San Diego Truck Accident Attorneys
Legal Representation for Tractor-Trailer Accident Victims
Tractor-trailers, also referred to "semi-trucks" or "big rigs," are a common presence on roadways throughout the country. These vehicles transport the food we eat and the products we use every day. Tractor-trailers are a vital element of America's economy, but due to their colossal size and weight, these vehicles are also a deadly threat to everyone else on the road.
If you have been injured or lost a family member in an accident with a big rig, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the truck’s owner and operator. But getting a just settlement out of a big trucking corporation isn’t easy. Trucking companies carry large insurance policies, and those insurers employ armies of lawyers who try to get injury victims to agree to pitifully small settlements. Don’t let this happen to you and your family. Instead, get an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney. For nearly 20 years, the legal team at San Diego’s Jurewitz Law Group has been keeping truck accident victims from getting screwed by trucking companies and the insurers who represent them. For a free case evaluation with a San Diego vehicle accident attorney, call Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront and we only get paid if we win your claim.
Types of Accidents Specific to Tractor-Trailers
- Jackknifing accidents. This type of accident occurs when the trailer part of a tractor-trailer begins to move independently of the tractor that is pulling it, and swings out to either side. Jackknife accidents are often caused by improper braking technique, slippery road conditions, equipment failure, driving too fast for conditions, or taking a turn too fast.
- Turning accidents. Because commercial trucks are considerably larger than passenger vehicles, to make a turn, they are often forced to occupy two lanes. This creates hazards for other vehicles nearby.
- Runaway trailer accidents. When the tractor and trailer become detached, the trailer can continue traveling with no driver, endangering anyone in the area. Runaway trailer accidents are often caused by slippery road conditions, hitch failure, improperly attached trailers, and reckless driving.
- Underride accidents. Underride accidents occur when a passenger vehicle goes under the trailer of a tractor-trailer. These accidents are dangerous because they can shear the top off of the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Federal law requires all trailers to have underride guards to prevent such accidents. However, tests have shown that many underride guards used in American trucking are not strong enough and collapse upon impact. Underride guards also do no good when a car crashes into the side of the trailer.
Call a San Diego truck accident lawyer at (619) 233-5020 if you were hurt in a big rig collision.
Trucking Industry Rules and Regulations
We've all had the experience of being on the highway when one of those huge trucks passes us. The road literally shakes under their massive weight. That's not surprising when you consider that a fully loaded tractor-trailer can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Regulations concerning the trucking industry, such as maximum weight, are dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This government agency also regulates how long a tractor-trailer operator can drive without taking a rest break, how long an operator can drive during a shift, how many hours off an operator must have between shifts, and other rules intended to keep our Nation's roadways safe.
While most tractor-trailer operators are highly trained and licensed professionals, there are some in the industry who try to skirt FMCSA's regulations to increase profit margins. Big-rig operators do this in a variety of ways, including:
- Overloading trailers
- Not maintaining vehicle parts or equipment
- Driving while fatigued
- Not following safety procedures (such as employing the safety brake when parking on an incline, etc.)
- Driving in unsafe weather and road conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, amphetamines, or other drugs
Who Else May Be Responsible for a Truck Crash?
When seeking compensation in a truck accident claim, you may be able to hold multiple parties responsible in addition to the truck’s driver, including:
- The trucking company
- The owner of the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The manufacturer of a part of the truck
- The party charged with maintaining or repairing the truck
- The party that loaded the truck
- The party charged with designing and maintaining the roadway
All are responsible for the part they played in causing or contributing to a serious trucking accident, but it depends on your specific situation as to who you can hold liable.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: You can seek compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a limb
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Household and vehicle modification to accommodate your injuries
- Property loss and damage
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
A: Your family can be awarded compensation for any of the following damages in a wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
- Property loss and damage
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits)
- Loss of love, affection, comfort, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased regularly performed (such as childcare, accounting, vehicle and property maintenance, chores, etc.)
- Punitive damages
A: Is representation by an attorney mandatory? No. Is it necessary? ABSOLUTELY. Unless you or a family member has spent at least a decade in the trenches, doing battle with powerful insurance companies and consistently coming out on top, you won't stand a chance. Personal injury and truck accident wrongful death claims are complicated endeavors that require experience, knowledge, a strong will, and the ability not to blink.
Get the Compensation You Deserve after a San Diego Truck Accident
When a pedestrian, motorcycle, or passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, serious injuries and death are often the result. But don’t expect the insurance companies to offer you a fair payout for your losses. They will attempt to deny your claim or get you to accept a settlement that’s less than you deserve. The only way to get adequate compensation for your losses is to have an experienced truck accident attorney who has tangled with trucking companies and their insurers before. (And won.)
For nearly two decades, Jurewitz Law Group has helped truck accident victims avoid being screwed by trucking and insurance companies. Let our legal team put their knowledge and skills behind your claim. Call (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation. Remember, you pay nothing unless we win your case.
Truck Accident Case Results
- Awarded: $97,500 - Poway Car Truck Accident
- Awarded: $30,000 (Policy Limits) - San Diego Woman Suffers Back and Knee Injury When Truck Pulls in Front of Her Car
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