Temecula Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents have unfortunately become more common throughout the years, especially in California, as the highways become more congested and the oil and gas industry requires increased truck activity on the highways. The innocent victims of these accidents are subjected to extreme injuries, given the intensity with which the truck impacts the car. If you or a loved one were the victim of a serious accident,our San Diego truck accident attorney can help get you the necessary compensation for your injuries.
California Truck Accident Statistics
The California Highway Patrol noted that California experienced a steady decrease in the number of fatal car accidents between 2004 and 2010. However, this number has continued to rise since 2010, despite the best efforts of law enforcement agents to combat distracted driving behavior and driving under the influence. In 2013, nearly 1,000 fatalities occurred in accidents involving trucks (both pickup trucks and truck tractors). That same year, approximately 35,000 injuries occurred in truck accidents. This is a steady increase in the total number of truck accident fatalities from 2010 – 2013. Prior to 2013, there were approximately 830 fatal truck accidents each year.
Truck accidents are often more dangerous than typical car accidents since they often involve much heavier vehicles and sometimes even heavy equipment that could crush a victim in a car. Injuries are therefore often severe and can include:
Trucks serve an important role in our country’s commerce but can also quickly become deadly to innocent victims on the roadways. The responsible party should therefore be held responsible for the resulting damage, whether this be the truck driver or the trucking company.
California Personal Injury Recovery
California is a comparative negligence state, meaning that a victim’s overall damages in a personal injury claim may be reduced by the percentage a court determines them to be at fault. For example, if the victim is found to be 25 percent at fault for their overall injuries after a truck accident, the court can reduce their damages by 25 percent.
A personal injury claim after a truck accident may take into account many different aspects of the accident, and can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An attorney can provide assistance in determining the total amount of damages an injured person may claim after a truck accident. However, it is important to keep in mind that the other party’s insurance company may attempt to coerce a settlement during this time. The option of a quick settlement may seem appealing after an accident, but it may not cover all the damages which you are entitled to receive, and may limit your abilities to bring a claim in the future. Therefore, you should try to refrain from speaking with the insurance company until you have spoken to an attorney about your options for a claim.
Liljegren Law Group | Temecula, CA Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the Liljegren Law Group. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with their claims after a devastating truck accident has affected their life. Contact our Temecula office for your initial free consultation.