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Did a truck accident turn your family's world upside down?

Operating a vehicle on roadways in California can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when sharing the road with semitrailers. These massive machines do a lot of damage when they are involved in accidents. Victims who survive such incidents often suffer injuries that turn their lives and the lives of their families upside-down.

If a truck accident destroyed your loved one's quality of life and left your family hurting emotionally and financially because of it, know that you may not have to bear the full burden of the situation alone. You may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses, which can help you as you strive to move forward.

Who is liable for your losses?

Whenever a motor vehicle accident occurs, establishing liability is a must in order for victims to collect any sort of compensation. When it comes to truck accidents, you will need to consider a number of factors before determining if a truck driver, his or her employer, manufacturer or anyone else is responsible for your losses. When investigating a truck accident, one will want to look at:

  • The driver's history
  • The driver's hour log
  • Vehicle maintenance records
  • Cargo securement
  • Potential safety violations

A number of things can contribute to a truck accident, so being thorough in the investigative process is a must when working to establish liability. The other side will have people looking to push the blame on your loved one. You deserve to have someone fighting for you.

Recoverable damages

As you know, the physical, monetary and psychological damages associated with a trucking accident can be quite devastating. According to state laws, victims and their loved ones have the right to pursue compensation for all documented losses, whether they are economic or noneconomic in nature. Recoverable damages include:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of companionship

There are two ways to go about seeking relief for damages: settlement negotiations or litigation. Most can settle personal injury cases without going to court, but sometimes, litigation is the only way to get a fair compensation package.

Don't fight alone

It only takes a second for a truck accident to turn your family's world upside-down. It can take time to seek relief that will help you and your loved one on the road to recovery. Know that you do not have to fight for compensation alone.

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