Truck accidents can have devastating consequences – often much more severe than typical car accidents. This is due to the fact that large commercial vehicles, trucks, and big rigs are much larger than typical passenger vehicles, often weigh several tons, and are extremely difficult to control in emergency situations.
After a truck accident, victims are left grappling with significant physical injuries, emotional trauma, and overwhelming financial burdens. While you are dealing with physical injuries, truck companies, their insurance carriers, and lawyers are quickly working to protect their money by gathering evidence, sometimes hiding evidence, and creating a narrative that shifts the blame from them to you.
Truck companies and their insurers have “critical response teams” whose job it is to get to the scene – often within minutes or hours – to gather evidence, and influence witness perception and statements. There is simply no time to delay when you are involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle or truck.
In the aftermath of such a traumatic event, it is crucial for those affected to navigate the complex world of truck accident claims to seek the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. At Jassim Law, we are experienced in handling truck accidents and commercial vehicle collisions. We know the complex Federal Regulations involved, the various ways a truck driver or their employer can be liable for causing a collision, and the typical ways they use frivolous defenses to avoid and minimize fault.
We empathize deeply with truck accident victims and their families, in fact, it is maddening to see how truck companies and their insurers often mistreat and marginalize the public roadway users when one of their drivers causes a collision, which is often because of excess speed, inattention, fatigue, cell phone use, and other avoidable misconduct. We recognize the immense challenges a truck accident victim faces. That’s why we strive to provide not only legal expertise but also compassionate support throughout the entire process.
We understand that you are injured, so we come to you. Our dedicated team of experienced Santee truck accident attorneys is committed to making the legal process as convenient as possible for you during this difficult time. We offer a range of consultation options, including video, Zoom, or telephone consultations, ensuring that you can access our guidance and support from the comfort of your own home or hospital room. We believe that every truck accident victim deserves personalized attention and unwavering advocacy, and we are here to stand by your side, fighting for your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Truck Accident Claims: The Possibility of More Than One Negligent Party
Truck accidents are often more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents due to the involvement of multiple parties and the challenges of proving liability. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, it is crucial to understand these complexities and seek the assistance of experienced legal professionals, such as Jassim Law, who can navigate the intricacies of truck accident claims on your behalf.
One key challenge in truck accident claims is determining the party or parties at fault. Unlike car accidents, where liability usually rests with the drivers involved, truck accidents can involve various parties who may share fault. These parties can include:
- the truck driver
- the trucking company
- the truck manufacturer
- the owner of the cargo being transported
- maintenance or repair contractors
- Brokers, etc.
Identifying all potentially negligent parties is essential to ensure that you pursue the maximum compensation available to you.
Proving liability in a truck accident claim can be a complex task. It requires a thorough investigation of the accident scene, gathering and analyzing evidence, and often consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
Moreover, a Santee truck accident lawyer must understand the complex Federal and State regulations that govern trucking – these laws are unique and specific to commercial trucks. We also understand the specifics of trucks, their makes, models, what data they store, how they operate, and how they should be operated (or not operated).
Trucking companies are known to have extensive resources, well funded insurance carriers and legal teams working on their behalf right away, making it crucial for victims to have skilled attorneys who can counter these tactics and build a strong case for their clients. Jassim Law has a proven track record of successfully representing truck accident victims, employing a team of knowledgeable Santee truck accident attorneys experienced in the intricacies of truck accident claims.
Unlike typical car accidents, our philosophy in truck accident cases requires almost an immediate filing of a lawsuit to initiate litigation and all of the powers an attorney has once litigation is started. Notably, the power to issue subpoenas right away. In our years of experience, it has been proven that there is no benefit to delaying the filing of lawsuit, and key evidence must be identified and preserved right away. That means a lawsuit needs to be filed quickly, and the investigation needs to happen right away.
Often evidence gets lost, hidden, or is just stale. There are simply too many moving parts in a trucking accident or commercial vehicle accident to justify any delay.
Proving that a party acted negligently or failed to uphold their duty of care requires evidence and expertise. Trucking companies are subject to federal and state regulations, which impose certain standards and requirements on them.
Government agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, and California Dept. of Transportation all potentially have governing authority over truck operators, and companies that operate trucks. These agencies are a vast source of information and evidence that can be used to prove your claims.
Violations of these regulations, such as driver fatigue, inadequate vehicle maintenance, or improper loading of cargo, improper driver logs, can serve as evidence of negligence. However, obtaining and analyzing the necessary records and documentation to establish negligence can be a daunting task for individuals without legal experience – and for attorneys that do not have the experience to handle a truck accident case. This is where the services of a reputable law firm like Jassim Law can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients involved in truck accidents, and just as importantly we have worked to make trucking companies and companies that use trucks safer for the public.
Furthermore, truck accident claims often involve significant damages due to the severity of injuries that can occur in these collisions. Medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and emotional suffering can all contribute to the overall impact on the victim’s life. However, insurance companies representing the at-fault parties may try to minimize the compensation owed or shift the blame onto the victim – in many cases we have seen the truck companies attempt to claim that “phantom vehicles” caused or contributed to the collision.
Having a dedicated legal team on your side can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve to cover all your losses and future needs. When the trucking companies and their insurers are working to protect their money, who is working to protect you?
At Jassim Law, we understand the complexities and challenges involved in truck accidents and commercial vehicles accidents. Our Santee truck accident lawyers have the knowledge, resources, experience, and skill to navigate through the process to get you full justice. We are committed to providing personalized attention and unwavering advocacy to every client, and we will tirelessly work to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Truck Accident Claim: What Compensation Is Available?
Truck accidents can leave a lasting impact on the lives of those involved, often resulting in devastating injuries, emotional trauma, and significant financial burdens. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a truck accident, it’s essential to understand the types of damages that may be available to you. At Jassim Law, we empathize with the challenges you’re facing and are here to help you navigate the complexities of a truck accident claim, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident victims may be entitled to various types of damages, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the resulting injuries. These damages can be categorized into two main types: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to the financial losses incurred as a direct result of the accident. They aim to compensate victims for quantifiable expenses and financial hardships. Economic damages typically include medical expenses, both present and future, including hospital bills, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation costs. It also covers lost wages and diminished earning capacity for your future if the injuries prevent the victim from returning to work or hinder their ability to earn at the same capacity as before the accident.
In addition to economic damages, non-economic damages seek to compensate victims for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the truck accident. We call these the loss of “human assets” – the things that make life worth living and make life enjoyable.
These damages are less tangible but more important than medical bills, etc. They include compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and the impact of the injuries on personal relationships and overall quality of life. Non-economic damages can be challenging to quantify because you cannot go to the store or pharmacy to buy them off the shelf, but they are the most important part of the harms you’ve suffered.
In some cases, victims may also be eligible for punitive damages. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, which aim to compensate the victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for their reckless or intentional conduct. Punitive damages are awarded when the defendant’s behavior is deemed particularly egregious, such as in cases involving drunk driving, gross negligence, or intentional misconduct. If after investigation it is discovered that a driver was on drugs, and the employer knew or should’ve known, these damages are meant to send a message that such behavior will not be tolerated and deter similar actions in the future in our society.
Navigating the complexities of a truck accident claim and ensuring you receive the full extent of the damages you deserve can be challenging, especially when dealing with insurance companies and legal processes.
That’s where Jassim Law can make a difference. Not every billboard or bus bench lawyer knows what it takes to handle a complex truck accident claim, nor are they willing or able to put forth the time and financial resources to successfully obtain full justice in a truck accident case. Often, your attorney must be willing and able to advance hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute your case – not every law firm is willing or able to do that. Instead, those firms may unfortunately recommend accepting a lower settlement or avoid trial to minimize the financial burden on them, to obtain a quicker settlement, and move on to the next case.
We know that this case is hopefully your ONLY case, and your ONLY opportunity to get full justice.
Our experienced Santee truck accident lawyers understand the nuances of California’s laws regarding truck accidents and damages. We will work tirelessly to gather evidence, evaluate your losses, and build a strong case on your behalf.
Fight to Secure Fair Compensation With the Help of Jassim Law
Jassim Law offers the support and legal expertise you need. With over 20 years of experience handling high-dollar, large loss, and complex catastrophic injury cases, including brain and spinal injuries, we have achieved numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for our clients. Our commitment to justice and safety extends beyond individual cases as we strive to keep communities safer and prevent future accidents.
Led by our principal attorney, Attorney Pajman Jassim, who is a distinguished graduate of a renowned national trial advocacy college, we bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to every case we handle.
At Jassim Law, we offer free consultations to discuss your case and provide the guidance and support you need during this difficult time. Contact Jassim Law today by completing our contact form or calling (619) 554-0624.