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Red Bluff Truck Accident Lawyer

red bluff truck accident lawyerEstablished in 1876, Red Bluff is a historic city located in the heart of Northern California between the Sierra Nevada, Trinity, and Shasta Mountainous regions. While it only has a population of around 15,000 people, the city serves as the seat of the Tehama County Government and is a hub of activity for the region. Additionally, because Red Bluff sits on Highway 36, there is plenty of traffic traveling through the area every day.

All of this activity and traffic means that Red Bluff drivers frequently share the road with large, commercial vehicles passing through the city or delivering goods to local businesses. While truck activity is a sign of a healthy economy, these vehicles also pose a major threat to other roadway users, and accidents that involve big-rigs very frequently cause severe injuries.

As a Red Bluff truck accident lawyer, my job is to help people obtain fair compensation so that they recover financially and personally following major collisions.

Truck Accidents in Glenn County

Data reported by local traffic agencies, including the Red Bluff Police Department and California Highway Patrol, there were 3,012 injury-causing car accidents in Tehama County between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2019. Out of these collisions, 184 involved a large truck. These 184 accidents resulted in 150 separate injuries and cost 22 people their lives.

While truck accidents only accounted for around six percent of traumatic crashes in Tehama County, they were much more likely to cause fatal injuries. Out of 147 fatal crashes, 20 involved a big-rig, meaning that large trucks were involved in around 13 percent of deadly Tehama County collisions.

Why Are Big-Rigs so Dangerous?

Commercial trucks are massive vehicles and can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds in the state of California. The size of these trucks means that they carry a lot of momentum, and the more force involved in an accident, the more likely it is that a serious injury will occur. Even in situations that may have otherwise been relatively minor, big-rig crashes can result in serious or fatal trauma. In many cases, smaller vehicles are pinned underneath big-rigs in what are called underride accidents. These types of crashes are hazardous because passenger vehicle occupants are left with little protection.

Furthermore, big-rigs can be dangerous because their size makes it difficult for drivers to make collision avoidance maneuvers. Big-rigs make very wide turns and can’t suddenly swerve, or they will overturn. On top of this, truck drivers need to begin braking much earlier than other motorists. These factors contribute to just how dangerous large trucks can be for other people on the road.

Staying Safe When Sharing the Road with Semi Trucks

While it’s not possible to say when or where accidents will happen, drivers can take steps to improve their safety when sharing the road with big-rigs. To learn more, you can watch this helpful YouTube video:

The Impact of a Truck Accident Injury

Because truck injuries tend to be severe, people who’ve been involved in these accidents often face several serious challenges. First of all, being injured in a crash can be very painful, and recovery is often physically difficult and financially stressful. Because major accident injuries can require extensive medical care, collision survivors often worry about how they can afford their treatment.

On top of this, being injured can leave people temporarily or even permanently disabled. This can prevent survivors from taking part in activities they care about and may make it difficult or impossible for them to work. A sudden loss of income can make it even harder for people to afford the care they need.

Calling an Attorney

Fortunately, accident survivors can file injury claims to seek compensation for the personal and economic damages they’ve suffered. By working with an attorney, many people can obtain the full amount of payment they need to cover their medical expenses and make up for lost income, and more.

However, trucking companies know that their vehicles are dangerous and are almost always ready to take quick action in a crash. In most cases, the company will even employ a legal accident response team to gather evidence and witness statements at the scene. Because trucking companies are so quick to take action, it’s vital to call an attorney right away. If your lawyer can begin putting your together case right away, they’ll be more able to effectively ensure you can obtain the payments you are owed.

The “Personal” Personal Injury Lawyer

I have been an injury attorney for nearly four decades. Throughout this time, my clients and peers have given me the nickname “The ‘Personal’ Personal Injury Lawyer” because I run my firm holistically and focus on fostering a personal relationship with my clients. In contrast, many attorneys choose to maintain a strictly business-like tone when dealing with their clients. However, I find that focusing on a personal connection can help me be a more effective advocate.

By showing compassion and taking a personal interest in my clients’ lives, I can learn more about how they have been affected by their injuries. In turn, this knowledge helps me to present a stronger case when I’m arguing in courts or negotiating with insurance companies.

Red Bluff Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff truck accident lawyer. Crashes can be life-changing. If a truck accident caused you serious injuries, give me a call as soon as possible at (530) 392-9400. I can also be reached at (800) 404-5400.

My law firm has assisted people living in Red Bluff with major injury cases since 1982. You can learn more about me and my work by taking a moment to review our case settlements and trial verdicts. Furthermore, I have been reviewed extensively by my clients on the below websites:

I am in a group called Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The forum excludes membership to lawyers who’ve been able to settle or win a case that was worth more than one million dollars. Additionally, I belong to Top One Percent, an organization that promotes excellence in advocacy.

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