Auburn Truck Accident Lawyer

Auburn Truck AccidentsThose who live in Auburn are familiar with both Highways 49 and Interstate 80 and know that they are both major area roadways for commuters and commercial vehicles. If you’ve spent any amount of time driving on these highways, it is likely that you’ve noticed many large semi-trucks as well as the accidents and traffic jams they can cause. You are probably also well-aware that these accidents can cause a massive amount of damage and often involve multiple vehicles as well as numerous injuries.

Because Auburn is located on two busy highways, residents who frequently use these roads have a higher chance of being involved in an accident involving a large truck. Whether the truck is transporting produce to a local grocery store or taking construction materials, chemicals, or other freight from one city to the next, these vehicles pose a huge risk to other drivers. The sheer size of these vehicles means that even low-speed crashes can have severe and even fatal consequences for people driving smaller passenger vehicles.

Trucking Companies are Quick to Action

Large trucks are almost always owned by a company that operates multiple vehicles. These companies are very aware that their trucks can easily cause severe accidents and have learned how to begin defending themselves from liability almost immediately after a crash takes place. Their insurance companies will normally send out a quick-response team to the collision site to take their own statements from witnesses, collect their own evidence, and essentially try to cover themselves from responsibility in the event of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Because trucking companies are so quick to act, having an attorney on your side as soon as you possibly can is important when seeking payment for trucking accident damages. It’s also important to have a lawyer who has had plenty of experience representing trucking accident victims and knows how to best prevent companies from disclaiming responsibility.

To learn more about why you may want to consider a lawsuit for your truck accident injuries, you can watch the following video:

Understanding Trucking Litigation

An Auburn truck accident lawyer should have extensive knowledge of trucking litigation and related legal issues. Trucking collisions lawsuits are different from suits involving passenger vehicles partly because there are federal and state regulations that drivers and trucking companies have to follow. These regulations are meant to keep truckers alert and safe and to ensure that trucks are well-maintained and operating correctly. Violating these regulations means that trucking companies are putting the lives of others at risk.

The main regulatory agency that institutes these regulations for trucks and truckers crossing state borders is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In California, the Department of Transportation serves as the regulatory agency that oversees commercial trucks.

Common Negligent Trucking Behaviors

I would not claim that most commercial truck drivers are negligent drivers. Most truck drivers are committed to driving their vehicles safely and follow all of the regulations that they are supposed to. However, all it takes is one negligent trucker who disregards safety regulations to cause a serious and even fatal accident. The trucking accidents that we hear about on the news are usually caused by drivers who neglect to follow safety regulations.

Often, companies aim to keep expenses low and profits high by pushing unrealistic schedules on their drivers. When drivers are pressured to keep an unrealistic schedule, they often don’t get enough time to rest, and driving for long stretches of time with little sleep can affect the brain in a way similar to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Some of the common negligent behaviors that cause truck accidents include:

  • Speeding to deliver goods more quickly
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Failure to properly screen the driving records of a trucker
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Poor route selection
  • Failure to complete regular vehicle inspection
  • Lack of supervision and/or training
  • Exceeding maximum allowed driving time without resting
Preserving Evidence

After representing people injured in trucking accidents for over three decades, I know how to take gather and preserve the most important evidence from a collision. I’m also aware of the different types of tactics that companies and drivers will try to avoid being held responsible. Truckers are required to log their hours of service (HOS) exactly in logbooks or with electronic devices to prove that they are not fatigued. However, GPS data, fuel receipts, and other information often show discrepancies with HOS logs. These types of evidence can be invaluable when trying to claim fair compensation.

Common Injuries

The occupants of smaller vehicles are much more likely to be seriously injured in a trucking accident than in a crash with another small car. Those involved in trucking accidents often suffer injuries that leave them with chronic pain, permanent disabilities, and in the worst cases, fatal trauma. Some of the serious injuries that those involved in trucking accidents commonly suffer include:

Auburn Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn truck accident lawyer and the founder of Northern CA’s leading auto accident and personal injury website. If you or someone that you care about was hurt during a collision involving a large truck, get in touch with me today so that I can provide you with free, friendly advice. To reach me, dial (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400.

Since 1982, I have been helping Auburn residents claim the money they deserve for personal injury and wrongful death damages.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 9.18.20]

Photo by Jacques Bopp on Unsplash

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