Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyer
In Rancho Cordova, California and throughout the Sacramento area, there are large trucks sharing the road with cars, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Many times, there are no negative interactions between these various parties, but when there is an accident, it often is devastating for the people impacted by the commercial vehicle.
A collision involving a large truck and a smaller vehicle can lead to horrific injuries and, in many cases, fatalities. In the majority of accidents, it is the people in the smaller vehicles that suffer the most severe harm. The recovery time is extensive. This is because of the size differential between a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. When a tractor-trailer or other large truck is in an accident with a motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian, there almost never is a good outcome.
It is critical to find an attorney who understands how to deal with the nuances of commercial truck accidents. At the Law Offices of Edward Smith, we are dedicated to providing personal service in order to get you through this difficult time. A large truck accident requires careful handling. If the driver was operating the truck for a trucking company, it is likely that the company had an attorney involved and an investigator on the scene before the injured victims even got through the initial emergency medical treatment. It is crucial to act quickly to secure the relevant records and evidence relating to the accident, as well as maintenance records, driver training documents, and all other information that can assist in getting the right results at trial.
There are many different types of negligence or recklessness that may lead to a serious truck accident, but some of the most common include:
- Failure to maintain the vehicle;
- Overloaded cargo;
- Unsecured cargo;
- Untrained drivers;
- Fatigued drivers;
- Drivers under the influence;
- Distracted drivers, including drivers who are violating the applicable laws by texting or otherwise using a cell phone in an inappropriate manner;
- Drivers who are operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Aggressive drivers; and
- Negligent drivers who do not operate the large trucks safely in situations such as changing lanes, swinging turns, backing up, maintaining a safe following distance, and applying brakes in a timely manner.
Truck accidents can involve a large truck slamming into the back, front, or side of a vehicle, but it also might result from a rollover or jackknife. People suffer from severe injuries when their vehicle goes partially or completely under a large truck in an underride accident. Unsecured cargo that falls off of a truck and impacts a vehicle or leads to a multiple vehicle crash from drivers attempting to avoid the road hazards also lead to terrible, and completely preventable, suffering.
In an effort to minimize the dangers that commercial trucks pose on the roads around Rancho Cordova and the rest of the country, the government has imposed restrictions on drivers, including how many hours they can operate a truck each day and week. Although the federal hours-of-service regulations are intended to make the industry safer, many commercial trucking companies and their drivers do everything possible to get around these regulations in order to maximize profits. When these shortcuts result is terrible accidents, it often is the innocent parties who suffer the most.
At the Law Offices of Edward Smith, we also represent family members who have lost loved ones in a serious truck accident. We help people get through what likely may be the worst time of their lives in order to get them the compensation that they need to begin a life without a beloved family member.
Contact the Law Offices of Edward Smith Today
I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyer, with the primary accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another, call me now at (916) 921-6400. You also can call our toll free number at (800) 404-5400 to receive friendly advice during a free initial consultation. The Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Edward Smith are ready to get to work for you immediately.
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