A loaded tractor-trailer rig can weigh as much as 40 tons, while a large passenger car weighs a mere two tons at most. As a result of that disparity, when a truck collides with a car, the consequences can be catastrophic and often fatal. When an accident like this happens, it is usually due to negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or the trucking company. Therefore, if you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a semi-truck collision, you may be able to claim compensation from the commercial carrier. You should consider seeking legal representation as soon as possible to ensure that you can recover the maximum compensation available. Speak with our San Jose truck accident lawyers about your situation during a free consultation.
At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, our San Jose truck accident lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience helping injury victims in Northern California. We know that an injury victim faces a long, tough road ahead. Thus, we are prepared to stand by your side throughout the entire process. In a free initial consultation, we can advise you of your legal rights and options based on your unique circumstances. Then, we may be able to shoulder the legal burden of filing a claim for you, so you can focus on healing.
Our law firm has represented many victims of truck-related accidents in California. Some common causes of the truck accidents include:
After a truck crash, you should seek any necessary medical treatment right away. Then, it is important that you contact a San Jose truck accident attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can begin gathering evidence to support your case. Since trucking companies are often responsible for these wrecks, these companies often have the most valuable evidence. This may include truck maintenance records, information about the driver and more. An attorney can take steps to obtain this evidence and prevent its loss or intentional destruction. Additionally, a lawyer will take necessary photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved and gather any available witness statements.
Furthermore, an attorney can investigate the truck itself to determine whether defects or other factors played a role in the wreck. Identifying all possible liable parties can help maximize your compensation.
After a wreck, the trucking company and/or its insurer may contact you to try to get a statement about the crash. However, you should always refuse to give a statement until you have time to consult a qualified team of San Jose truck accident lawyers.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, we at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If your condition prevents you from visiting our office, we will visit you at your home or wherever is most convenient to you.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (408) 716-1668 or use our online contact form. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.