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San Jose Truck Accident Lawyer

While auto accidents can be dangerous, truck crashes are often devastating and destructive. A truck’s sheer size and weight can cause it to crush anything it hits, mainly if the accident occurs at high speed. As a result, any injuries that stem from large commercial truck accidents tend to be severe, long-lasting, and costly. 

 At Danko Meredith, our skilled San Jose truck accident attorneys not only have an understanding of California’s particular trucking laws, but we have specific experience helping big-rig truck accident victims secure the compensation they deserve after such an accident. Contact our firm for more information about your case today.

Who’s Liable in a San Jose Truck Accident?

Commercial truck accidents can occur for many reasons, and there’s often a wide variety of people to blame. Anyone whose negligence, carelessness, or wrongful actions caused you harm may be held liable for resulting damages. This might include: 

  • Truck drivers
  • Other drivers on the road
  • Trucking companies
  • Pedestrians
  • Motorcyclists
  • Employers of negligent third parties
  • Companies that manufactured defective or dangerous equipment
  • Bicyclists
  • Transit companies

At Danko Meredith, we’ll commit all our attention and resources to your case to determine why the accident happened and who may share the fault. Once we conclude, we may be able to seek compensation from those who caused your injury so you can be compensated for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

How to Determine Liability after a San Jose Truck Accident

Proving liability will involve one—or maybe both—of two legal theories: negligence and strict liability. California negligence law provides that any semi-truck driver who is shown to be negligent can be held responsible for injuries and damages the negligence caused to another motorist. In California, there are three elements to a meritorious negligence claim:

  • The at-fault party owed the accident victim a duty of care
  • The at-fault party breached their duty of care  
  • The at-fault party’s breach was the significant factor in causing a victim’s losses

A trucker may breach their duty of care by not watching for pedestrians and other vehicles, not using reasonable care when operating the truck, or not handling the movement and speed of the truck as a reasonably careful driver would.

Additionally, California’s strict liability law provides that manufacturers may be held responsible for a truck accident if a defective product was the cause of the crash. In strict liability cases, negligence isn’t a factor when determining liability. For example, strict liability claims could be based on faulty accelerator pedals, tires, engine/transmission parts, cargo ties, and brakes, to name a few. Contact the skilled injury lawyers at Danko Meredith today to learn more about your case and how we may be able to help.

Contact an Experienced San Jose Truck Accident Attorney at Danko Meredith Today

If you or a family member were injured in a San Jose truck accident and believe someone else may be at fault, you must contact an experienced commercial trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. At Danko Meredith, one of our leading San Jose truck accident lawyers may be able to assess your situation and help you retain the compensation you deserve. After meeting with you one-on-one during a free initial consultation, we’ll prepare an investigation into the facts of your case to help guide you on the road to recovery.  

Danko Meredith was named one of the Best Law Firms in America by US News & World Report, and our top-of-the-line team is consistently listed among California’s elite. We strive to fight for the rights of all of our clients, and we’ll remain by their side during the legal process. No matter the complexity or scope of the case, we dedicate our full attention to those who deserve justice. For a free consultation, call us at (650) 453-3600 or complete our contact form today.