Bay Area Truck Accident Attorney
The legal system places truck accidents in a unique category because of vehicle weight and size. Even small truck accidents can have devastating consequences for victims in smaller vehicles. When commercial truck drivers fail to follow required road safety standards and maintenance of their vehicles, other drivers on the road may suffer the consequences.
Truck accidents may involve typical negligent driving behaviors associated with vehicle accidents, including distraction, sleep-related or substance abuse impairment, or failing to follow traffic rules. However, some accidents also include defective parts or improper loading and balance. Truck drivers are professional drivers, and they owe it to other drivers to use a higher standard of safety. When they fail to do so, and someone suffers serious injury, legal action may provide a victim with the necessary compensation for financial and physical recovery.
The Complexities of Truck Accident Cases
Unlike other Bay Area vehicle accidents involving two civilian drivers, truck accidents may uncover a driver’s lack of regard for state and federal truck regulations. Truck drivers are required to conduct certain maintenance tasks before they leave and each time they stop. They may not travel on the road, continuously, without following certain standards for daily and weekly rest. If you are injured in a truck accident, you need an attorney familiar with industry regulations as well as state and federal laws governing behaviors of truck drivers in California.
In addition to regulatory differences, truck accidents often produce complex liability issues. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and the structure of the trucking company, a victim may hold the driver, the trucking company, and/or parts manufacturers accountable for the accident and subsequent injuries.
Resulting injuries from truck accidents may also add to the complexity of a case. Truck accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, burns, or limb injuries requiring amputation. A victim may never fully recover from a truck accident, making the need for extended damages awards much more critical for truck accident victims.
Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker will not only fight for your rights today and in the near future, we will also fight to ensure you have the compensation you need to reach maximum recovery and get back to your life without long-term financial repercussions.
Finding a Truck Accident Attorney in the Bay Area
At the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker, we handle all truck accident cases from serious injuries to wrongful death claims. Our experience in the Oakland and San Francisco area is built on our personal knowledge of the roads in the area and our professional understanding of the laws truck drivers and companies must follow to continue operating in our state.
As with any vehicle accident case, the sooner you reach out to our team, the better. Once we discuss your case in a free evaluation, we will launch an independent investigation to corroborate police report evidence with accident reconstruction and other expert information. Starting on a case quickly allows us to preserve as much evidence as possible and prevent insurance companies and other interested parties from shifting the truth. We will work tirelessly until we have all the information needed to adequately present your case, and we will prioritize just compensation and your peace of mind.
If an insurance settlement company reaches out to you or your family regarding an accident, or you know the effects of a truck accident are serious, please reach out to our office in Oakland. An initial settlement offer is rarely fair, and we will work hard to maximize the potential for compensation in your truck accident case.