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With an increase in traffic, it isn’t surprising that more big trucks are on the roads. California ships the majority of its goods, including food and electronics, by truck. Drivers are discovering that getting into a collision with one is more common now. If a truck driver or the company that employs them is responsible for your accident injuries, you have a right to claim compensation. That’s where an East Sacramento truck accident lawyer can help. Since 1982, we’ve helped numerous injured individuals and those who have lost a loved one obtain the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free evaluation of your accident injury at (916) 921-6400. 

Highways Are Common Locations for Truck Accidents

East Sacramento is located east of Midtown, so residents commonly take one of the surrounding highways to go to the airport or make it more convenient to get to other locations in the metropolitan area. We all have traveled on roads where a big rig was tailgating or whizzed by at high speed. Many of us have had to drop back or distance ourselves from a trucker who was driving dangerously. However, sometimes, no matter how cautious we are as motorists, an accident happens. 

Causes of Accidents With Big Rigs

There are many reasons an accident can occur with a big rig that is either the driver’s or the company’s fault. To successfully drive a tractor-trailer or other big truck, the driver requires special skills, licensing, and experience. Some of the major reasons an accident happens are because:

  • The driver is fatigued. Truck drivers are paid by the mile, so it is to their advantage to reach a destination quickly. The driver may also be pushed by their employer. The pressure and long hours on the road can lead to fatigue and cause an accident.
  • Poor truck maintenance can cause an accident: Trucks are inspected daily by the driver; however, taking the time to perform needed maintenance means the vehicle will be out of commission. Lack of maintenance can be the fault of the driver, company owner, or mechanic who does a poor job.
  • Distracted driving is caused by long hours on the road: Any driver knows that if you’re on the road for too long, your mind begins to wander, your eyes start feeling gritty, and you get sleepy. Truck drivers face these distractions also and do whatever they can to stay alert and awake. Unfortunately, this may include more distractions such as texting, fiddling with the radio, and other actions that can lead to a collision. 
  • Inexperienced drivers are a danger on the road: Because of a long-standing shortage of qualified drivers, a trucking company may hire someone who doesn’t have the needed experience. This can easily result in a traffic accident.
  • Substance abuse is a real problem among truckers: Along with long hours on the road, boredom, and fatigue, some drivers resort to using legal or illegal substances to try and stay alert. While they may feel more awake, it can interfere with their ability to drive safely.
  • Overloaded or poorly loaded cargo can cause a crash: If a truck is overloaded or poorly loaded, it can lead to a rollover or jackknife accident
Investigation of a Truck Accident

Big rigs are regulated by state and federal laws, so they are more complicated to investigate than an accident involving passenger vehicles. A seasoned truck accident lawyer from East Sacramento can help. The collection of evidence is necessary to support a client’s compensation claim. 

Our investigators are experienced in this and begin by talking to witnesses and examining the police report for errors. They ensure that federal and state regulations were followed by the driver and company. Cameras are sought from local traffic cameras, businesses, or even witness cell phones. Accident reconstruction is performed, and the area is checked for negligence by the government entity in charges such as malfunctioning lights, weak guardrails, and potholes. 

An East Sacramento Truck Accident Attorney You Can Trust

Having an injury attorney you can trust is essential. We will sit down with you and your family at the free case review and listen to your facts surrounding your accident and how you were injured. We will ask questions and encourage you to do the same. At the end of this first session, we will give you the choices you have going forward. We will explain everything in detail, not just use legal jargon that you need to look up when you get home. 

Make an appointment to meet with one of our experienced injury attorneys, either in person or virtually, and learn about your accident from a legal point of view. There is no obligation to retain AutoAccident.com. Many people will tell you that if you do, you’ll be happy about that decision. However, it’s your call, and since your future is on the line, that’s exactly how it should be.

Take a moment to learn what happens at the initial, free case review when meeting with our injury attorneys.

East Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

A negligent truck driver's injury can mean pain and suffering, mounting medical bills, lost wages, and a long recuperation. We firmly believe that no one should have to face financial loss when an accident was someone else’s fault. Please call our experienced East Sacramento truck accident attorneys for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. 

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"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
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"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
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"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
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"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
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"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
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"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.