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Bakersfield Truck Accident Lawyers

Bakersfield Truck Accident Lawyers

A semi-truck cruising down Interstate 5 or Highway 99 at 70 miles an hour may weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That’s 20 times heavier than a typical passenger car.

If you were injured in a truck accident, you know firsthand what we’ve heard from our clients: Car accidents can be devastating. An accident involving a loaded truck is far worse—with 20 times the force behind the impact.

California law holds all drivers responsible for their share of the blame in a motor vehicle collision, and truck drivers are no exception. And, of course, few people are eager to own up to their mistakes on the road, especially if they’ve caused a crash.

But accidents affect the livelihoods of both truck drivers and trucking companies. Truckers, their employers, and the insurance companies that represent them vigorously fight truck accident claims. Instead of a fair deal, you may be . . .

  • Facing blame for an accident that wasn’t your fault
  • Tied up with insurance company red tape
  • Waiting through seemingly endless delays
  • Feeling pressured to sign a lowball settlement quickly

You might be up against experienced negotiators from multiple insurance companies—one for the truck driver and another for their employer. It’s not a fair fight—especially when you’re recovering from injuries, missing work, and watching your medical expenses pile up.

The truck accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark level the playing field. We can carry the load for you—in negotiations or in bringing a lawsuit to trial. We’ll do whatever it takes to hold the responsible parties accountable and ensure you’re fairly compensated.

Injured in a Truck Accident? Get a Free Consultation

Many people worry they can’t afford a lawyer. But you can.

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we believe justice should be within reach for everyone. Our truck accident attorneys work on contingency. That means you don’t pay any fees up front. Instead, your lawyer is paid a percentage of your final settlement or jury award.

We also offer free consultations. So, contact us today for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Client Stories

We’ve heard the stories straight from our clients and sat with them as they relived the awful moments when their lives changed forever.

When you walk through our doors, we know you’re there for a reason—you’re hurting, trying to heal, and in need of help. From our reception staff to our senior partners, we go out of our way to support you and keep you in the loop as we work to get you the compensation you deserve.

Want to know what it’s like to have Chain | Cohn | Clark in your corner? Our client stories offer a clear picture:

  • Tammy came to Chain | Cohn | Clark after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident with a tractor-trailer. “Matt (Clark) was willing to go to trial for the case. And if I needed something, the law firm would help,” she says. “I had a flat tire one day, and I needed a new tire but didn’t have any money, so I called Matt, and they brought a check to the tire shop where I was at, which I thought was really cool, because they didn’t have to do that.”
  • Jenna was driving with her kids when she was rear-ended by a tow truck. Her SUV flipped over, causing serious injuries. “Everything changed for the better once we started on the case. I didn’t have to deal with insurance or doctors’ bills. The office helped with all of that. I probably would have been drowning in bills if it wasn’t for the law firm,” Jenna recalls. “A lot of the employees were my personal therapists as well. I would email them with my problems. They always had something positive to say to me.”
  • Garret was a passenger in a limousine that collided with a semi-truck, injuring him. “[Matt Clark’s] professionalism and communication were, in my opinion, outstanding, and I feel he went above and beyond to assist me throughout the whole process,” he says. “During my two-year interaction with Matt, not only did we meet face to face, but I feel Matt made it a priority to contact me and keep me up to date via phone calls and after-hour emails. I would recommend Chain | Cohn | Clark to anyone.”

Case Results

Chain | Cohn | Clark has delivered more multimillion-dollar case results than any other personal injury law firm in Kern County. Overall, we’ve recovered nearly a billion dollars for our clients.

  • Truck accident: $6 million: Our client sustained a TBI in a collision with a truck.
  • Truck accident: $5.75 million: A trucker ran a stop sign and hit our client’s vehicle.
  • Truck accident: $3.85 million: A truck driver rear-ended our client at a stop.
  • Truck accident: $3.125 million: A truck hit our client’s vehicle from behind on Highway 99.
  • Wrongful death: $2.1 million: Our client was killed by a truck driven by a Bakersfield city worker.

Local Lawyers: Part of Your Community

Many big-city law firms go to great lengths to make it look like they’re local–but don’t be fooled. With an L.A. or national firm:

  • You’ll probably never meet your lawyer.
  • If you do meet them, it won’t be in Bakersfield.
  • Do you think an L.A. lawyer you’ve never met wants a court date in Bakersfield? We don’t, either.

Chain | Cohn | Clark was founded in Bakersfield 90 years ago—and we’re still here. Our offices are downtown, at 1731 Chester Avenue. That’s a five-minute walk from the courthouse.

  • We’ll negotiate with trucking companies, insurers, and other parties involved in your case to try to reach a settlement.
  • But if we can’t settle your case, we won’t hesitate to take it to trial.
  • Whether we’re at a conference table or in a courtroom, the insurance adjusters, opposing lawyers, and judges know and respect Chain | Cohn | Clark.

We’re a truly local law firm, a proud part of your community. We hope you’ll let us be a neighbor to you in your time of need.

Our Results

$22.1
million

Pedestrian Accident

$10
million

Oilfield Accident

$10
million

Motorcycle Accident

How long do I have to file a truck accident claim?

In California, you have two years from the accident date to file suit. For wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations is also two years. However, the deadline for filing a case against a government entity is only six months.

Why do I need a truck accident lawyer?

The size differential between a semi-truck and a passenger car distinguishes truck accidents from ordinary car crashes.

But there are other important differences:

  • Truck accident cases often involve several parties—anyone at least partially responsible for the accident, including:
    • The driver
    • The trucking company
    • The manufacturer of the tractor or trailer
    • The shipper
    • The workers who loaded the truck
  • Commercial trucking is subject to far more regulation than you are when you drive your car around town. Violations of commercial transportation regulations can affect your case.
  • Commercial trucks have electronic logging devices (ELDs) that record their speed, braking patterns, and other relevant information about their driving.

It’s challenging to sift through all these details on your own. Our attorneys know how to investigate a crash, gather evidence, and retain any experts needed to testify on your behalf.

What compensation is available in truck accident cases?

In a trucking accident claim, you can recover:

  • Economic damages to compensate for things with a definite dollar value, such as property damage, medical expenses, and lost wages.
  • Noneconomic damages to compensate for things that are hard to assign a dollar value, such as pain, suffering, disfigurement, or the loss of a limb.
  • Punitive damages, which are awarded in rare cases by a jury to punish a defendant who acted with malice or extreme negligence.

How much is my truck accident case worth?

No one can accurately predict how much a case will bring in. Trucking accident cases are particularly difficult to gauge until all the details are known. The best way to get a reasonable idea of what your case is worth is to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Why Hire Chain | Cohn | Clark?

Here’s what you can expect from our experienced Bakersfield truck accident lawyers:

  • Personal attention: You’ll meet your lawyer at your first appointment. You’ll know and have access to your attorney throughout your case.
  • Support: We’ll handle legal filings, investigations, research, and negotiations. If we need to, we’ll argue your case in court. We’ll also support you in any other way we can.
  • Communication: Although we want to take a load off your shoulders and allow you to focus on your recovery, it’s still your case. We’ll keep you informed so you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

Don’t try to go it alone. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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