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San Jose, CA Truck Accident Lawyer

Dedicated San Jose Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Clients Locally

Truck accidents are one of the most destructive and potentially catastrophic types of motor vehicle accidents. They often involve multiple vehicles, significant property damage, and tragically, severe injuries or fatalities. Due to the size, weight, and speed of commercial trucks, accidents involving these vehicles can cause serious harm to the people involved.

At the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III, we follow the principle of "Justice first, integrity always." We welcome requests for free, honest initial consultations from truck accident victims and their families. If you were injured in this type of accident as a driver or passenger in another vehicle, or if your family member was killed in a collision with a semi-trailer truck, we can help you determine your legal options. Contact us at 408-293-7777 to schedule a preliminary case evaluation with our personal injury lawyer.

Laid Low by the King of the Road

Our nation's economy depends on trucking. The goods that we purchase in stores are delivered by big-rig 18-wheelers, which are literally locomotives on wheels, far outweighing anything in their paths. Truck accidents of any kind can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers in cars, to bicyclists and pedestrians, to motorcycle riders, and to truck drivers themselves.

At the San Jose, California Law Office of John J. Garvey, III, our attorney has many years of experience helping people injured in big rig accidents. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, contact our office to learn about your rights and your options.

Investigating a Trucking Accident to Build a Strong Case

We are prepared to determine whether a truck accident was caused by negligence or misconduct on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies. We can help determine whether issues such as driver fatigue, driving under the influence of alcohol or pills, texting while driving, speeding, illegal turns or lane changes, or other traffic violations were a factor that contributed to a truck crash. Our investigators look at issues such as the speed of the truck, the placement of the load, and the condition of the roadway. We can examine the driver's logs, the brakes and other safety equipment on the truck, and the driving record of the trucker. We use the information gathered to build a strong case for compensation on behalf of a person who was injured.

Highway 17 Accidents and Other Dangerous California Roads

Many car accidents in the area occur on Highway 17 between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. This stretch of road is notorious for accidents, and truckers should know to exercise caution when on this highway. However, truck drivers still tailgate, try to pass when visibility is poor, and head into the many curves and hills too fast. These careless actions result in a high percentage of accidents, many of which could have been averted with proper driving care.

Improper Loading and Tie Downs

Another common cause of truck accidents involves improper loading of the cargo carried by commercial trucks. Heavy or loose cargo falling off a flatbed may cause little damage to the truck, but these items can create a major hazard to other vehicles. A load that shifts when a truck driver is taking turns at high speeds can cause them to lose control, potentially leading to a rollover accident that may lead to a multi-vehicle pileup and cause severe injuries to numerous people.

Equipment Failure

Yet another cause of truck accidents can be equipment failure or the malfunction of basic equipment, such as tires, hitches, and safety chains. If a tire blows out, it can create a serious hazard for following vehicles. If a safety chain comes undone or a hitch fails, the trailer can detach from the tractor, causing havoc on the highway. In the case of a flammable or toxic load, spilled cargo can cause multiple car accidents, serious injuries, and even fatalities.

Call a San Jose, CA Truck Accident Attorney

Whatever the cause of a semi-truck accident, the injuries can be severe or catastrophic. If you have been injured because of the negligence of a truck driver or their employer, you need a legal advocate who can help you obtain the monetary compensation you need. Contact our San Jose law office after a truck accident to arrange a complimentary consultation. Call 408-293-7777 to set up an appointment today. When you work with us, no fees will be charged unless we successfully obtain compensation for you.

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