Car & Truck Accidents
Representing Car Accident Victims
One of the ways that insurance companies attempt to minimize personal injury claims for car accident victims is by equating the severity of your injury to the amount of damage to your car. If your vehicle was not seriously damaged, the insurance company will argue that you could not have been seriously injured. Our experienced lawyers have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies in car accident cases. We are prepared to dispel insurance company arguments based on junk science, such as equating vehicle damage to personal injury.
Helping You Get the Maximum Recovery
If you are injured in a car accident as the result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to full compensation for all of the damages you have suffered. However, many California drivers carry only minimal liability coverage and some have no insurance. Our lawyers will identify all the possible sources of coverage including the following:
- The other driver’s insurance
- The insurance of the car’s owner
- Whether a member of driver’s household has insurance
- Your own UM/UIM coverage
If the accident was caused by road construction or a road defect, then a government entity may be responsible for paying your damages. Seek medical care right away. If you delay seeking medical care, the insurance company will use it as a defense, claiming that if you were injured you would have seen a doctor right away.
Representing Truck Accident Victims
Truck accidents result in some of the most serious personal injury cases we handle at the law firm of Schwarzkopf Law in Sacramento, California. Our lawyers take our responsibilities of representing the victims very seriously. Whenever a serious injury occurs, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to investigate the accident and preserve evidence of liability.
Determining Fault in Truck Accidents
Trucks are subject to a number of state and federal safety regulations. For example, truck drivers are required to take rest breaks and to maintain logbooks to ensure compliance. Trucking companies are required to conduct regular maintenance of safety equipment and to ensure the vehicle has proper lights and reflective tape. If the driver or trucking company violates safety regulations, they are automatically liable for any injuries or deaths they cause. Evidence such as driver logbooks, fuel receipts and truck GPS system records must be collected before the trucking company or driver destroys them.