Vehicle rollover accidents can be extremely dangerous because there’s a higher chance of victims facing severe injuries. These accidents occur when a vehicle topples over and lands upside down or on its side. Trucks are more likely to roll over because of their design and because they often carry heavy cargo. Have you recently been injured in a truck rollover accident? Are you seeking compensation for your injuries? Our firm may be able to help! Read on or reach out to a San Mateo County, California Truck Accident Lawyer today for more information.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS?
California has the second-highest number of commercial truck accidents per year. There are various circumstances that could possibly lead to a truck accident, but most commercial truck accidents are caused by driver inexperience or negligence. Some accidents can be caused by factors outside of the driver’s control, such as hazardous road conditions. Other accidents may be due to the truck company’s negligence if the driver’s supervisors failed to perform routine maintenance checks on their trucks. The most common causes of truck rollover accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued/drowsy
- Excess cargo or partial load
- Driver error
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Faulty truck components
- Dangerous road conditions
- Inclement weather
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
After being involved in an auto accident, you should call the police to file a report documenting the accident. California is an “at-fault” state, so whoever caused the accident will be responsible for providing compensation for damages. This means that if the accident was caused by the driver’s negligence, you should be eligible for restitution from either the driver’s insurance or from the company that the driver works for, depending on the employer. If the accident was caused by a faulty truck component due to the truck company’s failure to perform routine maintenance, you may also be to file a claim against the company.
Auto insurance may be enough to cover your medical expenses and car repairs, but you won’t automatically receive compensation for lost wages and your pain and suffering. You’ll need to file a personal injury claim to earn further restitution. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove that the driver’s negligence (or the truck/transportation company’s negligence) directly led to the accident and your subsequent injuries. In court, negligence is defined in court as someone’s failure to act in a way that minimizes harm to others. Possible evidence for your case could include surveillance video, witness statements, hospital records indicating your injuries, and more.
If you’ve recently suffered injuries from a truck rollover accident, you might be seeking a trusted personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind. Look no further because the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao is here to fight for you! Contact our effective team today for an initial consultation.