1. Your first priority is to seek medical care for anyone who might have been injured.
2. Report the accident to the police and make sure a police report is filed.
3. Record the name, address, and telephone number of the other party and all witnesses.
4. Get insurance information such as the insurance agent, policy and insurance company.
5. Take photographs if possible of the location and damaged property.
6. Be careful of what you say. Remember not to provide a statement to anyone until you consult with a lawyer.
7. Seek the advice of an experienced California injury attorney immediately to begin protecting your rights.
If involved in a personal injury trucking accident, it is important to take the same necessary steps you would take in any motor vehicle accident. Be sure to gather any information you can from the scene including contact and insurance information from those involved. Also, gather information from witnesses and take photos if you have a camera available. Contact your insurance company immediately regarding the trucking accident. If you have been in a truck accident contact the Truck Accident Attorneys at Kuvara Law Firm 1-800-4-INJURY to protect your rights.
The enormity of semi-trucks causes them to not have the same visibility or reaction time as a smaller vehicle. For this reason, big rig trucking accidents are most likely to result in fatality. Of the approximately 500,000 personal injury trucking accidents each year, over 5,000 people are killed and roughly 140,000 are injured. More often than not, the victims of these catastrophic accidents are the motor vehicle drivers and not the truck drivers.
Personal injury semi accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but are most likely to be the fault of the truck driver or trucking agency. These reasons range from mechanical failures, to intoxication, to general negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company. The most common reason for trucking accidents caused by the truck driver, however, is driver fatigue.
Driver fatigue is responsible for approximately 30 to 40 percent of all trucking accidents. Nearly 20 percent of truck drivers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in a three-month period. These alarming statistics have caused the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create strict guidelines for truck drivers regarding safety. Federal regulations now restrict the number of hours that a truck driver can work in relation to their hours of rest. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also executed licensing standards. Unfortunately, when the standards are neglected, these measures do not prevent trucking accidents and fatalities.
It is not always the fault of the truck driver or trucking company. Car drivers, who do not consider the limitations of a truck driver because of decreased visibility, the size of their vehicle, and the inability to react quickly, may endanger both parties on the road. Reckless maneuvering or aggressive driving around a truck may result in a trucking accident.
Regardless of liability, trucking accidents involving personal injury or wrongful death can be a devastating event. It is important for truck and car drivers alike to take the proper precautions in sharing the road. It is the responsibility of the trucking agency to ensure that the truck is in good mechanical condition. However, it is also the responsibility of truck and car driver to drive with caution, knowing the limitations of both vehicles.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, you should seek the professional legal advice of a trucking accident attorney. A trucking accident attorney can help you learn more about your legal rights and advise you how to be compensated for your suffering and losses. Contact Kuvara Law Firm 1-80-4-INJURY today for legal advice regarding your trucking accident. Our truck accident offices are located in San Jose, San Rafael, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, San Mateo, Redwood City, and Newark.
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