Truck Driver Negligence

San Diego Truck Accident Lawyers Helping Victims of Negligent Truck Drivers

In accident claims involving semi-trucks and other big rigs, there are usually several defendants with an interest in blaming one another as well as denying their own fault.

Much of the hard work in truck accident litigation involves sorting through the evidence to match particular instances of negligence with the roles played by:

  • Truck owners
  • Trucking companies
  • Lessee or lessors
    Employee drivers
  • Independent contractors
  • Independent owner-operators

In most cases, the starting point for an investigation is the truck driver's own negligence.

Semi-Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Over the past 25 years, The McClellan Law Firm has made a name for itself as a serious law firm for serious injury cases. We know achieving the best results for our clients means looking beyond mere negligence of the other driver. We not only look to establish the negligence of the driver, but also consider violations of FMCSA regulations and the responsibility of the driver's employer to use proper screening, hiring, and training practices.

We work with highly skilled trucking industry experts, accident reconstruction professionals, and highway safety engineers to investigate and present evidence of such negligence factors as:

  • Speeding
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Driver fatigue or excessive hours of service
  • Unsafe operation under the conditions of weather, visibility or grade
  • Falsified driver's logs, inspection logs, or maintenance records
  • Moving violations such as tailgating or improper lane changes
  • Other distractions such as texting while driving

Our attorneys also know how to analyze evidence of contractual relationships to establish the liability of an employer for the negligence of a driver whose status is claimed to be that of an independent contractor or owner-operator. Additionally, we make sure to consider the role of design and manufacturing defects in a truck accident to further expand the possible sources of recovery. Our firm looks at all possible angles.

Contact The McClellan Law Firm: (619) 215-1488

Whether or not a truck driver's negligence was the sole factor in the accident that caused a serious or fatal injury, our lawyers have the experience with complex accident litigation necessary to maximize the chances of a favorable settlement or verdict. For additional information about our approach to liability issues in truck accident litigation, schedule a free consultation with a San Diego truck driver negligence lawyer.

  • Endorced by the Inner Circle of Advocates

    Craig McClellan is a member of the invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States

  • Attorney McClellan earned a Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his achievements.

  • Attorney McClellan has been selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993.

  • Attorney McClellan is listed as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Business, Personal Injury, and Product Liability.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan earned one of the top 50 verdicts in California, securing a $15,771,234 verdict for a client seriously injured in a car accident.

  • Attorney McClellan has a 10/10 “Superb” rating, the highest rating an attorney can receive from Avvo.

  • The firm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the highest possible rating offered by the organization.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Product Liability in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Attorney McClellan has been named the Lawyer of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America in 2012, twice in 2014, and in 2019.

  • Attorney McClellan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and previously served on its Board of Directors.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of Super Lawyers every year since 2007.

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