Berkeley Truck Accident Attorneys
Dedicated to counseling victims of serious accidents
The Berkeley Truck Accident Attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we have decades of experience representing bicyclists, drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians who have been injured in collisions with commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers. Because of their massive weight, commercial trucks cause a disproportionate number of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful deaths.
Trucking accident cases are complicated by the fact that commercial carriers are governed by a host of federal regulations. The regulations address virtually every aspect of trucking, including driving restrictions, inspections, maintenance and loading methods. The regulations also require drivers and trucking companies to keep detailed logbooks that document maintenance history, how long the driver has been driving and other important data. When trucks collide with cars, motorcycles or bicycles, these records are critical to proving negligence. Our Berkeley truck crash attorneys investigate the logbooks to uncover regulatory violations, and consult with experts to determine whether the logbooks were doctored after the accident.
Driver error causes many truck accidents
Driver error is a common cause of truck accidents. Commercial vehicles typically have obstructed views, limited maneuverability and require longer braking time. Drivers must have the proper training and experience to safely drive these unwieldy vehicles. An accident can result if a truck operator drives too fast for traffic or road conditions, drives aggressively or is impaired or fatigued.
Equipment problems are another common cause of trucking accidents. Brakes, wheels, tires and other parts of the vehicle must be inspected and maintained regularly. Sometimes parts fail because of a design or manufacturing defect, even if the trucking company has performed proper maintenance. The Berkeley Truck Accident Attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP investigate all potential sources of compensation, including the driver, the trucking company and the manufacturer of any defective parts.
We serve the Greater Berkeley Area
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a trucking accident, consult experienced attorneys as soon as possible so we can begin obtaining the logbooks, examining the accident scene, contacting witnesses and preserving evidence. To schedule a free consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP today at 1-408-956-6949. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.