When semi-trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, the impact is devastating. Due to their sheer size and weight, semi-trucks often cause catastrophic damage. Sadly, it is the relatively unprotected drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles who suffer the brunt of this damage. Truck accidents often lead to life-altering injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as death. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large trucks and similar commercial vehicles were responsible for 4,440 fatalities in 2016 (the latest year for which data was available).
If you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident on a California highway or road, Torem & Associates can help you fight for a fair recovery. All too often, the truck company’s insurance provider will try to pin the blame on the victim in order to avoid having to pay out claims. Our Fresno truck accident attorneys work to hold the liable parties accountable and fight to recover the maximum compensation you are owed for your losses.
Injured in a serious truck accident? Give us a call at (888) 500-5000 or contact us online for a free consultation. We can come to you.
Determining Liability in Truck Accident Cases
Truck accident claims tend to be much more complex than other types of motor vehicle claims, like those involving car or motorcycle accidents. This is largely due to the fact that truck accidents often have multiple at-fault parties. Because truck drivers are employed by a trucking company, their employer may be liable for any accidents or injuries a driver causes while driving for work.
Depending on the exact circumstances involved, any of the following parties may be partially or fully liable for your losses:
- The truck driver
- The company that employs the truck driver
- The person or company responsible for conducting truck maintenance
- The manufacturer or distributor of a certain truck part
- The designer of a defective or faulty truck
For example, if a trucking company expects its drivers to meet unrealistic quotas, it may cause drivers to feel pressured to drive for longer hours. Drivers may violate hours-of-service rules by failing to take mandated breaks or resting for short periods of time without sleeping. Drivers may even feel pressured to take illicit stimulants in order to complete more hours on the road. If any of these situations lead to an accident, both the driver and the driving company may be held liable. The driver’s supervisor may even be partially responsible if he or she failed to accurately check hours-of-service records.
Discuss Your Case with Our Team
As you can see, truck accident claims are very complex. They can be difficult—if not nearly impossible—to pursue on your own. However, when you turn to the trusted attorneys at Torem & Associates, you will have over 100 years of combined legal experience on your side. We work with accident reconstruction experts and trucking industry specialists to determine exactly how your accident occurred, what factors led to the collision, the full extent of your injuries and losses, and, most importantly, who is liable. From there, our Fresno truck accident lawyers work to build a strong case aimed at recovering the full, fair compensation you are owed. We have successfully secured many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients; reach out to us today to find out how we can help you.
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