Collisions with Speeding Trucks: What You Need to Know

December 18, 2019
Have you been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver who was speeding at the time? If so, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the driver or their company. Here’s what you need to know about filing such a claim after an injury from an accident with a speeding truck driver in Chico, CA with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.

The dangers of speeding trucks

There’s a reason why speed limits are in place on roads and highways across the nation—because vehicles driving at a high rate of speed are a danger to other drivers and pedestrians on the roadway. The higher the speed, the more likely it is that the driver will lose control of the vehicle. And when a person is traveling at a much higher rate of speed relative to other drivers on the road, it becomes more likely that they will cause an accident due to an inability to slow down fast enough to avoid other vehicles that are actually traveling at a safe and legal speed. The problems become worse when the pavement conditions are dangerous, or when the vehicle is particularly large. Truck accidents have more serious consequences because their size makes them much harder to bring to a quick stop, and their weight means any collisions they create will cause much more significant damage to vehicles and their drivers. While truck drivers are well-insulated and protected against potential injury themselves due to the sheer size of their vehicles, accidents involving trucks tend to result in much more severe injuries to other drivers. Consider that tractor trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds or more, meaning their forward momentum can be quite difficult to bring to a stop. This only gets worse if the vehicle was speeding.

Your personal injury claim

To be successful in any personal injury claim, you must be able to prove the defendant’s negligence caused your resulting injury from an accident with a speeding truck driver in Chico, CA. So how do you prove a truck driver was speeding at the time of the accident? In some cases, there are “black box” features in cars that allow accident reconstruction specialists to determine the rate of speed at which each vehicle was traveling at the time of the collision. There may also have been cameras in the area, or witnesses who can testify to seeing the truck driver blowing past at a high rate of speed. If the truck driver was ticketed for speeding at the accident site, that is all the proof you need to provide in court to show the driver was speeding at the time of the accident. This serves as your proof of negligence and liability, which in turn will allow you to recover compensation for your losses, including your vehicle damage, medical bills and pain and suffering. To learn more about the process of filing a personal injury claim after you’ve suffered an injury from an accident with a speeding truck driver in Chico, CA, contact The Law Office of Max G. Arnold, Inc. today.

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