Few accidents are quite as awful for victims as trucking accidents, and these horrifying, often deadly accidents leave California accident victims with pressing questions.
Here are common questions and answers to frequently asked questions about trucking accidents. If you have any other questions about your accident, talk to a trucking accident lawyer at The Ledger Law Firm to discuss your case.
Q: I was hit by a commercial driver in a trucking accident. Who is legally responsible, the driver or employer?
A: The answer to this essential legal question will depend on the facts of the accident once we have conducted a thorough investigation. For example, a truck driver operating the vehicle under the influence would be a legally responsible party in an accident, whereas a truck driver’s unintentional negligence that occurred within the scope of employment may lead to the trucking company’s liability. In some complicated trucking accident cases, multiple parties can be responsible.
Q: Are there any unique aspects of trucking accidents?
A: Absolutely. One key difference pertaining to trucking accidents is that large commercial trucks are mandated to have higher insurance coverage compared to ordinary vehicles. And, as hinted at in the previous question, the fact pattern of trucking accident negligence tends to be more complex than a more typical accident.
Issues like whether trucks were properly maintained or whether federal trucking laws were violated reveal why it is essential to reach out to a proven California trucking accident lawyer. The Ledger Law Firm is a nationally recognized personal injury firm that has helped clients just like you receive the compensation that is legally owed after a trucking accident.
Q: How long do I have to file a trucking accident lawsuit?
A: Per California’s statute of limitations that sets the timeline for how long you have to file a claim, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit in trucking accidents. However, this timeline is reduced to six months if the truck or vehicle that hit you was a vehicle that is owned by the government.
Even so, it is in your best interests to reach out to Ledger Law as soon as you have received medical treatment (and certainly before signing a low settlement offer from the insurance company). The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can investigate your claim and get you deserved compensation in your pocket that truly reflects the value of your legal claim.
The often devastating nature of a trucking accident means you may well need compensation that lasts the rest of your life. Signing a settlement offer before talking to us may lead to a literal lifetime of regret if you accept a low offer that leaves you struggling to cope with medical costs in later years.
Additionally, reaching out to us quickly lets us immediately get to work collecting essential evidence such as truck driver logs and similarly essential documents that build a stronger case for your claim.
If you have been injured in a serious trucking accident, please contact us to speak with a Ledger Law attorney who will protect your legal rights.