Truck Accident

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.

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.

Several Tips To Keep Motorists Safe During High Speed Pursuits

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

High-speed vehicle pursuits down the highway gets our adrenaline pumping in the movies. But what if you found yourself to be the helpless bystander of a real car chase during your daily commute? This happens almost on a daily basis across California, and observations have shown that most motorists don’t know what to do.

An article in The Sacramento Bee described a chase that occurred several weeks ago along California’s Highway 99. News footage shows that as the chase progresses, the cars around the chase acted as if nothing was happening. They stayed at the same speed and made no efforts to get out of the way.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that one reason this occurs is that drivers don’t scan their mirrors often enough. They suggest that motorists check all of their mirrors every 15-20 seconds.

If you find yourself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, CHP Trooper Mike Bradley stated that you should not slow down, but turn on your right blinker and work your way over to the shoulder of the highway. If you see a crime scene ahead, pull over and stop well behind officer vehicles.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers fight for victims who have been injured in accidents and support community safety campaigns throughout the year in order to prevent accidents. If you are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced attorney today.