With major and minor freeways sprawling across the city map, Bakersfield is no stranger to commercial trucks on its roadways. Unfortunately, these trucks are far larger than other vehicles and present a number of maneuverability issues such as an increased stopping distance, the need to make wide turns, and significant blind spots. Individuals who have been injured in a truck accident can seek compensation for the psychological and monetary costs of their injury through California's personal injury claims process.
Truck accident claims can be complex due to the number of involved parties and variables. A Bakersfield truck accident lawyer from Kash Legal has experience with this type of claim, and we can assist our clients in navigating the claims process in order to obtain the compensation they need. We are eager to provide a free consultation for you so that we can evaluate your case and tell you about the services we can offer throughout the process.REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION
Seeking Compensation After Being Injured in a Truck Accident
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck that was caused by the negligence of the truck driver or another party, California’s personal injury claims process is the avenue you will likely use to seek compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury. The steps of this process are as follows:
What Makes Bakersfield Truck Accidents Claims Complex?
While many people attempt to navigate the personal injury claims process after a truck accident without an attorney, they are often quickly overwhelmed by the fast-talking high-powered claims adjusters and attorneys who work for trucking company insurers, as well as by the extensive amount of evidence that is often considered in a trucking accident claim. This evidence includes:
- The truck driver’s electronic logs, that track the amount of hours that the driver has been on-duty without a break and can be helpful in proving a claim for an accident in which truck driver fatigue is involved.
- The truck’s “black box,” which records how the driver was driving in the moments before the accident occurred, including the speed they were traveling and whether they braked before the collision.
- The testimony of eyewitnesses and expert witnesses such as accident reconstruction specialists who can help the court understand how the accident took place.
- The trucker’s personnel file, which includes the results of their latest DOT physical exam, proof of the completion of training required by the driver in order to obtain their CDL.
- The results of drug and alcohol screenings that were performed after the accident.
- The police report, which contains information the officer gleaned when investigating the accident.
Some of this evidence must be secured quickly after the accident so that it can be preserved for court.
Furthermore, trucks are considered common carriers, which means they are held to a higher stand of care. Duty of care is crucial to personal injury claims because it’s the legal link that states the defendant owed the plaintiff a legal responsibility to do what a reasonable person would do in the situation to prevent causing harm.
Common carriers are held to a higher standard of care because they’re performing a public service. When they breach their duty of care, they need to be held accountable. They were entrusted with the public’s safety and failed to meet the legally required standards. Common carrier companies and entities are quick to try and direct blame away from themselves, which is why truck accident victims benefit from the skills of a seasoned attorney. They can ensure you’re not taken advantage of during the claim process.
Contact Kash Legal for Assistance With Your Truck Accident Claim
The trucking industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country, and for good reason. Because of the size and maneuverability issues of commercial trucks, an accident is far more likely to cause injuries to other roadway users than to the truck driver, and those injuries are often serious, catastrophic, or even fatal. Recovering from injuries and establishing routines in a life that has been drastically changed by an accident is difficult enough without adding a complex legal matter to the mix.
A Bakersfield truck accident attorney from Kash Legal can evaluate your claim for free and explore the options that are available to provide compensation for your injuries. For your free case evaluation, call us at (888) 527-4128 or fill out our contact form.
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