Knowledgeable Santa Barbara Truck Accident Attorney
Understanding the trucking industry is essential to winning compensation
Some of the most catastrophic accident cases we see at Patterson Law involve trucks. Even after nearly 35 years of helping accident victims, one never gets used to the damage an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler can do to a 2,000-pound family car. Our truck accident lawyer in Santa Barbara understands the industry, the usual reasons trucks are involved in accidents and the ways the industry tries to avoid responsibility. We have the research, case preparation and trial skills to fight them and win.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California had more fatal truck accidents in 2010 than any state but Texas. Truck accidents cause more grievous injuries than most other motor vehicle accidents and present some unique legal challenges.
Prepared for fierce, multi-player battles
As any Santa Barbara truck accident attorney knows, the trucking and insurance companies mount fierce defenses. You need a knowledgeable attorney who is prepared to fight back even harder — starting with meticulous research.
The web of negligence may be complex. At Patterson Law, we investigate every detail and every party involved to determine blame:
- Truck driver
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Falsified logs
- Truck company
- Hiring of drivers with poor safety records
- Failure to do proper background checks
- Scheduling that fosters driver fatigue, speeding and unsafe behavior
- Inadequate driver training
- Poor truck maintenance
- Truck loading company
- Poorly loaded and overloaded trucks
- Falling debris
- Tractor-trailer owner
- Faulty and failing brakes
- Worn tires
- Inadequate reflectors
- Insufficient lighting
- Truck manufacturer
- Design, manufacture or sale of defective parts
If you have been in a truck accident, it is essential you contact an experienced truck accident attorney in Santa Barbara as soon as possible. Research must begin before evidence is lost. For example, federal regulations allow trucking companies to destroy driver logs and other vital records after just six months.
Experienced Santa Barbara truck accident lawyer
Patterson Law combines the experience of a large firm with the personal attention of a small firm. We primarily serve Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties, though we work with clients from Los Angeles and San Francisco as well. Initial consultations are free. Call us at 888-479-4589 or contact us online.