Because of their size and the weight of the loads that they carry, commercial trucks or big rigs can cause horrific injuries through traffic accidents. Although both federal and state regulations have been enacted to try to decrease the number of truck accidents, such accidents continue to occur.
When a truck or big rig accident is caused by the negligence of the driver or of others who were entrusted with related tasks, such an ensuring that the truck’s load was properly secured, people injured in the accident may seek compensation for the harm they suffered. If you were injured in a truck accident, you may pursue compensation for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, any wages lost as a result of the accident, related property damage, such as the damage to your car, and more. If you suffered catastrophic injuries, you can seek compensation for the costs associated with long-term care and rehabilitation, the reduction or loss of your earning power, disfigurement, or other long-term consequences of the accident.
However, truck accidents often involve multiple vehicles, and the issue of who is at fault in such an accident may not be easy to determine. Truck accidents may also be caused by defective products —in which case the manufacturers and suppliers of those products would be the ones to be held accountable. Truck accidents, therefore often require extensive investigation, including prompt demands for truck company records related to safety issues, records that such companies are required by law to maintain.
In addition, if you were injured in a truck accident that was caused in part by your own negligence, your financial recovery would be reduced in proportion to your share of fault. The truck companies and insurance companies will have their own investigators and attorneys ready to present their version of the accident. In the process of presenting yours, you should have an experienced attorney on your side, as well—backed by the resources necessary for a full investigation, and ready to present expert testimony, if necessary, in support of your case.
The truck accident attorneys at Ziff & Cohn are dedicated to using their experience in handling California truck accident cases to ensure that their clients receive full compensation for their injuries. Our California Interstate truck accident attorneys investigate every possible contributing cause of each accident; pursue every possible source of compensation; and we use our negotiation and advocacy skills effectively on our clients’ behalf. Although we aim to resolve claims through negotiated settlements, we are always prepared to go to court if the case requires it.
Our truck accident attorneys in California also represent bereaved family members whose loved ones were killed in truck accidents on US 101, Interstate 680, Interstate 280, Interstate 880, and other California road ways, and who are pursuing claims of wrongful death.
In all truck accident cases, our initial consultation is FREE—and our California trucking collision lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, meaning that our clients pay nothing unless they are successful in recovering financial compensation.