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Burlingame, CA Truck Accidents Attorney

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San Francisco Bay Area Injury Lawyer Serving Victims of Truck Accidents 

Many drivers are extra cautious when driving on the freeway next to or near a large 18-wheeler. There is good reason to be careful. Tractor-trailers transport goods all across the United States. But their presence adds special risks to freeway driving. Accidents involving such large vehicles have a higher mortality rate and are more likely to cause serious injury than an average automobile collision. The enormous weight differential, often as high as 30 times, puts the vehicle passenger at a significant disadvantage. Therefore when a large truck is involved in a collision there will often be horrendous consequences for the occupants of the family car.

Operating a truck involves unique challenges. Because of their length special mirrors are needed to see along both sides, especially when changing lanes. Still, visibility is not as direct as when driving a passenger car. You can't just look over your shoulder to check your blind spot. In addition, the weight causes a very long breaking distance which in turn necessitates a longer safety distance from the vehicle ahead of the truck. When liability is contested, an accident reconstruction expert may be needed to determine the weights of the vehicles, the vehicle damage, roadway debris, and skid marks found at the scene. Then computer programs are used to reconstruct the collision finding out what the vehicles must have done to lead to the physical evidence examined. Because trucking accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, often victims need professional consultants to work on the damages side of the case as well as liability.

Trucking companies, as well as their insurers, often conduct their own “analysis” of the accident that is designed to put victims at a disadvantage. Unlike you, a large trucking company is going to be involved in numerous accidents and will have protocols already in place to start gathering evidence, restrict driver witness statements, and make sure their driver and maintenance logs are secured. A victim of a trucking accident needs an experienced attorney such as Mr. Shapiro to be on your side because the opposition already has professionals working on their side whether you know it or not.

While truck operators are professional drivers, who need special class licenses, they often travel long distances and drive many hours. Sometimes these companies have their drivers violate the law by not allowing for proper breaks for sleep. Mr. Shapiro has handled a number of cases involving truck drivers who have either fallen asleep at the wheel or drove in a manner only explained by fatigue. Companies may want to hide these facts often unable to produce the required records which show their negligence. After reviewing the efforts of the California Highway Patrol, Mr. Shapiro will determine what additional investigation is needed to truly explain not only what happened but why it happened. 

Sometimes truck accidents happen without driver error. These large tractor-trailers are complicated machines which require regular maintenance to make sure they are working properly and safely. For example, trucks should be inspected to ensure the functionality of all parts including steering, brake lights, mirrors, brakes, fluid levels, and the engine. If the required maintenance, including inspections and part replacements, are not performed in a timely manner then malfunctions can occur resulting in deadly consequences. Thorough records should be kept so that any malfunction can be properly traced to the prior history. 

Trucking accidents involve unique laws and therefore require special legal experience. Just as a typical automobile collision fact pattern must be reviewed in relation to the California Vehicle Code, a trucking accident fact pattern must be reviewed in relation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. For example, Federal regulations include weight limits depending on the size of the truck, regulate the hours to drive and sleep, etc. So this is not the type of case you should be considering handling on your own for yourself or a loved one.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, contact Mr. Shapiro to discuss your needs and compensation for the injury. Call him today at 650-274-0180 or fill out the online form for a free consultation to protect your rights and make sure the trucking company is held accountable.



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