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Bakersfield Truck Accident Attorney With 26+ Years Experience

Bakersfield is a main hub in the Central Valley which houses two of the busiest freeways in the region, (the 99 and 58), with countless semi trucks commuting up and down California. Whether it’s petroleum transportation vehicles, agriculture trucks & heavy machinery or typical 18-wheelers, Bakersfield has a constant pulse of 50,000-80,000 lb semi trucks driving through. This creates a recipe for increased accidents involving heavy trucks in Bakersfield, and they happen all the time. Due to the immense size and weight of a commercial truck, accidents involving these vehicles can result in catastrophic personal injuries and complex legal claims. When a big rig or other large commercial truck has an accident with an average car, those in the smaller vehicle often suffer life threatening injuries, if they survive.

The Paris Firm is experienced in handling the challenges posed by complex truck accident cases in Bakersfield and throughout California. Attorney Eric Paris has been representing people injured in truck accidents for over two decades. Although The Paris Firm in Chino Hills may seem far away, our attorneys have handled cases locally and all throughout California. Like all law firms, after our initial consultation at your home or hospital, most of our communication can be done via phone and Email – but we never really leave your side. Contact us online or call us now at (909) 551-4040 to discuss your case.

When a Large Truck is in an Accident, Who is Liable?

Every truck accident claim is unique and must be studied carefully to determine all possible sources of liability. In order to better answer your question, we ask that you call us to discuss the specific details of your incident. However, responsible parties may include:

  • The owner of the truck
  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The warehouse that loaded the truck
  • The shop that maintained the truck
  • The owner of the trailer
  • The maker of defective tires, brakes, or other parts
  • The company that designed the road
  • The city that maintained the road

Causes of Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can happen for numerous reasons. Causes often include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience
  • Violation of hours of service regulations
  • Improper loading
  • Improper maintenance
  • Distracted driving – texting, mobile phones, in-cab televisions, etc.
  • Improper driver training
  • Defective tires
  • Lack of reflective materials
  • Lack of underride guards
  • Improperly designed, constructed, or maintained roads
  • Lack of roadway hardware, such as guardrails
  • Improper signage
  • Speeding, failure to yield, tailgating
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Believe it or not, sometimes truck drivers aren’t violating safety rules for the first time in their career. Sometimes they have a record of irresponsibility which may be known to the trucking company, who may choose to ignore the driver’s record, or, in some cases, may encourage dangerous behaviors to ensure timely deliveries. Trucking companies and drivers are sometimes incentivized with bonuses for early or on-time delivery, which can encourage dangerous tactics to meet a deadline.

Collisions involving Commercial Trucks, Vans and Utility Vehicles

Our lawyers represents clients injured in truck accidents involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:

  • Semi-trailer trucks (big rigs)
  • Tanker trucks
  • Public Utility Vehicles
  • Garbage trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Cement trucks
  • Delivery vans, such as UPS and Fed Ex vans
  • City & Municipal Trucks
  • Emergency vehicles

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a truck accident in Bakersfield, California, you understand how serious big rig accidents can be. You also understand how hard it can be to get a fair claim for your injuries out of the trucking company’s insurance company, which may ultimately try to blame you (or your lost loved one) for the accident.

Is a Lawyer Necessary to Pursue my Truck Accident Claim?

Maybe. If there were no injuries and very little vehicle damage you may be able to negotiate a fair settlement on your own quickly. However, if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence or carelessness of a commercial truck driver, you have the right to obtain financial compensation for the damages you have suffered and expenses you may incur in the future. This is something you don’t want to tackle on your own. Call The Paris Firm today at (909) 551-4040, serving car accident victims in Bakersfield, and schedule a no obligation consultation. If there is no recovery there is no fee and there are no up-front out of pocket fees. Our firm advances costs on behalf of our clients.





Our founder, attorney Eric D. Paris, has represented injured people in Southern California for more than 22 years. Prior to founding The Paris Firm, Mr. Paris worked as an insurance defense lawyer, which gave him great insight to the insurance companies evaluation of claims and their tactics to minimize your recovery for your injury matter. You will personally meet with an attorney and your case will be handled by an attorney with the assistance of our paralegals and support staff.

2 We Have A Record of
Great Results

We are proud of our track record of results. We understand what your case is truly worth, and we will not advise you to settle for less than what you deserve.

3 We Care About
Our Clients

We develop personal relationships with our clients. We will get to know you and your family. At The Paris Firm, you will never be treated as a number or a case file. We have earned the trust of our clients by treating them the way we would treat a member of our own family. We get to know our clients on a personal level which allows us to best present your side to the jury.

5 We Will Get You The Medical Attention You
Need At No Cost To You

It is extremely important to obtain the right medical care after you suffer an injury. Sometimes it’s difficult to identify and find the type of specialist you need. The Paris Firm has a large network of medical specialists who can provide you the care you need with no out-of-pocket expense.

4 We Will Go To Trial To Get You
What You Deserve

Our goal is to obtain maximum financial compensation for our clients. Sometimes that means taking your case to Trial. You do not have to settle for a law firm that always settles out of court for less than a case is truly worth. When it is in your best interest, The Paris Firm will hire the best experts and utilize all of our resources and take your case to Trial and present your matter to a jury.

6 We Use Cutting Edge

You can rest assured that your legal matter will be handled with the highest degree of professionalism and care with our state of the art technology. Our firm uses cutting edge technology with software and presentation tools which enable us to make a compelling case on your behalf at trial or in mediation.