Truck Accident Attorneys Serving San Jose
In San Jose, California, an accident with a semi-truck can be one of the most dangerous and severe accidents that one can encounter while on the road. Not only could a truck accident leave you with significant physical injuries, but it can also leave you with a considerable financial burden as well, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more.
At The Barnes Firm, you can trust our experienced team of truck accident attorneys in San Jose to be on your side and provide you with the representation, justice, and compensation you deserve. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, contact our lawyers immediately. We won’t rest until those responsible for your pain, suffering, and financial issues have been enough to justice and are held accountable for their actions.
What Qualifies as a Semi-Truck?
A combination of a tractor/cab and one or more trailers, a semi-truck typically requires several axles to haul heavy loads. In fact, the number of axles can be as many as four to five, depending on the weight of the load being hauled.
What Makes Semi-Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
One of the most significant factors impacting the level of danger in an accident with a semi-truck is the weight. For instance, semi-trucks can be hauling up to 147,000 pounds. To put it in perspective, that’s more than the weight of an adult sperm whale. And by comparison, a typical passenger vehicle weighs less than 5,00 pounds. So clearly, if a crash were to occur, the passenger vehicle is at a substantial disadvantage.
What Are the Most Common Injuries That Occur From Semi-Truck Accidents?
There are myriad possible injuries that could result from an accident with a semi-truck. Not only is the massive force of the impact to be considered, but also the potential for fire and other injuries. Here are some of the most common:
- Seat belt injuries (neck pain, abdominal pain, respiratory difficulty)
- Airbag injuries (broken nose, abrasions to the face, wrist and finger injuries)
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
Unfortunately for victims of truck crashes, many of the injuries on this list will require extensive physical recovery, including substantial medical bills, debt, and missing work — if you are able to return to work at all. If you, a family member, or loved one has experienced any of these injuries due to a collision with a semi-truck, contact our team of truck accident attorneys in San Jose right now.
What Type of Compensation Could I Be Owed?
While each case is different, a wide range of factors will be considered to determine which types of compensation or settlement will be agreed upon. Damages in your settlement could include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Potential future lost wages
- Potential future medical bills
- Medical supplies
- Pharmaceutical prescriptions
Who Is at Fault — the Semi-Truck Driver or Trucking Company?
It depends. In some cases, both the driver and the trucking company are at fault. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways that drivers and trucking companies can each be at fault for your semi-truck accident:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Distracted driving
- Diving more time than is allowed for commercial drivers
- Hauling loads above weight limits
- Incentivizing unsafe or reckless driving through bonuses or other perks
- Failure to properly maintain vehicle
- Failure to conduct drug/alcohol screening for drivers
- Requiring delivery quotas that force drivers to be behind the wheel more than is legally allowed
- Forcing drivers to haul larger loads than permitted by law
Trust The Barnes Firm’s Attorneys for Your Truck Accident Case in San Jose
At The Barnes Firm, we will stop at nothing to get you the settlement you deserve. We’ll gather every piece of evidence possible — from surveillance footage and witnesses to driver logs, black box data, and accident reconstructions — to provide you with justice and the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
To schedule a consultation with one of our semi-truck accident attorneys in San Jose, contact us today.