Ukiah Truck Accident Lawyer


Ukiah is the largest city in Mendocino, serves as the seat of the county government, and is located on the area’s largest highway. This means that Ukiah is a hub of activity for people all over Mendocino and residents of the neighboring Lake County. Furthermore, Mendocino county is a major agricultural area, meaning that produce shipments are continually being driven over local roads. Altogether, all of this means that Ukiah and nearby roadways see high commercial vehicle traffic.

While large trucks carrying goods on our roads are a huge part of the California economy, these vehicles also pose a major risk to drivers, pedestrians, and other roadway users. According to data made available by local traffic enforcement agencies, including California Highway Patrol and the Ukiah Police Department, there were 216 injury-causing truck accidents in Mendocino County between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2019. These accidents caused 250 injuries and cost another 27 lives.

As Ukiah truck accident lawyers, our job is to ensure that families and individuals can recover financially and personally after serious collisions involving large commercial vehicles.

The “Personal” Personal Injury Lawyer

We’ve been helping people recover compensation for serious accident injuries since 1982. We prioritize forging a personal connection with our clients and make an effort to understand how their injuries have affected their lives.

Many attorneys choose a more business-like approach and are strictly professional with their clients. However, we’ve found that practicing compassion and getting to know the people we represent helps us be more effective while advocating for their rights.

What Makes Trucks Dangerous?

While the vast majority of truck drivers are careful, responsible motorists, these vehicles are still dangerous. In California, tractor-trailers can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and the average combined vehicle and load weight of big rigs is over 70,000 pounds. Because these vehicles are so massive, they carry a tremendous amount of momentum into accidents, meaning that crashes involving a big rig can easily involve significant damage, even if the accident is relatively minor. Information from the NHTSA shows that almost 100,000 large commercial vehicles are involved in traumatic accidents in the United States every year.

Furthermore, big rigs are challenging to control due to their size. Large trucks take a long time to come to a complete stop and cannot quickly maneuver, meaning that these vehicles may not be able to avoid serious accidents. In some cases, these vehicles carry dangerous materials that can add to the danger of an accident.

Taking Quick Action

Almost all big rigs are owned by companies that operate an entire fleet of similar vehicles. These holding companies are very aware of the potential for severe accidents and treat this risk as a regular part of their business. For this reason, trucking companies are almost always prepared to take action right away in the event of a crash. In many cases, the company will respond to the accident by dispatching a legal team to the crash site right after a collision occurs. This team will then take witness statements and evidence to control the narrative around what caused the accident.

By taking early defensive actions, trucking companies are often able to disclaim responsibility for accidents. This can mean that crash survivors and their families will be unable to claim the compensation that they deserve. For this reason, it’s essential to call a Ukiah truck accident attorney as soon as you possibly can. If your lawyer can begin working right away, they will be more able to make sure that liable parties are held accountable for their negligence.

Driving Techniques for Avoiding Truck Accidents

Often, there’s nothing that drivers can do to avoid truck accidents. However, there are some driving techniques that you can practice to reduce the risk of one. To learn more, take a minute to watch this helpful video:

Do I Really Need an Attorney?

After being injured in an accident, many people aren’t sure if their case is right for a lawyer. While there are many reasons that you may not need an attorney, you should always get advice from a lawyer after a crash. Many crash survivors are unaware of the payments they can recover through injury claims such as compensation for lost wages, hospital bills, physical therapy sessions, personal suffering, and more. Talking with a lawyer will help you know the best way forward in your specific situation.

Importantly, the vast majority of injury attorneys will be glad to offer you a free phone consultation where you can get the advice you need to make an informed decision about your case. Because there’s no cost to you, there is nothing to lose by reaching out for the help that you deserve.

Ukiah Truck Accident Lawyer

If a truck accident caused you or someone you care about serious injuries, please reach out to our experienced Ukiah Truck Accident Lawyers at (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900 for free friendly advice.

Our law firm has helped people in Ukiah and nearby cities with truck accident claims involving serious injuries since 1982. You can learn about our practice by browsing the many high-value settlements and verdicts we have received.

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We're proud to belong to Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a US group for trial attorneys who’ve won or settled a single case with a value exceeding one million dollars. We're also a member of Top One Percent, an organization for excellent legal counsel.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.3.21]

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