Oakland Truck Accident Lawyer
Semi-truck, eighteen-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or “big rig” accidents can cause loss of life, serious injuries, and lifelong disability. In addition to the risks posed by any traffic accident, semi-truck accidents involve vehicles weighing tens of thousands of pounds and often carrying heavy equipment or hazardous chemicals. The consequences of large truck crashes are rarely minor. When a driver, company, or mechanic is at fault, anyone injured or killed is entitled to compensation.
Large truck accidents implicate a combination of federal and state laws. They often involve multiple parties and a complicated set of factors leading to the crash. If a truck accident has resulted in injury or death to you or a loved one, you need a knowledgeable truck accident attorney in your corner. The Oakland truck accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada have the specialized knowledge you need to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you and your family deserve.
Big Rigs, 18-Wheelers, & Other Commercial Truck Accidents
Large commercial trucks, including 18-wheeler tractor-trailers, are massive vehicles that can cause significant property damage and serious physical injuries when accidents occur. A variety of factors can lead to a large truck accident, many of which are the result of unsafe practices by truck drivers and their employers. Some common causes of truck accidents involving negligence include:
- Poor truck maintenance
- Brake failure
- Truck defects
- Inadequate driver training
- Overloaded trucks
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driving
Early investigation is extremely important in truck accident cases. The truck crash lawyers at Venardi Zurada have the resources to retain the best experts, perform accident reconstructions, and get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced Oakland truck accident attorneys can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages. The sooner you speak to an attorney, the better your chances are of making a substantial recovery.
Driver Fatigue and Truck Safety Regulations
One of the biggest contributing factors to truck accidents is the long, punishing, and boring hours that truck drivers spend behind the wheel on long hauls. Truckers have an incentive to finish their trips as quickly as possible, to get more work for themselves and earn more for their employers. For that reason, they may be encouraged to push on, take limited breaks, and avoid long rests at night. Freight companies might turn a blind eye to this behavior or even encourage it to maximize their bottom line. Truckers might even feel the need to self-medicate with pills to keep themselves alert or drink alcohol to pass the time. Drowsy, drugged, intoxicated, and overworked truckers put everyone on the road at risk.
State and federal lawmakers put restrictions on how many hours truck drivers can operate in between rests and on a given haul to stop this dangerous behavior. Truckers are required to log their hours behind the wheel, making sure to take sufficient breaks between stints behind the wheel and to take enough breaks throughout the day and week. At Venardi Zurada, we know where to look to find out if truck drivers and their employers are following these critical “hours of service” (HOS) regulations. If a trucker gets into an accident because they were violating HOS rules and operating their truck unsafely, especially at the behest of their employer, anyone hurt or killed as a result has the right to compensation from the truck driver and the freight company that allowed it to happen.
Help With Your Oakland Truck Accident Claim
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an accident with a large truck in Oakland, reach out to the seasoned and trial-ready truck accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP. Call 925-937-3900 or contact us online today for a free consultation. We operate on contingency fees for truck accident claims, which means that you will only pay us when we recover compensation for you.
You can be confident in relying on our zealous and effective Oakland litigators:
We have served Northern California for over 35 years.
Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.
In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.
We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.
We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.
We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.
We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.
We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.
There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.
Dedicated Areas of Practice
We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:
Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.
Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.
The Sooner You Speak to an Attorney, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.
Contact the Oakland litigation attorneys at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.