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Elements to Consider if You Have Experienced an Accident Involving a Big Rig

Elements to Consider if You Have Experienced an Accident Involving a Big Rig

Roads in the State of California can be dangerous due to several factors, but every driver is also exposed to the potential of an accident involving a large vehicle. Common large vehicles may include semi-trucks, large 18-wheelers, and even buses or other commercial vehicles. Every driver in the State of California owes a duty of responsibility and standard of care to other drivers sharing the road. Individuals who drive large vehicles will generally need to maintain a particular class of license as well as undergo specialized training in regards to the vehicle they operate. The failure to maintain training can result in ignored rules and regulations that could quickly result in disasters on the road.

Truck Driver Negligence

Truck driver’s negligence is one of the most common reasons surrounding accidents involving large vehicles. Negligence is the legal term frequently used to describe the carelessness of the driver to maintain a safe road. If you have been involved in an accident that involves a big rig, there are important factors you should consider.

Truck drivers are often under high pressure delivery deadlines, and unfortunately safety can sometimes be compromised in an effort to deliver on time. Additionally, sometimes trucking companies are given incentives to deliver on or before a certain date. This can potentially incentivize drivers to skip naps or sleep, forego breaks, and drive for long periods of time without stopping. This behavior can impair a trucker’s reaction times and judgement when maneuvering in traffic.

Seek Medical Attention After a Truck Collision

One of the most important steps that you should take in the aftermath of an accident involving a large vehicle is to seek immediate medical attention. Call 9-1-1 for an emergency medical response if needed. Seeking medical attention can help prevent your injuries from becoming more severe. Additionally, this helps officially document your injuries if needed later in a lawsuit. Oftentimes, victims will fail to seek medical attention because they do not believe their injuries to be great or devastating. Unfortunately, many victims fail to recognize that they may be experiencing a sudden rush of emotions that can hinder their ability to feel pain. Seeking medical attention in spite of how devastating the injuries can seem could be beneficial.

Seeking medical attention can also help you in the event that you decide to file a claim against the negligent driver. A medical record can help demonstrate your injuries actually happened. It can also be the single most important document that can help you recover financial compensation for the injuries you sustained.

The Importance of Obtaining Legal Support

One of the most complicated scenarios an accident victim will have to endure in the aftermath of a collision with a large vehicle involves speaking to insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters will likely never be on your side and thus, will likely try to settle your case for the least amount as possible, as fast as possible. Seek the advice of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney after a motor vehicle accident, and make sure to ask questions. Even the first contact with an insurance adjuster can result in a situation that can prevent you from recovering the greatest amount of financial compensation for your injuries.

Collisions involving large vehicles can quickly result in severe injuries that can lead to lifelong injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, seek the support of an attorney.

Rohde Law Office, APC is a truck accident law firm that employs attorneys who are experienced in the field of trucking accidents, fatal collisions, and catastrophic injuries. They are dedicated to helping individuals and their families who have suffered severe injuries due to the negligence of a big rig driver. Call (626) 593-5786 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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If you or a family member was injured in a car accident or through the negligence of a doctor or hospital, the consequences can be long term and debilitating. As a Southern California attorney, I’ve worked with numerous clients involving elder abuse, medical malpractice, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents. Having practiced on the insurance defense side for roughly 10 years, Rohde Law Office, APC has the experience to know what the defense is going to do before they do it, and I bring that with personalized experience to your case. Our medical malpractice & injury lawyers have served clients in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino and Riverside for over 15 years.Do not... View full business profile here: Rohde Law Office, APC

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