Oakland Truck Accident Lawyers
Serving Concord, Stockton, Sacramento & All of Northern California
Motor vehicle accidents involving large semi-trucks and commercial vehicles are incredibly devastating. These trucks are significantly larger and heavier than other vehicles, with massive 18-wheelers weighing up to as much as 80,000 pounds. It’s no surprise, then, that they cause extensive damage when they collide with cars, SUVs, motorcycles, and other objects along the road.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, you already know the life-altering effects these accidents have. You are likely facing exorbitant medical bills, disability, lost income, and a permanently altered way of life. What you may not realize, however, is that you don’t have to face all of these consequences on your own. At Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center, we are committed to fighting for the rightful compensation you and your family are owed. Our Oakland truck accident lawyers have over 130 years of combined experience—we know the system, we know how to investigate truck accident claims, and we know how to hold negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and other liable parties accountable.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
If you are reading this, chances are, you or someone you care about was involved in a truck accident. If the accident was serious, you have likely already sought or received medical care, including emergency treatment. However, if you were involved in a truck accident and you have not yet seen a medical professional, now is the time to do so. Even if you believe you were not injured or did not sustain any serious injuries, it is absolutely critical that you see a doctor who can rule out or diagnose any underlying injuries.
Next, you should know that you have the right to file a personal injury claim (or wrongful death claim if your loved one died due to the accident) if you were not at fault or only partially at fault for the accident. It’s extremely important that you reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney, as these claims are nearly always very complex. Trucking companies and their insurance providers will go to great lengths to avoid paying out injury claims. Do not speak to the insurance adjuster before first speaking to an attorney. You could accidentally say something or unwittingly admit fault, which could ultimately compromise your claim.
If you were injured or your loved one died due to a truck accident in Oakland, Concord, Stockton, Sacramento, or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center right away to learn more about your legal rights and options. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so there are no attorneys’ fees unless/until we successfully secure compensation on your behalf.
What Makes Truck Accident Claims So Complicated?
Truck accident claims are not like typical car accident claims. Unlike other motorists, truck drivers are generally “on the clock” when driving. As a result, their employers—the trucking companies—may be liable for their actions under what are known as respondeat superior laws. Because liability plays such a crucial role in any personal injury case, it is very important that you work with an attorney who can determine who is liable for the accident and your resulting damages.
In any given truck accident case, any of the following parties may be partially or totally liable:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- The person/party responsible for truck maintenance
- The manufacturer of the truck (if defective) or of a defective truck part
- A supervising entity
- A third party, such as another motorist, a construction company, etc.
Our Oakland truck accident attorneys know how to conduct quick and thorough investigations in order to determine exactly what happened and who is liable for an accident. We may look at things like the truck’s “black box” recorder, the truck driver’s cell phone records, the design of the road where the accident occurred, whether the trucking company had a history of hiring unsafe drivers, if drivers were encouraged to violate hours-of-service laws, and many other factors in building your case. All of these things help us obtain a clear picture of the accident and an in-depth understanding of who is legally liable for your damages.
Contact Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center Today
If you were involved in a truck accident, we understand that you are likely dealing with catastrophic injuries and immense emotional distress and financial challenges. Our entire team of award-winning attorneys and dedicated legal staff is here to serve as the advocate and guide you need. Our goal is to handle all of the legal details of your situation so that you can focus on healing and moving forward.