Fresno Personal Injury Attorney


Big commercial trucks are everywhere on California’s freeways, often traveling at high speeds to deliver their loads on time. At up to 80,000 pounds and as much as 60 feet wide, they can cause devastating accidents if the driver is fatigued, distracted, negligent, aggressive, high, or using poorly maintained equipment or an unsafe vehicle. Harsh weather, poor visibility, and bad driving conditions often contribute to these accidents as well.

The three main types of accidents involving a tractor trailer are a head-on collision, rear-end collision, or a jackknifed rig; they can be caused by any of the following:

  • Driver fatigue, inadequate breaks, or lack of sleep
  • Distracted driving and texting behind the wheel
  • Aggressive driving, unsafe lane changes, or following too closely
  • Inadequate or skipped safety inspections
  • Unsecured loads or cargo
  • Lost loads in the road
  • Poor truck maintenance, improper mirrors, or lack of safety cameras
  • Speeding, impossible schedules, and consecutive shifts
  • Defective products, including brake failure, tire blowout, or vehicle malfunction
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Underride
  • Truck rollovers
  • Swinging turn accidents
  • Overloads

Though driver negligence is often the main cause of serious trucking accidents, third-party product manufacturers can also play a role. Anyone who contributed to causing the truck accident can be held responsible:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck parts manufacturer
  • Cargo loader or shipper
  • Maintenance company
  • Government entity or business responsible for maintaining a road

Injuries suffered in commercial truck accidents can be physical, psychological, temporary, or permanent and may require extensive medical and psychological treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spine injuries are particularly common. Both of these types of injuries can result in permanent disabilities and a permanently altered life.
  • Broken bones are also quite common, especially arms and legs. An especially bad accident can result in the amputation of a limb, either traumatic or surgical.
  • Truck accidents are loud, sudden, chaotic, violent, and catastrophic. Victims are often left with emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety that hugely affect their lives. We will make sure to factor them in to your settlement.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for:

  • Property damage and property loss
  • Medical expenses and other costs included in follow-up treatment or rehabilitation
  • Costs associated with emergency medical treatment (including ambulance transportation, or emergency room expenses)
  • Loss of wages and future loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship and / or consortium
  • Other costs associated with a wrongful death lawsuit

Because the defendants in trucking accident cases are usually large insurance companies and corporations with enormous financial resources, you need an attorney who cannot be intimidated. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf. You need an experienced attorney who will not make mistakes in preparing your claim, during negotiations, or in trial that could reduce the amount of compensation you receive. You need Gerald Schwab.

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Gerald Schwab, Jr.


Law Office of Gerald Schwab, Jr.
Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
5588 N Palm Ave,
Fresno, CA 93704
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Phone: (559) 295-0391