We owe a great deal of debt to our nation’s truck drivers. Because of them, our shelves are stocked and the country remains open for business. That said, operating commercial trucks requires a great deal of skill and experience, and unfortunately, there are times when commercial truck drivers will crash. Often, these accidents result in devastating injuries to those involved. If you were hurt in a commercial truck crash, please don’t hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable San Mateo County truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao for help.
Truck Accident Lawyer | Fighting for Accident Victims in San Mateo County
We know that a truck accident can be a harrowing, traumatic experience. This is why we are dedicated to representing truck accident victims here in San Mateo County and throughout California in pursuit of their rightful compensation. It can’t fix everything, but it can help you move on. If you think you may have a valid claim, speak with a seasoned San Mateo County, California motor vehicle accident lawyer from our firm today.
Fast Facts About Truck Accidents in California
The most recent statistics available indicate that California is only second to Texas in states where the most commercial truck accidents occur. Unfortunately, a significant portion of these accidents also leads to serious injuries. In many cases, these accidents are a result of truck driver negligence, but this isn’t always the case–sometimes, truck company employers, truck maintenance workers/mechanics, or even truck company employees, such as those in charge of loading the trucks, are responsible for accidents.
That said, driver negligence is still the number one cause of these accidents. Some common examples of truck driver negligence are as follows:
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Failing to account for large blind spots
- Not allowing enough time to brake (some trucks require the entire length of a football field to come to a full stop)
- Speeding to meet deadlines
- Driving while fatigued
- Distracted driving, such as looking at maps or a GPS while driving
- Taking turns too sharply
Proving Your Injury Claim
To win a personal injury claim of any kind, you’ll need to gather and present sufficient evidence to prove you were hurt as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Just some of the most useful types of evidence when it comes to truck accident injury claims are as follows:
- Traffic cam footage of the accident
- Pictures of the accident and/or its aftermath
- Witness testimony
- The police report associated with the accident
- Toxicology reports/breathalyzer test results
- “Black box” data
- Medical records/bills regarding injuries sustained in the crash
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, you should receive compensation to help you deal with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred in your accident.
Filing Your Claim On Time
In most cases, accident victims are required to file their personal injury claim within two years of the date their accident occurred, in accordance with California’s statute of limitations. It’s worth noting, however, that this timeframe can ultimately be reduced to as few as six months, depending on the circumstances of a given accident or injury, so it’s always best to speak with a competent truck accident lawyer as soon after your accident as you can.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Our firm is a proud legal advocate of accident victims here in San Mateo County and throughout the state of California. If you’ve been hurt, our legal team is here to help. Contact the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao today to schedule your free consultation with our experienced personal injury law firm.