under the weight of financial loss after financial loss after your crash? If so, then we can help you understand your legal options. If someone else was responsible and liable for your accident involving a semi truck, then there’s a great chance you can recover from every financial loss you’ve endured by seeking out a lawsuit.
Learn more about how our experienced truck accident attorney can help you cope with an accident. Schedule a free case evaluation with us today to get started immediately.
Why Choose Fontana Injury Law Group
We understand the concerns many accident victims have right after a crash, like how you're supposed to afford an attorney when you’re already burdened by medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more.
The lawyers here at Fontana Injury Law Group understand your finances are strained right now. This is why we invite you to reach out to us for an entirely free consultation where we can discuss your accident case.
If we believe that you have the basis for a personal injury claim, then we will work with you to get your rightful compensation. All of our truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so we won’t expect you to pay us until your case is resolved and you have your settlement check in hand. Rather than accepting payment by the hour or a flat rate, we will request a percentage of your overall settlement once the courts have ruled in your favor. Not only does this benefit you financially, but it also helps you feel even more confident in our services. Our goal is to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Further, our firm will be available to answer your questions 24/7. You can rely on our experience in local courtrooms and take advantage of our relationships with local medical experts who can testify about the severity of your injuries.
The Many Benefits of Hiring a Fontana Truck Accident Attorney
Injuries sustained in a trucking accident are often severe. You deserve to focus on your physical recovery. In an ideal situation, you’d be afforded all the time you need to heal up. Unfortunately, that rarely works out in reality. While you’re healing up, you’ll also need to take steps to start pursuing a lawsuit. That’s where a good Fontana truck accident attorney can help.
Here at Fontana Injury Law Group, we’ll take care of the legal details of your case while you heal.
Truck accident cases are more complicated than regular car accidents for several reasons. For one, your injuries and losses are going to be greater than a regular accident. For another, truckers are on the clock when they get involved in collisions. That means a third party (the trucking company) is already going to be involved in your lawsuit in one way or another.
There are several other parties that could be involved or potentially liable in your accident, too. From the trucker’s loading company to the truck’s manufacturer, you may be able to seek out partial compensation from multiple parties.
A good truck accident lawyer will make sure that all your losses are covered, even if you need to seek them out from different parties. They’ll also help you collect evidence, document your losses, prove your claims, file your legal paperwork, negotiate with the other party, and fight on your behalf if your case goes to trial.START YOUR CASE
How Much Is a Truck Accident Claim Worth?
The value of your accident claim will depend on how much you lost as a result of your injury. These losses include your medical bills, damage to your vehicle, lost income, emotional distress, and future medical costs, too. Your accident claim should restore your financial situation to the way it was prior to the accident, so be sure to consider every loss you experienced. A good lawyer can also help ensure that your account for every expense. Your legal team will also calculate in other areas that you may not have considered, like future expenses for an in-home caregiver or modifications made to the home to accommodate your injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial truck drivers make driving a lifestyle and they are required to have a special commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to operate their oversized vehicles, so they’re usually some of the most experienced drivers out there. All that training and experience isn’t always enough to prevent a crash, though. The most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Sudden stops from other drivers
- Mechanical defects
- Hazardous or improperly loaded cargo
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Trucker fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Poor road infrastructure
- Poor weather
- Aggressive driving
If you were in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, then it’s important to determine what caused it. In California, the cause of your accident will play a huge role in determining who will need to pay the financial costs associated with the crash.
At the initial crash scene, authorities will start to investigate what happened. They’ll try to make an estimate as to what they believe caused or contributed to the collision in their police report.
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
In many car accidents, there are only two parties involved – the plaintiff and the defendant. Truck accidents are much more complicated, and this is especially true if multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.
That’s because California courtrooms operate on a comparative negligence standard, which means each party is liable based on their percentage of fault in the accident. All of the following parties could potentially be liable for your accident depending on the cause of the accident:
- The truck driver
- Another driver in a multi-car and truck crash
- The trucking company
- The trucker’s maintenance company
- The trucker’s loading company
- The truck’s manufacturer
In order to be considered liable for the accident, the party must be found negligent. If you can prove these four elements, then you’ll establish legal liability. California law defines negligence:
- Having a legal duty to provide for someone else’s care
- Breaching that duty of care
- That breach of duty directly caused the accident
- The trucking accident led to specific damages
Common Truck Accident Injuries
As you can imagine, getting into a collision with a massive semi-truck can lead to some pretty extensive injuries. In tragic situations, these injuries are fatal, life-threatening, or life-altering. In most cases, the car occupants are more injured than the truck driver due to the sheer size and weight of most trucks on the road. Here are some of the most common accident injuries caused by commercial trucks:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ failure
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Truck accident victims need to ensure their immediate safety. Too often, one crash leads to several more on speedy roads like highways and freeways. If you know you’re in immediate danger where your car has landed, then do what you need to do to ensure everyone’s safety. Consider going to the shoulder or driving your vehicle to the side of the road if you can.
Once safe, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Once emergency medical personnel arrive, it’s a good idea to get checked out by them even if you feel like you’re fine. Often, life-saving chemicals like adrenaline can mask even serious injuries in the aftermath of a crash.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may end up heading straight to the hospital. Otherwise, speak with authorities, take photographs of the accident scene, and take down any witness information, too. As soon as you can, seek medical attention to ensure the accident didn’t cause any injuries.
Save your medical bills and get a copy of your doctor’s diagnosis. You’ll also want to determine how much it will cost to repair your car. If your injury or lack of transportation is impacting your ability to earn an income, then make sure to document how much money in lost wages you’re losing, too.
If your losses are adding up, then your next move should be to contact a Fontana truck accident attorney. They can help you with the next steps.
Are You Ready to Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney?
Have you recently experienced a truck accident that was outside of your control? Do you have good reason to believe that the trucker, another driver, or another party caused or contributed to your accident? If so, then there’s a great chance that you can seek financial compensation in court.
While accomplishing such a feat sounds simple on the surface, the reality is messy and complicated. An auto accident involving commercial truck drivers are often challenging because you’ll likely be going up against trucking companies, their insurance company, and their team of lawyers.
The good news is that here at Fontana Injury Law Group, we have extensive experience representing clients who have been injured in trucking accidents. If you’re interested in seeking out a case, then you can rely on our experience and past history of success. Contact us now to get in touch with our team of experts about your situation.