Sacramento Intoxicated Driving Truck Accident Attorneys
Did you get hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck? Was the wreck caused by an intoxicated truck driver? If so, the Sacramento truck accident attorneys of Tiemann Law Firm might be able to represent you in your case and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
At Tiemann Law Firm, we believe accident victims should receive the money they’re owed for their injuries. Someone else was at fault for the crash and should compensate you for your losses. You can depend on us to be your advocate during this devastating time in your life and fight hard to seek justice for you.
Drunk driving is irresponsible and dangerous. It’s also illegal. Anyone operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08% is under the influence. Severe injuries and even death could occur when a person decides to get behind the wheel despite being intoxicated.
Commercial trucks can cause more significant harm than passenger cars because of their significantly larger size and weight. If you’re on a collision course with a tractor-trailer, you’re likely to sustain debilitating injuries requiring extensive medical treatment to heal.
The Sacramento drunk truck driver accident attorneys of Tiemann Law Firm are available 24/7 to take your call and discuss your case. Contact us for your free consultation at (916) 999-9000 or complete our online form.
Why You Should Hire Tiemann Law Firm After a Truck Accident
When you’re attending doctor’s appointments to heal your injuries, you probably don’t want to deal with the complexities of an insurance claim or lawsuit. Insurance companies and defense attorneys can be intimidating. You might not understand your rights following an accident and could end up with much less compensation than you deserve.
At Tiemann Law Firm, we know the tactics insurance companies use to avoid large settlement payouts. When you hire us, we can protect your rights and build a solid case to prove what happened and that you deserve an adequate monetary award. We have the resources to gather evidence most people don’t even realize they need. We can use what we find to pursue the maximum settlement possible to compensate for your expenses and the suffering you endured.
We can begin by launching a thorough investigation. We will review the circumstances of the accident and look for proof that the intoxicated truck driver was at fault. Some of the evidence we might obtain includes:
- Results from the driver’s breath or blood tests
- Receipts or bank statements showing alcohol purchases prior to or during the truck driver’s shift
- Video surveillance footage
- Accident scene photos
- Statements from witnesses
- The truck driver’s employment history, criminal record, and previous accident reports
- Police reports
- The trucking company’s alcohol testing policies
You’re more likely to receive higher compensation when you hire Tiemann Law Firm than if you attempt to handle your case yourself. We know the state laws, deadlines, and other factors that go into pursuing legal action against truck drivers and trucking companies. Your only concern right now should be to attend your doctor’s appointments and recover from your injuries. Let us worry about your claim.
Common Injuries Associated with Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can cause life-threatening injuries. When they involve an intoxicated truck driver, fatalities could occur. Commercial trucks and small cars are much different in size and weight. The drivers and passengers in the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer more severe injuries in a collision with a large tractor-trailer.
The most common injuries suffered in truck accidents are:
- Loss of limb
- Crush injuries
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Psychological trauma
- Permanent disability
The accident you were involved in might have resulted in permanent physical or psychological harm. If you need ongoing physical therapy or another type of treatment, you could continue paying medical bills long after your legal case ends. You shouldn’t be responsible for these costs. The trucking company’s insurer should provide a settlement large enough to cover these future expenses.
Possible Compensation Available in an Insurance Claim
Anyone involved in an accident with an intoxicated driver typically suffers injuries. It is your right to file an insurance claim and seek the compensation you need to cover your various losses, such as:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The settlement you receive will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If there’s proof that the truck driver was at fault, you might receive the total monetary value of your case. Tiemann Law Firm can review all factors involved to determine an appropriate dollar amount to demand from the insurance company. These factors could include:
- The type and severity of the injury
- The repair costs for all vehicles involved
- The BAC of the truck driver
- The availability of evidence showing the trucker’s actions caused the crash
- The total past and future medical expenses required to treat the injury
- The emotional or psychological impact of the accident upon you
- The length of your recovery period
- The amount of insurance coverage on the truck driver’s policy
Tiemann Law Firm wants to ensure you walk away from this without the responsibility of paying out-of-pocket for your expenses. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligent and reckless actions.
California Laws That Could Impact Your Case
California follows the traditional fault system. That means the party at fault for a motor vehicle accident becomes financially responsible for the injured party’s losses. Trucking companies have a legal requirement to purchase liability insurance for their drivers. The law sets forth minimum limits for this coverage, depending on specific factors. For example, a trucker operating a tractor-trailer over 10,000 pounds must have at least $750,000 in liability coverage.
When you hire Tiemann Law Firm, we can request a copy of the trucking company’s insurance policy to determine the available limits. The coverage should be enough to compensate for your total past and future losses so you don’t end up with any out-of-pocket expenses. However, the insurance company could deny your claim or refuse to negotiate for a fair amount. If that happens, we might be able to file a lawsuit.
Seeking Compensation from a Lawsuit in Sacramento
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established that a commercial driver is under the influence of alcohol if their BAC is at least 0.04%. You can file a lawsuit against the intoxicated trucker for their irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
There is a timeframe you must adhere to if you want to sue someone after an accident. The California statute of limitations is two years. You must file your lawsuit within two years of the crash if you want to pursue compensation in court. After the deadline passes, you could lose your right to hold the truck driver liable for what they have done.
A jury could place some of the blame on you, reducing the maximum amount of compensation you receive. The doctrine of pure comparative negligence diminishes a person’s losses by the percentage of fault they share for an accident. For example, if you suffered $50,000 in losses, but the jury decides your actions were 20% to blame, you could pursue no more than $40,000 in compensation.
Tiemann Law Firm Legal Fees and Costs
At Tiemann Law Firm, our Sacramento intoxicated driving truck accident lawyers understand the financial burden you might face. If you’re out of work or can’t afford the expenses you incurred for treatment for your injuries, you could end up in debt.
We don’t want to add to the stress you’re already feeling. That’s why we work on contingency. We don’t charge upfront fees or costs. You only pay us if we recover compensation for you. If we lose your case, we won’t expect payment of our legal fees.
Tiemann Law Firm has been representing accident victims since 1998. We have the experience, skills, and resources to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve. We care about our clients and will always treat you as a priority. When you hire us, you can count on our legal team to guide you through the legal process from start to finish of your case. You won’t have to go through this alone.
The intoxicated truck driver caused the accident and should be held liable for their poor decisions. At Tiemann Law Firm, we believe our clients deserve the opportunity to seek the maximum financial award they need to cover their past and future losses. We will exhaust all resources and work tirelessly to reach a positive outcome in your case.
Our Sacramento intoxicated driving truck accident attorneys will meet with you for a free consultation to discuss what happened. We can review the facts and determine whether there are any options for recovering compensation from the truck driver. We will provide the support you need to heal and get back on your feet.
If an intoxicated truck driver caused your injuries in a car accident, contact Tiemann Law Firm today. We know hiring a lawyer is never an easy decision, but the sooner you do, the sooner we can begin working on your case. For a free same-day consultation, call us at (916) 999-9000 or reach out to us online.