I-80, 101, I-5, and several other freeways stretch throughout the Bay Area, meaning heavy truck traffic is just a fact of life for San Franciscans. With this higher traffic also comes an elevated risk of one day being in a truck accident. While motor vehicle accidents are always dangerous, the risk of severe injury is even higher when a tractor-trailer is involved.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, the most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. When it comes to getting your bills paid, keeping the lights on, and recovering lost wages and income, our San Francisco truck accident lawyers can make the entire process easy for you.
What Are Some Common Injuries in a San Francisco Truck Accident?
Tractor-trailer accidents are capable of mangling cars and causing severe injuries for those involved. Some wounds, like those stemming from physical and mental trauma, can even become chronic issues.
Along with the potential for fatalities, truck accidents can lead to injuries such as:
- Contusions and deep tissue damage
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones
- Damage to organs and nerves
- TBI (traumatic brain injuries
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Blunt force trauma
- Spinal fractures and paralysis
Even one of these injuries could account for thousands (if not tens of thousands) in medical care costs. When you add in the potential for expensive prescription medications, ongoing therapy costs, doctor’s exams, and more, it’s no wonder why truck accident survivors can struggle to make ends meet.
Our truck accident lawyers work to alleviate some of this strain by becoming a buffer between you and the insurance companies. We fight to get all of your medical costs covered and work to recover damages that can help make up for lost wages and other income sources.
What Kinds of Accidents do San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyers Represent?
Every truck accident is unique, but some common causes crop up in case after case. Here are just some of the types of accidents that we represent here at Greenberg Gross, LLP:
- Head-On Collisions: One of the most serious types of truck accidents, a negligent driver might collide with a vehicle when entering or exiting the freeway.
- Rollover Crashes: With their high center of gravity, tractor-trailers are at higher risk of tipping. When a car is in the adjacent lane, injuries can be severe.
- T-Bones: Often happening at busy intersections, this type of crash can cause serious injuries like TBI, paralysis, or even death.
- Out-of-Control Truck: Tractor trailers can easily go out of control, especially on steep hills or around dangerous curves. Rear-end collisions can cause spine injuries.
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Negligent tractor-trailer drivers may change lanes without first checking if it’s clear, pulling a car beneath the trailer.
Any of these crashes have the potential to be serious or even deadly. No matter how serious your injuries, though, it pays to have an advocate on your side who can build (and win) your case.
Why do I Need a San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyer?
Too many truck accident survivors decide to handle everything on their own. Juggling bill payments, trying to get on workers’ comp, or even handling a legal case by yourself is difficult under the best of circumstances.
There aren’t enough hours in the day for you to be able to advocate for yourself and take care of your and your family’s needs while also trying to make a full recovery. What’s more, you’ll likely miss out on compensation that a competent attorney could recover for you.
Your Attorney Can Handle Insurance Issues So You don’t Need to
A good truck accident lawyer acts as a buffer between you and the insurance companies. Instead of having to place endless calls and dig up paperwork only to contend with possible coverage denials, your attorney can handle all of this for you.
While insurance companies are the natural endpoint for getting care coverage, their team of insurance adjusters will do all they can to reduce your compensation – or deny your claim altogether.
Your Attorney Can Build Your Case for You
Some survivors don’t want to pursue a legal case because they don’t want the truck driver to suffer, but most truckers are covered by their company’s insurance.
Along with that, the trucker will likely be represented by a company-appointed attorney who will work hard to either argue that you were at fault or that you aren’t entitled to the damages you think you deserve.
A truck accident lawyer will be able to fight back against these arguments while also holding the trucker and their company responsible. For instance, they may use California VEH § 17001 to argue that the tractor-trailer driver operated out of negligence or committed a wrongful act.
What if I Can’t Afford Attorney Fees?
You have enough to worry about without having to add attorney fees to your pile of expenses. Making ends meet while missing work, having to make doctor’s appointments, and dealing with huge medical bills is already difficult on its own.
Many firms out there will promise a huge settlement amount and ask for a large fee upfront. If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The truth is you can afford a truck accident lawyer because the fee doesn’t have to come out of your pocket. We only win when you do, not before.
Why Should I Choose Greenberg Gross?
At Greenberg Gross, LLP, we believe that a law firm should serve as an advocate for its clients. That principle has guided everything we do, and it’s helped us assemble a team of attorneys who prioritize the well-being of every single person we represent.
We know how important it is to be represented by attorneys who are as empathetic as they are skilled and experienced. Our founders come from some of the largest firms in the world and have gone on to appear repeatedly on The Daily Journal’s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. We have what it takes to try – and win – cases.
Contact Our San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyers Today – Get a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in the San Francisco area, you should know that you’re not alone. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to help. Contact Greenberg Gross LLP to get your free case evaluation today.