San Diego Truck Accident Attorneys
Holding Commercial Trucking Parties Liable for Your Injuries
While the trucking industry is essential for the transportation of goods and contributes to our state's economy, the accidents that these vehicles can cause can be truly catastrophic. Due to their enormous size and weight, truck accidents can cause serious injuries to passengers in normal-sized vehicles. While most trucks are built with an under-ride guard to prevent small cars from being trapped underneath their weight in an accident, sometimes these guards fail or are not installed properly.
At Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law, we have represented thousands of personal injury victims during our 60+ years of experience.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of varying factors. Here are a few of the most common factors that often cause truck accidents.
Improperly Loaded Cargo
Because the primary goal of a trucking company is to transport the greatest amount of cargo in the shortest amount of time possible, truck drivers will sometimes overload or fail to properly secure their cargo in order to meet company deadlines. This creates a dangerous situation for all drivers who are on the road, especially if the truck is traveling at typical highway speeds. The following are examples of improperly loaded cargo:
- Partially Loaded Cargo: Trucks that are partially loaded with liquids can slosh back and forth. This upsets the vehicle’s center of gravity and makes the truck more susceptible to rollover accidents.
- Unsecured Cargo: Loose cargo can easily fly into oncoming traffic. Additionally, unsecured cargo can sometimes shift dangerously and result in the truck overturning.
- Oversized or Overloaded Cargo: Truck drivers and maintenance crews sometimes overload their vehicle with cargo. Often, this is the result of poor training. However, drivers who overload their cargo can be found negligent if their actions result in an accident.
Poor or Improper Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle maintenance is an important aspect of road safety and accident prevention. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck companies to:
- Conduct a pre-trip inspection to ensure safe condition of the truck and cargo
- Review and sign the last vehicle inspection report and verify that needed repairs were completed
- Systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all trucks within their control
- Complete an end-of-the-day inspection and prepare a written report that documents any discovered defect or deficiency
- Truck companies that fail to faithfully complete these duties can be found negligent if their truck is in an accident.
Our San Diego truck accident lawyers have helped our clients obtain compensation for:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
We have also been of assistance for clients who are the surviving family members of someone who died in a trucking accident. We have helped them file wrongful death claims on behalf of their loved ones to secure the justice they need after such a tragic accident.
File a Personal Injury Claim with Our San Diego Firm Today
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from a truck accident, our team of more than 35 attorneys has the resources and legal insight to help you obtain the highest amount of compensation possible. In fact, we have won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients and we are ready and willing to help you too during this difficult time. We are not afraid or intimidated by insurance companies and we will stop at nothing to protect the rights of our clients.
Our San Diego trucking accident attorneys are proud to offer all our clients the following services:
- Free case evaluations, in person, over the phone or at another convenient location of your choice
- Skilled and results-driven legal representation that is based on contingency fees—you don't have to pay us legal fees until we have won your case.
For the reliable, compassionate, and hard-hitting legal services you need for your trucking accident case, please contact our firm as soon as possible. Klein DeNatale Goldner will stand by your side, every step of the way.