Truck Accidents in California
California Truck Accident Lawyers
Like all incidents that occur on California roadways, trucking accidents can change your life forever. And unfortunately, because trucks are larger, heavier, and harder to stop, the aftermath of an accident involving a truck is often more devastating than those that involve regular sized vehicles. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in California, you need a truck accident lawyer on your side who is experienced with personal injury and all other aspects of motor vehicle incidents that involve tractor trailers and semi-trucks.
Legal Representation in California for Trucking Accident and Injury Claims
Trucking accidents are known for causing serious injuries and tend to have a higher rate of fatalities compared to accidents involving regular sized vehicles. They often involve multiple vehicles and several victims.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident in California, you need to work with a highly qualified legal expert that has experience dealing with difficult injury cases.
The process of defending a victim’s rights after a trucking accident includes dealing with commercial insurance companies that have heir own in-house investigation teams. These experts work to protect the interest of the trucking companies, their stockholders, and board of directors – not the victims. The goal of those representing the trucking companies is to protect the bottom line and to pay you, the victim, as little as possible. They want to do this as quickly as possible, too, because every day that passes that they have not settled a case is a day that costs them more money.
Unfortunately, trucking accidents are all too common on California roadways, and often result in the person not responsible for the accident suffering serious, and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Initial Offers from the Insurance Company are Rarely Adequate
It’s highly likely you’ll receive an offer or several offers to settle after you or a loved one is involved in a trucking accident. These offers might seem generous, and it might seem as if the insurance companies and their attorneys are working to make things right with you. They present you with a settlement offer that is painted in the best light, and they do so at a time while you are still devastated and likely not thinking straight.
All too often these initial offers are low-ball and far from fair. The people working on behalf of the trucking company are not trying to help you – they are trying to get you out of their hair and move on as quickly as possible.
As the victim in a trucking accident in California or the family member of a loved one lost in a trucking incident, you need someone on your side looking out for your best interest. You need a law firm experienced in dealing with commercial trucking companies and familiar with the investigation process following a large vehicle crash. We can help.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Conduct a Thorough Investigation of Your Accident
Our firm has represented victims and their families after devastating roadway collisions that involved tractor-trailer and semi-trucks. We understand the process of establishing negligence, and we have the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation. Determining the cause of a trucking accident is imperative, and there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. It’s also important to preserve evidence as quickly as possible following a trucking accident. We do what it takes to build your strongest case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
There are a number of issues that can be an underlying factor in a trucking accident, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
- Inexperienced driver
- Texting or other distractions
- Tire blowout
- Unsecured cargo
- Unsafe lane changes
Understanding the cause or causes of a trucking accident is essential. We conduct a thorough investigation that occasionally finds issues that law enforcement or the trucking company missed in their investigations. We’re also able to show how issues that are dismissed by law enforcement or other investigators actually played a significant role in why the accident occurred. Our goal is to establish fault in the accident and show the other driver was responsible for the injuries you’ve incurred.
We then make an effort to get you the fullest amount of compensation possible, based on your current and potential future injuries, your length of recovery, how your life has been and will be affected, and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced because of the accident.
And in the devastating scenario of losing a loved one in an accident, we’ll work with surviving family members to get them the compensation they deserve. Nothing can bring back a loved one after a fatal trucking accident, but we can make sure you receive financial compensation to help you through one of the most difficult times in your life.
We’ve helped clients recover compensation following accidents that involved delivery truck drivers, unqualified or inexperienced drivers, drunk drivers, exhausted drivers, distracted drivers, and drivers operating vehicles that have not been adequately maintained. Our clients have been injured in accidents that occurred on California highways, as well as city streets, and all other locations where drivers share the roads with trucks.
Truck Driving is Regulated, But Regulations are Sometimes Ignored
The trucking industry is highly regulated, and truck drivers are limited in what they can do and how long they can do it on the road. Unfortunately, these hours of service regulations are sometimes ignored, which creates dangerous risks for other drivers and the truckers themselves. There is pressure on drivers to reach their destinations within a certain period of time, and often this means taking risks that endanger everyone on the road.
We work with those injured by negligent truck drivers to help them get the compensation they deserve after involvement in an accident with a tractor trailer or semi. It’s possible to show that a truck driver used poor judgment or was forced to violate driving regulations by his or her employer, and we do all we can to gather this evidence. We can gain access to the electronic onboard record, the driving log, and other evidence that shows a driver has violated regulations. We’re also able to examine the maintenance logs on a truck that can show the truck was not properly maintained and this lack of maintenance led to the accident.
Commercial truck drivers and their employers are required to follow stringent federal regulations regarding their driving activity and the condition and maintenance of their vehicle. These regulations are put in place and monitored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission and include:
- Driving logs that notate the time that was driven and time out-of-service. These documents must detail the sleep record of the driver in order to avoid a tired driver accident.
- Training and experience information that notates how many hours the driver has been operating a truck and how much training he or she has had. Reviewing these things is the responsibility of the employer before allowing a driver to work for them. Any time a driver does not have the proper amount of training and/or experience, employer negligence can be cited as the cause of an accident.
- Information about the maintenance and repair of a truck must be sufficient to ensure the safety of the driver and other vehicles or pedestrians on the road.
- Participation in drug and alcohol prevention programs is required to ensure drivers are sober and in full control of their faculties before operating the vehicle.
The average person is unaware of the majority of these issues, but an experienced truck accident lawyer can review the details from an accident and determine if the truck driver or his or her employer did not meet federal regulations. It’s possible for more than one of these factors to play a role in an accident and lead to the serious injury or death of an innocent person sharing the roadway with a trucker. You need to the guidance of a legal professional who is familiar with the regulations of the industry to help you deal with the aftermath of a trucking accident.
There are numerous agencies involved after a trucking accident occurs. The investigation is more involved than it would be when two private citizens collide in a crash. The evidence in a trucking accident can be detailed and difficult to understand, but an experienced truck wreck lawyer is able to work with these agencies and utilize the evidence to strengthen your claim.
Complicating things even more, there are often several victims involved in a trucking accident. A truck driver can make a mistake or have a malfunction of a vehicle that causes a vehicle to collide with another vehicle. The complicated details of a multi-car accident that was triggered by a semi or tractor trailer truck need to be examined by someone experienced and able to determine how you were victimized in a collision.
Dealing with the Aftermath of a Trucking Accident
The days, weeks, and months following a trucking accident can be extremely stressful and emotional for victims and their loved ones. We know how challenging it is to try to restore your life after you’ve been injured in an accident. It’s even more difficult to rebuild a life after losing a loved one. We want to do all we can to ease the burden and make your life after a trucking accident as easy as possible.
Having proper legal representation after a trucking accident is essential. Hiring a truck accident attorney is the most important decision you’ll make after you’ve been injured in a crash and we want to make the process as stress-free as we can. The sooner you bring a truck accident lawyer onboard, the better because they’ll be able to access medical records, gather evidence, and answer all of your questions. They’ll guide you through the complicated process of dealing with insurance companies and explain to doctors that your medical bills must be submitted to the insurance companies of the driver at fault. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve, but to also be at your side and offer the emotional support and guidance you need during this difficult time.
How Do You Know If You Have a Trucking Accident Case?
If you or a loved one suffered an injury, no matter how severe, following an accident with a commercial truck, you might have a personal injury claim. Chances are you have a number of questions about your case, and you’d like to speak to someone with your best interest in mind. We are experienced trucking accident lawyers who have dealt with a variety of accident cases, many of which involved large trucks, semis, or tractor trailers.
We understand how difficult it can be to navigate the legal system and all the issues that arise following a trucking accident in California. We make sure all of our clients have the support and guidance they need during this difficult time. Our team makes sit a top priority to learn all we can about your case and conduct a thorough and independent investigation.
Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in California
If you would like to know more about how we can help you after an accident that involved a tractor-trailer or semi-truck in California, we offer a free consultation for accident victims. We’re able to answer any questions you might have and can help you make decisions about how to proceed. We know how difficult it can be to make decisions after such a life-altering event. We want to give you peace of mind and help you assess the entire situation and all potential outcomes before making a decision.
We have experience dealing with trucking accident victims, and we’re able to evaluate your case and give you an idea of what to expect. Before speaking to any insurance company representative, you should contact an experienced truck accident lawyer who can assess your situation. We’ve helped accident victims get large settlements and verdicts in their favor, and made it easier for victims and their families to move forward after such a devastating event.
To learn more or to schedule your consultation to discuss your trucking accident in California, contact us today.