California accidents involving trucks — whether the truck is a large semi or a small pick-up — can require special legal expertise to maximize the recovery for persons injured in the accident. Trucks and cars are both motor vehicles, but the two are far from identical when an accident involving a truck accident causes personal injuries.
Most trucks are subject to more extensive government regulation that automobiles. For example, the state of California requires commercial truck drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license that involves knowledge and skills not found in the standard personal driver’s license exam. If a truck involved in an accident has been driven by a driver without a commercial license, the lack of the license can be used in court to prove that the truck owner was negligent.
Trucks that are used to haul freight from one state to another — “interstate commerce” — are closely regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This government agency has promulgated extensive regulations regulating truck maintenance, driver training, hours of operation, use of drugs and alcohol and inspections. Failure to follow a federal trucking regulation can be used to establish the owner’s fault if the failure played a role in causing an accident.
The lawyers at Killackey Law Offices have extensive experience in investigating truck accidents, evaluating the evidence and assembling the necessary team of experts to prove every necessary element of each case. These attorneys also understand the necessity of presenting persuasive medical evidence to maximize the damages that can be recovered. The firm’s lawyers have handled cases ranging from tour bus rollovers to negligent drivers of small pickups. Anyone who has been hurt in an accident involving a truck or bus or who has a loved one involved in such accident would be well-advised to consult Killacky Law Offices for a competent and professional evaluation of the case.