Commercial trucks are the largest vehicles on the road. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds when fully-loaded, these vehicles can cause immense damage during a collision. Due to the dangerous nature of these vehicles, drivers and their employers are required to follow California and federal safety regulations. If you were injured in a truck accident, it is possible the trucker or the trucking company violated these regulations. There are also additional parties who may be responsible for the crash. You may be able to be compensated for damages against these parties if you or a loved one were injured during the accident. Our California truck accident lawyers could pursue multiple sources of evidence during a lawsuit to determine who was at fault.
The attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson have decades of experience handling auto and truck accident claims. Our California truck accident attorneys will guide you through every step of the process. We take truck accident cases in the Bay Area, including Fairfield, Napa, Richmond, Vacaville, Vallejo, Woodland, and the surrounding areas.
A violation of federal or state regulations is not the only basis for establishing liability during a truck accident case. In addition, multiple parties are sometimes liable for causing a single truck accident. These parties may include:
Commercial truck drivers
There are many cases where commercial truckers are responsible for the accident. For example, drivers may cause accidents if they under the influence of alcohol or in violation of hours of service rules. Hours of service regulations were created to prevent truckers from causing fatigued driving accidents.
Commercial truck companies
Like truck drivers, commercial trucking companies are also expected to follow federal and state regulations. For example, companies could be liable for a wreck if they hired or retained unqualified drivers.
Trucks may contain defects that cause an accident. In such cases, it could be possible to hold the manufacturer of the truck or auto part responsible for damages.
Shipping and loading companies could be liable for a wreck. Commercial trucks can crash when cargo is not properly loaded or secured. For example, a truck may crash if cargo shifts during a sharp turn.
An investigation would be necessary to determine who is liable for your truck accident. Evidence can come from multiple sources that include:
The “black box”
Trucks carry a “black box” that records important information from the engine. The black box may record driving time, speed, hard braking events and other crucial information to your case. However, black boxes shut off after 30 days, so it is crucial to obtain this evidence as soon as possible.
Newer commercial trucks may contain video cameras. Footage of your accident may be useful evidence. In addition, traffic lights, businesses or witnesses may have also recorded what happened.
Certain records can be useful evidence during a truck accident case. For instance, a driver qualification file may show whether the driver was qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Maintenance and inspection records may also be useful.
Witness statements and police reports
Statements from witnesses may help determine what happened. Police reports may also help determine who was liable.
There are additional sources of evidence that are important to your claim. For instance, medical records could help establish the severity of your injuries. In addition, photographs from the accident scene and depositions from accident reconstruction experts could also be useful. We have only included a handful of evidence examples that may factor into your case.
When you retain our California truck accident lawyers, we will take immediate action to collect, analyze and preserve all available evidence. This evidence can allow our accident reconstruction experts to accurately determine who was at fault in the tractor-trailer accident. It can also help us develop a strong case on your behalf.
Our California truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf to help you recover compensation for your suffering. Compensation from a truck accident lawsuit may cover medical bills, home modifications, lost income, loss of future earnings, funeral costs and other expenses. It costs nothing to speak with one of our attorneys to determine whether you could pursue a truck accident claim. We have offices in Fairfield, NapaRichmond, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Woodland.
Call Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson today at (707) 426-5300(707) 426-5300 or send us an email to set up a free consultation with one of our California truck accident lawyers. We are proud to provide personalized service to clients throughout the Bay Area. If necessary, we can even arrange to meet with you in your home or the hospital.
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