When an 80,000-pound big rig crashes into a passenger car, motorcycle, bicyclist or pedestrian, the injuries are catastrophic and often fatal.
Because of the tremendous size and inherent dangers of big rigs, truck owners and operators bear a high burden in terms of safety. A tired or drugged driver, a poorly trained driver, poor truck maintenance, overweight loads and high speeds all may contribute to a tragedy.
If you have a loved one who died in a tractor-trailer accident, you know how a family’s life can change in a moment. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our San Francisco, California, fatal truck accident lawyers help families cope with the legal and financial issues involved in a fatal 18-wheeler accident.
For a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.
California Big Rig Crash Death Lawyers
Our California fatal truck accident attorneys have significant experience with fatal truck crashes.
In addition to the usual insurance matters, there are special laws and regulations (state and federal) involved in trucking accidents.
Our attorneys are members of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). Walkup Melodia’s fatal truck injury lawyers have the engineering and regulatory knowledge to investigate big rig accidents and determine liability.
Fatal California Truck Accident Case Studies
Unsafe Lane Change By Semi Truck — $7.75 Million Settlement
Our big rig litigation team obtained a $7.75 million settlement in the wrongful death of a father and husband of 47 years. The decedent lost his life in an automobile versus semi accident. On a rural Arizona highway, the Bay Area couple was forced to correct their SUV toward the soft dirt shoulder on the left side of the roadway after a National Package semi made an unsafe lane change into their lane. The couple, securely in their own lane, was traveling next to the semi when the big rig began to merge into their lane. The couple’s SUV went into an uncontrolled roll, inflicting fatal injuries. Walkup attorneys proved that the semi driver was at fault, due to the unsafe lane change, even though there was no physical contact between the two vehicles.
Big Rig Head-On — $2 Million Settlement
Our truck accident team negotiated a settlement in the amount of $2 million on behalf of the surviving wife and two children of a 42-year-old man who died when his automobile was struck head on by a semi truck on State Route 65 outside of Lincoln, California. Our clients sought recovery for future and lost earnings as well as for the loss of love, comfort and society of their husband and father. As part of the settlement, our attorneys also worked with the workers’ compensation carrier for the decedent. The case was settled after being filed in Sacramento County Superior Court.
Auto Vs. Truck Collision — $1,265,000 Settlement
Our big rig litigation team obtained a settlement in the amount of $1,265,000 on behalf of the mother, wife and children of a 38-year-old Bay Area resident who was killed in an automobile versus truck collision. The decedent worked at the San Francisco Public Library and provided the sole means of support for his wife and two sons. On the evening in question, he was riding as a passenger in an automobile driven by a friend as they traveled south on Interstate 5 to a business meeting. The friend lost control of his vehicle. It rolled over and ended up straddling the highway’s two lanes. During the rollover, a major cloud of dust was generated, blinding oncoming drivers. One of those drivers was operating a semi. It struck the decedent’s vehicle after it had come to rest. Walkup’s truck accident litigators proved that the truck driver’s reactions were too slow and his speed too fast for the conditions.
Contact Our San Francisco Truck Accident Death Law Firm
If a loved one has died in a semi-truck accident, our San Francisco, California, truck accident wrongful death attorneys can help your family obtain the compensation you need for recovery and for the future.
Contact our California tractor-trailer accident lawyers today. To make an appointment for a free consultation about your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.