Truck Accident

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.

Pair of California Truck Accidents Leave 40 Injured in San Francisco

by Staff Blogger | August 18th, 2014

Commercial trucks and buses are big and heavy, which makes them especially prone to causing serious damage when involved in collisions. Despite these dangers, these vehicles continue to cause crashes on a routine basis in Northern California and leave motorists suffering serious injuries.

A pair of crashes involving commercial trucks and Muni Metro light-rail vehicles brings into perspective just how common—and devastating—a California truck accident can be. The first crash happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1, along Geary Boulevard in the Japantown neighborhood. Reports indicate a Muni Metro bus collided with a dump truck, leaving 20 people injured. A total of 12 victims required medical treatment.

CBS San Francisco News states that just moments later, a commercial tractor trailer attempted to make an illegal left turn at the corner of Third and Innes, cutting off a Muni Metro light-rail car. The driver of the rail vehicle didn’t have time to stop and struck the truck, leaving another 20 commuters injured.

Both incidents raise the question of who is liable for the costs the injured victims face. The law states the insurer for the responsible driver will be liable for covering those expenses.

Determining fault in such crashes can be a difficult proposition though, which is why it’s important to have a California personal injury lawyer conduct an investigation into your accident if you’ve been injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we have the experience to guide you through this exploratory process and would urge you to call us at (800) 400-2374 if you are in need of help following an accident.

Fatal California Truck Accident Occurs While Parking Vehicle

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2013

October 7, 2013

The California Truck Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that the size of commercial trucks can make pulling into and out of parking spaces an extremely precarious job and can often lead to accidents. Such an incident recently claimed a man’s life in a neighborhood located in San Francisco, California.

According to an article from The San Francisco Appeal, the collision occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m. last Friday afternoon near the corner of Pacific Avenue and Polk Street in the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Reports indicate the victim was moving objects in the rear of a vehicle when the driver of a truck behind him suddenly lurched his vehicle forward. The acceleration caused the victim to become pinned between the two vehicles, causing him serious injury. A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department, Officer Albie Esparza, explained the victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, but he died as a result of his injuries shortly after arrival.

The incident leaves many drivers wondering what they can do to help prevent such accidents from occurring in the future. The law firm’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers state no one should ever stand between two vehicles when one is attempting to move. Furthermore, motorists should remember to always use their mirrors, while looking and listening, to prevent accidents while parking.


California Truck Accident Claims Driver’s Life

by Staff Blogger | June 17th, 2013

June 17, 2013

Trucking accidents are a major hazard across the country. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in 2011, transportation accidents were the leading cause of fatal on-the-job accidents, accounting for a total of 41 percent of all work-related deaths.

One such California Truck Accident that occurred last week claimed the life of a 49-year-old San Jose man. Reports indicate that the crash happened last Thursday afternoon, at approximately 1:20 p.m. at the Stevens Creek Quarry in Cupertino, California.

According to KRON 4 News, the victim was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that was traveling down a hill. Greg Siggins, a spokesman for Cal/OSHA, stated he believes that when the breaks on the vehicle failed, the driver lost control and crashed the truck. Siggins added that no safety violations or hazards were discovered at the quarry.

The accident highlights the risks that faulty equipment on a truck poses to not only the driver of the truck, but also to others around the vehicle. The California Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say that is why it is so important for trucking companies and their drivers to remain in compliance with truck maintenance regulations at all times.

The firm explains this means having each of a company’s commercial vehicles inspected on a regular basis and ensuring that each piece of equipment is safe for use.

Oakland Port Worker Killed In California Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 20th, 2013

May 20, 2013

A 78-year-old longshoreman from San Francisco has died as the result of a California Truck Accident that occurred in Oakland last week. Reports indicate the incident happened on Friday afternoon near the TraPac Terminal located along 7th Street in the Port of Oakland.

According to an article from CBS-SF Bay Area, the 47-year employee of the port was in the vehicle assisting with the movement of cargo shipping containers when the vehicle was knocked into the water by an object or piece of equipment. The worker was unable to escape the vehicle before it sank to the ocean floor.

Rescue crews were able to attach cables to the sunken vehicle in order to pull it to the surface. Only then were first responders able to recover the body of the victim and declared him dead at the scene of the accident.

Investigators say they are continuing to look into what contributing factors may have played a part in the accident and if it could have been prevented.

Accidents involving a worker coming into contact with an object or piece of equipment occur far too often, considering 15 percent of all workplace fatalities are the result of such incidences.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers acknowledge how devastating the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen work-related fatality can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this tragedy.

Two People Injured In Northern California Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2012

October 22, 2012

A California truck accident that occurred last week was responsible for sending two motorists to the hospital with injuries. KTVU News reports the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday along southbound Highway 101, near the Cesar Chavez Street exit.

Troopers with the California Highway Patrol reported a black Toyota Camry was on the highway when it collided with a tractor-trailer. The impact of the California Truck Accident forced the Camry to swerve and hit a silver Honda Accord sedan before rolling onto its roof and screeching to a halt. The overturned vehicle then set off a chain reaction crash involving as many as seven vehicles as traffic began to halt.

In all, two people, including a pregnant woman, were taken to San Francisco hospitals for treatment of injuries they sustained in the accident.

Investigators stated they would continue to look into who is responsible and what contributing factors may have played a part in the accident.

Statistics show California is the number one state in the nation when it comes to motor vehicle fatalities, accounting for more than 40,000 deaths each year and a large portion of such accidents caused by tractor-trailers.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how confusing and frustrating a motor vehicle accident can be. That’s why they firm would suggest exploring your legal options if you have been hurt in an accident that was no fault of your own.

Parents Added As Defendants In California Personal Injury Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2012

March 5, 2012

Two more defendants have been named in a California personal injury lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who was injured when three intoxicated teens began throwing rocks from a Canyon Way overpass and onto passing I-80 traffic on July 26, 2010. According to reports from The Sacramento Bee, the parents of one of the boys’ friends have been named in the lawsuit after they allegedly supplied alcohol for the teens.

The lawsuit claims that a truck driver from Sacramento, California, suffered severe facial injuries that required several reconstructive surgeries after a basketball-sized rock, allegedly thrown by the drunken teens, came crashing through the windshield of the man’s Ford Expedition as he traveled along I-80. Attorneys for the victim say that he also suffers from headaches and sleeplessness as a result of the incident.

The state of California and the Department of Transportation are also named as defendants in the lawsuit because of their negligence to have protective barriers, which are standard on most highway overpasses, installed.

The parents who allegedly supplied the alcohol have publicly denied the accusations.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages for the victim.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say that making sure to identify all negligent parties in a claim is vital to filing a successful personal injury lawsuit. If you have questions regarding an injury you suffered because of someone else’s negligence, our firm is available to help.

Two Hospitalized After SUV Collides With Tractor-Trailer In Corning

by Staff Blogger | February 27th, 2012

February 27, 2012

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday as a result of an early morning crash of an SUV and a tractor-trailer. According to reports from KRCR Channel 7 News, the accident happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Liberal Avenue, near the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, California.

Reports from California Highway Patrol troopers who responded to the crash say that the tractor-trailer was entering I-5 on the Liberal Avenue entrance ramp when the SUV ran off the exit ramp at high speed and slammed into the side of the truck’s trailer.

The two occupants of the SUV were seriously injured in the crash and required a helicopter airlift to the hospital for treatment of potentially life-threatening injuries. Luckily, neither of the occupants of the tractor-trailer was injured in the crash.

Troopers say they will continue to investigate the cause of the accident, and charges may be filed against the driver of the SUV pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Department of Transportation estimates that 41,000 to 45,000 traffic deaths occur every year in the U.S., and more than 80% of those accidents are the fault of a non-commercial driver.

The California Truck Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are always available to speak with you if you have any questions regarding the injuries you sustained in an automobile or tractor-trailer accident. We can be reached any time for a free consultation of your case at 1-800-800-BERG.

Road Rage Responsible For Fatal I-80 Crash

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2012

January 30, 2012

We have all experienced road rage at some point in time. What drivers don’t often realize is just how dangerous these careless actions can be.

Take for instance the fatal crash that occurred on I-80 near Richmond, California, last Wednesday morning. Reports on the accident from NBC-Bay Area News claim the driver who was killed “brake checked” the person behind him just before rolling his vehicle.

The accident happened in the westbound lanes of the highway at around 5:30 in the morning, near the exit for Carlson Boulevard. It was still dark when investigators say they believe the driver of a minivan made an unsafe lane change in an effort to get around a GMC pickup truck. The van passed the truck and then immediately cut in front of it. The van’s driver then firmly tapped his breaks, causing himself to lose control of the vehicle. The van screeched off the highway and collided with a barrier wall before rolling several times across the pavement. The minivan’s driver was killed instantly.

California highway patrol officers said that road rage accidents are completely avoidable when motorists drive responsibly.

The Bay Area Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers suggest slower traffic keeping to the right and allowing other vehicles at least three car lengths of following space. They believe that following theses tips will greatly decrease your chances of getting into a dangerous road rage situation.