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Cameron Park Truck Accident Lawyer

Cameron Park Truck Accident LawyerCameron Park is a small, relaxed community of just around 18,000 people. While the city offers its residents a relatively peaceful atmosphere, there’s still a fair amount of vehicle traffic on local roads. Furthermore, because it sits right on Highway 50 and is located directly between the Sacramento metropolitan area and Placerville, numerous large commercial trucks pass through the city every day. While truck traffic is a sign of a healthy economy, it also presents a serious risk to local drivers, and accidents that involve big-rigs frequently result in significant injuries.

The injuries that people suffer during truck accidents can have a huge impact on their lives. As a Cameron Park truck accident lawyer, it is my job to help people who’ve been affected by trucking accidents recover compensation and move forward with their lives after traumatic collisions.

The “Personal” Personal Injury Lawyer

I have been working as an injury lawyer for almost four decades and have helped many people with accident claims. Throughout my years of practice, my clients and peers have referred to me as the “personal” personal injury lawyer. I’m proud of this nickname because it reflects the way I treat my practice.

Many injury attorneys prefer to be strictly professional when dealing with their clients. While some people like this approach, I choose to focus on compassion and working to understand my clients on a personal level. I believe that by taking a genuine interest in my clients’ lives, I can learn more about how their injuries have affected them. In turn, this helps me to be more effective when I’m negotiating with insurance companies or presenting cases in court.

Why Are Big-Rigs So Dangerous?

Semi-trucks are massive vehicles. In the state of California, these trucks can legally weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of their enormous size, big-rigs are liable to cause extreme damages during accidents. Even in low-speed collisions or crashes that would have otherwise been fender-benders, trucking accidents can result in severe or possible deadly injuries.

Additionally, big-rigs are less able to avoid accidents than other vehicles. Because they carry so much weight, big-rigs have a lot of momentum, meaning it takes more force to stop them. For this reason, semi-trucks are unable to brake suddenly or make sharp turns to avoid accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around 100,000 traumatic auto accidents involving commercial trucks take place in the United States every year.

Truck Accidents in El Dorado County

Data from California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other local traffic enforcement agencies shows that there were 8,081 injury-causing auto accidents in El Dorado County between 2008 and 2020. These 8,081 crashes included 161 collisions involving large trucks. Notably, around 55 percent of El Dorado County truck accidents happened on a state-operated highway and not on a county or municipal road. In contrast, only about 38 percent of auto accidents in the county occurred on state highways.

While truck accidents accounted for less than one percent of El Dorado County accidents, they were significantly more dangerous. Truck accidents across the county were more than 25 percent more deadly and had a higher rate of severe injuries when compared to collisions overall.

Driving Safely While Sharing the Road With Big-Rigs

Big-rigs present a severe risk to drivers of smaller vehicles. While nobody can say when or where a crash will happen, there are steps that drivers can take to decrease their risk of being involved in a trucking accident. To learn more about defensive driving near semi-trucks, watch this short video:

Taking Quick Action

Big-rigs are almost always owned by a large company that operates a whole fleet of similar trucks. Trucking companies are very aware of how dangerous these vehicles are and usually see accidents as a normal risk of running their businesses. This means that these companies are typically ready to take legal action immediately after crashes happen. In many cases, the company will have a legal team at-the-ready and will send them to the accident scene to conduct private investigations. Unfortunately, such aggressive defense can put crash survivors at a disadvantage when it comes to injury claims.

The best way to ensure that you can receive the payments you deserve from negligent parties is to contact a Cameron Park truck accident lawyer right away. If your lawyer can start working on your case early on, they will be more able to hold at-fault parties financially responsible and make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Recoverable Damages

Because accident injuries can affect so many different aspects of your life, the damages available through injury claims cover a wide range of losses. These often include economic losses like medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, as well as losses related to personal suffering.

However, every case is different, and the compensation available depends on the details of your specific case. Because of this, it’s always best to consult with a Cameron park truck accident attorney before you move forward with filing a claim. Most lawyers will happily offer free advice to you over a phone consultation, so there isn’t anything to lose by reaching out for trustworthy advice.

Cameron Park Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Cameron Park truck accident lawyer. Trucking collisions frequently cause major injuries. If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, call me as soon as you can at either (530) 392-9400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

My law firm has been working with people in the Cameron Park area since 1982. Throughout this time, we’ve achieved many outstanding settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Before calling me, you can find out more about my work by reading the client reviews I’ve received on:

I am a member of a group for US lawyers with a prior case settlement or trial verdict worth at least one million dollars called the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. I am also proud to belong to the 0

Top One Percent. This is a group for distinguished legal counsel.

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