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The immense size and weight of semi-trucks make them formidable on the road, and accidents involving these commercial vehicles can lead to severe consequences. There are unique challenges that arise in the aftermath of semi-truck accidents. Here’s what to know about the legal avenues available for injured parties to seek compensation and navigate the complexities of these challenging cases.

Determining Liability

Determining liability in semi-truck accidents often involves multiple parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance providers, and manufacturers. Proving negligence is crucial, and an experienced attorney can help identify the responsible parties. To prove negligence, you must establish the following elements:

  1. Someone had a duty;
  2. They breached that duty;
  3. That breach caused an injury;
  4. There was actual damage.

Collecting Evidence

In the aftermath of a semi-truck accident, prompt and thorough evidence collection is essential. This may include obtaining the police report, securing witness statements, preserving electronic data from the truck’s black box, and documenting the accident scene. An attorney can guide the process to ensure critical evidence is preserved for your case.

Regulatory Compliance

The trucking industry is subject to strict state and federal regulations. Ensuring that the involved parties adhered to these regulations is crucial for establishing liability. Violations related to hours of service, maintenance, or driver qualifications can significantly impact the outcome of a case.

Insurance Issues in Truck Accidents

Truck accidents often involve complex insurance issues. Trucking companies typically carry substantial insurance coverage, but navigating the claims process can be challenging. An attorney experienced in handling truck accident cases can deal with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure fair compensation.

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Understanding the common causes of semi-truck accidents can provide insights into potential areas of negligence. These may include: 

  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper maintenance
  • Overloading
  • Distracted driving
  • Violations of traffic laws 

Identifying the specific cause is crucial for building a strong case.

Medical Evaluation 

Injuries resulting from semi-truck accidents are often severe, requiring comprehensive medical evaluation and documentation. An attorney can assist in coordinating with medical professionals to establish the extent of your injuries and the associated medical expenses for your case.

Seeking Compensation 

Injured parties in semi-truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and in some cases, punitive damages. An experienced attorney can assess the full extent of your damages and pursue the appropriate compensation.

Wrongful Death Claims

Tragically, some semi-truck accidents result in fatalities. In such cases, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death claims. An attorney can guide grieving families through the legal process, seeking justice and compensation for their loss.

Navigating the aftermath of a semi-truck accident requires legal expertise, diligence, and a thorough understanding of the complexities involved. 

The Attorneys at Ardalan & Associates, PLC Help Those in California Who Have Been Injured in a Semi-Truck Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential legal remedies available to you. A knowledgeable and experienced truck accident lawyer can advocate for justice and to hold those responsible accountable. 

At Ardalan & Associates, PLC, our qualified California personal injury attorneys will help to walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.