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Truck Accident

San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyer

Fighting for Victims Injured by Commercial Trucks & Tractor-Trailers

Delivery vans, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks are largest and most dangerous motor vehicles. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds and measuring far more in height and length than standard vehicles, trucks pose a safety threat to everyone with whom they share the road.

Because commercial carriers are a significant public safety risk, their safely operation is crucial to avoiding preventable harm. Unfortunately, not all truckers and trucking companies uphold their duties to take reasonable safety precautions.

If you or your loved one were harmed in a trucking accident involving any type of commercial vehicle, you may have the right to a financial recovery of your damages from those at fault.

  • Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Auto/Truck Accident Record-Setting Result $21,000,000

    Largest California non-punitive verdict for a single individual (San Francisco County, Zivic v. Winterland).

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Helping Victims Fight for Justice

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is a U.S. News “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 rated trial practice known nationally for fighting on behalf of victims harmed by the negligent and wrongful acts of others.

Our firm has been trusted by hundreds of families following preventable accidents because we know how to get results:

  • Over $1 billion in compensation recovered for clients.
  • Record verdicts and settlements in CA, HI, OK, WA, and CO.
  • Award-winning attorneys named among The Best Lawyers in America.

Led by James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson, two of California’s most respected trial lawyers, our team knows how to fight back against powerful corporations and insurance carriers. Learn how we may be able to help you during a FREE consultation.

Liability in Trucking Accident Lawsuits

At Bostwick & Peterson, we help victims pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims against the individuals and entities responsible for their losses.

In the event that you or someone you love is harmed in an accident with a big rig, bus, or commercial vehicle, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible parties. This may include:

  • A truck driver whose negligence or wrongful act is a substantial cause of injury (i.e. speeding, traffic infraction, driving under the influence, falling asleep at the wheel.
  • A trucking company that employs a negligent trucker and / or committed violations or negligent acts that caused injury (i.e. violations of hours-of-service rules, failures to maintain vehicles, negligent hiring or retention of unfit drivers, etc.)
  • A third-party vehicle maintenance company responsible for inadequate maintenance, repairs, or failure to address safety hazards.
  • A third-party distribution company responsible for improperly loaded cargo or cargo securement violations that result in injury.
  • A manufacturer responsible for defective products, defective tires, or faulty auto components that malfunction and cause a crash.
  • A landowner that failed to address roadway or premises hazards that cause a wreck.
  • A contractor, developer, or other party that fails to ensure safety on a construction site, resulting in a commercial vehicle accident and injury to workers or pedestrians.

Liability can look different in every case, which is why a personalized review is so important. By reviewing your potential case and conducting the necessary investigations, our team can help you understand if another party (or multiple parties) can be held responsible for your damages

Compensation for Truck Accident Victims

Personal injury victims have a right to a financial recovery of their damages. This means that if you effectively reach a settlement with the defendant and / or their insurance carrier or prevail in your claim at trial, you can recover compensation for:

  • Hospital bills
  • Costs associated with rehabilitation, therapy, and medications
  • Future medical expenses you are likely to require
  • Lost wages and lost future earnings
  • Loss of quality or enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other economic and non-economic losses

Trucking accident lawsuits often involve catastrophic injuries and victims who incur long-term if not lifelong setbacks. As a result, commercial insurers often view truck accident claims as significant threats to their bottom line, and go to great lengths to pay victims as little as possible.

At Bostwick & Peterson, we provide a voice to victims and help them fight back against corporations that care more about profits than people. We take pride in helping victims understand their rights and available options, the full scope of their damages, and how to pursue the maximum compensation possible – whether through settlement or verdict.

Types of Trucking Collisions

Trucking collisions can take many forms. Some of the most common include:

  • T-bone collisions: Side-impact crashes are extremely hazardous as the only protection between an occupant and colliding vehicle is a door. When a truck and high speeds are involved, the consequences are often devastating.
  • Underride accidents: Tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks have a higher ground clearance than a standard passenger vehicle. This creates a risk for rear- and side-underride accidents, which occur when cars or trucks pass or wedge under a truck’s undercarriage. Underride wrecks are associated with greater injury and death risks.
  • Rollovers / Jackknife: Truck rollovers are notorious for elevated risks of severe injury or death. According to NHTSA, rollovers account for just 3% of all large truck crashes, but are responsible for more than half of driver / occupant deaths.

If you or your loved one were harmed in a traffic accident involving a commercial truck, working with skilled legal representation is critical. Our San Francisco attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson can help you evaluate your legal options after a truck accident and explain what we can do to help.

Call us today at (888) 831-8448 to reach our team.

Choosing Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for Your Claim

The San Francisco truck accident lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. have won more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients throughout California. Our attorneys have also garnered awards such as Best Law Firms by U.S. News, AV Preeminent, and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident with a semi-truck, we invite you to contact our firm for a free review of your case.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LAW FIRM

  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    Inner Circle of Advocates

    Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • Super Lawyers 2020
    Super Lawyers 2020

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.

  • Best Law Firms 2021
    Best Law Firms 2021

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.

  • Lawdragon
    Lawdragon

    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.

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What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart? 

  • More Than $1 Billion In Settlements And Verdicts For Our Clients
  • Since January 2018, The Firm Has Twice Broken The California Record For Largest Medical Malpractice Settlements
  • Best Lawyers® Trial Lawyer Of The Year In 2012
  • James Bostwick Is A Nationally Certified Specialist By The American Board Of Professional Liability
  • Included In The List Of "Best Lawyers In America" By U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Since Its Inception In 1983
  • James Bostwick Received The Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award Of Merit"
  • Invite-Only Member Of The Inner Circle of Advocates, Limited To The Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements In Four States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents

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