WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK COLLISIONS?
The most common cause of truck accidents is driver error. Far and away, the most important reason for these big rig accidents is driver fatigue. Driver fatigue and driver error accounts for most collisions with other vehicles, with driver fatigue being mostly responsible for negligent truck collisions. A smaller number of collisions are also the fault of either equipment failure in the truck, visibility, or inattention of drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compiles collision data from commercial truck accidents The FMCSA concluded “Brake problems” were documented as the number one factor involved in commercial trucking accidents.
WHAT TYPE OF COMPENSATION IS AVAILABLE FROM AN 18 WHEELER ACCIDENT CLAIM?
The victim of a truck accident may have multiple claims against multiple defendants. It is customary for the driver to have his own personal insurance policy along with the company’s insurance policy that the driver may be working for at the time of the collision. Many times drivers lease vehicles from a company, and so determining the appropriate and applicable insurance is paramount.
There are several potential responsible parties in a truck collision. Potential liable parties include:
- Owners of Trailer
- Owners of Truck
Trucks often have multiple business entities involved in the transfer of goods that they are hauling, and an investigation needs to be completed to determine the responsible parties’ appropriate insurance. The possibility of multiple responsible entities in a collision should concern a victim in a truck collision and compel the victim to obtain experienced legal counsel.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A DRIVER TELLS YOU TO NOT REPORT AN ACCIDENT?
You should never agree to not report an incident. The incident report is the single most important discovery tool after a collision. A traffic collision report will help the victim in a number of ways. It will establish fault in the collision. It will document the applicable insurance of the other driver’s vehicle. It will provide statements of the parties in the collision, and reflect the surrounding circumstances, such as weather, lighting, etc., that may or may not be involved in the collision. It is absolutely crucial to request a police report following a collision, especially a collision with a large truck. Trucks often have multiple business entities involved in the transfer of goods which they are hauling, and therefore, an investigation needs to be completed to determine the responsible parties’ appropriate insurance. The possibility of multiple responsible entities in a collision should concern a victim in a truck collision and compel the victim to obtain experienced legal counsel.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU GET THROUGH TRAUMATIC INJURIES?
We have experience in dealing with large-scale big rig collisions. We can locate the applicable insurances, guide the client through the significant medical treatment that is usually associated with these collisions, and negotiate with the commercial insurance carriers that are involved in the collisions. These are typically different insurance companies than normal motor vehicle collisions. Understanding and participating in the negotiations with these common carriers is more complex and more rewarding.
WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST REDKEY GORDON WITH YOUR TRUCK ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Our firm has much experience dealing with truck accident claims. We have secured millions of dollars in recovery in truck collisions. Since there is a much higher degree of injury associated with these collisions, these vehicle collisions require a higher degree of medical evaluation, medical assessment, and medical facilitation. These truck cases also cause a lot of damage physically, emotionally, and financially, and should be awarded accordingly.
We have settled and represented truck claimants over the last 15 years. We provide access to specialists for the medical treatment which our clients require to recuperate and rehabilitate, and our attorneys are experienced in dealing with medical lien issues and the legal causation issues that often surface in these big rig claims.
Our truck accident lawyers in Stockton handle each case personally and are readily available to advise our clients when they need us. We understand the emotional and physical trials they are coping with, and we do our utmost to make the claim process as stress-free as possible which can facilitate a favorable resolution to their claim.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a semi-truck collision call our office for a free consultation 209-267-1685.