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San Jose Truck Accident Attorneys

Serving All of Santa Clara County

Each year, thousands of people are injured and killed in big rig accidents on America's streets and highways. Although the state of California imposes a slower speed limit for trucks of 55 mph on the freeway, many big rig operators disregard this law. Their negligence endangers us all.

Common causes of big rig truck accidents include:

  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Unsafe operation of the vehicle
  • Failure to properly load the truck
  • Failure to properly secure the load
  • Failure to inspect or repair equipment
  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Large amounts of cargo
  • Unrealistic delivery schedules
  • Inadequate training

Seriously injured in a truck accident? Call our San Jose truck accident lawyers at (800) 900-0863 for a free evaluation.

What Are the Different Types of Truck Accidents?

People who operate big rigs must deliver their cargo in a timely manner to keep up with deadlines. This is no excuse for the reckless and hazardous driving practices performed by truck drivers that cause serious accidents. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the harm may stay limited to one car or may affect multiple drivers and passengers.

When truck drivers lose attention or control, they may experience:

  • Jackknife accidents
  • Runaway trailers
  • Underride collisions
  • DUI truck accidents
  • Hit-and-run truck accidents
  • Dangerous roadway accidents
  • Fatigued driving crashes

A car, van, or SUV is no match for a truck weighing over 10,000 pounds. The injuries that may occur as the result of a big rig accident include bone fractures, paralysis, brain injuries, internal organ injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These devastating injuries may have long-lasting effects on the victim, requiring hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and other expensive treatments.

What You Should Do After a Truck Accident

Trucking companies are known for sending investigators to accidents as soon as they hear there has been a crash. This gives them a chance to collect evidence to use against you. To make sure you are on an even playing field, you should:

  • Call law enforcement and stay at the scene of the accident until an incident report is filed and the officer dismisses you.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties.
  • If there are any witnesses, get their contact information.
  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved.
  • Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries are minor.
  • Write down everything that you remember about the accident.
  • Do not speak with anyone about the truck accident except your lawyer.
  • Contact our semi-truck accident attorneys for a free consultation.

OUR Truck ACCIDENT VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

At Caputo & Van Der Walde, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for truck accident victims in San Jose, CA. Some of our most notable results include:

  • Big rig vs. auto accident resulting in wrongful death.

  • A case involving a big rig versus auto on highway 17 was resolved for approximately $2,500,000.

  • Big rig vs. big rig collision resulting in severe laceration and nerve loss in hand.

  • Trash truck vs. auto rear-end collision resulting in spinal injuries.

Why You Should Have a Lawyer on Your Side

Tuck accidents are very different from car accidents in many ways. First of all, major trucking companies often work with high-powered lawyers and insurance companies. Their investigators and adjusters will begin to gather evidence from your accident within minutes.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying out large settlements. The insurance adjusters will offer you as little as possible to settle your claim quickly, but you may not know the extent of your damages until months down the road. Having a lawyer on your side is critical to protecting your rights.

When you work with our firm, we will begin an immediate investigation to determine the cause and fight to hold the negligent parties fully responsible for your damages, both economic and non-economic.

Truck Accident Cases

State and Federal Trucking Regulations

Trucking companies must follow many regulations meant to prevent accidents, and when they fail to do so, you can make a strong argument for negligence. These regulations provide very strict guidelines for truck drivers and trucking companies, but the economics of the trucking industry often put profit before safety.

Some of the most important trucking regulations include:

  • Truck drivers must abide by hours-of-service regulations
  • Truck drivers are required to maintain a logbook tracking their hours
  • Trucking companies are required to carry certain levels of insurance coverage, depending on what type of materials are being hauled
  • Truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL)

When truck drivers and trucking companies fail to abide by these regulations, the consequences can be catastrophic. If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, our firm can investigate your case and help determine liability.

Vehicle inspection Reports

The report must include an inspection of the following:

  • Steering mechanism
  • Reflectors and lights
  • Horn
  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers
  • Coupling devices
  • Wheels and rims
  • Emergency equipment
  • Rear vision and blind spot mirrors
  • Brakes and hand brake (emergency brake)

When truck drivers and trucking companies fail to abide by these regulations, the consequences can be catastrophic. If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, our firm can investigate your case and help determine liability.

Client Testimonials

Highly Rated & Reviewed
  • “Our lawyer and his entire staff were extremely approachable and effective in getting a very good settlement from my own insurance company's under-insured motorist coverage. Our lawyer guided my husband and me through the process.”

    - Chris G.
  • “Paul has a great understanding of people's rights and drives to obtain all that is due to you. He listens and answers questions that anyone could understand without legalize. I contacted him through the recommendation of a friend.”

    - Gary G.
  • “We are so grateful we found Paul Van Der Walde! From the very beginning, it was clear Paul and his team would do whatever it took to help us. We're thrilled with the case result, but more importantly, we're thankful they believed in us.”

    - Catherine W.

Let Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP Help You Seek Justice

It is the responsibility of the big rig operator and their employer to ensure responsible and safe operation of the vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident, contact a truck accident attorney in San Jose to learn about your rights.

You may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Loss of past and future earnings
  • Disability
  • Replacement of your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Funeral expenses for wrongful death

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP is an accomplished and respected personal injury law firm in Northern California. Our firm has protected the legal rights of hundreds of accident victims and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages.

If you or someone you love was involved in a big rig accident in the San Jose area, please contact our truck accident attorneys by calling (800) 900-0863. We are here to explain your rights and options in a free consultation.

WHAT SETS US APART?

  • A Supportive Team on Your Side
  • Included in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Perfect 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo
  • You Do Not Pay Unless We Win Your Case
  • All Initial Case Reviews Are Free of Charge
  • Legal Services Available in Spanish
  • Tens of Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • Over 85 Years of Combined Legal Experience

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