Accidents involving motor vehicles can be especially difficult to pursue as the trucking companies have various interests to protect. The company will immediately contact its insurance company and hire an attorney, as well as facilitate an investigation of the accident scene. The truck company’s goal after truck accidents is to minimize its exposure and liability. Therefore, it is important for those who are injured to have an advocate on their side to help them receive any compensation to which they may be entitled.
A recent incident in California involving a runaway dump truck has left 17 people injured. The chain reaction accident occurred after a dump truck that was unoccupied rolled down a hill. As it rolled it struck a bus and pushed it into a lane of oncoming traffic. At that time, the bus crashed head on with another vehicle.
The accident remains under investigation so it is hard to know why the unoccupied dump truck rolled down the hill, causing the impending collision. However, the cause of truck accidents like these may be due to negligent truck maintenance, defective auto parts or various other reasons.
Fortunately, those who are injured in truck accidents may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. These types of lawsuits often result in monetary damages that help injured parties pay for the financial obligations that arise as a result of the accident. These may include medical bills and lost wages. In certain circumstances, there may even be a chance to recover monetary compensation for pain and suffering.
No matter what the circumstances are surrounding the accident, it is always important to seek the advice of an attorney. This is true even if the injured party thinks it may not be likely that he or she could receive compensation. An attorney can provide helpful insight and advice regarding the best ways to handle the situation and deal with the other involved parties.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “17 hurt as runaway dump truck smashes into bus in Hollywood,” Oct. 23, 2012