Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often much more dangerous than everyday auto accidents, and they usually involve more than just one vehicle. After the accident, you could very well find yourself up against insurance companies for trucking corporations. They are there to protect the interests of their insured. With multiple vehicles involved in an accident, the case can become highly litigated with multiple attorneys representing the interests of many clients. You'll need someone looking out for your best interests so you can take the time to recover.

Choosing A Truck Accident Lawyer Quickly Is Key To A Successful Outcome

The billion-dollar insurance companies that underwrite businesses and trucking companies will commence their own investigations immediately with their clients' interests — and their own — first and foremost. Often these investigators are representatives of the insurance companies who offer plausible deniability should they overlook some evidence or facts that would be helpful to the injured or killed.

Understanding the insurance company tactics and how to counter them is what the attorneys at Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, do. By hiring us quickly, we can conduct our own investigation, including visiting the scene of the accident, photographing the scene; chasing down the vehicles involved to photograph them and collect evidence; locating witnesses that need to be interviewed in a timely manner before they forget what could be important details that could make a big difference in your case; obtaining police reports, and a myriad of other chores that the trucking company and their insurers are already doing that you should be doing as well.

The prospects of a significant settlement that is commensurate with the damages and losses sustained in the accident are possible with the help of a semi truck lawyer on your side. Thankfully, the state of California requires a tractor-trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical passenger vehicle.

Common Causes Of Big Rig Truck Crashes

There are many common causes of big rig truck crashes. Some contributing factors include:

  • Driver fatigue: Truck drivers are often compelled to work long hours by their employer, or if the owner and operator sometimes break maximum driving hours' rules for financial considerations. There are federal regulations regarding the number of hours truckers can drive, but often these rules are ignored and the mandatory logs are altered. Driving long hours leads to drowsy driving, which causes numerous big-rig crashes every day in the U.S.
  • Excessive speed: Large, big-rig tractor-trailer trucks are difficult to stop in ideal conditions. Most accidents are on roadways that are not ideal. Excessive speed while going downhill, while on narrow roads or lanes or on curves increases the risk of rear-ending or sideswiping vehicles in front of them or in parallel lanes.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance: Semi truck owners must properly maintain their vehicles and commercial truck drivers must inspect their trucks before every trip. Tires, mechanical failure and brakes that don't work are common problems of big-rig truck drivers. Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with a truck, the smart thing to do is to retain experienced attorneys whose legal expertise will get you the recovery you deserve. We have sued and recovered millions of dollars from insurance companies representing trucking companies.
  • Improper loading: The way a truck's trailer(s) are loaded can have a real-world impact on how the tractor-trailer rig handles corners and stops. Overloaded trucks are sometimes unable to stop, no matter how hard the driver steps on the brake.

Seek The Help Of Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys For Your Claim

Seeking the help of experienced truck accident attorneys is more critical than ever in big-rig truck accidents. Insurance companies will spare no expense in order to limit the amount they pay you. That's why you're going to need an attorney who can stand up for you. Stand up against insurance corporations that don't think of you as a person, but rather as a file to be processed and closed out.

Negotiating an effective settlement requires a thorough understanding of the facts of the case, which are more critical than ever in big-rig truck accidents with skilled and crafty opponents who might overlook or obscure evidence of what really happened. Our truck accident lawyers have the skills and knowledge to take on complex truck accident cases, and have demonstrated their skills by obtaining multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients and their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, for a free consultation regarding your case.

Contingency Fee Basis No Win, No Pay

You absolutely can afford to retain the services of the nationally recognized personal injury attorneys at Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, because we work on a contingency fee basis.

What does this mean to you? You do not have to pay us any type of fee out of pocket. In fact, you will not even have to pay us a dime unless we win your case. The contingent fee arrangement is also commonly referred to as "no-win-no-fee" because the client is not held responsible for payment in the event that the attorneys are not successful in recovering an insurance settlement or a jury award for money damages.

If you have been seriously injured, we encourage you to call us today at 562-485-9376 for your free, confidential consultation.