Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can easily result in catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured due to an impact with a semi truck, big rig, or other large vehicle, the experienced Bay Area trucking accident attorneys at Weltin, Streb & Weltin will aggressively work to help you receive a full and fair compensation for your injuries.

While large trucks are a common feature on Bay Area roads and highways, they present a unique and heavy risk to drivers of smaller vehicles. Trucks have extremely limited visibility, maneuverability and braking capacity,  making them much less responsive to road conditions.  The cab on a semi truck can weight up to ten tons, and with a loaded trailer, it can be many times that heavy. Even a low-speed impact between a regular vehicle and a big rig can be catastrophic based on this weight difference alone.

Because of these dangers, large commercial trucks are subject to many state and federal laws and regulations. Some of these regulations are for the truck itself, requiring that they carry “black box” devices that monitor or record certain data about the truck. Other regulations apply to the conduct of the driver, limiting the hours they may drive, as well as testing for drugs, alcohol, and restrictions on cell phone usage. There are also rigorous driver certification requirements, which are much more intense because of the size and potential danger of the vehicle. Other regulations limit the speed that trucks may travel at, or require safety inspections before operation, and numerous other aspects of truck operation. Many times, when trucks are involved in accidents, these regulations are not met, leaving them or the trucking company open for liability for any damage they caused.

The fact that in truck accidents, someone is actually on the job raises many questions about the trucking company itself.  In almost all truck accident cases, the employer of the truck driver will be liable for the injuries or damages caused by a negligent driver. In some cases, the employer may furthermore be at fault because they failed to adequately maintain or inspect the truck, or failed to adequately investigate an unfit driver. other common factors include the employer forcing the driver, or even permitting the driver, to work too many consecutive hours without rest.

A truck accident suite requires a lawyer with knowledge of applicable statutes, and the resourcefulness to handle a contested, high-dollar claim. At the law office of Weltin, Streb & Weltin, our Oakland trucking accident lawyers have successfully handled numerous truck accident cases. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, and diligently represent your interests in court and in settlement negotiations. Contact our office today at (510) 251-6060 for a free confidential consultation.