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Napa Truck Accident Lawyer

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While people from all over the world venture to Napa, California, for the exceptional vineyards and beautiful weather, those who get involved in an accident with a large truck can have their day turn quickly. Because of the size and weight of these trucks, an accident can cause catastrophic personal and property damages. 

Furthermore, the tendency of trucks to be commercial vehicles can create further complications if the inventory in the truck was hazardous in nature.

Serious Injury in a Truck Accident

When a truck is involved in an accident, the collision often involves a smaller vehicle, such as a minivan, SUV, or sedan. Because of the size disparity, the smaller vehicle can be absolutely destroyed in the process, leading to significant damage to personal property and possibly fatal injuries for the passengers in the other vehicle. 

Those who survive this accident often do so with serious injuries that require a long stay in the hospital, perhaps in the ICU, along with surgical procedures. This leads to large medical bills that can place financial stress on almost any family. When a car accident involves a semi-truck or an eighteen-wheeler, the outcome is rarely good.

Numerous Causes of Truck Accidents in Napa

There are many different reasons why a truck might be involved in an accident on the roadway. Some of the causes include:

  • Fatigued truck drivers
  • Cargo that has been improperly secured
  • Cargo that has resulted in an overweight truck
  • A truck that has not undergone the proper preventative maintenance
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drivers who are distracted by texting or cell phone use
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Driving negligently, including backing up, changing lanes, turning improperly, and not leaving a proper following distance between their truck and the next vehicle.

These causes can lead to serious accidents that include a truck jackknifing, rolling over, or simply colliding with the rear of another vehicle. It is also not unusual for a passenger vehicle to slide underneath the trailer of a truck, leading to significant injuries. 

Furthermore, cargo from the back of a truck could fall off and significantly damage other vehicles on the road. All of these causes are completely preventable, as are the traumatic injuries that can result from them.

Strict Limits on Truck Drivers

Because of the serious nature of operating a tractor-trailer, the government has imposed limits on how truck drivers can operate their vehicles. There are limits involving how many hours the truck driver can be behind the wheel in a given timeframe to ensure that these drivers get a proper amount of rest. 

These limits have been imposed for the safety of the drivers and those around them; however, it is not unusual for truck drivers to drive more than these limits for product delivery deadlines or pay. This places themselves, their cargo, and other people on the road at serious risk when this happens.

Watch the following video to learn more about the types of damages that can be claimed in a truck accident lawsuit.

Truck Accident Lawyers in Napa, CA

Because of the sheer size of trucks, these accidents often end in significant personal injuries and damage to personal property. If you have suffered an injury in a truck accident, please reach out to our Napa injury lawyers today at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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

See a list of our past cases on our verdicts and settlements page and our client reviews on AvvoYelp, Google.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.18.21]

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