San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyers and Injury Attorneys
San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys Ready To Fight For You
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- Ranked 2021 Best Truck Accident Attorneys in San Francisco by Expertise.com
- Ranked Among The 5 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in San Francisco by KevsBest.com
- 2020 California Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements Award Winner TopVerdict.com
- Ranked 2021 Northern California Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com
An outstanding record of success for truck accident victims
Because of their massive size and weight, a commercial truck accident with a passenger car can cause devastating and catastrophic injuries. Truck accident injuries can be life-threatening or fatal, and medical care and ongoing rehabilitation care costs for those injured can be substantial.
The lawyer you choose to represent you in a truck accident case can make a substantial difference in maximizing the value and success of your case. Choosing the right lawyer is absolutely crucial, and experience matters. The Hassell Law Group is consistently ranked among the best truck accident and personal injury lawyers in San Francisco and The Bay Area, having won numerous professional awards and accolades. With an undefeated record at trial and over 85 years of combined legal experience, we are experts in resolving personal injury claims in our clients’ favor.
How we help San Francisco Bay Area truck accident victims
We are top rated San Francisco truck accident lawyers, and our number one priority is to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one have suffered serious or devastating injuries in a truck accident, you have very likely incurred large medical bills and vehicle repair costs, as well as the loss of income from the time you need to take off from your work to recover from your injuries. You may be entitled to substantial compensation and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
For over 20 years, our highly skilled San Francisco truck accident lawyers have fought aggressively to hold negligent truckers and their insurers accountable to our clients who have unjustly suffered serious sometimes catastrophic injuries and trauma in truck accidents. The truck accident law firm you choose to represent you in your truck accident case can make a substantial difference in maximizing both the value and success of your case. We are top-level negotiators and highly skilled trial lawyers who will demand the very maximum compensation available for our clients.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a commercial truck accident and have been seriously injured, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a car crash, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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We provide a free consultation and we work on a contingency fee basis. There are NO attorney’s fees unless we recover money for you.
Truck accidents in San Francisco and The Bay Area
Being the fourth most populous city in California, San Francisco roadways are heavily traveled by large trucks and commercial vehicles at all hours of the day and night. With it’s heavy pedestrian traffic and often congested roadways, San Francisco has a substantial number of commercial truck accidents each year. It is crucial that victims of truck accidents be represented by highly skilled and experienced truck accident lawyers in order to be fully compensated for their injuries. The skilled truck accident lawyers at The Hassell Law Group will investigate the accident, and secure the necessary technical experts to prove liability and position your truck accident case for the best possible outcome.
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Common causes of truck accidents
Large commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on our nation’s roadways. When commercial truck drivers operate in an unsafe manner or fail to exercise care and caution, they put unsuspecting motorists at risk of being involved in devastating accidents. Most deaths in traffic collisions with large trucks are passenger vehicle occupants. Passengers traveling in smaller vehicles are extremely vulnerable. Trucks often weigh 10-30 times as much as passenger cars. Truck braking distance is often a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take substantially more distance than cars to stop, and the braking distance needed by large trucks is even greater on wet slippery roads or on trucks with poorly maintained truck brakes or tires. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal regulations to drive up to a strict 11-hour limit.
Seven common causes of truck-vs- car accidents are speeding, heavy payloads, lack of maintenance, lack of sleep, highway hypnosis, blind spots, carelessness, and recklessness.
Commercial trucks and drivers are subject to extensive federal safety regulations, and any failure to abide by these regulations may strengthen your case
The laws governing commercial truck operators are complex as truckers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA is the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). It regulates more than 500,000 commercial trucking companies, more than 4,000 interstate bus companies, and more than four million commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.
Adherence to specific laws governing the trucking industry is crucial—not only because they are designed to keep other motorists safe, but also because their violation could have a significant impact on the strength of an accident victim’s potential claim or lawsuit.
Obtaining compensation for truck accident victims
Truck drivers who disregard the rules of the road and endanger others and trucking companies who fail to properly maintain their vehicles and equipment need to be held accountable when they cause injury. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a truck accident, or if a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, let us help you ensure the negligent party is held accountable. The injury attorneys at The Hassell Law Group will fight for any compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
What you do right after being injured in a truck accident can have a very significant impact on your case. Hiring a lawyer immediately is your best option. Our Truck Accident Lawyers will fight to ensure you are compensated and seek the best possible outcome for your truck accident case. Please contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.
Damages which are recoverable after a truck accident include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress
- Compensation for disability and disfigurement
- Loss of earning capacity
- Long-term care if needed
- Loss of consortium for your spouse
- Compensation for damage to any of your personal property
Recommended steps to take after you have been in a truck accident:
- Call the Police, and get a Traffic Collision report. (Dial 911) and wait for a Police Officer to arrive at the scene so that you can file an accident report, even if you don’t think you’re injured. Often people don’t realize they are injured until several hours or days after a truck accident has occurred. Make sure to tell the Police and the 911 operator of any symptoms you are having. Be sure the Police interview you and the party who hit you and any witnesses who saw the accident. Tell the police officer all of the details of what happened. Take down the responding officer’s name and badge number. A Police report will be important later when pursuing a claim against the insurance company of the party who hit you.
- Make sure to record all contact information and insurance information for the other party as well as any witnesses who saw the accident. Take down the license plate number, names, and phone numbers on your phone in a note-taking app, or simply text or email those details to yourself. If you are injured ask a bystander to do it for you. Get the insurance company name and policy number for the party who hit you. Write down as many details of the accident as soon as possible so you don’t forget them over time. Include everything the other driver and any witnesses said or told you, anything you said, how the accident happened, and any symptoms you have.
- Take photographs. Take pictures of the accident scene, the position of the vehicle, any damage to the vehicles, the license plate of the vehicles, and the driver’s license and other party’s insurance card, as well as of any visible injuries or bleeding you have. If possible, take pictures of the position of the vehicle that hit you before it is moved out of the roadway.
- Don’t discuss the accident with the other party or make any statements about the accident. Many drivers will seem nice at the time and will even admit fault only to later deny they hit you or say that you were to blame for the accident. Make a note of anything they say to you or you overhear them telling others. Good note-taking can be very useful in pursuing your claim.
- Seek immediate medical treatment at the scene of the accident. Ask the Police to call for paramedics to take you to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital, tell the doctors and medical staff what happened and detail all of your symptoms, pain, and injuries. Be sure to go into full detail about any and all areas of your body that are injured, hurting, or require any medical attention.
- Do not talk to the driver’s insurance company (or give a recorded statement to your own insurance company) or the other party involved in the accident. Do not discuss your case with anyone without first consulting your lawyer. What may appear to be an innocent remark on your part as to how the accident occurred, or how you were injured, can be distorted or changed by others – especially the other party’s insurance company. If anyone does contact you about your case, refer that party to our office or consult with us before you answer any questions.
- Do not provide a recorded statement. Do not provide a recorded statement to your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company unless your lawyer is present. You are not legally obligated to provide a statement without your lawyer being present. Do not sign any papers without having your lawyer review them first.
- Hire an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer. The highly skilled truck accident lawyers at The Hassell Law Group will position your case for the best possible outcome.
- Don’t discard damaged property such as ripped clothing, broken eyeglasses, and any other damaged personal items. Don’t clean your clothing. These items can be critical evidence your lawyer may need later to prove and win your claim.
- Record any after-effects of the accident, and be sure to go to all medical appointments. It is recommended that you keep a journal each day of your pain, injuries, and each doctor’s visit and related medical appointments.
- Document Everything. Documenting your medical care, any medical payments you make, pain and symptoms, all will be of value to you in your case. Record them while they are fresh in your mind. Make a record of your injuries and complaints you have. Be sure to keep track of:
- Any prescribed treatment
- Any physical limitations, sleep issues, headaches, dizziness, bleeding or other injury symptoms
- Any pain and suffering including when it occurs – when bending, sitting, etc.
- Whether or not you can work, or work without pain
- When you first return to work, document your condition at that time and whether or not you are able to perform your regular duties
- Medical Expenses: Be sure you inform our office of the names and addresses of all doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that have treated you as a result of the Truck accident. If you spend money on prescriptions or medical supplies, be sure to obtain receipts. The medical expenses you incur are an important factor to determine and prove the extent of the injuries you have sustained and the value of your claim. In order to settle your claim, we will need any bills and receipts you have received. We will request medical records directly from your medical providers.
- Loss of Earnings and Dates Missed from Work: Be sure to document any total and partial days missed from work. Insurance companies won’t pay for wage loss unless the time off of work was authorized by a medical provider. Make sure to get your medical provider to write you a disability slip for all periods of work missed following an accident. Insurance companies also may not pay for time off of work if the time is taken long after the accident occurred unless authorized by your medical provider. If you need to take time off work due to your injuries, take time off immediately following the accident and get a doctor’s note in order to ensure that you will recover those lost wages. We will also need to have the name and address of your employer at the time of the accident so they can verify loss of earnings. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you need skilled legal representation to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office as soon as possible after a Truck accident has occurred.
The general information provided on this website should not be considered legal advice and does not constitute legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult directly with an attorney. If you contact us by telephone, email, letter, or by contact form submission through this website, please note that such communication does not create or constitute an attorney-client relationship. We cannot act as your attorney until we are hired as your attorney by a formal written agreement.