The sheer size and weight of a big rig is no match for a smaller vehicle. When a truck accident occurs on California roadways, the first step is — understandably — determining the health and well-being of any accident victims. Authorities may also begin an investigation that could ultimately lay the groundwork for any legal claims for damages, whether against the trucker, the truck company and/or any other parties believed to have been at fault.
While the majority of truck drivers on the road are very cautious, that is not always the case. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol may lead to an injury accident. Likewise, speeding and/or reckless driving can easily result in a serious accident.
The truck company may also have some fault in the accident. If there was failure to maintain the truck, the company may held liable. Hiring unqualified drivers or not properly training drivers can also open the door to a suit against the truck company. The trucking company is additionally legally responsible for the negligence of its employees, so it may be held liable if one of its truck drivers was speeding or driving while distracted, for example.
A thorough investigation of any truck accident is necessary to ensure fairness for any victims and accountability on the part of the liable party. Once fault has been assigned to the driver, the truck company or another party, a victim in California can begin the work of moving forward and recovering as much as possible. Our firm has more information online about truck accidents in general and the rights of victims of those accidents.