In California, you typically have two years from the date of a truck accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Alternatively, you may choose to seek compensation or other relief through a settlement negotiated outside of court. Your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case generally depends on the strength of your evidence.
Learn about the defendant
If the driver of the truck that hit your vehicle has a history of causing collisions, that may work in your favor. The same is true if the driver’s employer has a history of negligent behavior. For example, the company may have a record of failing to maintain its vehicles or allowing employees to drink or otherwise engage in illegal activities while on the clock.
Gather evidence from the crash scene
Photos or videos taken at the crash site may provide valuable information that may prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. Witness statements, information contained in a police report or other documents may also bolster your chances of obtaining compensation in a truck accident case. Ideally, you will seek treatment immediately after a collision as doing so may make it easier to create a link between the defendant’s actions and your injuries. It may also be beneficial to keep an injury journal that may be introduced as evidence during settlement talks or at trial.
If you are involved in a crash caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. You may also receive money to buy a new car or overcome mental health issues related to the other party’s irresponsible behavior.