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Challenges you might face when filing a truck accident claim

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Facing the effects of a truck accident in California can be overwhelming. In time, the severity of your injuries might become more apparent, especially considering the large size of the vehicle involved in the accident. Both the physical damage to you and your car can lead to legal complexities. If you’re a Californian who has experienced such an incident, knowing the potential challenges when filing a truck accident claim is vital.

Being aware of these hurdles can prepare you for the road ahead, possibly making the process less stressful.

Proving negligence

One of the biggest challenges in any accident claim is proving the other party’s negligence. Truck accidents can be particularly complicated because of many potential parties at fault, such as the truck driver, their trucking company or even the manufacturer of the faulty part of the truck if it contributed to the crash. You’ll need strong evidence to establish negligence.

Building such a case can include police reports, witness statements and expert testimony.

Dealing with insurance companies

Insurers often aim to lessen the amount they must pay for accident claims. They may employ tactics such as offering a quick, low settlement, disputing the severity of your injuries or even blaming you for the accident.

Dealing with these companies can be a significant challenge, especially while recovering from injuries.

Understanding California negligence laws

California law surrounding truck accidents can be complicated. For example, California adheres to a comparative negligence law, which means that even if you are partly the cause of the accident, you can still seek compensation for physical losses like medical costs or damage to personal property. However, your compensation will be reduced by how much at fault you were. Understanding these laws and how they apply to your case can be a challenge in itself, a challenge that can feel even greater when you’re also dealing with the financial burden of medical treatments for your recovery.

So, when filing a claim, consider seeking a legal professional. They can guide you through these complexities, ensuring you have all the necessary evidence that reflects the full extent of your injuries.

Ultimately, filing a claim starts with understanding these challenges and seeking the right help to face them head-on.