Know the Truck “No Zones”

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2017

Driving near a semi-truck or tractor trailer can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and have much longer stopping distances than cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, but they also have huge blind spots that can put other drivers at risk.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that truck drivers have limited visibility on all four sides of their vehicles—which are areas called “No Zones.”

These areas include:

  • 20 feet in front of the truck’s cabin
  • One lane width directly underneath and behind the driver side of the truck
  • Two lane widths directly underneath and behind the passenger side of the truck
  • 30 feet behind the truck’s trailer

Because truck “No Zones” are so large, it’s important for drivers to be aware of them when they drive near big rigs. One key to remember is that if you can’t see a truck driver’s mirrors, there’s a good chance he can’t see your vehicle.

“No Zones” are just one factor that can contribute to truck accidents. Negligence on behalf of the truck driver, owner, or company can also lead to serious crashes that cause victims to suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love was hurt in a big truck accident, Berg Injury Lawyers is here to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

Big Rigs Barreling Down California Roads

by Cary Graham | July 17th, 2017

The weight of a tractor trailer is the equivalent of twenty normal cars. That’s up to 80,000 lbs. of pure muscle barreling down the highway toward its destination. Most of the time, these behemoths make their deliveries without incident due to the skill and experience of the operator. Unfortunately, accidents involving big trucks happen more than you might think, and the results are often devastating.

The focus needed to safely operate a big rig is substantial. Drivers must be attentive at all times to ensure their own safety, the safety of their load, and the safety of every other driver on the road. When a fatigued driver gets behind the wheel, they put California lives at risk. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen firsthand the destruction a big truck can cause a family and its community. That’s why we fight so hard to defend the rights of injury victims who’ve been hit by a truck driver. They deserve maximum compensation for what they’ve been through, are going through, and have yet to endure.

If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation to you, and if we feel we can help, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Don’t try to fight the big trucking company alone. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Neglect: Recognize the Signs and Save a Life

by Cary Graham | July 10th, 2017

Our lives are a series of chapters that make up a larger story. That story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When you were determining which nursing home facility was best for your aging loved one, you made that decision knowing that it would probably be the last place your loved one would call home. Understandably, you want this final chapter in life to be one of comfort and dignity, which is why you chose the facility you did. Now you suspect your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse, and you don’t know what to do.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know what you’re going through. Nursing home neglect or abuse can be present in any California facility. All it takes is one careless or mean-spirited employee to put your loved one at risk. But how do you know if abuse exists? First, you look for the signs. These can include:

  • bed sores
  • pale complexion
  • broken bones
  • poor nutrition
  • unexplained bruises or injuries
  • changes to medication
  • weight changes
  • sudden infections
  • and more

After recognizing signs of abuse, you should get your loved one to safety as soon as possible. Their lives may depend on your action, so don’t delay. Call an experienced San Francisco nursing home abuse attorney to learn how to protect your loved one’s rights. They may be entitled to compensation for what they’ve gone through, and we’re ready to help them secure it. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

A Better Way to Seek SSD Benefits

by Cary Graham | July 3rd, 2017

Social Security Disability(SSD) benefits are difficult to secure. In our experience, it’s not simply about whether or not you are disabled and qualify for benefits but a lack of understanding of the application process and how the system works. Too qualify for benefits, you must prove that you are unable to work. Getting that level of proof on your own can be extremely difficult, which is one of the reasons why more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied.

There’s a better way to work toward getting benefits. Call an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to handle your application from start to finish. A good portion of our SSD clients came to us after they were denied benefits, but we’d love to speak with you before you make your initial application. We know how the Social Security Disability system works, and we can help you put together the strongest application you can.

Wouldn’t you rather get benefits the first time around? Call us today for a free consultation, whether or not you’ve been denied already. We’ll review your application at no cost or obligation, and do everything within our power to make sure you start getting your disability checks as soon as possible. Contact us today.

Holding Your Money Hostage

by Cary Graham | June 26th, 2017

Imagine if you went to the bank to withdraw your hard-earned money, only to discover the bank is holding it hostage. No matter what you do, the bank refuses to give you a dime, and the law is on their side. Sounds like a nightmare, but accident victims who sign with the insurance company too soon may go through something very similar.

If you’ve been in a serious car accident, chances are the insurance company will reach out to settle your claim before too much time has passed. They do that in the hopes that you’ll settle for less than you might get with an attorney, because once you sign, there’s no going back for more money later. That’s why it’s so important that you get an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney on your side before speaking with the insurance company.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we can determine what your case is actually worth, and we’ll fight for every dollar you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost, and if we take on your case, you’ll get our No Fee Guarantee®, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today.

Any Consumer Product Can Be Defective

by Cary Graham | June 19th, 2017

As a consumer, you more than likely have to depend and trust in others to provide the necessities of life. No matter how self-sustaining your life may be, chances are you still purchase some things from a store or individual that you simply can’t produce yourself. Most of us try to make good decisions when we make purchases, taking into account how and where the products were produced, but that doesn’t necessarily protect us from defective products.

The reality is any consumer product can have or develop a defect. When those defects lead to injuries, the people of San Francisco turn to Berg Injury Lawyers to get them the justice they deserve. Over the years, we’ve handled a number of defective product cases from asbestos products to exploding e-cigarette devices. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, getting any compensation for your injuries can be difficult on your own, which is why you need an experienced product liability attorney fighting on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured by a defective product, put the experience of more than 35 years on your side. Call the product liability attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your injuries and fight to get you every dollar in compensation you deserve. That can include medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today.

Proving Fault in a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident

by Cary Graham | June 12th, 2017

Motorcycle accidents are different from other types of accidents. In our experience, it can be harder to prove exactly what took place before the accident, leaving the motorcyclist in a potentially vulnerable situation. That situation is made even worse if the victim decides to deal with the insurance company on their own. If the accident report is hazy as to who is at fault, the insurance company may use it as an excuse to pay little to nothing for the motorcyclist’s injuries.

That’s why calling an experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney is so important. Getting what is fair for your motorcycle accident can be extremely difficult on your own. You’ve just been in a traumatic and life-altering motor vehicle wreck. You have a long physical recovery ahead of you, which you need to focus on. Let an attorney handle the insurance company on your behalf so you can deal with what’s most important: getting better.

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping motorcycle victims in San Francisco get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Contact us today.

Losing the Ability to Work

by Cary Graham | June 5th, 2017

The ability to get up on a Monday morning and go to a job that pays the bills is a privilege. We take that privilege for granted while thousands of Americans struggle with injuries or illnesses that have robbed them of that ability. As a result, they must turn to government programs such as Social Security Disability for financial assistance. Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving folks with disabilities in our own communities wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

If you or someone you love has been denied Social Security Disability benefits, don’t give up. There is still a good chance you can secure benefits through an appeal. However, you can’t win an appeal the same way you applied for benefits in the first place. You need a new strategy that will give you the best chance of being approved. An experienced California Social Security Disability attorney can help you develop that strategy. We know the system and how to get you the benefits you deserve.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll review your application for free and fight on your behalf for the benefits you and your family will need going forward. You may be closer to benefits than you think, so call us today.

The Difficulties of a Trucking Accident Claim

by Cary Graham | May 29th, 2017

Big trucks are the lions of the road. Considering the damage they can inflict, no other vehicle on the road even comes close. Tractor-trailer rigs can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. In comparison, the average car is only 4,000 lbs. Given that discrepancy, it’s pretty easy to figure out who would win in a crash. Many times, the driver of the tractor-trailer comes out unharmed while the folks in the car aren’t so lucky.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a big truck accident, the first thing you need to focus on is getting better. You can’t do that without extensive medical treatment. That medical treatment is going to cost money. Unless you have tens of thousands of dollars in savings to pay for it, you need the insurance company to step up to the plate and fulfill their responsibilities. Unfortunately, getting the insurance company to play fair can be difficult, especially in a trucking accident.

In a regular car accident claim, you only have to deal with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. But in a trucking accident, you have to deal with the trucking company and their teams of lawyers. Getting what you deserve can be an uphill battle if you don’t have sound legal counsel on your side to even the playing field.

That’s why you should give us a call before signing anything from the insurance company. Our experienced San Francisco truck accident attorneys will stand up for your rights by going after the maximum compensation for your injuries. You deserve to be treated fairly, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

What Is Fair Compensation?

by Cary Graham | May 25th, 2017

One question you should ask yourself after a serious car accident is, “What is fair compensation for my injuries?” The answer may seem obvious, but in actuality, it’s quite complicated. There are a number of factors to consider that you may not be aware of, such as the current costs of follow-up medical testing or the number of days you’re going to be out of work during your recovery. Even our personal injury attorneys, who have been handling similar cases for years, spend a significant amount of time working to find an answer to that question.

That’s why the worst words an accident victim can say to the insurance company is “that seems fair.” Insurance companies love it when an accident victim utters those words, because it means they will take much less than they truly deserve. It is vitally important that you not sign anything from the insurance company until you’ve spoken with an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney. It could be the difference between winning big and leaving a lot of money on the table.

If you’ve been injured, call our San Francisco car accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no charge. And if you become a client, you’ll get our No Fee Guarantee, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. Contact us today.