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 attention.

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, don’t 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 motorists follow?

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 Administration’s 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 party’s 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.

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