Were you injured in a truck accident in Palm Desert, California, that wasn’t your fault? Have your injuries left you unable to work and pay your bills?
Are you considering accepting a settlement from an insurance company? Our best advice is DON’T — at least, not yet.
When an insurance company makes an offer to settle after an accident with a big rig, the amount rarely pays for the total cost of your losses. Our experienced Palm Desert truck accident attorneys are here to make sure you receive every dollar you are owed for the injuries you sustained after an 18 wheeler accident.
The Palm Desert personal injury attorneys at Dinsmore & Sandelmann have been protecting the rights of victims injured in accidents involving big trucks in California for over 30 years. We possess the skills, experience and expertise to thoroughly investigate your accident, establish who was at fault and accurately estimate the total cost of your injuries.
We will hold the negligent parties in your accident responsible and aren’t afraid to aggressively challenge the trucking companies and their insurers to get you the compensation you deserve, whether through tough negotiations, arbitration or a court trial.
Don’t Delay Seeking Legal Help After Your Palm Desert 18 Wheeler Accident
Don’t delay seeking legal help after your accident! The State of California has strict a Statute of Limitations when it comes to filing a personal injury suit for a 18 wheeler accident. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of the accident in which to file suit. After that, the courts will probably refuse to hear your case.
Types of Trucking Accidents
When we talk about truck accidents, we don’t mean a Ford or Chevy pickup, we mean the big rigs driven by professional drivers:
- Delivery Trucks
- 18 wheelers
- Dump Trucks
- Tractor Trailers
- Oil and gas tanker Trucks
- Box Trucks
- Cement mixers
- Refrigerated trucks
- Big Tow Trucks
Big commercial trucks take longer to stop than passenger vehicles, accelerate more slowly, have more driver blind spots, need more space to maneuver and require precise control when making a turn or backing up. Because of this, most truck drivers and truck owners are required to carry insurance with higher liability limits than conventional car insurance.
Like automobile accidents, big truck accidents can include head on collisions, rear end collisions and sideswipe collisions. Other types of Palm Desert truck accidents include:
- Jack-knife – the tractor stops, but the trailer doesn’t, sliding around into a 90 degree angle with the tractor
- Rollover – the truck rolls over
- Underride – occurs when a smaller vehicle becomes pinned beneath the truck
- Accidents caused by a mechanical failure
- Hazardous materials spills
- Blind spot – truck changes lane and collides with vehicle driving in blind spot
- Wide turn “squeeze play” accidents – the truck hits a vehicle while making a turn
- Improperly secured loads
Causes of Big Truck Accidents in Palm Desert, California
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation study that examined the causes of large truck accidents. The results were broken down by category: driver, vehicle and environment:
Driver-related factors in big truck accidents include:
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Over the counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Felt under work pressure from carrier
- Made illegal maneuver
- External distraction
- Following too close
- Internal distraction
- Illegal drug use
Vehicle-related factors in big truck accidents include:
- Brake problems
- Tire problems
- Cargo shift
Environment-related factors in truck accidents include roadway problems.
Many Parties Could Be Liable for Your 18 Wheeler Accident
To get the total compensation you are due for your injuries, it’s important to be able to identify who was responsible for your accident.
In a car accident there is usually only one party — the driver — that is responsible for the crash. However, there can be several parties that share responsibility for a Palm Desert big truck accident. In addition to the driver, the company that employed the driver, the owner of the truck, the repair shop that maintained the truck, loading and unloading facilities and the manufacturer of a defective part may be liable for a percentage of the damages resulting from a Palm Desert truck accident.
Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident
California law gives you the right to compensation for the damages you sustained in a Palm Desert 18 wheeler accident. These damages can include:
- Emergency medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing medical expenses
- Physical therapy and medical devices
- Property damages
- Diminished earning power
- Emotional distress
If you are the loved one of a person killed in a Palm Desert truck accident, you may be able to recover damages for loss of love and support, funeral expenses, medical expenses and loss of income by filing a wrongful death truck accident suit.
While we can’t guarantee how much money you’ll receive for your injuries, Dinsmore & Sandlemann can promise that we will use all of our legal skills, experience and resources to secure for you the biggest settlement or jury verdict possible.
Speak to our Palm Desert Truck Accident Attorneys
Dinsmore & Sandelmann have been representing clients injured in big rig truck accidents in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and other High Desert California communities for more than 25 years. If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by the negligence of a big truck driver and are unable to work and facing major medical bills, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Palm Desert truck accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights. We offer all accident victims a no obligation, free consultation to discuss their case. Our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs if we decide to represent you and you only pay our legal fees after we have successfully obtained a recovery for you.