For legal purposes, trucks are defined as weighing 10,000 pounds or more and being used for commercial purposes. These big rig trucks are the ones you see transporting fuel, food products, livestock, and other supplies all across the country. There are more than 8.5 million large trucks registered in the United States, and they are involved in more than 460,000 accidents per year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, these truck accidents result in approximately 114,000 injuries per year and 5,000 fatalities.
As you can imagine, going up against a big rig truck in your compact car, SUV or even your own truck, is a dangerous situation. Due to their massive weight and cumbersome size, they can be slow to respond to rapidly changing conditions and have difficulty reducing their speed quickly, and if they collide with your vehicle, the consequences can be grave. If you are involved in a truck accident, you could find yourself with life-altering injuries that temporarily or permanently reduce your ability to provide for yourself and your family.
In California, all trucking companies must abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which requires all trucks on the road to be covered by a certain level of insurance depending on the materials they transport. Trucks operate under different laws and guidelines than passenger cars, so it is even more important that you contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible if you are in an accident with a big rig truck.
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, you should not assume your insurance company is fighting for you. Do not make the mistake of trying to handle things without knowing the laws. Our personal injury law firm handles all types of big rig truck accidents and will provide you with the legal support and expertise you need to make informed choices. Contact us at 888-804-7858 to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss the details of your truck accident and assess what benefit you could gain from working with our award winning team of accident lawyers. You are not obligated to hire our firm, and we will give you honest and accurate guidance about the decisions you will need to make.
After an accident, it is critical that you have someone to advocate for you, especially if you think your circumstances are atypical or you don’t know much about your rights in this situation. Feel free to contact us at your convenience to discuss your legal matter. Cases can be time-sensitive, so we encourage you to call us as soon as possible at 888-804-7858.