According to ABC30 News, local truck drivers participated in a rally last week on the steps of City Hall in Fresno to protest enactment of a new truck regulation. The truckers allege that the new law is aimed at keeping tracking driving habits of truck drivers. Under current laws regulating truck drivers, drivers are permitted to log their driving errors manually using a paper logbook. However, under the new laws that become effective in December, truck drivers will be required to use an electronic device that will electronically record the number of hours a truck driver is behind the wheel of a truck. Currently, a truck driver must take a break after driving for eight hours and cannot drive more than 11 hours during their 14-hour work window. Some drivers say the new device will not consider traffic delays and a lack of rest stops when recording data. Drivers allege that they will not always be able to stop when the device tells them to stop. It is feared that use of the device could drive up the cost of delivery and that cost could be passed down to the consumer.
Thousands of people die each year in collisions with commercial trucks. Over eighty percent of the deaths during 2015 involving large trucks were people not in the truck. Of the 4,067 people killed in large truck accidents that year, 2,990 (74%) were occupants of other vehicles and 410 (10%) were non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists). In addition to those killed, approximately 116,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks. Commercial trucks are essential for transporting goods efficiently across the country. However, sharing the road with these extremely large vehicles can be dangerous. While truck drivers cause many of the accidents involving large trucks, other drivers are responsible for causing some collisions, especially when passing a truck. Therefore, extreme caution must be used when passing a commercial vehicle.
When a negligent driver injures you, whether you are a passenger, another driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you are entitled to recover companies for losses under California’s personal injury laws. However, you must prove that the other driver caused the collision and you were injured because of the crash. Proving fault in a truck accident can be complex. Hiring a Fresno truck accident attorney is highly recommended. An experienced attorney understands how to perform a truck accident investigation to obtain evidence to prove another party is liable for your damages. Furthermore, an attorney with experience representing truck accident victims understands how to correct value a claim so that you have a higher chance of recovering full compensation for all damages, losses, and injuries.
Being injured in a Fresno car accident can have a substantial impact on your future. Your ability to earn a living, perform the same daily tasks, and even care for yourself or your family can be changed forever. The days, weeks, and months after a car accident can be filled with anxiety, stress, and pain. There are many decisions you need to make, including how to pay your medical costs and living expenses while you are out of work. You may also need to decide how you want to proceed with your medical treatment when given a choice between several options. Weighing the pros and cons of each treatment is important, just as it is important to weigh your options for deciding how to handle your accident claim.
It is easy to make a mistake when you are handling a car accident claim, especially if you have never been in an accident or dealt with an insurance adjuster. Below are five mistakes that can seriously harm your claim if you are not very careful. Mistake Number One: Not Calling the Police The other driver may try to convince you that you can handle the “matter” between the two of you. Unless you know you are not injured and the damage is minor, this is a mistake. Because you could have suffered whiplash or another injury that may not show signs until a few hours or days later, not calling the police can be a huge mistake. It is better to have an official record of the crash to prove the accident occurred. While you can pursue an accident claim without a police report, it can help to have the report if the other driver tries to claim he or she was not involved or did not cause the crash.
In some cases, you may be entitled to recover money for your car accident claim even though you are partially at fault for the crash. Because of California’s comparative fault law, you may be able to receive compensation for a portion of your medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. To determine if you can recover money for your claim, we urge you to call our Fresno accident attorneys for a free consultation today. How Does Comparative Fault Work in California? California has adopted a pure comparative fault standard for personal injury cases. When more than one party is responsible for the cause of an accident, the court “compares” the fault for the accident and assigns a percentage of fault to each responsible party.
Whether you are in a car accident, bicycle crash, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, motorcycle crash, or commercial truck accident, you can seek compensation from the party who is responsible for the accident. The amount you can recover for an injury settlement depends on a variety of factors. The insurance adjuster for the other party will not tell you if you are settling for less than your claim is actually worth. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys can tell you if an injury settlement is fair or if you should decline the offer and demand a higher amount based on the factors of your case.
If you do not understand the difference, it could be deadly. Commercial vehicles are essential for transporting goods across the country. Trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective means of sending large loads from state to state. However, this requires that we share the roads with these very large vehicles. Sadly, sharing the road with a commercial vehicle can be dangerous. According to the NHTSA, the majority of fatalities and injuries in large truck accidents occur to occupants of other vehicles. During 2015, fatalities in large truck accidents increased by four percent from 2014. Of the 4,067 fatalities in truck accidents, 74 percent of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles. Injuries increased in 2014 by 11 percent with 73 percent of the 116,000 injuries being sustained by occupants of other vehicles. Because we must share the interstates and streets with commercial trucks, it is important to understand the differences to avoid a truck accident. If you are injured in a large truck or commercial truck accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Call 1-800-954-4444 now for a free appointment with a Fresno truck accident lawyer.
Many people refer to these types of injuries as “catastrophic” injuries. Life-altering or catastrophic injuries can require multiple surgeries followed by months or even years of medical treatments, physical therapy, and special adaptive medical equipment. The negative consequences of a personal injury can last for the rest of your life. If a negligent or reckless driver caused the crash that resulted in your injuries, that driver should be held liable for your damages. You should not be required to bear the cost of expensive medical treatments, necessary medical equipment, and other expenses. Call Torem & Associates by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 to find out how you can recover money for your Fresno catastrophic injury claim.
Some states are considered no-fault instance states. Each driver must carry PIP or no-fault insurance that pays medical bills and some lost wages in the event of a traffic accident, regardless of which driver was at fault. For example, if you were injured in a car accident with another driver, your PIP insurance would pay your medical bills even if the other driver caused the crash. You would only file a claim against the other driver in limited circumstances. California is a “fault” insurance state. Every driver is required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. If the driver causes a crash, the victims can file claims against the driver’s insurance coverage. However, the victim must prove “fault” to recover compensation.