According to the Department of Labor Statistics, California is home to more than 135,000 professional truck drivers. Whether you’re driving on the Sierra Highway or the Antelope Valley Freeway or just about anywhere else in the high desert area, you are sharing the roadways with large trucks. As a result of numerous trucks on California roads, there are numerous truck accidents as well. Truck accidents can be complicated if the truck involved is being operated for business purposes. When it comes to an at fault truck accident, responsible parties may include truck owners, operators, and/or truck drivers.
There are three classes of trucks based on weight: light, medium, and heavy trucks. It should be no surprise that trucks in the medium and heavy classes especially, often cause significant injuries and damage in accidents. As trucks get bigger and heavier, they are harder to maneuver and their volume and mass allow them to cause much more destruction. For these reasons, trucking is a heavily regulated industry. See below for truck classifications by weight:
If you have been involved in a truck accident, important truck facts include the truck’s total weight, whether it drives across state lines, and whether or not it was operating for business. These facts help determine what regulations and requirements apply to the truck in your accident. If the truck is subject to federal and state regulations, some important things to look into regarding regulations and compliance are as follows:
As previously mentioned, large trucks can cause devastating injuries. Federal and state regulations are meant to protect people sharing the roadways with trucks. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact a Lancaster truck accident attorney with Compass Law Group, PC.. Our truck accident team is experienced in handling all types of truck accident cases. We are truck regulation experts and we want to make sure you are compensated for the damages and injuries you have sustained due to someone else’s negligence.
Large truck accident injuries can be life-altering. Each case is different and depending on the accident facts, recovery for injured parties or family members who lost a loved one may include: property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earnings, loss of support, loss of consortium, and disability or disfigurement. In some cases punitive damages may be awarded as well. Do not try to sort through the truck accident legal process alone. Contact the Compass Law Group to speak with a Lancaster truck accident attorney. Our experts are compassionate and aggressive and prepared to fight for you.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.