Truck Accident Lawyer in Santa Barbara County, CA

Santa Barbara County, located along California's picturesque central coast, sees its fair share of truck accidents every year. With major highways and shipping routes passing through cities like Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria, commercial trucks are a regular sight on local roads. While these heavy-duty vehicles serve an important purpose for businesses and the economy, they also pose serious dangers when accidents occur due to their massive size and weight capacity compared to passenger cars. When you get into a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, catastrophic injuries and even death can result.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm in a truck crash in or around Santa Barbara County, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have helped victims recover millions of dollars in compensation over our 40+ year history nationwide. Keep reading to learn why partnering with our truck accident law firm gives you the best chance at maximum financial damages.

Major Police Stations Serving Santa Barbara County

If you are involved in a truck accident in Santa Barbara County, contacting the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the area becomes important. Some of the main local area police stations include:

Santa Barbara Police Department - The largest local station overseeing the city of Santa Barbara proper.

Lompoc Police Department - Covers the city of Lompoc and surrounding vicinity.

Santa Maria Police Department - Handles law enforcement responsibilities for the Santa Maria area.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Santa Barbara Sector Office - Oversees many highway and interstate routes through Santa Barbara County, often responding to accidents themselves or assisting other agencies managing collision sites.

Common Causes of Truck Crashes in Santa Barbara County

Knowing which station to reach out to for police reports and investigative findings helps our Santa Barbara truck accident lawyers when building injury claims on behalf of local collision victims.

Common Causes of Truck Crashes in Santa Barbara County

While every truck collision carries its own set of unique circumstances, our lawyers commonly see certain trends in these wrecks within Santa Barbara County:

  • Speeding - Truck drivers for companies like UPS, FedEx, DHS face intense pressure to meet tight delivery windows, leading some to dangerously exceed posted speed limits. Their massive weight and size already require longer stopping distances. When traveling too fast, bringing their rig to a halt in time to avoid a crash becomes almost impossible.
  • Fatigued Driving - To deliver demanding shipment orders on schedule, truckers often drive long shifts with little rest between routes, including along local highways like Interstate 5, Highway 101, Highway 1, Highway 154 and Highway 246. Drowsy or distracted truck drivers operating 80,000 pound vehicles becomes a recipe for calamity.
  • Improper Cargo Loading - If cargo is loaded unevenly or too much weight placed in the truck trailer, it shifts the center of gravity. This can cause the driver to more easily lose control, resulting in a rollover accident.
  • Equipment Failures - When essential parts like brakes, tires, steering or lighting systems fail, the truck driver, passengers and others on the road are all put in peril. Trucking companies who skirt maintenance checks jeopardize everyone's safety.
Our Track Record of Success with Truck Injury Settlements

The extensive experience from Moseley Collins Law's truck accident lawyers includes recovering over millions for victims nationwide. Our credentials stand out from competitors:

  • 40+ Years prosecuting trucking and commercial vehicle cases
  • Millions won for truck collision clients
  • Proven record with 7 & 8 Figure Settlements against trucking companies
  • Hundreds of 5-Star Reviews from satisfied clients nationwide

Our history of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements stems not only from our litigation skills, but extensive case investigation leveraging truck safety regulations most lawyers lack awareness of.

Why Moseley Collins Law is Santa Barbara's Premier Truck Accident Firm

Moseley Collins Law stands above other local personal injury firms by offering elite-level representation specifically for vehicle accident victims, including:

  • We Specialize Exclusively in Vehicle Accident Cases – Apart from general practice lawyers, our focus on truck, motorcycle, bicycle and car crash claims allows us to master intricacies that translate into greater insight and leveraging trucking regulations to bolster claims.
  • Decades of Courtroom Experience Against Major Insurers - Veteran litigators with 40+ years standing up to corporate legal teams have the skills to prove liability even with complex evidence.
  • National Footprint - Although based in California, our clients and cases span the entire country. This expansive reach enables us to deploy investigative teams immediately to accident sites to preserve on-scene evidence nationwide that other firms cannot match.
  • Elite Medical Expert Witness Network - We maintain relationships with the best medical professionals across specialties who can accurately assess collision injuries and economic damages. For a truck accident case, we use anywhere from 5 up to 10+ expert witnesses on average.
  • Whatever It Takes Mentality - We are not afraid to take cases to trial and argue before juries if insurance companies refuse reasonable demands during settlement talks. Our sheer willingness to litigate rather than settle early often brings insurers to the negotiating table.

Simply put, no other Santa Barbara firm matches our truck accident lawyer experience and legal firepower.

Why Act Fast After a Truck Collision?

Why Act Fast After a Truck Collision?

Timing becomes essential after any vehicle crash, but particularly with truck accidents. Unlike fender-benders, evidence can disappear quickly at high-speed accident sites across multiple lanes of traffic. That is why Moseley Collins Law has perfected rapid response protocols.

We immediately send our own investigative team of accident reconstructionists, photographers and forensic engineers to document conditions, take measurements, download electronic records from trucks and capture eyewitness statements. By preserving evidence at both the scene and impound lots, our lawyers can recreate what transpired down to precise vehicle speeds and positioning.

Trucking companies also have internal affairs divisions who open investigations promptly after collisions. Early lawyer involvement halts reckless destruction of documentation, maintenance records or driver log books that prove invaluable in determining liability.

Finally, insurers start formulating lowball settlement offers shortly after accidents hoping families will take quick payouts before realizing a claim's full value. Our proactive responses help victims avoid getting pressured into undervalued settlements before we can properly assess cases.

Compensation Available in Santa Barbara Truck Wreck Claims

Suffering catastrophic harm in a truck crash generates significant expenses truck accident victims have a right to recover through insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits, such as:

  • Past & Future Medical Bills - All health expenses associated with immediate emergency trauma care, hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, physical rehabilitation and follow-up appointments. Future costs cover projected long-term treatment.
  • Lost Income - Any wages lost if injuries prevent accident victims from working.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity - Sometimes injuries leave permanent disability that reduces earning power far into the future. This covers associated financial losses.
  • Pain and Suffering - Since truck collisions often bring about lasting medical issues, disability, disfigurement and emotional distress, calculable monetary compensation exists for decreased quality of life.
  • Wrongful Death - Surviving family members can sue for losses if their loved one gets killed by the negligence or reckless actions of a truck driver or company.

Thorough claim investigation facilitates determining rightful compensation. Our truck accident lawyers leverage four decades worth of legal experience negotiating fair settlements aligned with case realities.

Areas We Serve Around Santa Barbara County

Moseley Collins Law serves victims across:

  • Santa Barbara
  • Goleta
  • Carpinteria
  • Lompoc
  • Buellton
  • Solvang
  • Santa Ynez Valley
  • Santa Maria
  • Orcutt
  • Los Alamos
  • Los Olivos

However, our reputation as a truck accident law firm means we handle cases from clients throughout Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County and statewide. Our combination of extensive legal experience, proven results, client reviews and ability to deploy rapid investigative teams to faraway collision sites means location is never an obstacle.

Why Choose Moseley Collins Law?

If injured by an 18-wheeler or commercial truck around Santa Barbara County, the award-winning lawyers at Moseley Collins Law offer elite-level representation you can trust to handle your insurance claim, assist in claim settlement talks or prosecute personal injury lawsuits when necessary. Our track record says it all:

We offer free consultations and will point you in the right direction even if we can't help. We cannot, however, give legal advice since we do not represent them.

To get started today with a free case review and learn how California's premier truck accident law firm can help you or your loved one get back on the road to recovery, give us a call now or contact us online. The sooner we can get involved after any truck collision, the better positioned our victims are for maximum compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)What compensation is available after an accident?

Beyond medical bills, you can recover damages for lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain/suffering, wrongful death losses and more. Moseley Collins Law has recovered over $100 million for clients.

Should I accept an insurance settlement offer?

Not before consulting our lawyers! Insurers make quick lowball offers hoping you settle before realizing your claim’s full value. Let us properly assess your case first.

How much does hiring a lawyer cost?

Personal injury lawyers like us take truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning legal fees only come from settlement funds and we collect nothing unless you win compensation.

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

In California, the statute of limitations gives you two years from the crash date to take legal action or you forfeit rights to compensation. Call now so we can start building your claim immediately while evidence is fresh.

I was partly at fault in the accident. Can I still recover damages?

Yes, as California utilizes "comparative fault", meaning your compensation gets reduced by your percentage of causing the crash. Moseley Collins still recovers millions in partial-fault cases.

Client Reviews
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