Ontario Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Legal Help is Essential for Ontario Commercial Vehicle Accidents
You do not need a background in physics to know that accidents involving large commercial vehicles are the most deadly, devastating incidents to plague California highways. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), California is in the Top 10 states for large fatalities. Another detail that may not surprise you: Almost three-quarters of individuals killed in collisions with semis, 18-wheelers, and big rigs were occupants of the other vehicle. These figures do not include the thousands of injured victims whose lives are turned around by a commercial vehicle accident.
The problem is particularly pervasive in San Bernardino and Southern California, home to the massive trucking industry hub known as the Inland Empire. In a region heavily trafficked by large trucks, you can expect horrific crashes to occur frequently. If you were hurt in such an incident, please contact Caruso Law Offices, P.C. right away to set up a no-cost consultation with an Ontario commercial vehicle accident lawyer. Some information about your rights and remedies is also important.
Liability in Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Regardless of the specific type of traffic crash, California personal injury laws operate according to the theory of negligence. There are four elements you must prove to recover compensation for your losses:
- You must show that the truck operator owed a duty of care to drive safely, an obligation that applies to all motorists who use California roadways.
- You need to prove that the driver breached this duty through careless acts;
- You must have evidence that the accident was directly caused by the breach of duty; and
- You need to establish the losses you sustained because of being hurt.
Though not an element, it is also crucial to comply with California’s statute of limitations in commercial vehicle accident cases. You have two years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit in court.
Also, there is one additional point for fatal commercial vehicle accidents. Besides the four elements above, you must also prove that you have the standing to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, family members and those who relied on the victim for support will qualify.
Extreme Dangers and Complexities of Large Truck Crashes
The most obvious indication of the risks is the size of commercial vehicles, which can weigh more than 33,000 pounds or more fully loaded. By comparison, the average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,200 pounds. Plus:
- The occupants of other vehicles are more likely to be killed in a truck collision, but they are also more likely to sustain massive, catastrophic bodily harm. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), damage to internal organs, amputation, and complete spinal cord injuries are more likely. Because victims suffer such serious injuries, the claim for damages will be much higher.
- Commercial vehicles are required to carry a minimum of $750,000 in insurance coverage, which is reassuring when you know your damages will be astronomical. However, insurers are much more protective when the policy limit is high. They will fight your claim at every angle to avoid paying you and losing profits.
- The employment relationship often means you can pursue the truck driver’s employer under the theory of vicarious liability. In addition to the above elements, you must also prove the operator was acting within the scope of employment when the commercial vehicle accident happened.
Compensation for Victims of Truck Collisions
Caruso Law Offices, P.C. will handle the legal process of filing a claim, and we are aggressive in dealing with insurers. Our attorneys are active members of The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, the largest association of plaintiff attorneys specializing in commercial truck accidents. If the company refuses to pay a fair amount, we will take your case to court to ensure proper compensation. Our Ontario commercial vehicle accident attorneys will fight to get full monetary damages for your losses, including
- Costs of medical treatment, such as emergency transport, surgery, hospitalization, at-home care, and related expenses;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work because of your truck crash injuries;
- Future earning capacity losses, when your injuries cause disability and you are unable to return to your job;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Lost quality of life; and
- Much more.
Consult with an Ontario Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today
An overview helps understand the basics, but retaining skilled legal help is essential after a truck crash. To learn more about our legal services, please call (909) 937-4480 or go online to reach Caruso Law Offices, P.C. We are happy to set up a review with an Ontario commercial vehicle attorney who can provide additional details about your remedies. Whether you choose to consult with us by phone or in person at our Ontario office, the consultation is always free.
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