San Bernardino Truck Accident Attorney With 26+ Years Experience
San Bernardino County is the industrial and transportation hub for California and the West Coast. This region has a larger influx of commercial trucks, rail shipments and heavy duty machinery than most other cities in California. This creates a recipe for an increased likelihood of accidents involving heavy trucks. Due to the sheer magnitude of a commercial truck, accidents involving big rigs in San Bernardino can result in significant personal injuries and complex legal claims. When a semitrailer or other oversized commercial truck has an accident with an automobile, those in the smaller vehicle often sustain catastrophic injuries, if they survive at all.
The Paris Firm is experienced in handling the challenges posed by complex truck accident cases in San Bernardino and throughout the Inland Empire. Attorney Eric Paris has been representing people injured in truck accidents for over two decades. We will demand that the trucking company and its insurer preserve evidence, including the “black box” data recorder, dash cam if available and the driver’s log books.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can happen for numerous reasons. Causes often include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- 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
- Violation of hours of service regulations
- Improper loading
- Improper maintenance
When a Truck is Involved in an Accident, who is Held Liable?
Every truck accident claim is unique and must be studied carefully to determine all possible sources of liability. Responsible parties may include:
- The owner of the truck
- The truck driver
- The owner of the trailer
- The trucking company
- The warehouse that loaded the truck
- The shop that maintained the truck
- The maker of defective tires, brakes, or other parts
- The company that designed the road
Often times truck drivers are not violating safety rules for the first time. Sometimes they have a record, and this may be known to the trucking company, which may choose to ignore the driver’s record, or, in some cases, may encourage some dangerous behaviors to ensure timely deliveries.
Crashes involving Commercial Trucks and Industrial Vans
Our truck accident law firm represents clients injured in truck accidents involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:
- Semi trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Delivery vans, such as UPS and Fed Ex vans
- City & Municipal Trucks
- Public Utility Vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Dump trucks
- Cement trucks
- Emergency vehicles
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a truck accident in Southern California, you understand how serious truck accidents can be, the overwhelming size of the vehicle capable of crushing everything around it. 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 likely wants to blame you (or your lost loved one) for the accident.
Is an Attorney Really Necessary to Pursue My San Bernardino Truck Accident Claim?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death 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. Call The Paris Firm today at (909) 551-4040, serving car accident victims in San Bernardino, California for over 26 years. We will schedule a no obligation consultation and if there is no recovery, there are no fees. Our firm advances costs on behalf of our clients.