Trucking Accidents are some of the deadliest accidents that occur on our roadways. Due to their sheer size and weight, they will typically destroy anything in their pathways upon impact. Although the drivers of the semis or tractor trailers typically survive, those on the receiving in are oftentimes not so fortunate.
It is extremely important that when seeking out a truck accident attorney in Orange County, that you choose one that is both experienced and well versed in this complex area of law. The trucking injury lawyers at Hicks Law Firm have recovered millions of dollars for Orange County residents from our offices in Costa Mesa. If you or a family member were seriously injured through the negligence or actions of another, contact us today at (949) 541-9944 to schedule a risk-free, no obligation consultation.
Here are a few things that are important to know immediately:
☑ You should document your injuries with photos and medical records as soon as possible.
☑ If there were any witnesses to the accident, get statements from them right away, before their memories fade.
☑ You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Before navigating the insurance process alone, contact our team for a complimentary consultation of your case.
☑ We work with clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not owe any legal fees out of pocket. We only get paid if you win your case through a settlement or a judgment at trial.
Contact us today at (949) 541-9944 for a complimentary consultation of your case.What should you do immediately after a trucking accident?
It is normal to be shaken up when you are hit by a truck, but after an accident there are several steps you should take in order to ensure your safety and protect your legal and financial interests.
Pull your vehicle over to a safe place. If you can do so safely, pull your vehicle over to a safe area as soon as possible. You do not need to worry about keeping your vehicle in the exact position it was in immediately following an accident. The most important priority is for you to be safe. If you cannot safely move the vehicle and believe you may be in danger inside, exit the vehicle and move yourself to safety.
Call 911. Whether or not you believe you may be injured, you should call the police to file a report of the accident right away. The police report will be important in establishing the facts surrounding the accident. The officer will also likely take statements from witnesses who observed the accident take place. If you cannot call 911 due to your injuries, ask a bystander for help calling an ambulance.
Seek medical attention. It is not uncommon to experience an adrenaline rush following a trucking accident that may cause your body to feel better than it really is. Also, some injuries caused by inflammation may take several hours or even days to manifest symptoms.
It is important to seek medical attention if you have any reason to believe you may have sustained an injury during the trucking accident, but to ensure that you receive the treatment you need and to document your injuries and symptoms, along with the timeline of their appearance and your medical provider’s opinion as to the cause of your injuries. This information will be very important evidence in your case if you later need to seek compensation for your injuries through insurance, a settlement agreement, or a lawsuit.
Ask witnesses for statements and contact information. As you look around the accident scene, if you see any potential witnesses who may have seen the accident unfold, ask them for their contact information and if they would be willing to provide a statement about what happened.
Take photos of the accident scene. Following an accident, nearly everyone has a tool right in their pocket or bag that is important in collecting information that may be very significant to a future lawsuit: a phone. If you can do so safely, take as many photos of the scene as possible including photos of the damage to your vehicle, the truck that hit you, the road and surrounding scene, and traffic lights or stop signs in the area.
If you are involved in a trucking accident in Costa Mesa, California on State Route 55, the Costa Mesa Freeway, the intersection of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street, or any other busy road in Costa Mesa, you may have sustained serious injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Regardless of the size of your vehicle, the weight of a truck hitting you can cause a significant impact, resulting in whiplash, neck injuries, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Many people experience a delayed onset of symptoms neck and spinal injuries following a high-impact crash.
Document all of the details of your injuries from their onset and seek medical treatment right away. If continued treatment is recommended, be sure to continue attending your appointments.
Whether you were hit by a pickup truck, a tractor trailer or semi, cement truck, garbage truck, or a recreational vehicle, a heavy truck can cause significant damage to those around it.
Driver Fatigue – One of the main reasons for tractor trailer accidents is due to driver fatigue. Truck drivers traveling long miles with few hours of sleep, while fueling up on caffeine, energy drinks, and other substances to help maintain their alertness, can be a recipe for disaster. These factors can slow a truck driver’s reaction time or even cause them to dose off and drift into the next lane or oncoming traffic, causing a serious and even fatal accident.
Mechanical or Maintenance Issues – Mechanical and maintenance issues with a truck can also be an underlying cause or contributing factor to an accident. For example, with a significant amount of weight behind them, it is critical that trucks have properly functioning and effective brakes. Whether a failure to maintain a safely functioning vehicle is the fault of the driver themselves or the driver’s employer, either party or both parties may be liable for your injuries due to their negligence.
Distracted Driving – Texting or talking on the phone while driving is a growing problem among all types of drivers; however, due to the sheer size of a truck, it can be even more dangerous when a truck driver is distracted and takes his or her eyes off of the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident, then the Costa Mesa truck accident lawyers at Hicks Law Firm are here to assist you in any way that we can. Our years of experience can guide you through this difficult period and do our very best to attempt to make this process as easy as possible for you, while you recover from your injuries. We have assisted many injured plaintiffs recover millions of dollars in damages over the years and look forward to assisting you. Call 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case.