Hundreds of thousands of semi trucks drive through San Luis Obispo every year. When one of these trucks causes an accident, it has the potential to do far more serious harm than any other accident on the road. As semi truck accident lawyers, we are dedicated to working with the victims of truck accidents and their families. The law says you are entitled to compensation, and that compensation can help with medical bills, lost work time, and other costs. We believe that you should not have to pay these costs out of pocket, and we are here to help.

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Negligent Truck Drivers

Under California law, any driver who behaves negligently and causes an accident is liable for the costs of that accident, including medical costs. But truck drivers have a much larger vehicle, and the capacity to much more seriously injure anyone involved in a wreck with them. That means that a single moment of negligence on the part of a semi truck driver can be incredibly dangerous.

Examples of negligent behavior include:

  • Speeding
  • Sudden lane changes
  • Not looking in the truck’s large blind spots
  • Any illegal turn
  • Looking left while turning right into a crosswalk
  • Any load that falls off the truck
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Alcohol
  • Other drugs

If any of the above are involved, the truck driver has not been reasonable in their operation of their enormous truck, and can be held responsible. The way the law does this is by making them and their insurance companies liable for the cost of damages.

How Compensation Helps You

If you or a loved one were seriously injured by a truck driver, no amount of money can set things right. However, financial compensation can make a real difference for you after the accident. It can help you pay for treatments you could not afford on your own, go through rehabilitation or physical therapy if needed, and pay off medical bills that are already piling up. It also serves as a way to supplement lost wages if you’re unable to work. We firmly believe that every victim of a truck accident deserves the full compensation allowed by law.

How a Truck Accident Case Works

Following your accident, it’s important not to sign anything offered by the insurance company, and to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Insurance companies will typically make an offer of quick money if you sign away your right to further compensation—-this is a trap. The amount they offer is usually far less than the maximum you can receive, and in many cases it will not even cover all of your medical costs.

An accident lawyer will know how to pressure the insurance company to get you the full amount you deserve. When you bring your case to us, we will help you see doctors who specialize in these kinds of accidents and get a complete diagnosis so nothing is overlooked. You will then have a much clearer idea of the true cost of the accident and we can begin to negotiate with the insurance company to get you what you need.

In many cases, we can convince the insurance company to pay you the right amount without ever going to court.

Time Matters

If you’ve been injured by a semi truck, you have limited time to start your case. If you wait too long to act you may not be allowed to seek compensation at all. That’s why we want to help you today.

When you call the Ernst Law Group we will meet with you and provide you with a detailed, FREE consultation on your case. We’ll help you determine if the truck driver was at fault, whether you have a case for compensation, and how strong the evidence is. You will finally have a clear sense of what your legal options are and can decide for yourself if you want to go forward.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us and get your free consultation today.