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Bakersfield Truck Accident Lawyer

Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield-Truck-Accident-LawyerThe I-5 and I-99 can be dangerous roads for motor vehicle accidents. This is especially true if the accident involves a large commercial truck. Due to a large number of trucks that travel up and down California freeways, truck accidents that seriously injure and kill motorists are sadly too common.

If you or someone you know has been in a truck accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling our Bakersfield truck accident lawyer at (661) 333-3333 today for a free consultation.

Causes of Bakersfield Truck Accidents

According to a 33-month long study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the three leading causes of truck accidents are:

  • Trucks veering off the road or running out of their own travel lane
  • Loss of vehicle control due to factors including improperly loaded cargo, speeding, and truck parts malfunction
  • Failure to stop, resulting in rear-end collisions

Clearly, many of these accidents could be avoided if those involved in all levels of the transportation of goods took a more active role in protecting the safety of everyone on the road.

 

A Shared Responsibility

semi-truck-on-highwayAt first glance, many truck accidents appear to be the fault of the driver alone. Some of the most common causes of truck driver error include:

  • Fatigue
  • Speeding or aggressive driving
  • Inattention or distraction
  • Drug and/or alcohol use

However, truck drivers are often forced to meet unrealistic schedules that require they forgo sleep and may even tempt them to speed and use stimulants to make their deliveries on time.

It’s because liability is so complicated that you should make sure you find a truck accident lawyer whose skill, experience and reputation you trust. Mickey Fine and our other truck accident lawyers have spent decades helping the people of the Bakersfield area pursue justice and compensation for their injuries.

In the case of truck accidents, Attorney Fine has pursued compensation from:

  • The driver: Just like car drivers, those who operate trucks have responsibilities on the road. If a truck driver is reckless or negligent and causes an accident that results in significant injuries, he or she can be held responsible.
  • The trucking company: Many trucking companies set aggressive schedules for their drivers, which is why driver fatigue is such a common cause of truck accidents. If our truck accident lawyers determine that the trucking company was negligent or engaged in misconduct and that this negligence caused your accident, we can pursue compensation from them.
  • Cargo handlers: Overloaded or misloaded cargo is a common cause of truck accidents. We can investigate to determine if the truck that hit you was carrying too much cargo, and if it was, our truck accident lawyers can consider holding responsible the company that loaded the cargo.
  • Truck manufacturers: A poorly designed or manufactured truck is a danger to everyone on the road. Our truck accident lawyers aren’t afraid of bringing a claim against the large companies that manufacture defective trucks.

This is not an exhaustive list. We believe passionately that Bakersfield residents who have been hurt in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence should not be alone in this difficult time.

What to do After a Truck Accident

car-accident-californiaThe moments following a truck accident can be among the most frightening in your life. However, the steps you take after your accident can have a significant impact on your ability to collect compensation for all of your damages.

On the Scene of the Accident

If you are able, contact 911 immediately, even in instances where there seems to be only minor damage. While waiting for emergency personnel to arrive:

  • Obtain the contact, insurance, and employment information of the truck driver
  • Obtain the contact information of any witnesses
  • Take pictures of the scene from multiple angles, including as much of the surrounding environment as possible
  • Contact your insurance company to report the accident

Once police and EMTs arrive, be sure to file a police report and allow for a medical examination. Get the badge number and business card of any officers you speak to. Do not admit or even suggest you are at fault when discussing your accident with anyone on the scene.

Many truck accidents result in traumatic injuries which may make on-the-scene action on your part impossible. When this is the case, Bakersfield truck accident lawyer Mickey Fine can obtain necessary information through an extensive investigation into your accident.

Following the Truck Accident

Even if you have been cleared by EMTs, you need to make an appointment with your physician. Brain injuries, in particular, may not show any immediate signs but can be detected in a follow-up examination. Your doctor’s evaluation will be essential for detecting any possible consequences of your accident that went unnoticed at the scene. Be sure to get a copy of your doctor’s findings.

As soon as possible following your accident, contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine to schedule a free case evaluation. Mickey Fine and his legal team will evaluate the information you have gathered, begin to establish liability, and determine what course of action is most likely to result in full compensation for all of your damages.

We are Here to Help

Bakersfield truck accident attorney Mickey Fine has over two decades of experience getting victims of accidents maximum compensation. Mr. Fine will investigate your accident, identifying all liable parties, and hold each accountable for their actions. In addition, our legal team will work with you personally to protect you against the predatory tactics of insurance companies, see that you receive the medical treatment you require, and fight tooth and nail for every penny you are due. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, please call (661) 333-3333 today.