Accidents involving commercial trucks such as big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks are always worrisome and often result in severe injuries or death. The size difference between these massive trucks – some carrying hazardous or even flammable contents – and passenger vehicles on the road poses a danger to everyone on the road in a smaller vehicle. Commercial trucks are a common sight on the freeways around Menifee as well as making deliveries in the community; Riverside County is the third busiest county for commercial trucking in California, so truck accidents are a common occurrence in the area. Here are a few common questions about Menifee truck accidents.
Menifee Truck Accidents
What Should I Do if I’m Involved in a Truck Accident?
Any accident involving a commercial vehicle can be incredibly serious, so there are a few simple steps to take afterwards that can help you protect your health, your legal rights, and your chance of recovering just compensation in a lawsuit.
- See a medical professional as soon as possible – even if you feel fine. Some injuries take days or weeks to show symptoms, so it’s important you document their cause and get treatment to protect your health. Follow all medical instructions and treatment plans exactly.
- Call the police. You want an officer to investigate the accident and create an official report detailing the exact events that happened. This evidence can be critical in your case later.
- Get contact information from the truck driver, their drivers license number, insurance information, and information about the trucking company they work for, if applicable.
- Photograph the accident scene and any skid marks, traffic lights, or road signs, if possible.
- Get contact information of any accident witnesses.
- Contact us. Our experienced Menifee truck accident attorney can help you through every step of the legal recovery process after your accident and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get for My Injuries?
Commercial trucks drive over 2.1 million miles a day in Menifee and the surrounding area in Riverside County, so it’s no surprise accidents happen, and this question comes up often. Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries and rack up astronomical medical expenses, so compensation is a topic of great interest for victims like you. Depending on the severity of your injuries and other factors such as permanent disability, inability to work and earn wages, or even psychological effects from the crash, our team and outside experts will be able to calculate a figure for your truck accident injuries. Truck accidents often involve large claims for compensation due to the severe injuries involved, so rest easy; federal law requires trucking companies to have large liability insurance coverage policies on their vehicles to cover circumstances just like this.
So Many People Are Involved – Who’s Going to Pay for My Accident?
The circumstances surrounding your accident will determine who pays for your injuries – you may receive compensation from one source or many different sources. It’s possible to receive damages from a trucker’s insurance company, the trucking company employing the driver, the manufacturer of the truck if a defect caused the crash and your injuries, or a company responsible for loading the truck (if improperly loaded). We can investigate and determine who to pursue for compensation on your behalf.
How Long Can I Wait to File My Truck Accident Case?
Truck accidents are incredibly traumatic events, and anyone lucky enough to survive often faces catastrophic, life-changing injuries. If you’re already focused on your physical recovery, the idea of being proactive soon after the accident is understandable overwhelming. However, California has something called the statute of limitations, which is a deadline set by the state for you to file a lawsuit. If you don’t file during that time you lose the chance to recover for your injuries forever. If you’re suing the government because you were hit by a truck owned or contracted by them, you have 6 months to file your lawsuit. If you’re suing someone or something else, you have 2 years to file.
The Insurance Company Already Offered Me a Settlement – Should I Take It?
One of the worst moves you can make it to accept a quick settlement offer from the other driver’s or trucking company’s insurance company. Insurers are only worried about the bottom line, so they want to tempt you to take fast money in exchange for giving up your right to sue. These offers are often much lower than the damage done to you, and they are not in your best interests – they’re being offered in the hope you won’t take the time to fully value your case and ask for what you truly deserve. Just because you are offered a settlement does not mean you have to accept it – our attorneys will investigate and work to build a strong case for you to get fair compensation for your Menifee truck accident injuries.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
After a truck accident, you have just one chance to get compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered – injuries that could affect you for life. It’s critical to work with an experienced attorney who will fight to get your medical bills, lost wages, and permanent disability covered during the litigation process of your case. We will investigate the accident, hire experts, work to calculate an accurate damage figure, and deliver comprehensive, skilled representation through every step of your case to hold negligent parties accountable and help get your life back on track.
What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
We believe everyone deserves compensation when they were negligently or recklessly injured in a Menifee truck accident, and we understand many people think the cost of a lawyer may be prohibitive. This is not the case. You pay us nothing until we win your case, which means we represent our clients on what’s called a contingency basis. We wanted to have conditional, delayed payment in place for clients like you to make sure you have the chance to recover for your injuries.
How Do I Find a Truck Accident Attorney?
Look no further! The experienced Menifee truck accident attorneys at Walton Law, APC have extensive experience handling truck accident claims like yours, and we are ready to fight the trucking companies, truck drivers, and even manufacturers responsible for your injuries. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (866)-338-7079 or via through our online Contact Page to set up a risk-free, no obligation initial case review today to get started. Let us work to recover the maximum possible compensation on your behalf while you focus on your recovery!