Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman changed its name to Wisner Baum in January 2023.

Distracted Driving Accident

Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Advocating for Victims in California and Nationwide

Distracted driving is a serious problem. In 2018 alone, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,786 truck accidents involved some form of driver distraction.

If you are one of the many individuals harmed by a distracted driver, our national trial law firm of Wisner Baum will advocate for you. Victims of truck crashes are entitled to compensation. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can obtain the medical care you need. A civil lawsuit may also result in compensation for your lost wages, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and any other damages you have suffered.

A Nationally Recognized Trial Law Firm

At Wisner Baum, our nationwide trucking accident attorneys have decades of experience pursuing clients’ rights and earning maximum compensation.

Just a few reasons to choose our firm include:

  • No fees unless we win
  • Over $4 billion won for our clients across all of our areas of practice, including truck accident litigation.
  • 75 truck accidents settlements of $1 million or higher
  • Compassionate counsel, tireless advocacy
  • Board-certified truck accident lawyers
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Regent

Don’t wait to take the first step. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started on pursuing full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Contact us online to book a free, no-obligation consultation with a distracted truck driver accident lawyer. Based in Los Angeles, we accept cases in California and across the nation.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving refers to anything that takes a driver’s attention from where it should be: on the road. Texting and driving is one of the most well-known driver distractions. However, the problem of distracted driving goes beyond texting behind the wheel. It may also include:

  • Smoking
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Grooming
  • Fatigue
  • Inattention
  • Talking on the phone
  • Checking social media
  • Using a GPS or navigation app
  • Adjusting climate controls, mirrors, lights, etc.
  • Communicating with dispatchers/using a dispatch device

Distracted Driving a Major Factor in Truck Accidents

Distracted driving can be disastrous under any circumstance. However, the risk of serious injury or death is much greater when commercial truck drivers are distracted. The sheer size and weight of trucks can cause unspeakable damage if they collide with other cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, or property.

How to Prove Distracted Driving in a Truck Accident Lawsuit

A good way to tell whether a truck driver was distracted at the time of the crash is if they (a) did not attempt to stop the truck or did not brake until it was far too late, or (b) suddenly veered at the last minute. In essence, a telltale sign of distracted driving is if the trucker drove straight into an accident without braking or taking some sort of evasive action.

There are several ways to prove that a commercial truck driver was distracted leading up to a crash. At Wisner Baum, our lawyers often begin by looking for evidence of last-minute braking or veering. This may involve reconstructing the accident and/or traveling to the accident site to inspect any skid marks on the road. It may be necessary to review “black box” evidence, as well.

A black box is an event data recorder, which often proves integral in accident cases. Though they are not required by law, most commercial trucks are equipped with black boxes. Information about steering, braking, and the vehicle’s speed may all be found in the truck’s black box. An experienced truck accident lawyer will immediately seek out the black box to help build a case.

Essential to an investigation into distracted driving is examining the driver’s cell phone and cell phone billing records. The cell phone retains GPS information that may be helpful as well as records related to text messaging, emailing, and calls. Similar information can be obtained by looking at cell phone billing records.

Witness and expert testimony can also help prove distracted driving on the part of the truck driver. For example, a witness may have seen a driver texting behind the wheel. They may have also seen the trucker veer and/or apply their brakes far too late.

Our accident lawyers know how to obtain crucial and compelling witness testimony, as well as how to cross-examine any witnesses or experts the trucking company and its insurance provider bring to the stand.

To learn more about how we will investigate and work to prove driver distraction in your case, contact us online to schedule a free, confidential case review.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted commercial truck driver, we urge you to reach out to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience with these cases, and we won’t rest in our fight for your rights.

Some of our case results include:

  • $15 million for the loved ones of a fatally injured truck crash victim;
  • $8.5 million in one of the largest verdicts for the death of an unmarried person in the state of Ohio, compensating two parents who lost their adult son in a truck crash;
  • $6.9 million for three semi-truck accident victims, two of whom were tragically killed.

Work with attorneys who truly care about you; work with Wisner Baum.

Call (855) 948-5098 to speak with a California distracted truck driver accident attorney. We advocate for clients nationwide.

Contact Us Today

No Fees Unless We Win
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • +1
    Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your city.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • Commercial Truck Accident $15 Million

    $15 million settlement for a person gravely injured by a major truck company

  • Commercial Truck Accident $8.5 Million

    $8.5 million wrongful death verdict against food industry company, Tyson Foods

  • Truck Accident Settlement $6.9 Million
  • Fatal Truck Accident $6 Million
  • Best Law Firms 2023
    Best Law Firms 2023

    A ranking in The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” is widely regarded by both client and legal professionals as a significant honor. It is considered the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

  • The Truck Safety Coalition
    The Truck Safety Coalition

    Wisner Baum is proud to be a sponsor of The Truck Safety Coalition, a a group of caring individuals dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes. Our support enables them to help families and save lives.

  • California Powerhouse
    California Powerhouse

    Law360 recognizes law firms that have a strong regional presence, working on important matters within their home state. “[Wisner Baum] possesses a David v. Goliath-sized slingshot while seeking justice for everyday citizens it believes were harmed or killed through corporate wrongdoing.”

  • Elite Trial Lawyers
    Elite Trial Lawyers

    NLJ and American Lawyer Media honor law firms and attorneys as Elite Trial Lawyers for their cutting-edge legal work on behalf of plaintiffs in practice areas ranging from mass torts to securities litigation.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers
    Listed in Best Lawyers

    Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

  • AV Top Ranked Law Firm
    AV Top Ranked Law Firm

    Less than one-half of one percent of firms across the nation have achieved this ranking. A firm must have a high percentage of lawyers who have achieved the prestigious AV® Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Verdicts Hall of Fame
    Verdicts Hall of Fame

    The National Law Journal inducted Wisner Baum into the Verdicts Hall of Fame for obtaining the $2 billion landmark verdict in the Roundup cancer case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto. The verdict was #1 in California and #2 in the U.S. in 2019 and is #9 in American history.

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    National Trial Lawyers Top 100

    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized the law firms of Wisner Baum, the Miller Firm and Audet & Partners with the 2019 Trial Team of the Year award (in the Mass Torts category) for their work in the groundbreaking case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
    AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

    An AV® rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. The rating signifies the highest legal ability, and very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    Avvo 10.0 Rating

    Wisner Baum is proud to have all of its lawyers listed in Avvo, a legal directory connecting people in need of legal services with lawyers and connecting lawyers to lawyers. Eight of our attorneys have earned a 10.0 perfect rating with Avvo.

  • Top Jury Verdict in <br> CA and USA
    Top Jury Verdict in
    CA and USA ranks our $2 billion verdict in Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto as the biggest verdict in California and the second largest verdict in the U.S. in 2019. It is the ninth largest verdict in U.S. history.

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
    Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers

    Published annually, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list recognizes the “best of the best” in this area of the law through nominations, research, and review by a board of their peers.

  • Product Liability Practice Group of the Year
    Product Liability Practice Group of the Year

    In 2020, Law360 honored the law firms ”behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” It recognized our success in several landmark cases.

  • Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California
    Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California

    In 2018, our $289 million Johnson v. Monsanto verdict was the largest personal injury verdict in California. also ranked it #2 among all verdicts in California and #10 in the nation.

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

    The Bar Register is the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.


Firm Reviews

What Our Clients Are Saying
  • I Can’t Imagine a Better Law Firm

    “Multiple lawyers recommended Wisner Baum to me and I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their work.”

    - Best Law Firms Survey
  • They Are About Changing the Systems...

    “Wisner Baum are not only amazing attorneys but more importantly, they are activists. They are about changing the systems which got us into trouble in the first place. They understand their role in the process of making change.”

    - Kim Witczak
  • Top Legal Minds in the Country

    “The Wisner Baum firm has some of the top legal minds in the country; they are driven, determined, trustworthy, ethical and passionate.”

    - From Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
  • Diligent & Professional Representation

    “Thanks to your efforts I was able to recover from a tragic experience and turn my life around for the best.”

    - W.T.
  • Our Best Interest Was Always Number One on Your List

    “A special thank you to your Spanish-speaking staff for the extra effort put into this case. The language barrier was never a problem, and we are so very thankful to them. Your name holds much respect in our family.”

    - G.C. & C.C