A Truck Accident Can Cause Serious Injuries Requiring Long-Term Medical Care
Personal Injury Attorney | California’s San Joaquin Valley depends heavily on commercial trucking. Big rigs, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles are essential to transporting farm products, oil and other goods throughout the West Coast and the country. But the region’s dependence on trucking comes at a heavy price for motorists in the area.
Young Wooldridge, LLP represents drivers, passengers and pedestrians who have been hurt in truck accidents. Attorneys who are dedicated to hard work for clients give you the best chance at a positive outcome in your trucking accident case.
Truck Accidents are Caused by a Variety of Factors
The attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP see injuries stemming from collisions with commercial vehicles because of:
- Driver Fatigue
- Driver Error
- Distracted Driving or Cell Phone Use
- Lack of truck maintenance
- Poorly maintained roads
- Road Hazards
- Inadequate or lack of guardrails
Although multiple factors can contribute to roadway collisions, many causes indicate that another party is responsible. If you suspect a trucker, trucking company or road condition was responsible for the damages and injuries you sustained, the liable person or entity should be held accountable.
The Trucking Company may be Responsible for Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks
A longstanding legal doctrine called respondeat superior holds employers responsible for the misconduct of employees in the course of their jobs. Therefore, the company that owns the truck involved in your accident can be ordered to pay for your damages by a California court, regardless of the type of commercial vehicle:
- Farm vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Delivery trucks, such as FedEx or UPS vehicles
- Tanker trucks
- Cement trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Municipal and government cars
The doctrine only applies in certain circumstances and may not apply to contractors. The veteran truck accident attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP can determine whether it affects your case.
Injuries from Commercial Vehicles are often Serve and Incur Long-Term Medical Costs
The force and impact of a large commercial vehicle is devastating on a smaller car. Accidents involving trucks have a higher percentage of injuries and fatalities than other car crashes, and more severe injuries often result:
- Head injuries
- Muscle damage
- Damage to the spinal column and surrounding area
- Ligament tears
- Broken bones
- Burns, cuts and scrapes from debris or a deployed airbag
Injuries are likely to require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. Damage to muscles in your back or traumatic brain injuries, for instance, often necessitate lengthy rehabilitation and can greatly affect your mobility and work opportunities. And if you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may have a claim for wrongful death. The attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP can help you get the funds you need to pay for medical expenses and other costs.
Get a Free Initial Consultation about your Truck Accident
Incidents involving big rigs often lead to serious medical costs for injured drivers. The Personal Injury Attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP represents people injured in accidents in Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley. The firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe anything until you receive compensation. Schedule a free initial consultation at the downtown Bakersfield office by calling 661.327.9661 or contacting the attorneys online.
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