Murrieta Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer
There is a reason for that feeling of fear that you get when you are passing near one or more commercial trucks on the highway. The average delivery truck weighs more than 20 times as much as the average car. Therefore, the chances of getting seriously injured if a commercial truck hits your car are much greater than if the collision had involved two passenger vehicles of similar size. The online shopping habits that people picked up during the pandemic are not likely to go away anytime soon, so there are even more delivery trucks on the road than there were two years ago. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck belonging to Amazon, FedEx, UPS, or any other delivery company, contact the Murrieta truck accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst.
Liability in Riverside County, California Delivery Truck Accidents
One of the first things you will try to figure out when you meet with a Murrieta truck accident lawyer is who is legally responsible for the damage caused by the truck accident. In most cases, it is the company that owns the truck, such as Fedex, Amazon, or whichever company has its logo in big letters on the side of the truck. Making a case that the company is legally responsible is especially straightforward if the driver is an employee of the company and if the accident was the result of poor road conditions or a simple but understandable mistake on the driver’s part.
The liable party might be the driver, instead of the company, for one of two reasons. If the driver is an independent contractor, instead of an employee, the driver is likely to be liable, especially if the driver owns the truck. The driver might also be liable if the driver committed an egregious act of negligence, such as driving drunk.
The driver and the company that owns the truck are not the only possible defendants in a truck accident lawsuit. If the accident is the result of a defect with a part of the truck, then it could be a case of product liability.
Seeking Damages in a Delivery Truck Accident
The injuries resulting from a truck accident can be costly. You might need tens of thousands of dollars of medical treatment, or even more, and you might need to be out of work for an extended period. Therefore, the law allows you to seek economic damages for past and future medical bills and past and future lost income. You can also seek noneconomic damages for pain and suffering.
Contact a Murrieta, California Truck Accident Lawyer
Gibbs & Fuerst is a personal injury law firm with offices in Murrieta and San Diego and serving clients throughout southwestern California. A personal injury lawyer can help you recover damages if you have suffered serious injuries in a collision with a commercial delivery truck. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP in Murrieta, California to take the next steps toward recovering compensation after your truck accident.