Involved in an Accident with a Commercial Truck? Here’s What to Know

Involved in an Accident with a Commercial Truck? Here’s What to Know

Have you been involved in an accident with a commercial truck? You need to start thinking about how you are going to maximized compensation through a successful personal injury claim. But where do you begin?

At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our San Francisco truck accident attorneys know that knowledge is power. We want to empower all of our clients or potential clients by sharing the basics of trucking accidents everyone should know. If you would rather leave your claim in the capable hands of our lawyers, you can contact us by calling (415) 940-7176 and asking for a free consultation.

Basic Information About Trucking Accidents

There are many variables in a typical trucking accident. The more you know about what happened, or what could happen in a crash, the more empowered you will be when it comes to filing a claim.

Different types of commercial trucks include:

  • Big rigs
  • Tractor trailers
  • 18-wheelers
  • Mail delivery trucks like FedEx, USPS, and UPS
  • Dump trucks and garbage trucks
  • Industrial trucks

It is important to know what type of commercial truck caused your accident, as different sorts of trucks are held to different safety standards. Larger trucks are more likely to cause more damage in an accident, even at low speeds. Injuries suffered in a commercial truck accident can vary, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and possibly wrongful death.

A trucking accident can unfold in a number of different ways. Each accident is unique with its own set of facts. You will want to know the nuances of how and why your accident occurred to strengthen your claim.

Examples of trucking accidents include:

  • Rear-end collisions at red lights
  • Head-on or T-bone collisions at intersections
  • Trailer tip-over accidents
  • Tractor trailer jackknife accidents
  • Loose cargo falling onto streets and highways

Who is Liable for Your Trucking Accident?

Liability in a typical trucking accident can be a challenge. It is possible that multiple parties are accountable for your injuries, like the owner of the trailer. Trucking companies can become liable if they do not properly hire or train employees, or if they demand an unsafe amount of hours of service from their truck drivers each day. The amount of hours a trucker can drive each day is determined by law.

Truck maintenance companies can also be liable if they fail to perform correct maintenance or repairs on a commercial truck. If a different company owns the trailer, that company may be liable for the negligent loading of the trailer. There are numerous potential sources of liability. Working with our San Francisco personal injury lawyers will help you determine who should be cited as a defendant in your claim.

We should discuss the details of your truck accident today. Call (415) 940-7176 for a free initial case evaluation.