Settling a case that involves a large commercial truck (such as a tractor trailer) often takes longer to resolve than an accident involving only cars because there are more components to the claim. In our experience as truck accident attorneys in Bakersfield, these are some of the factors that are involved.
An investigation of who was at fault will be done by your attorney and also by the truck’s insurance company. Many truck companies hold insurance policies that are $1 million or more so their goal will be to keep the claim amount as low as possible. Their investigation will try to build a case showing the driver was not at fault – or was only partially at fault. Because they will examine every possibility, investigations may take months or even years.
Injuries and Medical Treatment
Most personal injury cases are resolved when the victim is fully recovered, but injuries that involve a semi-truck may be more traumatic with a longer recovery period, thereby increasing the time it takes to settle the case. Settling the case without a clear picture of total injuries and/or necessary future medical treatment, is not advisable because it may result in an amount that will not fully compensate the victim.
Insurance Company Negotiations for a Settlement
As stated above, insurance companies have much more to lose if the truck driver is found to be at fault so they will aggressively defend the driver and the trucking company. Therefore, negotiations between the truck insurance company attorneys and your attorneys may be very lengthy. If nothing can be agreed upon, a lawsuit will be the next step.
A truck accident is unique and unlike an accident involving only cars. If you’re involved in a commercial truck accident, you will want to hire an attorney who is an expert in the field. Our Bakersfield truck accident lawyers have handled hundreds of truck accidents. We obtained the highest personal injury verdict (over $70 million) in Kern County history for an accident involving a big rig.
A mother with her two children were driving in an SUV when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into her car. The mother and son suffered multiple injuries, while the other child has since suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from witnessing the accident.
While the truck driver initially said that the mother ran the red light, Rodriguez & Associates was able to obtain footage from a dash camera on a bus that proved the truck driver wrong. In addition, the big rig driver was driving on a suspended license and had 14 prior crashes.
About the case and verdict, Rodriguez said, “It was so satisfying to feel validated.”
At Rodriguez & Associates, we care for our clients like family because, at the end of the day, we are in this together.
Attorney Danay Gonzalez has a powerful voice. She uses it to sing ballads in English and Spanish; as a personal injury lawyer, she uses it to advocate for those who need it the most.
Growing up in Lamont, CA, Danay observed many of her classmates were afraid to speak up for themselves out of fear of getting their families in trouble or deported. At the same time, she admired Daniel Rodriguez, a successful member of the Hispanic community and a prominent attorney, who advocated for her friends and neighbors. She knew that she wanted to help others too.
Pursuing her dream of becoming an attorney, Danay attended UCLA and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science. She went on to receive her JD from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. During her years in law school, she worked in the summers as a law clerk at Rodriguez & Associates so it was only natural that she would come back to her community and work for our firm after successfully passing the bar exam on the first try. When Danay is at work, she is passionate about fighting for people’s rights and helping them find their own voice. If Danay is your attorney, you know that you are in good hands.
If you have been injured, let us help you put back together the pieces of your life. Schedule a no-charge consultation by calling 1-800-585-9262.
Dedicated. That is one of the words we use to describe personal injury attorney Chantal Trujillo. When she takes on a case, her mission is to secure the best verdict for her client and she does this by getting to know her clients, understanding their needs, and meeting their requests.
Chantal has been with Rodriguez & Associates for 8 years and has handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some have gone to a jury trial where she has obtained impressive verdicts. Her dedication to her clients and cases have her working overtime but she doesn’t mind because she considers our Bakersfield law firm her home away from home.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Chantal left our area briefly to earn her BA from the University of Texas and her JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She is happy to be back home and serving members of our community.
If you – or someone you love – has suffered from a personal injury, contact Kern Count’s premier personal injury law firm at (661) 323-1400 to schedule a free consultation.
Daniel Rodriguez understands the meaning of hard work. As the son of migrant farm worker parents, Daniel lived in four different states and attended many schools in his first 18 years of life. Although his parents have little education between the two of them, they instilled the value of education and hard work in all six of their children which Daniel took to heart in both his professional and personal life.
Daniel’s undergraduate degree is in Engineering from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, one of the most prestigious public university engineering colleges in the country. He received his JD from UCLA Law School and passed the bar exam on his first try! During his college years, he worked hard – studying and holding a variety of jobs from washing dishes to selling encyclopedias door to door to working as a mechanic in the oilfields.
Within one month of starting his law career, Daniel tried his first jury trial, an unusual occurrence for a typical plaintiff attorney. His expertise and skill as a personal injury lawyer developed from experience coupled with his belief that there’s no substitute for putting in the hard work.
On top of managing a personal injury law firm in Kern County, Daniel is a seasoned marathon runner. His goal is to run a marathon on each of the seven continents. If you can’t find Daniel in the office or on the track, you’ll find him teaching at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College – a trial advocacy school that is considered to be the best in the country.
Rodriguez & Associates is dedicated to serving those in need – victims of motor vehicle accidents, defective and dangerous products, workplace injuries, police misconduct and more. Contact us at (661) 323-1400 to discuss your personal injury case.
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