Truck Accident

What We Look for in Truck Accident Cases

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2017

Tractor trailers can be 50-feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When they’re involved in accidents with cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, the drivers and passengers in those vehicles are at high risk of suffering debilitating injuries that can put them out of work for weeks, months, or even years.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help innocent victims get the compensation they deserve after serious tractor trailer accidents. Our California truck accident lawyers have experience handling semi truck crash cases, and we know what to look for to build strong claims, including evidence such as:

  • Hours of service logs – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can work within specific time frames without having days off or taking breaks. We check service logs after accidents to verify that truck drivers didn’t violate industry regulations.
  • Truck weight limit violations – Trucks are rated for specific maximum cargo weights. Truck drivers and truck companies may exceed those limits to increase profits, but overloaded trucks can be difficult to drive and control. We can determine if the truck involved in an accident was overloaded.
  • Driver licensure and training – Driving a big rig is difficult. It requires extensive training along with good vision, quick reflexes, and sound judgment. But some truck companies hire drivers who are inexperienced or unlicensed. We can determine if the driver involved in an accident met the proper training and licensure standards needed to get behind the wheel.

Time is of the essence when pursuing a claim for compensation after a truck accident. Evidence can quickly disappear, and statutes of limitations may run out. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

2 Common Causes of Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2017

Semi trucks and tractor trailers are vital to the nation’s economy. They’re responsible for transporting goods from one end of the country to the other, making it possible for people to buy the things they need regardless of where they live in the U.S.

But big trucks’ ubiquity and the increasing demand for consumer goods also mean that there are more trucks than ever on the nation’s roadways, including the streets, highways, and interstates in California. And the more trucks there are, the greater the risk all drivers face when they share the road with those 80,000-pound behemoths.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that truck accidents can and do occur under a wide variety of circumstances. However, we also know that two highly common causes often lead to truck crashes:

  • Driver fatigue – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created driver service hour restrictions to help keep fatigued, sleepy, and exhausted truck drivers off the road. Unfortunately, some drivers and trucking companies exceed the FMCSA’s restrictions to increase profits and shorten trips, putting themselves and others at risk.
  • Improper loading – While trucks are designed to carry up to 80,000 pounds, the weight of their loads must be secured and evenly distributed. Even larger, more powerful trucks can struggle or become difficult to drive if their loads shift or become loose during transit. In some cases, trucks with uneven loads can even flip, blocking roadways and causing serious accidents.

No matter what caused your truck accident, it’s important that you contact a California truck accident attorney right away. We can collect valuable evidence that could protect your rights to compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

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 Staff Blogger | 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.

The Difficulties of a Trucking Accident Claim

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Fatigued Truck Driving in San Francisco

by Staff Blogger | March 27th, 2017

Take a look around the room. We’d wager that 90% of everything you see was at one time transported on a tractor-trailer, and that might be a conservative estimate. The reality is without the trucking industry, our society would look much different. The products, materials, and equipment that keep us all rolling along without a hiccup are most often made available by the daily contributions of U.S. truck drivers.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we respect and appreciate the efforts of truck drivers. What we don’t respect are trucking companies that put fatigued or overworked drivers on the road in the name of profits. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. (20 times the weight of the average car). Controlling that amount of weight safely requires focus and precision—two attributes that can be impaired from driving fatigued. Over the years, we’ve seen the devastation a distracted truck driver can cause, which is why we continue to fight for victims and their families.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call our San Francisco truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today.

The Difference Lies With the Opponent

by Staff Blogger | November 28th, 2016

No accident is without its challenges. From fender benders to serious wrecks on the highway, you can expect to be inconvenienced at best and incapacitated at worst. However, trucking accidents are in a frustration class all to their own.

The difference lies with the opponent.

In most car accidents that result in injuries, the injury victim has only one opponent—the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Not to dismiss the hassle of getting the insurance company to pay what is fair in a car accident, most injury lawyers can successfully negotiate a settlement on your behalf. In a truck accident, you’re not only facing the insurance company of the at-fault driver, but the trucking company and their insurance company as well. Combined, they have dozens of lawyers working to minimize your claim. That’s more than any one person can handle on their own.

That’s why if you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you should call us immediately. Our San Francisco truck accident attorneys have the experience and resolve to ensure you get the money you deserve from your injuries. That’s money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. This is not the time to go it alone. Contact us now.

San Francisco Attorneys Defend Truck Accident Victims

by Staff Blogger | July 11th, 2016

San Francisco traffic is legendary. If you’re going into the city and are on a timeframe, you better build in some extra drive time just in case you hit an unexpected slowdown. Pushing that many vehicles through narrow roads and crowded streets can be treacherous, especially for oversized vehicles like tractor-trailers. One lapse in judgment by a truck driver can cause a catastrophic accident that can change a family forever.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know the important role our trucking industry plays in our society. Tractor-trailers get the necessities of life for Californians into our state, as well as get our world-class produce and other goods out to the country. However, that importance doesn’t exempt them from maintaining a safe operation. When a truck driver’s negligence causes serious injuries, we hold them accountable, knowing full well we’re in for a fight.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may face an uphill battle to get the compensation you deserve. The trucking company has teams of lawyers on their side and will try to minimize your claim. Even the playing field. Call our experienced San Francisco truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll protect your rights and fight to get you every dollar you deserve.

Fatigued Truck Drivers Endanger California Lives

by Staff Blogger | May 31st, 2016

Northern California depends on the trucking industry to bring everyday necessities into our state and send the goods we produce out. It’s a vital component to keeping our country strong, and without it, life in the U.S. would look much different. Trucking companies have a responsibility to keep that industry operating efficiently, which can put a great deal of pressure on their truck drivers.

Big trucks can carry up to 80,000 lbs. Transporting that amount of weight safely on California highways and interstates takes a great deal of skill and concentration. If that concentration wavers even for a moment, the consequences can be extreme. Truck drivers who feel pressured to get on the road, even though they are fatigued, is one of the leading causes of major accidents. In fact, studies have shown that driving fatigued is equally as dangerous as driving intoxicated.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we hold the trucking companies to a higher standard. When they allow fatigued drivers to get behind the wheel, they not only put the driver in danger, but every other car on the road in danger. If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call immediately. Our San Francisco truck accident attorneys will fully investigate the cause of your accident and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

California Truck Accident Blamed on Negligent Maintenance

by Staff Blogger | December 14th, 2015

There are countless factors that play a role in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, but the California truck accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers explain one of the most preventable and common causes of these types of crashes is poorly maintained equipment.

From worn tires to malfunctioning braking systems, negligence in properly maintaining a truck’s parts and equipment happens more often than you would think.

According to an article from NBC Bay Area News, a California truck accident occurred in July 2014 along the northbound lanes of Highway 17 after a truck driver failed to bring his vehicle to a stop for traffic ahead. A Santa Cruz man was killed and seven others were seriously injured as a result of the crash.

An investigation into the incident determined the company who owned the vehicle had let the truck’s brakes become worn, leaking, and in need of adjustment at the time of the crash. Inspectors ruled the faulty brakes likely played a role in the crash occurring.

A California truck accident like this proves how dangerous negligent vehicle maintenance can be, and the California personal injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers are hopeful the crash will encourage those working in the trucking industry to ensure their vehicles are safe before taking them onto the road.