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California Truck Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident, contact The May Firm to schedule a free consultation with some of the most experienced truck accident lawyers in California.

As a personal injury firm with seven offices throughout California, our team of experienced trucking accident lawyers have the legal experience to confidently navigate the settlement and claim process to hold the insurance companies and parties involved accountable for the injuries and pain and suffering that they caused you.

With so many factors involved in litigation, the best thing you can do is have experienced and award winning legal representation on your side. A consultation with the trucking accident lawyers at The May Firm is always free and our legal fees are incorporated into your settlement total, meaning our help comes at no out-of-pocket cost to you. We don’t believe in charging prospective clients anything until they decide that they want to work with us and we certainly don’t expect you to pay a dime until and unless we win your case.

We’ll work to get you reimbursed for property damage, medical expenses, emotional suffering, potential wage loss, and any other expenses that you may incur as a result of being injured in a trucking accident. We know automobile accidents of any sort can be complicated and each case is different, so we take great care and pride in getting the facts straight so we can best represent you. At The May Firm, our motto is to “Let our family help your family.”

When it comes to getting your life back after a truck-related accident, we’ll handle the legal entities working against you and get you the settlement you deserve, while you put all of your focus into your recovery. Contact our award winning trucking accident attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Our Truck Accident Attorneys Know What to Do

It is very important to hire an attorney that dedicates their practice to handling serious trucking accident cases. Here are a few things that our attorneys take into consideration when handling a trucking accident:

  • Logbooks must be examined and preserved. In trucking accident cases, logbooks often show that the driver and/or trucking company violated federal laws regulating commercial driving operations.
  • GPS and Blackbox data is critical. Blackbox data will show what driving inputs were applied by the operator (the truck driver) prior to the impact.
  • A very thorough site inspection is critical and should be done immediately. Our attorneys and investigators will personally examine the site, which may include looking for evidence such as debris and tire marks and taking measurements. We will generally
    employ an accident reconstruction expert and/or a roadway design expert when investigating the cause of trucking accidents.
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Types of truck accidents that we can help you with

Trucking accidents are not all the same. What many people may not necessarily realize is that there are a lot of different kinds of trucks out there. The way in which an accident occurs and the damage that results often depends on the type of truck involved. Additionally, the driver of one truck may be subject to different types of requirements (licensing, for example) that the driver of another kind of truck isn’t.

If you don’t know what kind of truck caused your accident, that’s okay. The attorneys at The May Firm have experience identifying different kinds of trucks and know plenty of experts who can help figure it out, too.

Trucking Accident Information and Statistics

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  • In 2013, there were 30,057 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways. 3,806 (12.7%) of these accidents involved at least one large truck or bus, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, there were an estimated 5,657,000 nonfatal crashes, 385,000 (6.8%) of which involved at least one large truck or bus.
  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,622 fatal accidents involving trucks in 2015. In 2017, there were 4,237 fatal truck accidents. This is an increase of 615 fatal truck wrecks in just two years!

“If you or a loved one has been injured following a truck accident, just know, we are here to help. The process of talking to a lawyer isn’t scary or intimidating. You focus on getting better, we’ll handle the rest.”

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A crash with a large truck almost always gets more than just the drivers of each vehicle legally involved. Depending on what caused the crash, other parties quickly become relevant to the potential case:

  • The trucking company. The truck may have another owner or be owned by a company. The driver’s insurance may also be covered by that company, in which case their legal team may handle the details of the collision.
  • The truck manufacturer. A mechanical failure of the truck may shift accountability to the manufacturer of the vehicle. Once of the most common malfunctions are the air brakes in a commercial truck.
  • The shipping company. The company that paid to have the trucker on the road may pursue legal action if a deadline is missed.
  • The loading company. If loose cargo falling out of the vehicle caused a crash, the company that loaded the truck may assume some liability.
  • Other drivers and pedestrians. There may have been additional people who were injured in the accident, such as other drivers and their passengers, as well as pedestrians.

Each of the parties involved in these scenarios will have backing from their own insurance companies, all of which know that it is in their best interest to pay out the smallest settlement amount possible. They will also have their own legal representation. With so many variables at play, the benefit of proper legal representation is obvious. The May Firm will act as your liaison with these companies and fight to get you an appropriate settlement amount. We’ll deal with other parties’ insurance companies directly and hold them accountable to provide you with the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

What to do After a Crash

The moments after a crash can be just as, if not more dangerous, than the initial impact. A collision with a large vehicle can greatly obstruct the roadway, making bystanders and survivors less visible to other vehicles passing by. Blind spots on the road and variable weather conditions can add to existing hazards. If you’re able to determine your own safety after the crash, stay calm and attempt to verify that everyone else involved is also OK. Do not move injured persons if they are unable to move themselves, as you may exacerbate their injuries. If possible, wait a safe distance from the scene of the accident for help to arrive. As mentioned earlier, the scene of the collision may be unsafe: There are many reported examples of crash survivors being struck by other passing vehicles while waiting for first responders.

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Factors That Can Cause a Trucking Accident

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Negligence and irresponsibility are often the all-encompassing cause of trucking accidents. More often than not, the driver of the truck was doing something that they shouldn’t have been doing or failed to do something that they should have. This is negligence, plain and simple.

A number of factors besides the driver’s negligence can cause a trucking accident and play a role in the severity of the crash, including:

frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked about trucking accident injury claims in California.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues federal trucking laws, which are published in the Federal Register and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. These laws are what truckers across the U.S. must abide by in order to operate large trucks and are in force in California.

One of the best ways to avoid a trucking accident and subsequent injury is to drive defensively. At the end of the day, you cannot control what other drivers do. If a truck driver is going to drive while intoxicated, there is nothing that you can do to stop him. You also have no control over whether the parts making up a big truck are in good working order or manufactured correctly. Your best means of avoiding a trucking accident is to be aware of where these trucks are at all times and make sure you stay out of harm’s way. Don’t try to pass a truck to the right when it’s attempting to turn and don’t suddenly pull out in front of it.

There is no way to know what is going to happen in your case until it happens. This is because every case is different. In most trucking accident cases, the personal injury lawyers at The May Firm will conduct an investigation of our own to determine the cause of your case and who was responsible. We will also contact the insurance companies of the various parties involved to negotiate a settlement that will appropriately compensate you for your injuries. If one or more of the parties are unwilling to take responsibility and pay you what you’re due, we will take them to court. When you hire The May Firm to hand your trucking accident case, you can expect us to remain in touch with you every step of the way. We won’t keep you in the dark!

The victim of a trucking accident can receive compensation from any number of sources. Who is responsible for paying your settlement for your injuries will depend on how the accident was caused. A truck with faulty brakes may lead to liability on the part of the manufacturer. Driver negligence can lead to the victim receiving compensation from the driver and even the trucking company who employed them. At the end of the day, the one person who shouldn’t have to pay anything for a trucking accident is the innocent victim.

When you are injured in an accident that you didn’t cause, the most important thing that you can do is take care of yourself. It can be very difficult, if not almost impossible, to navigate through the accident claim process all on your own. Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases as quickly as possible to avoid paying further medical fees for innocent victims like you. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can focus on getting back on your feet and you can trust that the battle is being fought by knowledgeable attorneys. As you heal from your physical and emotional injuries, an attorney will fight the insurance companies and the person who is at fault for the accident to get you the compensation that you deserve. The personal injury lawyers at The May Firm have extensive knowledge of a variety of personal injury cases, as well as how the law applies to each individual. This is particularly true for trucking accidents. In short, we know how to get you compensation if you’ve been injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault. You will not be taken advantage of by an insurance company with the guidance and support of an attorney. The May Firm will be a powerful ally working for you.

When you are injured in an accident that was not caused by your fault, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. It can be very difficult, if not nearly impossible, to navigate through the accident claim process on your own. Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases as quickly as possible to avoid paying further medical fees for innocent victims like you. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can focus on getting back on your feet and you can trust that your legal battle is being fought by knowledgeable attorneys. As you heal from your physical and emotional injuries, an attorney will fight the insurance companies and the person who is at fault for the accident to get you the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm have extensive knowledge on a variety of personal injury cases, as well as how the law applies to each individual case. You will not be taken advantage of by an insurance company with the guidance and support of an attorney. The May Firm will be a powerful advocate working for you.

Get medical help. Even if you feel fine and believe that you haven’t been injured, you shouldn’t risk your health. Many injuries are not always immediately detectable and can get worse over time if left unchecked. If you were involved in a trucking accident, get yourself to a doctor! You should also call the police. They are experts at investigating accident scenes and can help to determine who was at fault and what it was that they did wrong. If you aren’t able to, they can also take photos of the scene. More likely than not, trucking accidents are serious enough to draw 911 calls from other drivers and pedestrians. You should not rely on this; make the phone call yourself if possible. Document everything. Take photos, write down license plate numbers and any information about the trucking company that you can obtain from the side of the truck and/or trailer, and talk to witnesses.

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As a state with both a robust agricultural output and large metropolitan areas, California relies heavily on its roadways to ship goods throughout its counties and beyond. Large trucks and commercial shipping are an integral part of the economy and we rely on the services provided by CDL certified drivers. We also rely on these drivers to operate their trucks safely.

The best advice our firm can give you is to always seek legal help if you find yourself involved in any type of automotive accident, and this is especially true if a truck is involved. Truck drivers are typically insured and protected by the companies that they work for, and those companies’ best interest is to prove their employee was not at fault. Other parties can quickly become involved on behalf of the driver such as the manufacturer of the truck or the company who is paying to have goods shipped.

We work on a contingency fee and partner with medical providers in the community that work on a lien basis to get you the medical help you need as soon as possible. This means that our fees and the medical services provided are all factored into your settlement payout, allowing you to give your full focus to your recovery. The ramifications caused by an accident with a large truck can be severe. Get the peace of mind you need by putting The May Firm on your side. Let our family help your family by handling all the delicate logistics of your case. At The May Firm, our goal is to help you get the resources you need to get your life back to normal.

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We’ll use our extensive knowledge of California vehicle code and draw from our experience with past cases to ensure you receiver proper settlement. We know a crash can mean much more than property damage, so we factor every facet of your recovery into the settlement process. Our lawyers will fight to get you wage reimbursement for missed work, finances to cover medical bills and ongoing recovery, and reimbursement for pain and suffering, to name a few.

We work on a contingency fee, and partner with medical providers in the community that work on a lien basis to get you the medical help you need as soon as possible. This means that our fees and the medical services provided are all factored into your settlement payout, allowing you to give your full focus to your recovery. The ramifications caused by an accident with a large truck can be severe. Get the peace of mind you need by putting The May Firm on your side, and let our family help your family by handling all the delicate logistics of your case. At The May Firm, our goal is to help you get the resources you need to get your life back to normal.

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