San Jose Truck Accident Lawyer
Representation for Victims of Commercial Trucking Collisions
San Jose is the third largest city in California and is home to a thriving business and tech industry. As such, commercial carriers – such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other freight bearing vehicles – frequent the region as they transport supplies to, from, and through the area. With increased trucking traffic, local residents face increased dangers on public roads and highways.
Large trucks and commercial vehicles can produce substantial harm and damage during motor vehicle accidents. When trucking accidents do occur, they have a high potential for causing injuries to individuals in passenger cars. In the most devastating cases, they can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident, it is important that you understand the following:
- Your rights as a victim
- Your legal options for recovering your damages
- The challenges you face during your legal journey
- The causes of your truck accident
At the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, Attorney Nasseri draws from years of experience to protect the rights of injured trucking accident victims. A San Jose personal injury lawyer is prepared to walk you through the personal injury claim process, hold trucking companies liable for the harm they cause and secure the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Aside from fatigued and impaired drivers, truck accidents may be caused by a variety of negligent of wrongful acts, including:
- Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Distracted Driving
- Inadequate or lack of driver safety training
- Unsafe speeds and lane changes
- Defective auto parts and equipment
When it can be shown that the negligence or wrongful acts of a trucking company or truck driver caused a preventable accident, injured victims will have a strong chance of recovering their damages. Fair compensation is never guaranteed, however, as trucking companies often fight personal injury claims aggressively in order to protect their bottom line. This is why truck accident victims should be focused on working with an experienced San Jose injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri.
Federal Trucking Laws
Given the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, and their inability to stop or maneuver quickly, truck accidents have become a prominent concern for public safety organizations throughout the country. In order to protect others on the road by reducing the prevalence of trucking accidents, the U.S. government enforces hundreds of federal trucking regulations and laws.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Transportation – is the governing agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry.
Among the hundreds of laws and safety regulations the FMCSA enforces, some of the most important and commonly violated include:
- Cargo and weight restrictions
- Routine vehicle maintenance regulations
- Driver training requirements
- Strict driver impairment and intoxication laws
- Hours-of-service regulations that reduce risks created by tired drivers
When truck drivers or trucking companies violate these or any other federal trucking laws, they place others on the road at elevated risks for suffering harm during accidents. When their negligence, carelessness, wrongful acts, or violations cause injuries or fatalities, victims and their families have every right to hold trucking companies liable by filing a personal injury claim.
Guiding Victims Through Challenging Claims
Personal injury truck accident claims pose a number of unique difficulties for victims and their loved ones. The most notable challenge is the fact that trucking and insurance companies often do everything in their power to pay victims as little as possible. They are, after all, in the business to make money and collect premiums, not to pay money.
For this reason alone, many trucking and insurance companies will offer unfair compensation settlements that fail to meet victims’ needs. When victims stand up for their rights and fight back, trucking companies often use resources to minimize claims.
To discuss your truck accident case, learn more about your right to compensation, and find out precisely how our firm can help, do not hesitate to contact a San Jose personal injury attorney from our firm.