San Diego Truck Accident Attorney
Semi-Truck Accident Lawsuites in California
The Law Office of Michelle Gershen is on the side of the injured and believes that the innocent shouldn’t be forced to pay out-of-pocket for treatment. If you’ve been hurt, don’t hesitate to call our San Diego truck accident attorney. Having successfully handled cases both large and small, there is no injury case we can’t take on. We strive to put our clients’ goals first and provide them with honest communication from the moment we meet.
Driving on a California freeway most often places you near, in front of, or behind semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. While most often, drivers can go past trucks without getting into accidents, the reality is that truck accidents occur often and cause thousands of injuries and fatalities in the United States each year. Because of their size, weight, and force, truck accidents are also known to cause catastrophic injuries that can alter the lives of victims and require tens of thousands of dollars in medical care.
Contact us online or by phone today at (619) 768-0848 to meet with our San Diego attorney. Having worked for insurance companies for years, we know how they can undervalue claims and what you can do to prevent it.
Reasons for Truck Accidents in California
Commercial trucks weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car, meaning a truck collision can have severe consequences, including serious injuries and major vehicle and property damage. Because of this risk, truckers are required to be trained by employers and must exercise caution when driving down the freeway.
Though truck accidents can be caused by the same factors that cause any motor vehicle accident, there are some factors that are unique to trucking.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Trucker fatigue
- Truck company negligence
- Transport of hazardous materials
- Unsafe or unsecured loads
- Improper maintenance
- Truck driver mistakes
- Distracted truck driving
- Overweight trailers
- Impaired driving
Commercial trucks are regulated by special state and federal laws as a way to protect the public and prevent accidents, but sometimes these regulations aren’t enough to stop them. Companies are required by law to routinely inspect their trucks before usage to fix any glaring issues and perform maintenance – if companies are found to have neglected this responsibility after an accident, they may be responsible for damages.
In California, there are also specific regulations relating to the size and weight limits of trucks. Trucks that are overweight or unbalanced can easily cause rollover accidents.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are extremely dangerous and can often take down numerous other passenger cars with them due to their size. One common type of truck accident is known as a rollover, which occurs when a truck rolls over onto its side and obstructs long lengths of the road. These accidents often shut down freeways for hours at a time, and they can cause fires and explosions if the gas tank leaks or hazardous supplies are ruined.
Other common types of accidents include:
- Jackknifing: This occurs when the trailer of a truck pushes the towing vehicle from behind until it spins the vehicle around, facing backwards – this resembles a folding pocket knife.
- Underride accidents: One of the most deadly types of accidents, this occurs when cars are trapped beneath a truck trailer.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone accidents occur when one vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle
One major reason why hiring an attorney is necessary in a truck accident is because determining liability when it comes to commercial trucking is tricky and not as clear cut as accidents involving passenger cars. Truck drivers themselves may be held liable if it can be proven that they were driving irresponsibly; however, if the driver caused the accident because they weren’t trained properly, their employer can be held liable.
Other parties that can be responsible for accidents include truck owners, cargo loaders, and vehicle manufacturers. Regardless of who is at fault, our team isn’t afraid to face powerful entities. We’re here to fight on your behalf and achieve the results you want. Through our advocacy, we can recover expenses like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. We’ve also helped grieving families recover damages like funeral and burial expenses if they lost a loved one in an accident.
After an injury, every moment matters. Michelle is here and ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.