Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyer

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In Rancho Cordova, California, and throughout the Sacramento area, large trucks share the road with cars, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. There are often no negative interactions between these parties, but when there is an accident, it is often 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 most accidents, the people in the smaller cars suffer the most severe harm. The recovery time is extensive, and 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 rarely is a good outcome.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Many different types of negligence or recklessness may lead to a severe 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
  • Drunk drivers
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Negligent drivers

Truck accidents can involve a large truck slamming into a vehicle's back, front, or side, but they also might result from a rollover or jackknife. In an underride accident, people suffer from severe injuries when their car goes partially or completely under a large truck. Unsecured cargo that falls off a car and impacts a vehicle or leads to a multiple-vehicle crash from drivers attempting to avoid the road hazards also leads to terrible and completely preventable suffering.

Watch the video below to learn more about the types of injuries caused by truck accidents.

Truck Drivers Restrictions

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 to maximize profits. When these shortcuts result in terrible accidents, innocent parties often suffer the most.

At the Law Offices of Edward Smith, we also represent family members who have lost loved ones in a severe truck accident. We help people get through what likely may be the worst time of their lives to get them the compensation they need to begin a life without a beloved family member.

How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help

Finding an attorney who understands how to deal with the nuances of commercial truck accidents is critical. At the Edward A Smith Law Offices, we are dedicated to providing personal service to get you through this difficult time. A large truck accident requires careful handling. If the driver operated the truck for a trucking company, the company likely had an attorney 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, maintenance records, driver training documents, and all other information that can assist in getting the right results at trial.

Rancho Cordova Truck Accident FAQ

Why is an accident with a large truck more likely to cause injury than passenger vehicles?

A fully loaded semi can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while a passenger car only weighs about 3,000 pounds. Because of the size disparity, an accident between a large truck and a passenger vehicle will likely result in more severe and possibly fatal injuries.


What are the most common factors in accidents between big rigs and passenger cars?

Accidents involving large trucks are caused by a combination of the truck's performance capabilities and characteristics and other driver's inexperience with those characteristics. Big rigs have much larger blind spots and cannot see other vehicles or respond to certain hazards.


Truck Accident Lawyers in Rancho Cordova, CA

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another, call our experienced Rancho Cordova truck accident lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free friendly advice.

The injury lawyers at the Edward A Smith Law Offices are ready to work for you immediately.

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

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.29.22]

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