Injuries Reported After Highway 99 Truck Accident in Fresno

Injuries Reported After Truck Accident in Fresno

At least one person reported injuries after a truck accident involving a big rig, SUV, and RV in Fresno on the afternoon of May 1, 2020. The multi-vehicle crash occurred around 1:10 p.m. on northbound Highway 99 near the Mountain View Avenue offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The collision involved a motor home, a big rig, and Lincoln MKX SUV. An ambulance was called to the scene to transport at least one party to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The events leading up to the truck accident were not immediately established, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents Involving Large Commercial Trucks

The challenge with a multi-vehicle accident is that litigation often involves several drivers and insurance companies. To recover compensation in a personal injury case, an injured person must prove that someone else is responsible for the collision and their injuries. When a large commercial truck is involved, an extensive investigation, expert evaluation, and accident reconstruction are often necessary to analyze evidence and determine liability. This can make the process even more challenging for an injured party to go through. In such cases, it is best to seek the assistance of an experienced Fresno truck accident lawyer. An attorney can conduct an independent investigation, work with their team of experts, and provide convincing evidence to prove the validity and extent of a personal injury claim and damages. For information on how soon you should contact an attorney after a truck accident, watch the video below.

Determining Fault in a Commercial Truck Accident

California is an at-fault state. This means that the insurance company representing the at-fault party in a truck accident is financially liable for damages incurred. This includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Trucking insurance policies have higher bodily injury liability limits than car insurance policies to meet federal guidelines. In many circumstances, there may be more than one insurance plan in place to cover the truck driver, big rig, and the trucking firm. For a truck accident claim to be successful, negligence must be proven on the part of the trucker and the truck company that employed them. Evidence for establishing liability include police reports, photographs of the accident scene, physical evidence from the big rig and other vehicles, truck driver logs, employee records, and more.

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Fresno Truck Accident?

Insurance companies, particularly those representing truck drivers and trucking companies, often use any tactic to dispute any personal injury case brought against them. This is due to the high financial stakes a commercial insurance carrier can face after a truck accident caused by their insured. One of the ways an insurer disputes a claim is by downplaying the extent of injuries and extending a lowball settlement offer that is not enough to cover the injured person’s personal injury damages. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side in these situations is essential since they know how to overcome the tactics used by insurance companies and can best advise you of your options for moving forward.

Truck Accident Lawyers in Fresno

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno truck accident lawyer. A catastrophic truck accident can drastically change the lives of those involved. An injured person may be struggling to deal with traumatic injuries and mounting medical expenses. When they are unable to return to work due to their injuries, it can make everything much more stressful when they fall behind in their bills, and their vehicle is damaged beyond repair. If you or a loved one was injured after a truck accident in the Fresno area, call me at (559) 377-7676 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly advice on how to move forward in your situation.

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Since 1982, we have represented people injured in truck accidents and worked diligently for recovering the fair compensation they need and deserve. To see how we have resolved cases for past clients, go to our Verdicts and Settlements page.

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