Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyers
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a collision with a commercial truck, you should immediately seek help from an experienced Vancouver truck accident lawyer. Truck accidents are very different from other types of motor vehicle accidents. A lawyer with a record of handling these cases will know how to take prompt action. The lawyer will also know how to navigate the many complex issues that these cases present.
Klein Lawyers can provide the skill, experience and resources you need. We have more than 20 years of experience with handling truck accident claims in British Columbia and a legal team with more than 50 staff members. We will use cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned hard work to seek maximum compensation for you and your family.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case, explain your legal options and discuss how we can use our extensive background in truck accident litigation to your advantage.
Causes of Truck Accidents in British Columbia
At Klein Lawyers, we know how trucking companies work quickly to protect their interests after their drivers get involved in accidents. You can count on us to take immediate action, too, in order to protect your rights. We will promptly investigate your collision, making sure to preserve, collect and analyze important evidence such as:
- Skid marks, debris and other physical evidence at the crash scene
- The vehicles involved in the crash, including the tractor and trailer
- Trucking company driver records and truck maintenance records
- The driver’s logbook, showing the driver’s hours on the road
- Bills of lading, showing the driver’s travels
- Cell phone records
- The driver’s alcohol and drug test results
- Data from the truck’s electronic data recorder (EDR, or “black box”)
- Statements from eyewitnesses.
Our firm can also consult with engineers and accident reconstruction experts. They can analyze the evidence in your case and help us to determine the factors behind your crash.
Our goal will be to determine whether the negligence of a driver, trucking company or other party caused the collision that injured you or caused the death of your loved one. The causes that we often identify in these crashes include:
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Distracted driving, including texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
- Impaired driving, including impairment caused by alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medications
- Fatigued driving due to lack of sleep and long hours on the road
- Negligent loading and unloading of cargo
- Equipment failure, including brakes, hydraulic systems, steering mechanisms, tires and wheels.
Law enforcement authorities and ICBC will conduct investigations of the truck accident. However, in order to fully protect your rights, your lawyer should conduct an independent investigation. Because this investigation should begin as soon as possible, contact Klein Lawyers today.
Special Issues in Vancouver Semi-Truck Accidents
In addition to the need to conduct an immediate investigation, truck accident cases involve many other special considerations that an experienced lawyer from Klein Lawyers can address. Those considerations include:
- Types of accidents. When semi-trucks are involved, different types of accidents can occur. Jackknifing, rollovers and under-ride accidents are common. Our lawyers understand the many unique aspects of these crashes.
- Severity of injuries. Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, the drivers and occupants of the other vehicles involved in collisions typically suffer the most severe injuries. Those injuries include multiple fractures, burns, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage. Klein Lawyers will work tirelessly to pursue compensation that ensures your medical needs are met.
- National Safety Code violations. The National Safety Code (NSC) is a set of rules that apply to truck drivers and trucking companies. The rules primarily exist to protect others on the road. They address nearly all aspects of trucking, including how many hours a driver should be on the road, how much trucks should weigh and how often trucks should be inspected and maintained. If a violation of those rules leads to an accident, the truck driver and/or trucking company should be held accountable.
- Multiple liable parties. Unlike car accident cases, a negligent driver may not be the only party that is liable when a truck accident occurs. The trucking company and any other party that owns, leases or controls the truck and/or its cargo may be liable as well. In some cases, a mechanic who made faulty repairs could be held responsible. In other cases, a claim may be brought against the manufacturer of a defective truck or truck equipment that caused a crash.
- Complex insurance issues. If you are a licensed driver in B.C. or rode in a B.C.-licensed vehicle at the time of the truck collision, you should be eligible to file a claim for ICBC Part 7 or “no-fault” benefits. You may also be able to file a tort claim against the negligent party (or parties) responsible for your accident. However, this will likely involve seeking compensation through one or more commercial liability policies, including policies issued in other provinces or in the United States.
Our Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Klein Lawyers has extensive experience with handling truck accident claims in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. We can put our experience to work for you and aggressively seek the compensation you deserve, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income and diminishment of your earning capacity
- Homemaker benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages.
In order to maximize your financial recovery, our legal team will explore all legal options and sources of compensation available to you. Whether we are dealing with ICBC or another insurer, we will ensure that your rights are fully protected.
We can start work on your case today. With our No Fee Guarantee, we will handle all upfront costs associated with your case, and we will not charge any legal fees unless we secure a settlement or court award for you. Contact us today and learn more in a free consultation.