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Fresno Accident Lawyer for Commercial Trucking Accidents

Victims of severe accidents want a knowledgeable personal injury attorney

An 18-wheeler barreling down the highway at 60 miles per hour has more destructive potential than most other vehicles on the road. Commercial trucking accidents often involve significant damage and severe injuries to any passenger cars involved. Internal bleeding, broken bones, burns, disfigurement and death are common injuries to victims of these colossal crashes, and seeking compensation can involve satisfying nuanced standards of legal fault.

Proving fault generally requires proving that the truck driver failed to exercise care and caution for others on the road, and negligently caused harm. Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law understands how to pinpoint negligence under many different driving situations.

Common causes of commercial trucking accidents

In trucking accidents, the first step to recovery is determining who may be at fault. Fault depends upon who and what action(s) caused your accident. Common accident factors include:

  • Failure to maintain the vehicle
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Tired drivers
  • Drunk driving
  • Unsecure cargo
  • Unsafe lane changes

Proving negligence in commercial trucking accidents is very specific to your story, and requires a detail- and client-oriented attorney.

Legal complexities require a skilled commercial trucking injury attorney

In addition to state negligence laws, there is heavy federal regulation of commercial trucks, including:

  • Driver licensing and training requirements
  • Driver fatigue and meal requirements
  • Weight of truckload regulation
  • Emergency procedures
  • Mandatory rest stops

Trucking companies that negligently hire or fail to supervise drivers, or that fail to maintain their vehicles, may share liability for accident or death. Mr. Rivas’ command of California injury law and federal regulations tends to steer negotiations with stubborn companies and their insurance firms in the right direction. These parties often try to minimize your compensation to save their bottom line regardless of whether that renders you unable to pay your medical bills. Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law will not let them get away with it. A former insurance defense lawyer, Mr. Rivas knows the tricks these companies use to deny your claims, and offers that insight to your case against even the toughest adversary.

The advantages of a smart and dedicated injury lawyer

When proving driver or company negligence, you want an experienced injury attorney who has the following advantages:

  • Deep knowledge base — Mr. Rivas focuses exclusively on personal injury, with extensive experience as a wrongful death lawyer. His depth of knowledge ensures a thorough investigation of your claim, which includes reconstructing the scene of your accident and analyzing technical details to demonstrate the degree to which the defendants’ wrongdoing caused your injuries.
  • Focused litigation techniques — After a bad accident you most likely want to maximize your compensation but minimize the stress of your claim. Mr. Rivas uses an aggressive litigation approach that always considers and leverages the finer details of your case. He works with efficiency and keeps his clients’ needs at the forefront of any decisions made about how best to pursue your case.


Contact a Fresno truck and automobile accident attorney for a free initial consultation

Call Phone: 559-263-9667 or toll free at or contact us online to arrange for a free evaluation of your claim at Jacob J. Rivas Attorney at Law’s convenient and accessible Fresno office. Attorneys are available for evening and weekend consultations and can make home and hospital visits for injured and disabled clients.

Verdicts & Settlements
  • "$3,400,000.00 settlement against a school district on behalf of 4 victims of sexual abuse by their school principal." - (2016)

  • "$2,073,373.80 jury verdict against national retail store for negligent operation of a cart resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to client." - (2017)

  • "$2,000,000.00 settlement reached during jury selection for client who was struck on left foot by an employee operating a merchandising cart at a retail store resulting in a serious neurological injury to client. " - (2014)

  • "$1,900,000.00 recovered for families for the wrongful death of their 2 children arising out of a drunk driving auto accident." - (2010)

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