Santa Cruz Truck Accident FAQs
Due to their size, weight, and destructive force, trucks are responsible
for some of the most serious accidents on the road and kill thousands
each year. Whether the involved truck is a work vehicle, big rig, bobtail,
or even a commuter, it is capable of causing mass destruction and poses
a heightened threat to other motorists. Big rigs in particular are very
dangerous and require regular maintenance, careful operation, and special
licensure. We hope all truck drivers take all necessary precautions but
in the event that negligence has lead to a serious accident for you or
a loved one, Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP is here to help. Please contact
us to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation or review
some frequently asked questions associated with truck accidents.
What should I do immediately following a truck accident?
The first and most important thing to do is make sure you receive medical
attention for your injuries, even if they seem minor. It is common for
accident victims to feel little pain following a serious accident due
to adrenaline or stress but if you have been struck by a truck, chances
are you will be injured. Therefore, make sure police and paramedics are
called to the scene so all involved parties can receive the required medical
Next, it is crucial to record as many details from the accident as possible
while they are still fresh in your mind. Obtain witness information if
applicable and, if possible, be aware of what is going on around you and
try and recall/remember what just happened. If liability is disputed,
even the smallest of details surrounding an accident can play a crucial
role. While it is important to notify any pertinent insurance companies
of the accident, we strongly recommend retaining the services of an experienced
truck accident lawyer who will advocate for you before giving any statements.
I don't remember much of what happened. What are some of the more
common causes of truck accidents?
If you are having a difficult time remembering what happened, donât
feel bad. A serious truck accident is a traumatic event, often leaving
involved parties confused and stressed. While each accident is different,
some of the more common causes of
truck accidents are: improper or unlawful cell phone use, simple inattention, eating while
driving, speeding, driving under the influence, improper maintenance,
and even product malfunction. In the event the accident was caused by
negligent maintenance or a malfunctioning part, several different parties
may be liable including the truck owner, truck driver, repair shop, employer,
or product manufacturer. Regardless of the exact cause, you may notice
that most causes of truck accidents boil down to some form of negligence.
Negligence is at the heart of most truck accidents and personal injuries.
A thorough investigation by a skilled truck accident lawyer will help
uncover all negligence and reveal what exactly happened.
Are truck drivers bound by the same driving guidelines and rules that other
Truck drivers enjoy no special driving privileges while on the road. When
driving in California, all motorists are bound by the same California
Vehicle Code and truck drives may even be held to a higher standard of
care if they are working professionals. Most truck drivers must also follow
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrationâs rules and regulations.
These rules provide stringent requirements truck drivers must follow to
ensure that all motorists are safe on the road. A few of the more common
are: strict prohibition against alcohol and drug use and driving hour
maximums. For example, truck drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after
freshly coming on duty and are prohibited from having a blood alcohol
concentration of .04 percent or higher.
What can I expect from a truck accident lawsuit?
If you were injured in a truck accident because of another partyâs
negligence, you are almost always entitled to compensation. Either an
injured party or surviving loved ones in the case of a wrongful death
may bring legal action against the parties responsible for the damage.
A damages award will typically include compensation for medical bills,
lost wages, pain and suffering and even punitive damages in some cases.
How do I ensure that I receive fair compensation for my truck accident?
The amount of compensation truck accident victims receive varies from case
to case. To ensure you receive maximum legal compensation, you should
retain the services of the experienced
truck accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough
investigation of your case, negotiate aggressively with insurance companies,
present your damage claims, and ultimately hold negligent parties legally
accountable. This will all translate into a full and fair settlement for
you and peace of mind that your case was handled in the best way possible.
For more information or a free consultation of your truck accident case,
please contact us today at (800) 900-0863.