Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
Were You Injured In A Truck Accident? Let Us Help You Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Fresno Truck Accident Attorney

Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Best Interests

Being injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer (big rig) can, and usually does, have a substantial life-altering impact on you and your family. Indeed, all too often these collisions involving big rigs result in the wrongful death of a loved one and/or serious injuries. Injury and wrongful death cases involving truck drivers and trucking companies are particularly complex and challenging.

Timothy W. Mazzela can help you by using our extensive experience specializing in personal injury and wrongful death automobile accidents involving negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. We have discovered what insurance companies, trucking companies, and, more importantly, juries need to establish the maximum value of your personal injury case. Specific to truck accident cases, there are Federal requirements that impose strict guidelines under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

To find out how Timothy W. Mazzela can help you recover compensation for your injuries, either call us at (559) 517-3307 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

These federal regulations impose significant standards on truck drivers and trucking companies for logging the drivers’ hours on the road and mandatory drug testing duties. Additionally, there are state statutes within California for intrastate truck companies that impose mandatory drug testing policies and procedures that must be followed in the event of an injury accident involving a big rig. These federal regulations and state statutes require the specialized knowledge and training of an experienced truck accident attorney in Fresno who understands these regulations and how they apply to personal injury cases.

Mr. Mazzela has extensive experience and training applying the specialized safety rules of the federal motor carrier safety regulations and the state statutes that apply to personal injury cases. Applying the federal motor carrier safety regulations imposes a duty on a trucking company to drug test its drivers after any accident where there is a person taken by an ambulance to the hospital and/or when the other vehicle is required to be towed from the scene of the collision. Additionally, there are state law statutes that mandate drug testing for truck drivers.

Here's an example:

In one case handled by Mr. Mazzela, he maximized the value of a motorcycle injury case caused by the negligence of a truck driver who made an unsafe lane change causing his client to be injured. The interstate truck company failed to drug test its driver. This resulted in a violation of the mandatory duty to drug test imposed by the federal motor carrier safety regulations. This provided the legal basis to apply and impose the treble damages provision of California Civil Code section 3333.7. This law provides for the compensatory damages to be tripled against a truck company who fails to drug test when it has a mandatory duty to drug test its driver when involved in an injury accident. These regulations and statutes were the basis for our client to triple his damages caused by the negligent truck driver’s unsafe turning movement.

Distracted/Fatigued Truck Drivers

Truck drivers are required to log their time to prevent fatigued and/or distracted driving. Our firm knows the truck drivers’ log rules and demands production of the drivers’ log to determine compliance with state and federal law. Distracted and fatigued truck drivers are becoming an epidemic problem that is resulting in an increase in the number and severity of serious traffic accident injuries and wrongful death cases. Inattention, talking on a cell phone, or texting while driving increases everyone’s risk of being seriously injured by a distracted driver. Failure to stop for a red traffic signal or running a stop sign they didn’t see because they were distracted is not just negligent, it is downright reckless conduct with serious consequences to the innocent victim. Timothy W. Mazzela has handled numerous cases involving distracted and inattentive drivers with excellent results. One example of a case handled by our firm resulted in a $2,300,000.00 settlement from a distracted driver who ran a stop sign he didn’t see.

Drunk/Impaired Truck Drivers

Drunk drivers killed 12,744 people in 2009 alone. The number of severe personal injuries caused by drunk and impaired drivers is even higher in that same year. There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our firm has handled numerous cases involving drunk drivers. Representing an injury victim in a drunk driving case requires experience and skills in pleading the right cause of action and including an Attachment for Punitive Damages claim. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter the drunk driver from inflicting such tragedy on another family. Civil Code section 3294 provides the legal basis to maintain a punitive damage claim against the drunk driver.

Retention of Trucking Experts & Accident Reconstructionists

Personal injury cases involving tractor-trailers require special attention to detail and retaining the right expert witnesses. Retention of a trucking expert will explore and help establish the safety rules and the violation of the safety rules by the defendant. Additionally, an accident reconstructionist may be necessary to accurately reconstruct the collision. This will depend on the particular facts and circumstances of your case. Our firm has handled hundreds of cases for clients injured by negligent truck drivers and careless drivers. Timothy W. Mazzela will preserve the evidence to prove the negligence of the defendant and make sure your injuries are being properly treated and managed.

Particular attention will be paid to the drug testing requirements and whether the trucking company is in compliance with the state and federal regulations and statutes concerning the mandatory drug testing policies and procedures. Beyond that, photographs of the scene, tire friction marks, skid marks, damaged guardrails, damage to the vehicles, and the other physical evidence will then be photographed and preserved for use at trial.

To schedule your free consultation with our truck accident attorney in Fresno, feel free to reach out to us today at (559) 517-3307.

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