Several factors contribute to accidents between personal vehicles and large trucks. Unless the driver of the personal vehicle violated a traffic law, fault lies with the truck driver. Causes include:
- Trucks that have been overloaded or improperly loaded
- Distracted driving
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Defective equipment or poor truck maintenance
- Drowsy driving
- Illegal lane changes
These accidents are negligent and may cause serious consequences for people on bicycles, motorcycles or for those driving cars. The trucking company’s insurers may balk at paying accident victims.
What drivers should do after an accident
After someone has been in an accident with a large truck, they need to take a few actions. If they are going to need to be financially compensated, these steps make their insurance company’s negotiations with the trucking company’s insurer much easier. California’s laws say that anyone who has been in an accident is required to offer “reasonable assistance” to anyone who has been hurt as a result of the accident.
Both drivers have to provide specific information to each other. This includes name and address, the names and addresses of anyone who waist the vehicle. If they are driving someone else’s vehicle, they should also provide that person’s name. Next, they should exchange insurance, vehicle registration and driver’s license information.
Reporting the accident to California police
Vehicle drivers are likely to be injured in a collision with a large truck. Their vehicle may have sustained significant damage. The victim should call the police right after an accident and report the collision.
Once the police get to the scene, they interview both drivers and, if possible, any passengers. They also make drawings of the scene, indicating where each vehicle was when the accident happened. These reports are often the key in helping law enforcement to determine who was at fault. If this was the truck driver, this report helps the car driver’s insurance company.