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 Bakersfield injury 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 represent 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.