Large Trucks Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries

Every day, tens of thousands of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers traverse our roads and highways. Carrying tons of cargo across long distances can cause great strain on equipment as well as drivers, and the economic pressures to make deliveries quickly can lead truck owners, operators, and drivers to cut corners and skirt regulations with devastating results. When these massive vehicles are involved in accidents with passenger cars, the car’s driver and passengers often sustain catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, loss of limbs, massive internal trauma, and permanent disability.

Experience and Success Fighting for Victims of Tractor-Trailer Collisions

For years, I have been helping people throughout Northern California and Nevada who have been gravely injured in tractor-trailer collisions caused by the greed or recklessness of those behind the wheel or those behind the decisions that led to the accident. With deep experience and understanding of the unique and complex legal issues involved in tractor-trailer lawsuits, I fight on behalf of those who are suffering the consequences of putting profit before safety. I get them the compensation they need from those who have caused them such pain and suffering. I also assist families pursuing wrongful death claims against truck drivers, their carriers and their insurance companies.

The Complexities of Truck Cases Require a Seasoned Truck Accident Lawyer

Tractor-trailer cases are of course difficult for the victims and families struggling with the physical, financial, and emotional aftermath of such an accident. But they are also much more complicated than cases involving two or more passenger vehicles. A web of regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration governs the conduct of truck drivers and carriers, and whether these regulations were followed or disregarded can play a crucial role in establishing liability. I know these regulations and how to thoroughly investigate whether or not the appropriate rules governing maintenance, driving hours, and other matters relating to truck safety were adhered to.

Using a variety of resources, including medical records, carrier log books, expert testimony and accident reconstruction, I can create a case that proves the link between the trucking company's negligence and my client’s injury. Whether at trial or in negotiations, this meticulous preparation and investigation along with my commitment to the well-being of those I represent has resulted in millions of dollars recovered for my clients.

Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

There are numerous causes of semi-truck accidents, many of which involve failures to comply with safety regulations but many of which also are all too common for other drivers and vehicles, such as:

  • Overloaded tractor-trailers
  • Tailgating
  • Hours of service violations
  • Driver distraction
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Speeding
  • Defective equipment, such as brakes and tires
  • Unlicensed and untrained drivers
  • Falsified log records
  • Failure to inspect and maintain
  • Road rage

Many Parties May Be Liable For Your Injuries

In addition to the regulatory complexities of truck injury cases, there are typically multiple defendants responsible for varying degrees of negligence. Responsible parties can include the driver, the carrier, and the carrier's insurance company.

  • The driver. Drivers can be held accountable for unsafe operation, such as excessive speed, violating federal hours-of-service rules, and reckless behavior.
  • The carrier. Victims can sue carriers for a variety of reasons, including negligent hiring practices, failure to maintain equipment and vehicles, and bad corporate policies that encourage drivers to break federal regulations or risk termination.
  • Insurance companies. Plaintiffs injured in tractor-trailer collisions can also sue a carrier's insurance company directly.

Additionally, victims might also be able to file lawsuits against equipment manufacturers, loading companies, and other third parties.

If you are suffering through the aftermath of an accident involving a tractor-trailer, please give me a call. I’m ready to assist you through your challenging times and bring you the results and the peace of mind that can allow you to move forward.