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Truck Accidents in California

California Truck Accident Attorneys Explain How to Seek Compensation

Commercial trucks are the largest vehicles on the road. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds when fully-loaded, these vehicles can cause immense damage during a collision. Due to the dangerous nature of these vehicles, drivers and their employers are required to follow California and federal safety regulations.

If you were injured in a truck accident, it is possible the trucker or the trucking company violated these regulations. There are also additional parties who may be responsible for the crash. You may be able to be compensated for damages against these parties if you or a loved one were injured during the accident. Our California truck accident lawyers could pursue multiple sources of evidence during a lawsuit to determine who was at fault.

The attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson PC, have decades of experience handling auto and truck accident claims. Our California truck accident attorneys will guide you through every step of the process. We take truck accident cases in the Bay Area, including Fairfield, Napa, Richmond, Vacaville, Vallejo, Woodland, and the surrounding areas.

Who May Be Liable for a Truck Accident?

A violation of federal or state regulations is not the only basis for establishing liability during a truck accident case. In addition, multiple parties are sometimes liable for causing a single truck accident. These parties may include:

  • Commercial truck drivers. There are many cases where commercial truckers are responsible for the accident. For example, drivers may cause accidents if they under the influence of alcohol or in violation of hours of service rules. Hours of service regulations were created to prevent truckers from causing fatigued driving accidents.
  • Commercial truck companies. Like truck drivers, commercial trucking companies are also expected to follow federal and state regulations. For example, companies could be liable for a wreck if they hired or retained unqualified drivers.
  • Truck manufacturers. Trucks may contain defects that cause an accident. In such cases, it could be possible to hold the manufacturer of the truck or auto part responsible for damages.
  • Shipping companies. Shipping and loading companies could be liable for a wreck. Commercial trucks can crash when cargo is not properly loaded or secured. For example, a truck may crash if cargo shifts during a sharp turn.

What Is Evidence in a California Truck Accident Claim?

An investigation would be necessary to determine who is liable for your truck accident. Evidence can come from multiple sources that include:

  • The “black box”. Trucks carry a “black box” that records important information from the engine. The black box may record driving time, speed, hard braking events and other crucial information to your case. However, black boxes shut off after 30 days, so it is crucial to obtain this evidence as soon as possible.
  • Video footage. Newer commercial trucks may contain video cameras. Footage of your accident may be useful evidence. In addition, traffic lights, businesses or witnesses may have also recorded what happened.
  • Company records. Certain records can be useful evidence during a truck accident case. For instance, a driver qualification file may show whether the driver was qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Maintenance and inspection records may also be useful.
  • Witness statements and police reports. Statements from witnesses may help determine what happened. Police reports may also help determine who was liable. There are additional sources of evidence that are important to your claim. For instance, medical records could help establish the severity of your injuries. In addition, photographs from the accident scene and depositions from accident reconstruction experts could also be useful. We have only included a handful of evidence examples that may factor into your case.

When you retain our California truck accident lawyers, we will take immediate action to collect, analyze and preserve all available evidence. This evidence can allow our accident reconstruction experts to accurately determine who was at fault in the tractor-trailer accident. It can also help us develop a strong case on your behalf.

Our California Truck Accident Attorneys Take Cases in Fairfield and Napa

Have you been injured in a truck accident in California? Whenever there is an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other large truck, the results can be catastrophic. Due to this, there are a number of rules in the trucking industry designed to keep people safe. When truck drivers or their companies break those rules and cause harm, they should be held accountable. We believe that no accident victim should suffer because of the negligence of someone else.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, it can be difficult dealing with the trucking company’s insurance provider and their retainer of lawyers. You want someone on your side who has the resources and experience to handle a truck accident case. The attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson PC, have successfully helped many clients recover for their injuries in trucking accidents. By holding these companies accountable when they break the rules, we make it safer for all of the other drivers on the road.

Call us today at (707) 243-8595 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.