In the aftermath of a truck accident, it can be difficult to think clearly, especially if you (or a loved one) have been forced to spend time in the hospital. You may be entitled to compensation for your accident, if you can prove that the accident was the fault of the other driver.
The main thing that you will need to do if you want to get compensation for property and injuries is to prove liability for the accident.
Even if your actions played a part, it may still be possible to prove that other aspects of liability fell elsewhere. Examples of liability from previous cases in California include; reckless driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, poor road conditions leading to an accident, inadequate vehicle maintenance and a failure to follow correct loading procedures for freight vehicles.
The person who is considered to be liable may not always be the owner or driver of the truck.
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Your lawyer will help you to investigate and gather evidence.
If you are able to, you need to begin to gather evidence as soon as possible after the incident has occurred, so that you can support your case. If the police attend the incident, make sure that you get a copy of their traffic collision report, as this can go some of the way towards showing who was at fault.
You can also check to see if there are any traffic cameras in the area where the incident happened. Your lawyer may be able to help you to gain access to footage from these cameras, even if the cameras are not ones which were erected by a state organization.
Your attorney will also other suggestions to help in recovering for your case.
To get an appropriate amount of compensation in California, you will need to be prepared to provide formal medical evidence of your injuries.
Without this proof, you may not be able to claim for injuries which you suffered as a result of the accident. In some cases, the defendant may be able to ask you to submit for independent medical examinations to confirm the extent of your injuries.
Most people will not have to do this, as most insurance companies will be prepared to pay out as much as necessary in the face of a skilled legal professional.
Benjamin Drake is a California personal injury attorney and founder of Drake Law Firm. A law firm dedicated to all injured with dedicated attention and deserved compensation.