If you or someone you love was injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, a Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer might be able to help you prove your entitlement to compensation for the resulting financial damages.
When you are ready to learn more about your potential right to financial recovery, contact the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291.
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Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery trucks make frequent stops during the workdays, unloading and loading materials and goods for their customers on their route. These stops can interrupt traffic and create dangerous situations for other drivers.
Truck accidents can be especially damaging to smaller vehicles and their occupants. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports the following dangers to smaller vehicle occupants in accidents between passenger vehicles and delivery trucks:
- Weight: a delivery truck might weigh 30 times more than a passenger car.
- Height: parts of a passenger car might become lodged underneath a delivery truck in a collision.
- Braking capability: a fully loaded delivery truck might need 40% more stopping distance than a smaller car.
Recoverable Damages After a Delivery Truck Accident
The physical and financial damages that result from a collision between your passenger car and a delivery truck can be severe. Between medical care, property damage, and recovery times, you might incur substantial financial hardship if you are not able to hold the negligent driver responsible for his actions. The financial burden of the accident and its resulting damages should fall on the person or company whose negligence led to the collision.
Our team might be able to help you identify the at-fault party and prove the legally required elements of negligence. We might also be able to help assign a value to the following parts of your potential right to financial damages:
- Medical care to date
- Future medical care
- Income loss to date
- Future income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Property loss
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
You may not have to carry the financial burden that follows a delivery truck accident you did not cause. On your own, though, you might find it challenging to assign liability to the at-fault party. Our legal team might be able to help you identify the appropriate at-fault party and prepare a personal injury lawsuit for monetary compensation. We work hard to accurately value your claim and work just as hard to ensure your claim is filed on time.
California’s Statute of Limitations
The timing of your Los Angeles-based personal injury lawsuit is important. The time it takes to prepare and file your lawsuit can make an important difference in your ability to collect compensation. Generally, the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 lets you file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the accident.
The clock on the statute of limitations starts running on the day the delivery truck accident occurs. Failing to comply with the state’s deadline could put your recovery at risk because you might be prohibited from filing your lawsuit, or it might be dismissed without ever being heard. If either happens, it might mean you cannot legally compel compensation from the at-fault party.
When our delivery truck accident team starts working on your lawsuit, we can use your crash report and other evidence to establish the statutory date and ensure compliance is met. When you involve our team in your case early enough, we might be able to ensure compliance with the filing deadline and ensure your expenses and injuries are accurately calculated.
Delivery Truck Accident Injuries
The IIHS highlights driver fatigue and excessive driving time as causes of accidents between large trucks and passenger vehicles. Additionally, a collision might result in one or more injuries, including:
- Head and neck injuries that might require prolonged periods of rest and immobilization
- Torso and limb injuries that might require bone setting, casting, or surgery
- Back and spine injuries that might require pain management and rehabilitation
- The mental and emotional trauma that might require recuperative counseling and long-term therapy
The medical care you require after a delivery truck accident in Los Angeles might also include emergency room care, hospital admissions, pain medications, physical and occupational therapies, and assistive medical devices. These are all expenses you might be able to include in your case.
A Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer on our team might be able to help you catalog your injuries and calculate their current and future costs. Contact the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291. We can discuss your injuries and the process of collecting compensation during this call.
Do Not Hesitate to Seek Compensation
The physical and financial aftermath of a delivery truck accident can be painful, stressful, and expensive. The physical recovery you may require can take significant time, prevent you from working, and prevent you from returning to your usual routines.
Understanding who to pursue for compensation after this type of accident can be a challenge. The responsible party could be the delivery truck driver, the company he works for, or someone else involved in the crash.
After a dangerous delivery truck accident, you do not have to define or pursue the at-fault party on your own. A Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer might be able to help you prove fault, assign liability, prepare your lawsuit for timely filing, and negotiate a favorable financial settlement.
Contact the client intake team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291 today.