Bennett Johnson, LLP

Truck Accident Lawyer

Because of the sheer size and weight of trucks, truck accidents caused by negligent drivers can result in serious injuries or even death.

If you were hurt due to a negligent truck driver or other preventable factor, a truck accident lawyer at our Oakland, CA, practice can help.

What should you do if you are involved in an accident with a truck? 

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What to Do  Immediately following a Truck Accident 

Call the Police 

Even if there are no immediate, serious injuries, call the police so that you can obtain a report of the accident. 

Stay on the Scene 

Following a crash, do not leave the scene of the accident. Wait for the police to arrive. 

Get Medical Attention 

Your health and safety come first. Do not refuse any medical care, as this could make it more difficult to prove your injuries later on. 

Gather Witnesses

Take down the names and contact information of any bystanders who may have witnessed the truck accident. 

Exchange Information

Exchange license, insurance, and contact information with other drivers involved in the accident. 

Document Everything 

Take pictures at the scene of the accident. This includes pictures of your injuries, damage to your vehicle, and any street signs. Also, keep track of any medical records.

Say Very Little 

At the scene and when dealing with insurance companies later on, try to say as little as possible. Do not admit fault or apologize, as these statements can be seen as an admission of fault in the future. 

Contact a Lawyer 

If you were injured by a negligent driver, contacting a lawyer is essential. Our team can guide you through the next steps. 

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We offer free consultations for victims of truck accidents. Simply call our law office at (510) 444-5020.

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Truck Accidents Are More Common Than You Think

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2016 report, there were about 475,000 accidents involving large trucks in a single year.

 

Of those crashes, almost 4,000 resulted in fatalities and more than 100,000 resulted in injuries. 

Understanding Various Causes  of Truck Accidents

Despite the countless regulations that are in place, truck accidents still occur. Jackknifing, rollovers, and other types of crashes are all too common. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

Driver Negligence 

Driver inattention, speeding, following too closely, intoxicated driving, or fatigue can all affect the driver's ability to act quickly and increase the chances of collision with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian. 

Defective Parts 

Mechanical failures or dangerous maneuvers due to poorly designed, incorrectly manufactured, or defective auto parts can cause devastating accidents. 

Poorly Maintained Roads 

If potholes or poorly designed roads led to a truck accident, you may be able to hold the party responsible for maintaining the roads accountable. 

Why the Cause Matters

These causes are all preventable. While most truck accidents are due to driver negligence or recklessness, some may result from defective parts, poor maintenance work by a mechanic, or tight deadlines put in place by a trucking company. This makes truck accidents more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents. For this reason, you need a team of attorneys with knowledge in this area to assist you with the investigation and filing of your claim.

The cause will directly determine who should be liable for paying damages and dictate the entire course of your case. 

If you are the victim of a trucking accident, you have options...

Our Law Office Can Help You Decide Which One to Pursue

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Most motor vehicle accident cases begin with an insurance claim. However, because insurance companies are often more interested in protecting their own finances than helping victims, they may try to offer you the lowest settlement possible. If this is the case, a personal injury attorney can help you negotiate for a higher settlement or try to earn a higher jury award by filing a lawsuit.

But you need to take action fast...

Did You Know California Has a Statute of Limitations?

Like every state, California has a statute of limitations (a time limit) on filing a personal injury claim. After your personal injury or the death of a loved one, you have two years to file a claim

Our law firm, with offices in Napa, Santa Maria, and Oakland, can help you avoid unnecessary delays that could compromise the value of your case. Because we have handled these personal injury cases for more than 40 years, we are prepared to help protect your best interests.

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Whether you were involved in a truck accident or car accident, we can help. Our attorneys have helped many clients in various practice areas and can help you build a compelling case. Call our injury attorneys:

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3 Ways an Injury Attorney Can Help You

Establish Liability

Truck drivers are subject to different regulations than other motorists. Our law firm is familiar with these regulations and can determine whether any rules were broken, resulting in your losses. By investigating the cause of your accident, we can hold the responsible driver accountable.

Evaluate Your Injury

Different injuries have different effects on your daily life, and some are not immediately apparent. We work with experts and life care planners to fully evaluate the extent of your injuries. By accounting for every aspect of your injury, we can ensure that you receive a fair and full settlement or jury award.

Help You Heal

We know that no amount of money can help you forget a catastrophic injury or the untimely loss of a loved one. But by taking care of your case, our injury attorneys can give you the time and resources you need to focus on your recovery. 

In personal injury law, there are two types of compensation you could potentially recover...

Pursuing Compensatory & Punitive Damages

Compensatory

Compensatory damages are meant to compensate you for any losses you incurred as a result of your collision, including medical bills, medication, lost wages, and even intangible damages like pain and anguish.

Punitive

If the truck driver who caused your collision acted particularly recklessly or maliciously, you may be entitled punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved by the courts for victims of extremely negligent causes like drunk driving, and are intended to punish the other party.

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The attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP want every victim to feel empowered to seek legal representation, so we offer free consultations. During your consultation, one of our team members will listen to the details of your case and guide you through your next steps. 

We also know that paying for a lawyer when you are injured can be a major burden, so we represent victims on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe us anything until—and unless—we recover a settlement or award on your behalf.

Strong Representation with a Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can be devastating, causing serious injuries and even death. An experienced truck accident lawyer at Bennett Johnson, LLP can offer the strong legal representation needed to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable. We will personally investigate your claim, gathering evidence and building a strong case that strives to return a settlement in your favor. We work tirelessly so you can focus on getting the medical attention you need during this difficult time. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, contact our law firm online to meet with one of our attorneys.

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Truck accidents can cause lifelong injury and many different parties can share responsibility. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need an attorney on your side.

More Information  About Truck Accidents

FMCSA Trucking Regulations

The catastrophic nature of truck accidents led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to create regulations for truckers and trucking companies throughout the country. Trucking companies and truck drivers who fail to follow these regulations can be held accountable for their actions, especially if they result in serious or catastrophic injuries.

According to FMCSA regulations, truck drivers are required to:

  • Take regular, mandatory rest breaks
  • Keep their vehicles in proper working condition
  • Strictly adhere to a “zero drugs and alcohol” policy
  • Ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded with cargo
  • Keep miles driven within a specific period of time beneath a certain point

There are hundreds of rules and regulations, both at the federal and state level, which truck drivers and trucking companies must comply with. Following a truck accident, you need an attorney who has in-depth knowledge of all these regulations and can determine if the driver or company were not in compliance.

Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents

Semis and other large commercial trucks are far greater in size and weight than smaller vehicles like sedans or even SUVs. This large disparity can lead to severe, permanently debilitating, and life-threatening injuries when an accident occurs. Injuries sustained in truck accidents may include:

These injuries can cause lasting damage that requires extensive, and sometimes lifelong, medical treatment and care. Victims may never return to work, and those that do may struggle to obtain employment at their previous pay scale. Family members may also have to cut back on the hours they work to provide care for their loved one. This places an extreme financial burden on the victim as well as his or her family.

Why You Need an Attorney After a Truck Accident

Truck accidents are far more complicated than motor vehicle accidents, as there are potentially multiple at-fault parties involved—not just the driver. At Bennett Johnson, LLP, our attorneys can use their resources to investigate the accident and your claim. Our firm has extensive knowledge of the federal and state trucking regulations and can use this information to determine if the trucker or trucking company failed to comply with any of those regulations.

We will personally investigate your claim, gathering evidence and building a strong case that will return a settlement in your favor.

When there are multiple at-fault parties involved, the insurance companies may avoid your claim altogether, giving you the run-around and saying the other party is responsible and therefore, they will not pay. Without an attorney to negotiate on your behalf, it could take years to get any sort of settlement. Victims without legal representation are at an even greater risk of getting much smaller settlements than they rightly deserve because they do not know the true worth of their claim.

At Bennett Johnson, LLP, our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf. We are also prepared to take your claim to court if necessary. With help from a team of experts, we can accurately determine the amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering. We will aggressively pursue compensatory damages to restore your sense of financial security. Damages sought may include compensation for:

  • Any medical expenses related to your injury, including surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and equipment, such as a wheelchair
  • Your loss of income and earning capacity
  • The physical and emotional pain and suffering you have endured
  • Your reduced quality of life as a result of your injury
  • Loss of companionship for loved ones (if applicable)

Entrust Your Case to a Truck Accident Lawyer at Our Firm

Our personal injury lawyers are highly rated, having accomplished numerous achievements such as membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, which is reserved for attorneys who have achieved multi-million-dollar settlements and/or verdicts.

We are also members of the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys with an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble®. As a result of our commitment to our clients, we have successfully recovered more than half a billion dollars in verdicts, arbitrations, and settlements. We will strive to do the same for you and your claim, fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Truck Accident Damages Can Be Awarded  When a Severe Injury Has Occurred

The victims of a trucking accident or their loved ones may be owed damages for a variety of reasons, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, or even wrongful death. Special regulations for trucking exist at both the state and federal level. These regulations are in place specifically for this industry, because the type of damage caused by a large truck is quite different from the damage seen in an automobile accident. The personal injury attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP have maintained a reputation in the Oakland, CA, area since 1981 for helping clients recover truck accident damages. They know how the state and federal regulations come into play when seeking a specific damage amount. We also have offices in Napa and Santa Maria to serve you.

Type of Damages Related to a Truck Accident

Despite the fact that a car accident and a trucking accident both involve moving vehicles, the damages are not quite the same. The size and weight of a commercial truck such as an 18 wheeler is such that the damages related to a truck accident are unique:

  • Property damage is usually a total loss because in a collision with a truck, a mid-size car or even an SUV is at a size disadvantage.
  • Bodily injuries are usually more catastrophic in a truck accident, and can include multiple broken bones, severe head trauma, burns, and significant damage to internal organs.
  • Pain and suffering for a truck accident victim is typically long-lasting and can have devastating effects. It is not easy to recover from a catastrophic bodily injury, and the struggle to do so can result in severe depression or even suicidal thoughts. In many cases, the victim may be unable to achieve a full recovery or return to work, and this can add to depression and anxiety. It is necessary to treat this pain and suffering with ongoing therapy and rehabilitation. In some instances, the victim may even need to re-learn certain basic life skills, such as use of utensils or walking.

Damages for a trucking accident can be similar to damages for a car accident, but usually contain unique components of injury. 

Medical Expenses Associated With a Trucking Accident

Any accident that results in bodily injury will require medical attention. These expenses are part of the damages in a trucking accident, and common medical expenses associated with a trucking accident are:

  • Surgery and extensive hospital stay costs.
  • Prescription medication needs.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Ambulance and emergency on-scene care expenses.
  • Recurring doctor visits and check ups.
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A number of considerations must be made when determining truck accident damages, including ongoing care. 

What to do About Loss of Income From a Trucking Accident

When victims of truck accidents are hurt and are unable to return to work, they will not receive a paycheck. The loss of income associated with an accident is the responsibility of the culpable party and should be repaid to the victim. In a trucking accident, this means:

  • When a trucking company is found liable for an accident, it becomes responsible for all damages suffered. Part of these damages can be the loss of income from not being able to go to work while injured. It is important to calculate this figure and make a demand for the lost wages for time missed from work.
  • It is likewise important to make a demand for future lost income when a trucking company is found responsible for an accident. Not all victims are able to return to work at their full capacity or salary, and the loss of future wages should be included in the lost wages calculation.

We Represent  Various Types of Truck Accidents

There are several types of dangerous truck accidents including jackknifing, rollovers, exceeded weight capacity, and drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Semi-truck accidents can have serious consequences. These consequences can be severe, so it is imperative to determine the cause of the accident and define the type of accident. These two factors help to make up the basis for a demand for compensation. Hiring an experienced semi truck accident attorney at Bennett Johnson, LLP in Oakland, CA, (with offices in Napa and Santa Maria) is key to making sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. 

Types of Truck Accidents

Because the trucking industry is governed by detailed regulations at the state and federal level, the approach taken when seeking compensation for injuries depends on the type of accident. For instance, if the accident were the result of failing to log hours driven, the strategy would involve examination of the electronic data, as well as driver behavior and company policies. But if the accident was caused by a rollover, the strategy would shift focus to driver behavior and pattern, rather than examining hours logged. To be clear, nearly every case will involve a mixture of focusing attention on every variable, but the intensity of that focus changes with the type of accident involved.

Determining the cause and type of semi truck accident is key to determining the amount of damages the victim is owed.

An Explanation of Different Types of Trucking Accidents

Knowing what type of trucking accident occurred helps to paint a clear picture of the case. Some basics about the different types of trucking accidents include:

  • Jackknifing: Jackknifing occurs when the driver slams on his brakes. The cab of the truck may stay straight, but the back end can swerve to the right or left, knocking out any object in the skid path. The truck will eventually come to rest with the trailer of the semi at a 90-degree angle to the cab.
  • Semi-Truck Rollover: When the driver loses control of his or her semi, the truck will roll onto its side and may even slide in this position for some length. When that happens, vehicles and other objects in the path of the slide will be damaged.
  • Failure to Follow Weight Capacity Guides: Loading cargo that exceeds the weight capacity can give a semi more momentum and make it harder to stop. An accident that results from an overweight semi can result in bodily injury for which the victim is entitled to compensation. However, there is also an element of regulatory noncompliance to address. Drivers can potentially lose their license when transporting cargo that is more than the weight limit regulation, and the company that employs the driver can also be held responsible for the failure to abide by this safety regulation. 
  • Traffic Laws: Just like semi-truck drivers have to follow state and federal trucking industry regulations, they also have to abide by the rules of the road for all motorists. When a driver exceeds the speed limit and causes an accident, the injured party should include the traffic violation as part of their complaint for damages. This is true for any type of traffic violation such as, speeding, reckless driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In the case of a DUI, the driver will likely face arrest, and the information from that case should be looked at and presented as part of the evidence for damages.
  • Manufacturer and Equipment: In some cases, an accident happens through no fault of the driver, but is due to malfunctioning parts or equipment. The parent trucking company has a duty to put drivers in a safe truck and can bear some liability when an accident happens as a result of poorly maintained trucks. In some cases, the manufacturer may also be held accountable, if the parts that malfunctioned were not made properly. In those types of semi accident cases, it is crucial to explore every avenue of liability, and hold each responsible party accountable for the damage done.

We Help Families of Loved Ones Killed in Trucking Accidents  Recover Just Compensation

Large trucks weigh approximately 20 to 30 times as much as smaller passenger vehicles, meaning they can cause devastating damages, catastrophic injuries, and even the death of a loved one when they are involved in collisions. Because truck accident liability can fall on several parties, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side who can defend your family's best interests.‚Äč 

Richard C. BennettWilliam Johnson, and the team at Bennett Johnson, LLP, know that no amount of compensation can heal the wounds left behind by the wrongful death of a loved one. However, we are committed to helping your family recover the compensation you deserve. To find out how we can help after a fatal truck accident, schedule a free consultation at one of our three locations in Napa, Santa Maria, or Oakland, CA, by calling or contacting us online

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While compensation cannot erase your pain, it can help you deal with the aftermath of a truck accident.

What You Need to Know About Fatal Truck Accidents

The most severe injury one can suffer from a trucking accident is loss of life. The surviving family members of a victim of a trucking accident should explore making a claim for wrongful death. This type of claim is a complex one to make, but considering the increase in fatalities from trucking accidents, it is essential to take steps to hold the industry accountable. Since 2010, the number of fatalities from trucking accidents has increased, leaving many families with the option to make a claim for wrongful death.

Understanding Fatal Truck Accidents 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Highway Loss Data Institute has compiled several statistics that reflect why fatalities are so widespread in truck accidents

  • It takes 20 to 40 percent longer for trucks to brake compared to other vehicles
  • Truck drivers are sometimes allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a time, making driver fatigue a major crash risk in truck accidents. Many drivers also exceed the amount of time they are allowed to drive, and studies have shown that fatigued drivers are more dangerous on the road than drunk drivers
  • In 2016, 3,986 victims died in large truck accidents. 
  • Seventeen percent of deaths were truck occupants, while 66 percent of deaths were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash.  

Accidents which include jackknifing, rollovers, or similar scenarios can be especially serious. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities in truck accidents continues to increase.

In the state of California, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years. Therefore, time is of the essence.

Damages Your Family Could Receive

In the case of a wrongful death, your family may be entitled to compensation for: 

  • Funeral expenses 
  • Medical bills for any hospitalization prior to the death 
  • Future loss of income
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of consortium 

In the state of California, only certain parties can recover compensation for these damages. They include the surviving: 

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner 
  • Child
  • Beneficiary of the property left behind, which can include parents or siblings
  • Stepchildren or parents who was financially dependent on the deceased person 

A putative spouse, or an individual who was generally considered as the partner of the deceased, and their children may also be able to collect compensation. Our firm can compassionately work with your family to investigate the complexities of your case and determine whether you can recover compensation.

Why Hire an Attorney If a Loved One Is Killed 

While medical and rehabilitation bills are easier to prove, the damages incurred as a result of a wrongful death are difficult to collect compensation for without the help of a lawyer. Our lawyers work with life care experts who can determine how the death will financially and emotionally affect your family for the rest of your lives. 

In the state of California, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years. Therefore, time is of the essence. 

California Trucking Regulations  Are in Place to Provide Maximum Safety on the Roadways

Commercial truck drivers and companies violating California trucking regulations can be held liable for accidents and injuries caused by their negligence. Semi-trucks are big and heavy, and they are often difficult to stop quickly. Commercial truck drivers are required to have special training and licensing in order to drive a semi, and the company must have certain protocols in place to guarantee the safety of both the driver and others on the road. When the regulations are not followed, the victim is entitled to seek compensation from the driver, the company, or perhaps both. The lawyers at Bennett Johnson, LLP in Oakland, CA, have helped many clients who have been in an accident with a semi-truck get the compensation they deserve. 

Regulation of Commercial Truck Driving in California

Just like drivers of non-commercial vehicles are required to adhere to certain rules of the road when behind the wheel, the commercial trucking industry is also required to comply with a certain set of rules and regulations. In California, the commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Department of Transportation. Some things that are subject to regulation include:

  • Size and weight of the truck
  • Length and width of the truck
  • Overhang and clearance ability 
  • Emissions

Injuries from a trucking accident can be severe, and the victim deserves compensation.  When a commercial trucker or company fails to follow California Trucking Regulations, liability lies with that truck driver or company.

Federal Regulations

In addition to state regulations, the trucking industry is also regulated at the federal level by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The purpose of the administration is to reduce the likelihood of accidents, and this is done by:

  • Development and implementation of regulations that attempt to balance the business needs of commercial trucking with safety concerns of all motorists
  • Providing educational information and data to commercial companies
  • Requiring breaks and time limits on driver activity, which is enforced by use of an electronic logging device of hours driven
  • Requiring maintenance and upkeep for trucks

How Regulations Impact an Injury

Even with regulations and restrictions in place, accidents still occur. The Office of Trucks and Services division of the California Department of Transportation is charged with oversight of certain rules and regulations for the California trucking industry. Along with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, these governmental entities set forth the rules required by the State. Common requirements include imposition of height and weight restrictions, licensing, checkpoints, and imposition of fines for non-compliance.

Federal regulations go above and beyond what the state has in place, and can act as a guide for what is required at the state level. Noncompliance with either state or federal regulations, or both plays a role in making a claim because proving non-compliance is key to assessing liability.

Liability for Trucking Injuries

Injuries caused by a commercial truck are usually more severe than an injury from a non-commercial car wreck. The sheer size and weight of a truck necessarily means an injury will be significant, as most consumer cars are no match for a semi-truck. The regulations in place at both the state and federal level are designed to reduce accidents, and when those regulations are not complied with, the company responsible for making sure rules are followed should be held liable for the injury. The key is to identify the regulation not adhered to, and show lack of compliance caused or contributed to the injury.

Our Attorneys Fight for Maximum Compensation  following Jackknifing Truck Accidents

One of the most common types of truck accidents is a jackknife truck accident. This type of accident can lead to multi-car pile-ups and result in serious, life-threatening injuries for motorists. At Bennett Johnson, LLP, we frequently represent drivers who are involved in truck accidents. Our team knows how to precisely determine whether driver error, negligence, or another extenuating circumstance led to the jackknifing. After determining why the jackknifing occurred and who is at fault, we can help you pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation at any of our three office locations in Napa, Santa Maria, or Oakland, CAcontact us online or call us at (805) 438-2952.

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Jackknifing can be caused by inclement weather, driver error, or trucking law violations.

Defining a Jackknife Accident 

Jackknifing is a notoriously common term within the trucking community. It occurs when a truck skids and causes the trailer to swing out towards the truck's cab, resembling the blade and handle of a jackknife. These accidents also have a high probability of rollover and can lead to devastating personal injuries for the truck driver, other drivers, and surrounding parties. 

Because of their dangerous nature, jackknifing accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, including the wrongful death of a loved one. 

Why Does Jackknifing Happen?

The most common causes of jackknifing accidents are: 

  • Improperly designed or maintained roads 
  • Inclement weather or slick roads 
  • Negligent driving or speeding 
  • Improperly maintained trucks 
  • Incorrectly loaded trucks 
  • Defective truck parts 
  • Driver locking the incorrect axle brakes 

Determining the cause of the accident is crucial in determining which party is responsible for paying for the damages obtained as a result of the event. 

Our objective is to get you the maximum compensation, and we have a proven track record in motor vehicle accidents and trucking accident cases.

Establishing Liability 

Due to the nature of trucking accidents, there may be multiple parties responsible for the jackknifing incident. These include the: 

  • Driver 
  • Owner of the truck
  • Company that leased the truck 
  • Company that loaded the truck 

Because each of these parties will be protected by their own insurance company and legal team, you need a lawyer on your side who will represent your best interests at all times. Our legal team is familiar with these types of cases and can help build a compelling case that holds up against potential defenses. 

Why You Need a Lawyer 

If you are involved in an accident with a jackknifing truck, hiring a lawyer is essential. A lawyer can help: 

  • Illustrate the cause: Lawyers typically work with accident reconstruction experts to help recreate the accident and determine what caused the event. 
  • Determine liability: Accidents involving trucks are unique because there can be several parties at fault. A lawyer can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. 
  • Get medical care: Your recovery is our priority. We offer contingency-based services so that you do not have to pay until we win your case. 
  • Add up your damages: Your injury can permanently affect your quality of life. In addition to the medical bills and loss of wages incurred from your accident, a lawyer can create a summary of how the injury will affect you for the rest of your life. 
  • Secure the maximum compensation: A lawyer is on your side. Our attorneys make it a priority to get you the maximum compensation possible and have recovered over $500 million for clients as a result. 

Jackknifing accidents are a unique scenario with potentially devastating consequences. Our attorneys understand the fundamentals of these accidents and know where to look for evidence and how to build a strong, compelling case. 

Truck Rollovers  Can Also Lead to Devastating Injuries 

Due to their size and height, trucks can easily roll over if they are incorrectly loaded, improperly maintained, or recklessly driven. A truck rollover accident is not only dangerous for the driver. It also puts pedestrians and other motorists in a dangerous situation and can lead to serious catastrophic injuries and even death. Attorneys Richard C. BennettWilliam Johnson, and Andrew Johnson of Bennett Johnson, LLP, work with reconstruction experts to establish the cause of the rollover and determine liability. We offer free consultations at our practice locations in Napa, Santa Maria, and Oakland, CA. If you have been injured as a result of a negligent truck driver or other preventable cause, schedule a case evaluation today or call us at (805) 438-2952.

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Rollovers can result from improper loading, reckless driving, and other causes.

Statistics Surrounding Truck Rollovers

According to a 2016 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck rollovers were the most harmful event in five percent of all fatal crashes. The American International Group, Inc. also estimates that there are over 1,000 tanker rollovers and 500 large truck rollovers in the U.S. every year. Although rules and regulations for truck drivers are in place to prevent rollovers, accidents occur all too frequently.

Rollover accidents are especially dangerous because they put the driver, other vehicles, and bystanders in the path of the truck at risk of serious injury or even death. 

What Causes These Incidents? 

If you are involved in an accident with a truck that has rolled over, it is important to establish what circumstances led to the rollover. Oftentimes, the cause of the accident will directly point to the driver, which will identify who is responsible for paying damages resulting from the crash. Many negligent behaviors can lead to rollovers. 

Improper Loading

If a shipper incorrectly loads the truck or if the driver fails to secure the load, the weight of the truck may be unevenly balanced and lead to a rollover when the cargo shifts. To avoid rollover accidents caused by improper loading, multiple parties are responsible for adhering to weight limits and ensuring that the load is secure. 

Reckless or Distracted Driving

In many cases, the negligent actions of a truck driver directly cause rollover accidents. Examples of reckless, negligent behavior include: 

  • Speeding 
  • Driving under the influence 
  • Driving while fatigued 
  • Texting and driving 
  • Eating while driving 
  • Braking too quickly 
  • Accelerating too quickly 

Improper Maintenance

Drivers and trucking companies are responsible for inspecting their trucks and ensuring that they are in a good working condition prior to each drive. Failure to detect defective brakes or overly worn tires, for example, can lead to a rollover crash. 

Steering Issues 

If the driver makes a sudden turn, the risk of a rollover accident is increased. Rollovers can also occur as a result of driver error or a malfunctioning steering mechanism. 

The Consequences of a Rollover Accident 

Rollover accidents are especially dangerous because they put the driver, other vehicles, and bystanders in the path of the truck at risk of serious injury or even death. Catastrophic injuries caused by rollover accidents such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury can require lifelong care and rehabilitation. In the worst cases, the wrongful death of a passenger or bystander can result in unquantifiable pain and suffering. 

Why You Need a Lawyer

Due to the nature of truck rollovers, it is essential to find a lawyer who can investigate the cause of the accident and determine the full extent of your injuries. Our attorneys work with investigators, reconstruction experts, and the authorities to determine what circumstances led to the rollover and establish who is liable. We also work with medical experts to reach an accurate diagnosis of your injuries to determine how they will affect you for the rest of your life. 

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The Bennett Johnson, LLP, attorneys have successfully represented injury victims since 1981. Our firm is affiliated with various trusted organizations, including the: 

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum 
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum 
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Oakland, CA 94612

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Santa Maria, CA 93454

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