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Nothing is more important than recovery and compensation for your loved one after a severe injury. 

Truck Accident Attorneys Who Can Take On Your Case

Although the time immediately following a truck-car crash is scary, stressful and hectic, it can be very valuable to your family and your injured loved one if you talk with an attorney as soon as possible.

  • Finding and preserving evidence for your truck accident claim later is one of the most important things your lawyer will do early in your case. As time goes by, conditions at the scene will change, truck company records may be altered, and other evidence will disappear.
  • You have rights but you need to know what they are and what you can do to protect them. All too often people say and do things that later prove damaging to their case. Your lawyer will advise you of your rights and the steps you should take.
  • Do not sign any forms related to your accident until you’ve spoken with an attorney and understand what you are signing.

The truck company and its insurers will be at the accident scene immediately. When possible, you want a representative there as well. While it’s true your insurance company will get an adjuster out immediately, and that can be helpful to you, your insurance company has a vested interest in minimizing its payments to you. The truth is, the only person on the scene who is looking out exclusively for your interests is your lawyer.

Finding Answers, Obtaining Compensation And Justice

The San Francisco truck accident lawyers at have the experience, the resources and the investigative expertise needed to help you bring a successful claim to the insurance companies — or to a jury. If you were injured, or a loved one died in a fatal truck accident, we can help. Contact our personal injury law firm to schedule a free consultation.

Causes Of Truck Accidents

  • Driver negligence: Was the truck driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was the driver fatigued from too many hours behind the wheel (in excess of what is allowed under federal regulations)? Was the driver going too fast for weather conditions or in some other way driving recklessly? Was the driver properly trained and licensed for this type of vehicle?
  • Truck problems: Was the semitruck or tractor-trailer properly maintained? Was it overweight or was the load poorly balanced, causing weight in the truck bed to shift dangerously? Were materials properly strapped down or did cargo fall off the truck, hitting cars behind it? Were there any defects with the brakes, tires, steering or other parts of the truck?
  • Trucking company negligence: Did trucking company practices contribute to the truck wreck? For example, if driving schedules are such that a driver has no choice but to drive faster or for more hours than allowed by law, the company that owns the vehicle may be held responsible. Negligent hiring, failure to train, poor vehicle maintenance and similar problems can mean financial recovery from the trucking company.
  • Dangerous roadways: Sometimes truck crashes are the result of poorly maintained, unrepaired or defectively designed roadways.

Get the financial compensation you deserve for serious injuries or the loss of a loved one in a fatal truck accident.

Contact a car accident lawyer at . The sooner you seek competent legal representation, the better your chances for a positive outcome.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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