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Tractor Trailer truck accident attorneys in California

When you combine the truck or tractor unit with a trailer, you get the tractor trailer. Tractor trailers are used to haul a wide assortment of goods all over the country and are common sights on many roads throughout California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are the respective state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing tractor trailers. Operators of tractor trailers are required to have commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), and all drivers are also supposed to comply with strict hours of service (HOS) that limit the number of hours a driver can operate in a single day or week.

California Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a tractor trailer accident in California, you are going to want to act very quickly to find yourself legal counsel. An experienced lawyer will be able to help guide you through the entire civil process and secure as much compensation as possible.

The May Firm also provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay legal fees when you get a monetary award. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to set up your own free consultation.

Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

The underlying cause of a tractor trailer crash could be any one of a number of possible factors. Some of the most common causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Inclement weather
  • Mechanical defects
  • Unsecured loads
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Brake failure
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol

The actual kind of tractor trailer accident a person is involved in can also vary. While every crash is different, certain types of collisions are more common than others and some of the most frequent include, but are not limited to:

  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Jackknife Accidents
  • Override Accidents
  • Wide-Turning Accidents
  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Blocking Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Overloaded Vehicles
  • Underride Accidents

Regardless of the kind of tractor trailer accident you are involved in, you will want to get the May Firm involved as soon as possible. When you contact us, we will be on the scene right away to begin an independent investigation.

Our firm will pinpoint the exact cause and then determine every party that could be liable. Some cases could involve multiple defendants.

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Types of Tractor Trailer Accident Injuries

Tractor trailer crashes can be frightening experiences, and people can suffer injuries that change their entire lives. Some individuals will not be able to survive their injuries.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a deceased person’s family members after a fatal tractor trailer accident. The individuals who survive their injuries will often face a monumental challenge in recovering, frequently being unable to return to work for extended periods of time or possibly even permanently.

Tractor trailer accidents may cause such injuries as:

  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sprains

Keeping in mind that tractors and trailers could be owned by two different people, you could receive phone calls from multiple insurance companies. Do not speak to any insurer until you have a lawyer.

Insurance companies will try to pressure you into accepting a lump sum settlement to keep your case out of court, but you have to know that such settlements are dramatically less than what you are entitled to. The May Firm will fight for a fair and full settlement, and we will always prepare your case for trial when settlement negotiations do not produce an acceptable resolution.

Contact a Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in California

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a tractor trailer accident in California? The May Firm helps tractor trailer crash victims in communities all over California.

Our firm has office locations in Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Santa Maria, Chula Vista, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Fresno. You can have us discuss all of your legal options when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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