Oakland Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking collisions in California are often among the most dangerous types of motor vehicle crashes due to the very large size and weight of semis. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), semi-trucks often weigh anywhere from 20 times to 30 times as much as an ordinary passenger vehicle like a car or light truck. In addition, semi-trucks have greater ground clearance than passenger vehicles, making a devastating collision more likely. In 2019, a total of 4,119 people were killed in large truck collisions, and 67 percent of those people who died had been occupants of cars or other types of smaller passenger vehicles.
Semi-truck accidents frequently result in debilitating and deadly injuries. An Oakland semi-truck accident lawyer at our firm can help you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
What is a Semi-Truck Accident in Oakland?
Semi-truck accidents are any collisions involving large commercial trucks with a truck or tractor that is designed to haul a trailer. Semi-truck collisions can involve vehicles that are solely the truck or tractor, or they can refer to crashes involving a semi-truck with a trailer attached. You will often hear these vehicles described as tractor-trailers or as big rigs. These dangerous and often deadly collisions can be single-vehicle accidents involving only the large truck, or they can be crashes involving smaller passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians.
Common Causes of Oakland Semi-Truck Accidents
In Oakland and throughout California, semi-truck accidents have many different causes, including but not limited to:
- Truck driver error, which may involve drowsy or fatigued driving, aggressive driving, intoxicated driving, or distracted driving;
- Negligent maintenance of the truck, including failure by the owner or employer to have the truck properly maintained or negligent maintenance caused by the mechanic;
- Improper loading of the truck bed;
- Tire blowouts; and/or
- Defective truck parts, such as defective brakes.
Liability for an Oakland Large Truck Crash
Who is liable for a semi-truck accident in Oakland? Multiple parties may be at fault, and you may be able to file a claim against more than one party with assistance from your Oakland truck accident attorney. The following are examples of parties who are commonly liable for and sued in truck accident cases:
- Truck driver;
- Truck owner;
- Trucking company that employs the truck driver;
- Mechanic who serviced the truck;
- Company responsible for loading the bed of the truck; or
- Designer or manufacturer of a defective truck part.
Get In Touch with Our Oakland Large Truck Collision Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love recently got hurt in a collision involving a large truck, you should learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation today. Large truck companies tend to have deep pockets, and filing a claim against the trucking company or truck owner in addition to a negligent truck driver may result in a significant damages award. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our semi-truck accident attorneys in Oakland to learn more about how we can assist you. Contact Venardi Zurada for more information.