Grass Valley Truck Accident Lawyer


Grass Valley sits at the convergence on three major area highways, and area residents know that these roadways often see a large amount of traffic. If you have spent time driving on these highways, you’ve almost certainly noticed the high volume of large commercial trucks carrying food, consumer products, livestock, and other goods across the state. You are also likely to be familiar with the massive damages that these vehicles can cause when they are involved in a crash.

Because Grass Valley is located on three highways, residents who frequently drive on these roads have a significantly higher chance of being involved in a crash that includes a large truck. These vehicles’ massive size means that even accidents that occur at low speeds can cause significant damages and leave people with either severe or even deadly injuries. My job is to help people who have been injured in accidents involving large trucks to recover compensation for the damages that they have suffered.

Trucking Companies are Quick to Act

Almost all large trucks are owned by companies that operate multiple large vehicles. These companies are very familiar with the risks of driving large vehicles and know that their vehicles are likely to cause major damages in the event of an accident. Because the possibility of a severe accident is a risk of doing business, these companies are typically prepared to respond to crashes right away. Their insurers will usually send a quick-response team to the accident site right away. These teams will conduct their own investigation including collecting evidence and taking statements from witnesses to protect the company from having to pay for any damages in the event of a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.

Because these companies respond so quickly, having a lawyer on your side right away is often a critical part of seeking compensation for trucking accident damages. The sooner that an attorney can begin working on your case, the better he or she can prevent companies from obscuring evidence and disclaiming responsibility for accidents. 

Understanding Trucking Accident Cases

Your Grass Valley truck accident lawyer should have extensive experience handling trucking cases and have in-depth knowledge about how these kinds of cases work. Trucking accident lawsuits are not the same as collisions that involve only passenger vehicles because there are both state and federal regulations that truck drivers and companies need to follow. The purpose of these regulations is to keep truck drivers safe and alert and to make sure that their vehicles are operating the right way. Violating any state or federal trucking regulations means that these companies are putting lives at risk.

Common Negligent Trucking Behaviors

The majority of truckers are not negligent drivers and do everything they can to ensure the safety of everybody on the road. However, it only takes one negligent driver to disregard safety regulations and cause an accident that leaves people with major injuries. The trucking crashes that you hear about on the news are typically caused by a driver who neglects to properly follow safety regulations.

In many cases, drivers are pressured by their companies to push unrealistic schedules to reduce expenses. When drivers are pressured this way, they often aren’t able to get enough rest and spend long periods driving with very little sleep. Because sleep deprivation can affect the brain in a way that is similar to alcohol or drugs, this is hazardous driving behavior.

Other common negligent actions that can cause trucking accident include:

  • Not checking blind spots
  • Driving over the speed limit
  • Failing to maintain truck equipment
  • Failing to screen the records of drivers
  • DUI
  • Failure to inspect the vehicle
  • Lack of training and/or supervision
  • Poor route selection
Common Injuries

The occupants of regular passenger vehicles are usually the parties that suffer the worst injuries in trucking accidents. People who are injured in trucking crashes often suffer trauma that leaves them with chronic issues like pain, limited mobility, emotional distress, and more. In the worst cases, families can be devastated by the loss of someone they love. Some of the most common injuries involved in trucking accidents include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Organ Trauma
  • Amputation Injuries
  • Severe Burns
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Bone Fractures
How Do I Find the Right Attorney?

Finding the right lawyer can be hard. With so many ads on the internet, billboards, and television, it can be challenging to know how you can actually trust an attorney to effectively represent you. However, there are a few key ways that you can make sure that your Grass Valley truck accident lawyer has the necessary experience and skills to handle your case.

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Grass Valley Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Grass Valley truck accident lawyer. The injuries people suffer in truck accidents can be devastating. If someone you love has suffered a fatal crash involving a truck, please contact us at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 so we can provide you with our free, friendly advice.

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

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.17.21]

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