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By nature, truck accidents are in a vehicle accident class of their own. The sheer size of the trucks often affect the severity of an incident, and workers in the commercial trucking industry are governed by a unique set of regulatory requirements and laws. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, we represent individuals in the trucking industry and those who are injured in truck accidents.
Many personal injury attorneys focus on truck accidents caused by truck drivers. In reality, many individuals may share liability in truck accident cases. Common causes of truck accidents include:
After any truck accidents or any vehicle accident for that matter, it is a good idea to try to remain as calm as you can. Decisions that are made following a truck accident may affect your health and your potential legal case, so be sure to contact your family or your friends for help after you call 911 and you secure the accident evidence. It is important to get immediate medical attention as many injuries, such as neck injuries, whiplash injuries and back injuries, do not show immediate symptoms but for the best medical recovery, they do need quick treatment. Be sure to also document and retain as much evidence from the trucking and car accident scene as possible including taking your own pictures, writing your own records and protecting your vehicle that was involved in the crash. Our trained staff will want to investigate the vehicle for signs of defect or evidence to help with the case so be sure it is not tampered with.
If you are on the job when you are involved in a truck accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Like all other employees, truck drivers should have employer-sponsored coverage that meets state workers’ compensation regulations.
The attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will help you understand the workers’ compensation process so you can move forward with a claim yourself or we can help you through the process. We routinely assist injured workers who need to appeal claims denials and those who need to address insurance bad faith or employer discrimination/retaliation concerns. If you are injured during the normal course of work, you may be entitled to benefits including coverage for medical expenses, disability, and rehabilitation.
OSHA and trucking industry regulations often play a large role in these injury cases. When preventable accidents occur, we can help truck drivers and injury victims file formal complaints with regulatory agencies against an unsafe employer or partnering company.
When we take on a truck accident case, we investigate every angle so that we can maximize compensation for our clients. We work fast, because we understand the propensity for internal investigators to hide, alter, or destroy evidence. Trucking accidents, in particular, are complex from a liability standpoint. As a truck driver, a truck industry worker, or an injured passenger vehicle occupant, you may have a personal injury claim against a trucking company, a logistics company, a freight company, a roadwork agency, or an auto manufacturer.
If you are an injured worker, we can simultaneously pursue a third party claim as we work through the workers’ compensation process. The additional lawsuit can pick up where workers’ compensation benefits end and may help you obtain full compensation for medical expenses, lost past wages and future income, and pain and suffering.
At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, we’ve been here to help you in any way we can since 1979. Initial consultations are always free. If you do accept our full legal support, we never ask for payment until we have secured compensation on your behalf.
We can also help you find qualified medical support, negotiate with insurance representatives and bill collectors on your behalf, and answer any questions you have along the way. Contact our San Bernardino office today to learn more about how we can help you after a truck accident.