Holding Negligent Truck Companies Responsible for Accidents
At the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers‚ we’ve become all too accustomed to tracking down and holding negligent trucking companies responsible for violent truck accidents throughout San Diego. While many of these entities are reputable and uphold the standards of safety mandated by regulatory agencies‚ a fair amount shirk these duties and opt to take a chance on the lives of you and other motorists.
When accidents happen as a result‚ as they often do‚ we’re here to make sure these corporations are held liable and provide the kind of compensation you should expect for your injuries. Contact a San Diego accident attorney at the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers at (888) 233-5020 or (619) 233-5020 if you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking related accident. We provide an informative and comprehensive evaluation at no cost to you.
Why You Need a Lawyer
With an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side, taking on a negligent truck driver, trucking company, and their insurance provider will be much less daunting. An attorney who has handled truck accident cases will know how to build a strong case on your behalf. In trucking accident cases, there are multiple factors that lawyers can use to their advantage to make it easier to prove a trucking company’s negligence. They can examine the professional liability of those who maintain or load the truck, the ownership of the truck, police reports, the trucking company’s insurance coverage, and other relevant factors.
An attorney will also be able to consult the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which provides helpful information on truck regulations. For instance, since the FMCSA provides hours-of-service rules that indicate how many hours drivers can work consecutively, an attorney can consult this rule to determine if the driver of the truck was overworked, as this information can strengthen your case. Essentially, an experienced attorney can determine if the trucking company has followed the rules of the road for trucking safety. Also, an attorney can obtain necessary information about the truck driver’s driving record and see if they have any previous violations. With this knowledge and expertise, an attorney can fight for your rights against the trucking company and their insurance companies so you don’t have to.
Why Choose Us?
Our team of attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers is committed to providing you with the best representation possible in your time of need. We are known for our relentless, aggressive negotiation, as well as our victories in the courtroom. Once you become our client, you become family. We will keep you updated throughout the entire process, and we will always be available to answer any questions you have about your case. We build relationships with our clients with professionalism and commitment to getting the results you need and deserve. We care about the wellbeing of our clients and their families first and foremost, and our ultimate goal is a fair and full settlement for each and every one.
Avenues of Error
Truck accidents can result from a whole host of reasons. Did the driver fail to get enough sleep? Was it something within the mechanics of the truck itself? Did the cargo shift in such a way to create an unbalanced load? These and many more questions will come up following a wreck; but it is a safe bet in almost every case‚ fault can be traced back to the company responsible for the truck and the trucker’s behavior. While a trucker may be liable‚ and a truck may be faulty‚ it is up to the agency dispatching these machines onto the road to bear the burden of accountability. Some of the more common reasons we have encountered include:
Poor Hiring Practices and Training: In some instances, a trucker’s failure on the road‚ as well as their responsibility for a wreck can be regulated to his or her own incompetence. However‚ if this person was hired with little to no background in truck driving or automotive schooling‚ the responsibility can be traced back to the company that hired them to begin with. Additionally‚ if a person who has a questionable background is provided little to no on-the-job training by the trucking agency‚ any subsequent wreck could fall on the company’s shoulder’s as well. Trucking corporations are required to use strict screening practices when hiring a new operator.
Poor Upkeep and Maintenance: If a truck traveling at significant speed while carrying heavy cargo‚ experiences an issue due to negligent maintenance, the results can be catastrophic. If this malfunction was the result of shoddy mechanic-work in the company garage or sub-standard upgrades by a miserly trucking agency‚ they could be liable for any damages caused by the dysfunctional rig.
Poor Adherence To Regulations: Trucking companies‚ truck drivers‚ mechanics and their vehicles all fall under heavily monitored federal and state commissions. Should a trucking company cut corners‚ or worse‚ force their employees to overextend themselves or the equipment‚ they are in flagrant violation of shipping codes and should be considered liable for their unsafe actions.
Frequently Asked Questions about Trucking Company Negligence
Being hurt in a trucking accident can be stressful and confusing. It is natural to have questions about how you’ll pay for the unexpected expenses you’ve incurred, and who is responsible for your crash. We’ve included the answers to some frequently asked questions below, and our truck accident attorneys are standing by to discuss the specifics of your case when you call us to schedule a free consultation.
How do I know if trucking company negligence has played a role in my accident?
To determine which entities may have been responsible for your crash, contact an experienced truck accident attorney. An attorney will have the experience that is needed to efficiently and conclusively determine whether negligence on the part of the trucking company played a role in your accident. The evidence that a trucking company’s negligence was a factor may not be apparent immediately following an accident. Your attorney will know where and how to look to find the evidence.
Your lawyer will perform a thorough investigation, which might include:
- Examining the company’s hiring processes, including background checks and training provided
- Investigating the company’s history, including any prior hours of service violations and or other known safety issues
- Checking maintenance schedules, third-party vendors hired, and other records that might provide a glimpse into the company’s practices
Your attorney will make sure to investigate the trucking company’s actions thoroughly to see if there were any failures in the hiring, training, or supervision of drivers and third-party contractors that could have caused or contributed to your crash.
How long do trucking company negligence cases take to resolve?
There isn’t one answer to this question as it will depend on the specific details of your case. You should keep in mind that these types of cases aren’t typically resolved in a short period of time and could take several weeks or months. They are typically more complex than, for example, a traffic accident case which only involves driver negligence. That is why it’s advisable to have an experienced attorney to assist you with your case.
How much are big rig accident cases worth?
This is also a question that depends on the circumstances of the case, specifically the nature of the trucking company’s negligence and the nature of the victim’s injuries and losses, including economic and non-economic losses. If you would like to get an idea of what your case is worth before moving forward, an initial consultation with a knowledgeable attorney will provide you a general idea of what you could recover in a successful settlement or lawsuit.
The Right of Way
If you have been grievously injured‚ traumatized or even had a loved one killed in a trucking-related accident‚ give the San Diego big rig accident attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers a call today. Trucking companies and their partners are protected by massive insurance policies and legal departments‚ designed to give you the bum’s rush when it comes to a fair settlement – we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. With decades of experience taking on industry violators‚ we’ll make sure you are given the representation you need‚ the compensation you deserve and the justice you seek. Call (888) 233-5020 or contact us via our online form.