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Truck crash doesn't have to send your world crashing down

Commercial trucks post unique hazards on the road. For this reason, it is critical that the drivers of these trucks exercise caution behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

If a commercial truck driver in California behaves negligently behind the wheel, you can easily become the victim of a catastrophic truck crash. In this situation, you have the right to seek to hold the truck driver accountable for any injuries you suffer as a result of the collision.

When the truck driver is at fault

The drivers of trucks are generally patient and skilled drivers. However, a commercial truck is inherently dangerous due to its sheer weight and size. Here are some situations that may lead to a serious accident in which a truck driver is at fault:

  • Insufficient training regarding defensive driving, driving techniques and safety concerns
  • Unrealistic expectations and schedules that encourage truck drivers to rush despite the associated safety risks
  • Compensation systems that encourage quicker driving speeds as well as more consecutive driving hours than what would typically be advisable

Even a seemingly minor mistake by a truck driver, such as not signaling before passing, may lead to a severe accident resulting in life-altering injuries to you.

Your rights following the accident

If a commercial truck driver has hurt you due to his or her carelessness, you may choose to seek financial compensation to cover your losses. For instance, monetary compensation may be helpful for addressing your hospital expenses and even the loss of wages if your accident made it impossible for you to go back to work for an extended period of time.

When you are partially at fault in the accident

Perhaps you did not exercise full caution behind the wheel and thus contributed to your own truck accident. For instance, you might have changed lanes suddenly in front of a truck driver, or you did not merge correctly into traffic, thus causing a truck to run into you.

In these situations, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries if the truck driver's negligence also contributed to the accident. However, the amount of compensation you receive will end up reduced based on how big or small of a role you played in the accident. Still, you have the right to seek the full amount of compensation available to you given the circumstances surrounding the truck crash.

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