Commercial trucks cause far more than their fair share of very serious highway accidents in California. According to the most recent information from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), nearly 300 fatal large truck accidents occur in the state each year. Several thousand more people also suffer devastating injuries in truck crashes.  

With several major thoroughfares running directly through the city – California State Route 41, California State Route 180, and California State Route 99 – large commercial trucks are constantly moving in and out of Fresno and the surrounding communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Tractor-trailer accidents are far from rare in this region.

At Fisher & Talwar, our Fresno, CA truck accident lawyers are strong advocates for injured victims and their families. We know how to hold negligent trucking companies and their insurance carriers accountable. If you or your loved one was hurt in a truck collision in Fresno County, CA, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team for a free case evaluation.

Unsafe Loads Often to Blame in Semi-Truck Accidents

A semi-truck accident and high winds are to blame for shutting down an entire bridge in Maryland. According to reports, the tractor-trailer was blown by strong winds with so much force that it tipped over, coming to a rest propped up against a guardrail atop the bridge. It is unclear whether or not the tractor-trailer was loaded or empty – wind restrictions had barred drivers of empty tractor-trailers from using the bridge. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in this case, but that could have been different if there had been more cars on the road when the semi-truck tipped. The bridge which was shut down by the accident was the Bay Bridge in Maryland.

Because of the way they were designed, semi-trucks have to conform to strict weight and load requirements. One common reason why drivers lose control of their vehicles is because of improperly secured loads. When a load isn’t secured properly, its contents shift, and a sudden change in weight distribution can have drastic effects for the semi-truck driver trying to navigate a turn or, as in the case above, through high winds.

In the case above, if the truck was full but improperly loaded, the driver and/or entity responsible for the truck could have been found liable for any injuries resulting from the accident. Even if the truck was empty and was on the bridge in violation of the wind advisory, the same driver and/or entity responsible for the truck still could have been liable for any injuries. The law creates a general duty for semi-truck drivers to operate safely – which includes safe driving and safe load management.

When Injuries Occur

Following an accident that may have been caused by a tractor-trailer out of control, either because of an improperly secured load or because of some kind of driver error or inattentiveness, injury victims have the right to seek monetary compensation from the driver or operator of the semi truck involved. This right exists whether or not criminal charges are brought in the matter.

In order for a person to be found responsible or liable, for injuries resulting from a highway accident, the injury victim must show that his or her injuries were a direct result of the other person’s recklessness or negligence. If recklessness or negligence can be shown, the injury victim is typically allowed to recover.

Types of Recovery

There are several types of damages that a person can recover through civil litigation. Depending on the facts of the case, the injury victim may be entitled to monetary compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, repair/replacement expenses for damaged property, and certain other damages as the facts will dictate.

In order for an injury victim to stand the best chance of recovery, he or she is encouraged to contact a credentialed personal injury attorney. An experienced semi-truck accident lawyer will be able to review the facts of the case to determine how strong the case actually is and assess the damages sustained by the injured victim to determine a fair amount of compensation to seek.

You Have Limited Time to File a Truck Accident Injury Claim

If you were injured in a truck accident in Fresno, CA, you need to be ready to take immediate action to protect your rights. Similar to most other personal injury claims, truck accident claims in California are governed by the state’s two-year statute of limitations. If you do not bring your lawsuit before the deadline expires, your case will likely be dismissed. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening: Get a truck accident lawyer in Fresno, CA by your side immediately after your crash.

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial truck accidents happen for many different reasons. When the crash occurs as a result of the negligent actions or inactions of the trucking company or any of its employees, that business can be held legally liable for any resulting losses. Any truck company that operates within California must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. In addition, all truck companies have a responsibility to operate their fleet in a reasonably safe manner. When they fall short of their duty, they should be held accountable. Some common examples of truck driver and truck company negligence include:  

In some cases, the trucking company may be clearly at fault for the entire accident. There may be little dispute over fault. However, this is certainly not always the case. Trucking companies and their insurers frequently work to deny as much liability as possible. You can be sure that they will conduct a comprehensive investigation of the crash in the following days. They will build a defense. Injured victims should not fall behind. As soon as a crash occurs, you should consult with a Fresno truck accident lawyer who can protect your rights and represent your interests.

You Deserve Full Financial Compensation

Personal injury lawsuits help plaintiffs seek financial relief for their economic losses and as well as for certain intangible damages. Unfortunately, recovering full and fair compensation can sometimes be challenging. Large truck companies and their insurers not only attempt to shed liability, but they may also offer you considerably less than your claim is actually worth. This is where we can help. Our Fresno, CA trucking accident lawyers will work to maximize your compensation. We have helped injured victims obtain monetary damages for:

  • Vehicle repairs or vehicle replacement;
  • Emergency medical bills;
  • All other medical expenses;
  • Physical therapy and other rehabilitative expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Diminished earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement; and
  • Disability or physical impairment.

In the truly unfortunate event that your family member was killed in a Fresno truck accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. These are highly complex legal cases and they require guidance from an experienced wrongful death lawyer. While nothing will be able to truly make up for such a devastating loss, family members of the victims should be ready to bring a strong legal claim to get much-needed financial support and to hold the negligent trucking company liable for their negligence and misconduct.

Why Choose the Fresno Truck Accidents Lawyers at Fisher & Talwar

At Fisher & Talwar, we are proud to offer the very best legal representation to truck accident victims in Fresno, California. If you or your loved one was hurt in a large truck accident in the San Joaquin Valley region, you need a top-rated truck accident lawyer in Fresno, CA on your team.

  • We know personal injury law: Our Fresno truck accident lawyers have a deep understanding of California’s personal injury claims process. We have a proven track record of obtaining successful results.
  • We will maximize your recovery: Following a major truck accident, injured victims need access to the maximum available financial compensation. Our legal team never rushes through a case or rushes through settlement negotiations. We will make sure that you and your family get every penny that you are owed.
  • We offer free case evaluations: If you are not sure if you have a viable truck accident claim, or you are confused about what you need to do to protect your rights, we can help. Our Fresno, CA truck accident lawyers offer free, no-obligation legal consultations.
  • We only get paid if you get compensation: With our California truck accident lawyers, there are never any upfront costs or out-of-pocket fees. We handle personal injury claims on contingency — our law firm only gets paid if we get you financial compensation.

Contact Our Fresno, CA Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Today

At Fisher & Talwar, our dedicated Fresno truck accident lawyers are strong advocates for injured victims. If you or a loved one was hurt in an eighteen-wheeler accident in California, we are prepared to help.

For a free review of your claim, please do not hesitate to contact us today at (213) 891-0777. We represent injured victims throughout Fresno County, including in Clovis, Firebaugh, Fowler,  Kingsburg, Mendota, Orange Cove, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, and Selma.