Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks are an important part of the U.S. economy. Most truck drivers are skilled and careful to exercise caution and good sense when driving their vehicles. They observe regulations laid out by the FMCSA, taking proper rest breaks and avoiding all alcohol and compromising medications while on the job. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to recognize the weight of the responsibility they carry. When this happens, others on the road are put at risk and serious car accidents and other accidents can occur.
Our team at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn is here to make sure that the victims of truck accidents have a voice. Each San Francisco personal injury attorney at our firm has built a reputation for strong and successful advocacy. Whether you were affected by a jackknife accident, rollover accident, T-bone accident, or any other type of collision, our experienced team has the insight and dedication to help you seek justice. No matter how complex your case may seem, our San Francisco team can help you.
Truck accident claims are very different from car accident claims in several different ways. The trucking industry must comply with strict state and federal regulations, including hours of service, driver qualifications, vehicle maintenance, cargo weight limits, and more. If any party is found to have violated these regulations - whether it is the driver, trucking company, truck parts manufacturer, a third party, or all of the above - they can be held liable for the injuries that they caused.
Victims of truck accidents are also more likely to suffer from catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries or spinal injuries, or even death. Such injuries can lead to a lifetime of pain, suffering, and medical complications. This is why these claims tend to be very costly for trucking companies and their insurers - and why victims often meet so much resistance when attempting to settle for a fair amount.
Not only are the injuries in a truck accident often much more severe, but identifying liability can also be complex because multiple parties can potentially be negligent in the accident. Dealing with commercial insurers for trucking companies can also add to already frustrating claims process. Our personal injury law firm understands the unique challenges presented by these claims and can advocate for your right to full and fair compensation. We work with trusted experts to help us investigate each claim and prepare the strongest claim possible.
As a result of our dedicated advocacy, we have recovered a total of more than $500 million for the injured in California. Our successes include a case in which Attorney Tim Tietjen helped a truck driver recover $8 million after an accident with another truck and another case where he secured 13 settlements, including an $11.4 million wrongful death claim for those injured in a 34-vehicle truck accident in Los Angeles County. We apply the same dedication to every case. When you work with our attorneys, you can trust that we will fight for the full amount of compensation you need and deserve after a serious accident.