San Francisco Truck Accident Attorneys

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As a leading San Francisco personal injury law firm, Delfino, Green & Green has recovered millions for injury victims across the state. If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, we may be able to help you secure compensation. Call us at (415) 442-4646 to schedule your free consultation. a truck accident Do you ever get nervous passing 18-wheelers on the highway? It’s a completely natural response when considering the fact that fully loaded big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds—about 20 times more than the average car. Can you guess who fares better when the two collide? The sheer size of 18-wheelers means that anything they come in contact with will likely suffer catastrophic damage, including you. Even if you survive a large truck accident, you probably won’t walk away unscathed; chances are good that you’ll be hospitalized with serious injuries. Unfortunately, your physical health won’t be the only thing that suffers. After you’ve recovered from your injuries and leave the hospital, you may find that you owe tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. You may find you’ve missed paychecks or even lost your job. You may even leave with permanent disabilities or psychological conditions that keep you from holding down a full-time job in the future. What do you do? You turn to a trusted San Francisco truck accident attorney. An experienced lawyer will know whether or not you have a case, and if you do, they can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about who qualifies for truck accident lawsuits. At Delfino, Green & Green, we’ve seen truck accidents financially devastate injury victims and their families. By partnering with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you may be able to get the help you need to recover. Contact us today.

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How Dangerous Are Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are extremely dangerous, especially for the other vehicles involved. In 2020, 4,842 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in the U.S., a five percent increase from 2016. Another 107,000 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury. Although commercial trucks are less likely to be involved in an accident, the data shows that when they are involved, the accident is more likely to cause fatalities or serious injuries. Most fatal truck accidents in 2020 occurred in rural areas on non-interstate roadways.

Types of Large Truck Accidents

Because of their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks handle differently than regular vehicles, which is why truck drivers need special licenses. Here are some common causes of large truck accidents:
  • Rollover. Because they have a high center of gravity, large trucks are more likely to roll over than other vehicles. This can happen when the truck driver turns too sharply or drives over an object.
  • Brake failure. Mechanical issues, weather conditions or an improperly balanced cargo load can all cause a large truck’s brakes to malfunction.
  • Careless turns. Big rigs are difficult to maneuver, and in order to turn, drivers need to first swing widely in the opposite direction. With a limited field of vision, careless drivers can make turning errors that result in a collision.
  • Lack of maintenance. Trucking companies must perform scheduled maintenance on their vehicles to ensure they are safe to drive. However, not every company keeps up with proper maintenance, and their negligence may cause wrecks.
  • Truck driver fatigue or impairment. When a trucker is fatigued from lack of sleep or inattentive due to substance use, they may make critical driving errors that result in catastrophic accidents.
Although these are some of the most common causes of truck accidents, this list is by no means comprehensive. Even if you don’t know for sure what caused your accident with a big rig, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer for advice.

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What Are My Legal Rights after a Truck Accident?

Most people don’t realize they have legal rights after being in a truck accident, and insurance companies take advantage of that. In an effort to pay out as little as possible, insurance representatives may try to get you to say something that hurts your case, or they may find a way to get out of paying you entirely. If you were injured in a truck accident, don’t talk to the trucker driver’s insurance company before speaking to a lawyer. Once you partner with an attorney, the insurance company isn’t allowed to contact you about the case—they have to go through your lawyer. It’s also important to refrain from posting anything about the accident on social media, as the insurance company may try to use it against you.

Determining Fault

The first step in any personal injury case is determining fault. The person or entity who was legally at fault for causing your truck accident will be liable for your damages. However, pinpointing the responsible party isn’t always as easy as it sounds. In many commercial truck cases, the driver is to blame; after all, it’s easy for inexperienced truckers to lose control of their vehicles. Sometimes, however, the problem is larger. For example, suppose a trucking company refuses to perform proper maintenance on their trucks, and as a result, it breaks down on the highway and causes a collision. The company—not the truck driver—should be held responsible. Now imagine a scenario in which a manufacturer sells defective brakes to a trucking company. If those brakes malfunction out on the road, the manufacturer should be held accountable. The same goes for government entities that neglect necessary road maintenance, or construction companies that leave debris in the road. Ultimately, many different parties can be at fault, and determining the responsible party often requires assistance from an attorney.

How We Can Help

As top San Francisco truck accident attorneys, we’ve seen just about every type of accident you can imagine. We’ve also seen what happens when injury victims don’t get compensation, and the sad reality is that they often struggle to pay for treatment and sometimes never financially recover. That’s why many accident victims choose to partner with a trusted personal injury firm.

We May Be Able To Help You

At Delfino, Green & Green, we couldn’t be prouder of our work in the Bay Area. We’ve recovered millions on behalf of our clients, and if you were injured in a truck accident, we may be able to help you, too. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation or give us a call at (415) 442-4646.

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Verdicts & Settlements

We've recovered millions for our clients

$10,000,000

Bad Faith Insurance Claim

Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.

$2,400,000

Disability Claim

Disability – Neurological Issues Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.

$2,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury to Child A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.

$1,800,000

Heart Condition Disability

Our client became disabled by a heart attack. The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation. We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.

$1,700,000

Builder’s Risk/Collapse

A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.

$1,000,000

Heart Condition Disability

Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on thi

$1,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Our client suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury when heavy object struck her in the head. The responsible party denied all fault and insisted until the very end that our client had not suffered a brain injury and offered nothing to settle the case. Our firm assembled a team of world renowned expert‘s to demonstrate that our client had suffered a mild Traumatic brain injury. The case settled shortly before trial.

$985,000

Traumatic Hand Injury

Our client was working at a manufacturing plant. While operating a piece of machinery, his glove became caught in the machinery and part of his hand was severely injured. Ordinarily, this type of injury would be restricted to remedies available through Worker’s Compensation. However, through the knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity of our team of attorneys, we were also able to obtain a very substantial civil settlement for our client in addition to the workers comp settlement of his case.

$975,000

Aviation Death Settlement

A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.

$700,000

Forklift Accident

A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.

Words of Praise from Our Clients

“Such amazing and professional attorneys. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone who needs a professional and classy individual for representation. I was self represented for a year and a half, and the opposing attorney was just disrespectful, and unprofessional with her personal opinions which spun the case out of control. Bill has the right attitude and level headed legal knowledge to assert whats wrong and bring justice where it is needed. My case is very much on the right track because of Bill.”

- amy w

“Bill Green taking my case was life changing, I truly do not know what I would have done had I not retained his services. It was not easy finding a competent lawyer such as Bill in this field. Bill and his team are incredibly caring, ethical and kind, that is not easy to find these days. When Bill or a member of his team say they will do something, it gets done. Bill and team are always patient and make time for me. What stands out the most is Bill’s expertise, professionalism, knowledge and concern for his clients best interest. With his calm and approachable demeanor, genuine caring personality, I always feel I can contact him. Bill is an incredibly competent lawyer and a true gem. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone needing representation.”

- staci g

“Delfino Green & Green handled my disability case in the San Francisco Bay Area and I recommend them highly. Bill Green was thorough in evaluating my case and explaining the issues to me. I felt they were a strong advocate and were attentive and concerned with protecting my best interests. They kept me up to date and communicated well. I am a physician and was referred to them by another physician so they can be called ‘the doctors’ lawyer.’”

- Kenneth F

“The attorneys here are simultaneously the most competent and the most willing to go above and beyond for their clients in the areas of law they practice. The attorneys here are extremely competent, and the attorneys at this law firm have inspired me to practice law not for money nor personal glory, but for simply making a positive impact on people’s lives and on society, especially for individuals who have been wrongly treated. This firm embodies every attribute that an ideal attorney should carry in their careers. From tenacity to compassion and going above and beyond for the sake of their clients, you’re truly in the best hands if your case is lucky enough to be accepted by these high level attorneys.”

- daniel c
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