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Palo Alto Truck Accident Attorneys

Palo Alto Truck Accident Attorneys

Truck accidents frequently result in traumatic brain injuries and other lasting physical damages. Every year, the lawyers in our truck accident practice group help victims recoup damages to pay for their medical expenses and other losses. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online to set up a free case assessment today. If you are unable to travel to our Palo Alto office, we will come to you.

What Types of Truck Accident Cases Do We Handle?

Numerous factors can cause a truck accident, from defective auto parts to poor road conditions. We represent victims in trucking-related accidents including the following:

  • Spilled cargo truck accidents 
  • Accidents caused by overloading a trailer 
  • Rollover accidents 
  • Tire blowout accidents 
  • Accidents caused by impaired or drowsy driving 
  • Blindspot truck accidents 
  • Truck accidents resulting in the wrongful death of a motorist 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Palo Alto

Through our thorough investigation of your case, we will determine the underlying cause of the truck accident and pinpoint the specific factors contributing to the other party’s liability. Our truck accident attorneys have discovered some of the most common causes of collisions involve:

  • Truck driver fatigue or distraction 
  • Impaired driving 
  • Failure to keep a lookout or to check blind spots 
  • Unsafe merging or lane changing 
  • Illegal U-turns 
  • Defective parts 
  • Mechanical failures 
  • Negligent truck maintenance 
  • Unsecured or improperly secured loads 

Identifying Liable Parties

Commercial vehicles are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an organization that sets standards for truck drivers and transit companies. Failure to observe these standards can be proof of negligence. If your accident involved a commercial truck, our attorneys will first review the facts of your case to look for compliance issues under FMCSA standards. We will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause of the crash and tailor our negotiation and litigation strategies accordingly. Our lawyers are experienced in identifying the liable parties in truck accidents. In addition to the driver, our attorneys have successfully brought claims on behalf of our clients against several parties, including:

  • Trucking companies (for faulty vehicle or improper driver training);  
  • Truck maintenance companies (for failure to properly maintain the vehicle); 
  • Vehicle manufacturers (for manufacturing faulty parts); and 
  • Cargo loading parties (for improper loading of the cargo).

Gathering Concrete Evidence

Even if you did not contribute to your accident, an insurance carrier might still dispute your claim. Strong evidence is vital to rebutting any pushback you may face in the claims process. Our lawyers will gather factual evidence by launching a thorough investigation. In many cases, we hire expert witnesses to testify in court as to what likely caused the accident and who was responsible. Our attorneys may also gather the following forms of evidence:

  • The accident report, if one exists 
  • Vehicle maintenance records for the truck involved in the accident 
  • Dashcam footage 
  • Photographs of the accident scene 
  • GPS data 
  • Eyewitness testimony 
  • Black box data 
  • The truck driver’s cell phone records

Discuss Your Claim with a Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a truck accident, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our attorneys offer decades of collective experience representing accident victims in negotiations with large motor carriers and their insurance companies. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case assessment.