Anaheim Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyer Anaheim, CA

Car totaled after accident and in need of representation from a Truck Accident Lawyer Anaheim, CAIf you sustained injuries in a truck accident, you may want to discuss your case with a truck accident lawyer Anaheim, CA residents trust. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. A lawyer can help you hold all the liable parties accountable.

Exploring Your Legal Options After a Truck Accident

Although you’re likely not feeling well enough to speak with our Anaheim, CA truck accident lawyer team quite yet, it’s important that you do so as quickly as you possibly can. The minute that your truck accident occurred, evidence that could potentially make or break your case was exposed to air, light, and time. Some of it may already be lost. It is vitally important that even if you’re not yet ready to make significant decisions about your legal rights and options, you need to take the time to connect with JSM Injury Firm APC to alert us to your situation. Once you do, we can begin aggressively advocating on behalf of your interests, regardless of whether you’re ready to move forward with legal action or not.

Time Sensitivity

It’s also important to understand that some of the opportunities for legal and financial recourse that may be available to you are likely very time-sensitive. California permits injury victims a significant amount of time to file a lawsuit. However, the workers’ compensation system doesn’t allow eligible employees more than a few days to take certain critically important steps in service of securing workers’ compensation benefits. Therefore, if your crash was work-related, you’ll need to speak with our Anaheim truck accident lawyer team right away to begin drafting your workers’ comp benefits application. Otherwise, you could be barred from receiving compensation that is otherwise rightfully yours.

Insurance Interference

Finally, it’s important to connect with our team before insurance representatives start calling you incessantly. Oftentimes, insurance claims adjusters spring into action as quickly as they can in the wake of an accident. They hope to catch injury victims – who are not yet represented by an attorney – off guard. They ask them questions that they either may not know the answer to or that they might answer in a way that is unintentionally incriminating. As a result of these interactions, insurance company representatives often find ways to pay truck accident injury victims far less than they deserve. By connecting with our firm right away, we can field these calls on your behalf and handle them efficiently and effectively so that you can focus your energy on healing… not on fighting insurance companies for a fairly-valued compensation award.  

Consultation Expectations

You understand that you need to speak with a lawyer about your options, even if you’re not yet ready to commit to legal action. What can you expect from a consultation with the JSM Injury Firm APC team? We will both strive to understand your situation and encourage you to ask questions. The overarching goal of your consultation session will be that you’re empowered to walk out of our offices (or step away from the phone) confident in your ability to make informed choices about your legal options. We provide a pressure-free, confidential consultation environment so that all truck accident injury victims feel welcome when exploring their rights and options under the law. If you haven’t yet scheduled a risk-free consultation with our Anaheim truck accident lawyer team, please do so now. We look forward to speaking with you.

Causation, Fault, and Liability

One of the first things that our Anaheim, CA truck accident lawyer team will do is begin gathering evidence and building the strongest possible case on your behalf. In order to accomplish this task, the skilled legal professionals at JSM Injury Firm APC will need to accurately assess what caused your accident, who (if anyone) was at fault for the unfolding of those causes, and who (if anyone) can be held legally and financially liable for the harm you’ve suffered.

Some truck accidents are not legally actionable. For example, accidents caused directly by acts of God – such as a lightning strike hitting a truck or a tornado picking one up and tossing it – aren’t legally actionable because there is no one who can be blamed for any harm suffered by those involved. However, most truck accidents are legally actionable. It is simply a matter of determining what led to a crash, who is to blame, and whether responsible parties can be held accountable under the law.

Oftentimes, multiple defendants are named in truck accident injury lawsuits because injurious truck accidents are rarely caused by a standalone factor. Commonly, truck operators, other motorists, trucking companies, companies tasked with loading freight, manufacturers of truck parts, and governmental agencies are named as defendants in truck accident lawsuits. If more than one party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentionally dangerous conduct contributed to the harm you’ve suffered, our Anaheim truck accident lawyer team will discuss naming multiple defendants in your case with you.

Supporting Your Case with Evidence

As we begin our investigative work, we’ll gather as much evidence as we can to support your case. Evidence takes many forms. If you happen to have any photos of the accident, a copy of your police report, notes from any medical treatments you’ve received to address your injuries, etc., please bring these potential forms of evidence to your consultation for us to assess.

We’ll also do deeper digging into the circumstances of your case. We’ll almost certainly request records from any trucking company employers involved, evaluate the contents of any vehicle black boxes relevant to the case, truck operator safety records, vehicle safety records, etc. We’ll also assess road conditions, special circumstances, and any other information that may assist us in aggressively advocating on behalf of your interests.

Avoiding Common Missteps

The reputable legal team at JSM Injury Firm APC has extensive experience handling injurious truck accident cases. As a result, we’re aware of the many common missteps that injury victims often make unintentionally that ultimately compromise the strength and value of their cases. Two of the most common that we’ll advise you to avoid include:

Speaking with insurance representatives on your own: Allow us to take this stress of off your shoulders. We understand how to spot when claims adjusters use savvy tactics to minimize their liability. Our Anaheim truck accident lawyer team will protect your interests so that you don’t have to.

Posting on social media without thinking twice: Everyone opposed to your case will likely be scouring your social media activity for evidence to use against you. Until your case has concluded, stay off social media or be exceedingly careful when engaging online.

Common Causes of Truck Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents in California. When truck drivers haven’t gotten enough sleep, they may be more likely to cause a collision. Here are the most common causes of truck driver fatigue.

  • Driving for too many hours. Although federal regulations prohibit truck drivers for driving too many hours in a row, not all of them follow this rule. They are often under a lot of pressure to deliver goods by deadline and may work overtime to meet their deadline. Unfortunately, driving for multiple hours uninterrupted can take a toll after a while. Truck drivers may become fatigued and less focused on the road ahead.
  • Driving at late hours. Many truck drivers are on the road in the middle of the night. During these hours, the body naturally gets tired. As such, truck drivers who drive late may be more likely to get drowsy and have a higher chance of getting into an accident.
  • Taking medications. Some truck drivers may take certain medications that make them drowsy, such as allergy medications and sleeping pills. As an Anaheim truck accident lawyer can confirm, this can increase the risk of an accident.
  • Sleep disorders. There are certain sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, that can make truck drivers fall asleep behind the wheel. If they do not get treatment for sleep apnea, drivers can endanger others on the road.

Consequences of Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers who are fatigued behind the wheel can cause many problems. Here are some of the effects of truck driver fatigue.

  • Lower reflexes. Truck drivers have to have sharp reflexes to react to hazards, such as swerving vehicles and animals on the road. If they are running on little sleep, they may not have the reflexes to quickly react and get into an accident.
  • Less focus. When truck drivers are fatigued, they may also have more difficulty concentrating on that road. They might not be able to pay attention to what is going on around them and increase the chances of a collision.
  • Difficulty making quick decisions. Sometimes truck drivers are required to make swift decisions on the road. For example, they may need to quickly change lanes a couple miles before an exit. A drowsy truck driver may forget that he or she has to change lanes until the last minute. If the driver does not allow enough space to change lanes, it can cause an accident.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you may want to schedule a consultation with an Anaheim truck accident lawyer from JSM Injury Firm APC.