Back in July, a man in Bakersfield was minding his own business when he was hit by a garbage truck. This sounds terrible enough but the story gets worse: He was actually hit by the same garbage truck twice. This situation makes it clear that everyone should know their rights when around big rigs and other trucks. Read on to learn more. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death case, then we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The specifics of the accident
According to police reports, the injured party was riding his bike in an alley off of Jefferson Street, near Bernard and Union. He fell over on his bike and the truck then ran him over. The truck then accident backed up, which resulted in him being run over a second time. He was immediately taken to the hospital and was reported to have serious injuries. There is currently no report of a personal injury case being filed.
A personal injury attorney is necessary to protect the rights of the victims
Most people are aware of their Constitutional rights, such as their right to free speech. However, many do not realize that we also have rights to expect that others are going to act reasonably so as not to cause injury. This is known as legal duty.
One example is a pedestrian walking down a sidewalk, following the law. They have the legal right to expect that drivers are not going to harm them. If a driver does harm them due to acting negligently or recklessly, then a personal injury attorney can step in to get the victim the appropriate compensation for their injuries.
The at-fault party may take numerous steps to prevent being held accountable
The party who is at fault, legally referred to as the wrongful party, may take it upon themselves to employ dishonest tactics to win or prevent the payment of any money. One of the most common tactics is to go directly to the injured party and offer a less-than-fair amount for settlement. It could be a lump payment or a series of payments, but it will not be enough to cover injuries and damages.
The bad news is that if the injured party agrees to a settlement then they are giving away their right to sue in the future. This is just one of the reasons that you need a personal injury attorney: We will ensure that any settlement you sign is fair and to your best advantage. If you are ready to find out more about your options then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.