Injured in an Auto, Truck or Motorcycle Accident? Let an Experience Accident Attorney Fight for Your Just Compensation
Automobile accidents are responsible for millions of injuries and thousands of deaths each year. Accidents can be caused by unsafe, intoxicated, fatigued or distracted drivers, dangerous roadways and signage, as well as auto part defects. Even low-impact accidents can cause serious and lasting injuries. If you or a loved one were a victim of an auto accident, you deserve someone fighting for your just compensation.
An experienced auto accident attorney will ensue that you get the medical treatment you need, collect all evidence necessary and hire qualified experts to determine the cause of the accident and identify all possible responsible parties. A part from the negligent driver directly causing the accident, other responsible parties could include the manufacturer of the vehicle if a defective part contributed to the accident, the driver’s employer if the accident occurred during the scope of employment or while traveling to or from work, government entities if the negligent maintenance or design of the road, freeway or signage contributed to the accident. To ensure a proper investigation can be conducted, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as practical after an accident before evidence is tampered with, lost or destroyed.
When commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers, big rigs and 18-wheelers collide with automobiles, the results can be catastrophic. The sheer size and weight differential between the vehicles and the force of impact involved can result in fatalities and serious injuries, including traumatic brain damage, multiple bone fractures and spinal cord injuries.
Commercial truck drivers are regulated by various federal safety laws and regulations and the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Despite strict safety and licensing requirements, too often, employers and/or drivers cut corners to save money on required maintenance or safety equipment or mandatory driving hour limitations to meet delivery deadlines. Accidents involving commercial trucks could result from unsafe driving and driver error caused by inexperience, driver fatigue and inadequate driver training, as well as alcohol and drug use, improper loading of cargo, and failure to maintain breaks, lights, tires or other equipment.
In the event of a truck accident, liable parties include the truck driver as well as other possible entities such as the trucking company, the freight shipper, the owner of the container being transported, the owner of the load in the container and manufacturer of parts that may have been defective or failed in the accident. It is important to hire an experienced attorney who can identify all the proper responsible parties to obtain the full compensation the victim is entitled to recover.
Riding a motorcycle in California could be fun and provides the freedom to escape traffic, as this state allows lane sharing – riding between lanes of traffic. In California, riders are not required to have any specialized training unless they are under the age of 21, at which point they must complete a state approved motorcycle safety course. The state also mandates wearing a Department of Transportation approved safety helmet while riding.
Despite the fun and freedom motorcycle rides offer, riding a motorbike can be very dangerous, primarily because bike riders are often not seen by distracted vehicle drivers when these drivers change lanes or turn. A motorcycle accident could be extremely traumatic and result in serious injuries as the rider has very little protection from the road and impact with other vehicles. An experienced bike accident attorney can establish the negligence of the vehicle driver and recover just compensation for the injured rider.
Accidents involving public buses, tour buses and school buses often result in multiple passenger injuries as passengers inside these vehicles often have no seat belts available for their use. Driver error, inexperience and fatigue, as well as outdated equipment, improper maintenance, defective parts and dangerous roadways can all cause bus accidents. An experienced bus accident attorney will be able to properly investigate the cause of the accident and identify all responsible parties, including government entities which require special claim handling.
Get the Help of an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one were a victim of an auto, truck, motorcycle or bus accident, the Law Offices of Aksana M. Coone will fight to make sure you receive full compensation for your losses.
Whether you or your loved one were involved in a fender bender, a major accident or a fatal accident, your life could be instantly disrupted. We can help you get compensation for the sudden losses you suffered, including high medical bills and lost income from an injury or unexpected death. A victim of an automobile, truck, motorcycle or bus accident can recover pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, emotional distress, past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income and earning capacity, and the cost of repair or fair market replacement value of the damaged vehicle or any personal property damaged in the accident. While no amount of money will bring back someone who died in an accident, family members who have lost a loved one are entitled to recover for their losses in a wrongful death action.
Contact the Law Offices of Aksana M. Coone for a free consultation today.
What to Do If You Are Injured in an Auto Accident:
- Stop at the scene of the accident or safely off to the side to not obstruct traffic.
- If you are injured, remain put and call 911 or let others call for help if you cannot.
- If others are injured, attempt to help or call 911 to summon help.
- Call the police and make a report of the accident and all your injuries. Do not speculate or guess as to any facts. If you are not sure if you are injured, say you are not sure.
- Obtain the name and badge number of the investigating officer and ask where and when you can obtain a copy of the accident report.
- Exchange identification and insurance information with the other driver.
- Obtain any witness contact information.
- Take note of weather and road conditions and estimated speeds of the other vehicle.
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident, all vehicles involved, any visible injuries.
- Do not refuse medical attention if it is offered.
- Do not admit fault or offer to pay for any damage at the scene.
- Do not sign anything except a ticket at the scene of the accident.
- Report your accident to your insurance company.
- Do not give any statement to the other driver’s insurance company.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- Seek the help of a personal injury attorney if you have serious injuries.