Inland Empire Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, it is likely that you have sustained significant injuries. Given the size differences between semi-trucks and motorcycles, sedans, or even SUVs, your injuries may be more severe than if you had been in an accident with another non-commercial vehicle.
The injuries and damages that result from these accidents are commonly accompanied by expensive medical and repair bills. If the truck driver was at fault, this leaves you unfairly facing significant debt. After your accident, an Inland Empire truck accident lawyer from Dickson, Kohan & Bablove can help you seek the compensation you deserve when someone else’s negligence was to blame.
Truck Accidents Are on the Rise
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of fatalities from large truck accidents has steadily been decreasing, but there was a 55 percent increase in accident-related injuries from 2009 to 2014. The FMCSA has also documented some additional alarming trends involving tractor-trailers:
- There was a 21 percent increase in the number of semi-trucks that were involved in an accident from 2013 to 2014.
- There was a 31 percent increase in trucks involved in accidents that resulted in property damage.
As a result, the likelihood of you being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler and sustaining either property damage or injury has increased over the last few years.
Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries
In order to receive financial compensation, you will need to file a claim with the insurance company and may need to file a lawsuit as well. This is necessary to ensure you receive money for any losses you have suffered due to your injuries. You could be entitled to compensation for any accident-related expense:
- Current and future medical bills
- Retrofitting your home or vehicle to accommodate an accident-related disability
- Wages you have lost due to an inability to work
- Transportation expenses
- Therapy appointments
- Repairs to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
In order for you to receive financial compensation, we will need to gather evidence to demonstrate who was negligent for the crash. It will be necessary to prove that the semi-truck driver was over 50 percent to blame for the accident and should therefore be held financially accountable.
In California, comparative negligence applies to accident settlements. This means you can also be assigned a percentage of negligence, and that percentage will directly reduce the amount of compensation you receive. Proving your case is therefore incredibly important and underscores how important working with one of our experienced attorneys is.
When to File Your Claim
You have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Once two years have passed, the statute of limitations will have been reached and your case could be thrown out without a verdict being rendered.
Even if you are still undergoing treatment for your injuries, you can file a lawsuit. Doing so will ensure that you do not run into the statute of limitations and lose your chance at compensation.
Call to Discuss Your Case
Scheduling a consultation is the best way to find out if you have a case. Truck accidents often leave drivers of passenger vehicles with serious injuries, extensive vehicle damage, and large financial burdens. The assistance of one of our attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and acquire the compensation that will allow you to pick up the pieces and put an unfortunate event behind you.
To discuss the details of your accident, call Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP at 1-844-404-2400 or complete the form at the bottom of this page.