Hit and Run Truck Accidents
How to Handle Commercial Truck Hit and Run Accidents
Below, our experienced truck accident attorneys will discuss the most important considerations after a hit and run accident involving a truck. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a truck crash in California, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about accident claims and damages.
Hit and Run Truck Accidents
It is not uncommon for people to panic after a traffic accident and flee the scene. Emotions are high and people will not always handle things in the best way possible, often allowing the fear of incarceration and heavy fines to cloud their judgment.
However, leaving the scene of an accident is not only illegal, but unethical. By law, a driver must remain at the scene of an accident and contact the police, especially if there is property damage or injuries involved.
While they are not very common, hit and run accidents involving trucks do happen. As required by California law, a commercial truck driver must remain at the scene of an accident and call for help just like any other driver. Unfortunately, some truck drivers will, for any number of reasons, flee the scene of a truck accident in order to avoid their legal responsibilities.
Why Do Truck Drivers Flee the Scene?
Unlicensed Truck Driver: Just like in a typical car accident, unlicensed truck drivers involved in hit and run collisions may flee the scene to avoid the real potential of large fines and the possibility of incarceration.
Outstanding Citations: A truck driver who already has outstanding citations may flee the scene of a crash to avoid even more severe legal repercussions and likely incarceration.
Uninsured Truck Drivers: Truck drivers who are driving without adequate insurance are likely to face severe penalties in the event of a collision. Fear, legal actions, and fines may also motivate a truck driver to leave the scene of the incident rather than accept responsibility.
Driving Illegally: A truck driver who has not met the legal requirements to drive a truck, for example, an undocumented immigrant, may flee the scene of the accident to avoid getting deported.
What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident
Regardless of whether a truck driver flees or remains at the scene, you must always call the police. Not only will they need to complete an official police report, but they may be able to track down the truck driver as they begin their investigation.
Another wise step to take is to document the details of the accident as soon as you can. It is helpful to make notes describing the truck and the truck driver, if possible. Crucial information would include the trucking company, logos, identifying details, phone numbers, vehicle identification numbers, and license plate numbers.
If there are any witnesses, please speak with them and collect their contact information. Witnesses may offer another perspective on the accident and could have seen other identifying details. Also, look out for any surveillance cameras that may have recorded the incident. Finally, it is recommended to contact an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney. A truck accident attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for damages caused by the collision.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a truck accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.