Truck Accident Lawyer Bakersfield

If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a Bakersfield truck accident, call Blair & Ramirez LLP for the answers and help you’re looking for – and to learn how much your claim may be worth.

We are dedicated truck accident attorneys.

Truck accidents are some of the most violent and deadliest accidents on our roadways. If a truck driver’s negligence leaves you injured, just compensation that covers your physical, financial, and emotional losses can help you on the road toward your most complete recovery. Because truck accident claims are challenging and your health and well-being are paramount, having the professional legal counsel of an experienced truck accident lawyer in Bakersfield on your side is always in your best interests.

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Highway 99 Accident Stats and Facts

According to ValuePenguin, all the following facts and stats apply to Highway 99 (all culled from data for the years from 2015 to 2019):

  • 30 percent of all 304 fatal accidents on Highway 99 involved alcohol, which ties for the 10th most dangerous roadway in terms of alcohol.
  • Highway 99 is tied for sixth in terms of how many of its fatal accidents occurred at night (63 percent).

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Like the majority of traffic accidents out there, truck accidents are often caused by driver negligence. The fact that truck drivers are professional drivers means that they face more rules and restrictions related to safety. All too often, however, truck accidents are caused by truck driver negligence, which can come in any of the following dangerous forms:

  • Distraction
  • Impairment
  • Exhaustion
  • Aggression
  • Excess speed
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road

Why Highway 99 Is So Dangerous

According to ValuePenguin’s The Deadliest Roads in the U.S, California’s Highway 99 is one of the nation’s most dangerous roadways. In fact, it ranks Highway 99 as number 11 in The 100 most dangerous roads in the country (culled from data for 2015 to 2019). The risk factors inherent to Highway 99 truck accidents include that it is a narrow, aging road and that its design makes it especially dangerous after dark. To make matters worse, motorists – including truckers – have a tendency to speed on highway 99, and drunk drivers seem to be especially attracted to this route.
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Types Of Truck Accidents

ruck accidents come in a wide range of varieties, but some of the most common include:
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What You Should Do If You Were in a Truck Accident in Bakersfield

Every truck accident claim includes its own unique set of facts and circumstances, but the basic first steps forward that every truck accident victim should take include:

  • Seeking immediate medical attention (even if you do not believe you were seriously injured)
  • Consulting with a dedicated Bakersfield truck accident lawyer as soon as you can
  • Following your doctor’s orders, instructions, and advice carefully
  • Allowing your experienced Bakersfield truck accident lawyer to communicate – and negotiate – with the involved insurance company on your behalf
  • Taking a social media break while your claim is pending

While the insurance company handling your claim is paid to do so, it is motivated to keep your settlement as low as possible. To achieve this goal, it will be watching and waiting for you to make a statement, post something, or do something that it can use to discredit your claim. By following the steps above, you help to ensure the insurance company does get the upper hand.

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Recovering fair compensation after a truck accident.

If you or a loved one has been either injured or killed in a truck accident, you need Blair & Ramirez LLP—an experienced Bakersfield truck accident attorney—to stand by you and help you receive financial compensation for injuries and other costs associated with the accident.

Truck accidents are different from car accidents, and these cases can be complex. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with trucking companies and insurance companies so that you receive compensation for personal injuries or the loss of a loved one.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

The immense impact generated by semi accidents can leave you with nearly any kind of injury. The one constant is that you can expect your injuries to be serious. Some of the injuries most commonly associated with truck accidents include:

  • Broken bones, which are immensely painful injuries that are slow to heal and can lead to even more serious complications
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that, because they affect the brain, are as unpredictable in their effects as they are dangerous
  • Spinal cord injuries, which, when severe, can lead to permanent paralysis and medical needs that are ongoing
  • Burns and cuts, which are not only exceptionally painful but are also very closely associated with serious infections and can be permanently disfiguring

Truck Accident Investigations

As soon as you contact a seasoned Bakersfield truck accident attorney, you can count on your legal team to kick off a thorough truck accident investigation, which can include all the following:

  • Gathering all the relevant evidence, including the police report, photos and videos from the accident, eyewitness testimony, and more
  • Hiring expert witnesses who have the expertise to flesh out the physics and facts of the truck accident that left you injured
  • Having accident models created that help to provide a more thorough accounting of the truck accident that left you injured
  • Digging more deeply into the root cause of the truck accident that left you injured
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Factors Affecting Your Settlement

A wide range of factors can affect your settlement, but the stronger your claim, the better your chances of obtaining a fair settlement. Having a dedicated truck accident lawyer on your side is the surest way to bolster the strength of your claim.

Selecting a Law Firm to Represent You

The right law firm for you is the law firm that makes you feel heard and with which you feel comfortable sharing your difficult experience.

What Is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?

While there is no way to know upfront exactly what your truck accident claim will settle for, our free case evaluator can help you get a good idea of what your claim is likely worth.

Common Truck Accident Questions

If you’ve been injured by a truck driver’s negligence, the answers to some of the most commonly asked truck accident questions can help.

Should I accept the trucking company’s settlement offer?

The most important point to keep in mind about the trucking company and its insurance provider is that profits are their primary concern. If they make an early settlement offer, it is very likely a ploy to finalize your claim prior to you fully recognizing the immensity of your losses. It is always in your best interests to discuss a settlement offer with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Bakersfield before signing on the dotted line.

Who can be held liable for a truck accident?

Whoever is at fault for the truck accident that leaves you injured can be held responsible. Truck drivers are professional drivers who are held to more stringent safety constraints, and their negligence is often the root cause of truck accidents. Trucking companies, however, can also bear all or part of the liability for failing to live up to any of the following responsibilities:

  • Hiring licensed, responsible, and skilled truck drivers
  • Maintaining a roadworthy fleet of rigs
  • Implementing and enforcing careful truck maintenance schedules
  • Ensuring that cargo is loaded according to safety standards
  • Not pushing truckers to overperform

What is the deadline for filing a claim?

In California, the statute of limitations – or deadline – for filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party who caused you to be injured in a truck accident is two years from the date of the injury-causing accident. Once this statute of limitations has expired, the insurance company will have little reason to settle your claim.

Why do I need a truck accident attorney?

The legalities of truck accident claims are complicated, and a truck accident attorney has considerable experience successfully pursuing the compensation to which accident victims like you are entitled. Consider all the following tasks your auto accident attorney will capably tackle:

  • Skillfully negotiating for a settlement that is equal to your total losses
  • Helping you understand the claims process and ensuring that you have the information necessary to make the right decisions for you throughout the process
  • Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf (and helping to ensure that the insurance rep does not elicit a statement from you that goes on to harm your claim)
  • Preparing for court (in the event the insurance company will not negotiate in good faith)

Having a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer in your corner can greatly improve your chances of fully recovering on your losses.

What if I can’t afford medical treatment? Can you help me?

In California, you have options when it comes to obtaining the medical treatment you need post-accident. If you cannot afford to cover your medical needs – and your insurance isn’t up to the task – your truck accident attorney can help you find a doctor who provides care on a lien basis. This help means that you receive the medical care you need now, and your medical bills will ultimately be paid out of your pending truck accident claim.

If my injuries make me unable to work, can you help me get by?

If the injuries you incur in a truck accident leave you unable to work, you may be entitled to short-term disability, which helps those who are temporarily unable to continue working due to accidents that are not job-related. Your truck accident attorney will help to ensure that you receive the financial help to which you are entitled post-accident.

Who is typically responsible for causing truck accidents?

Truck drivers are often responsible for causing dangerous truck accidents. The trucking company, however, can also shoulder part or all of the responsibility – depending upon the circumstances involved.

How long do I have to file my lawsuit after a truck injury accident?

In California, you have only two years from the date of the injury-causing truck accident to file a lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations.

How long do truck lawsuit cases usually last?

The specifics of your case will determine how long it takes for your lawsuit to be resolved. Your truck accident attorney will want to take the time necessary to ensure you are fairly compensated while endeavoring to ensure that the trucking company and its insurance provider do not artificially prolong the process.

How does your firm prove negligence and win truck cases?

Proving negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company is a critical component of the claims process, and at Blair & Ramirez LLP, we take the matter exceptionally seriously. Our process involves engaging in extensive evidence collection coupled with obtaining expert testimony, compelling accident recreation models, and more.

What types of damages and monetary claims can I make in my case?

You can seek compensation for the losses you experience in all the following areas:

  • Property damage to your vehicle
  • Your medical expenses
  • Your lost earnings
  • Your physical and emotional pain and suffering

What non-economic damages can be awarded?

Non-economic losses (or damages) can play an important role in your claim. A primary example of this form of loss is the physical and psychological pain and suffering you endure as a result of the other party’s negligence.

Why Choose Blair & Ramirez LLP for Your Truck Accident Claim?

At Blair & Ramirez LLP in Bakersfield, we dedicate our impressive practice to skillfully advocating for just compensation that covers our clients’ losses in their entirety. We are squarely on your side, so please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us for more information today.
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